Bead the Raven

Once upon a midnight bleary, whilst I beaded to music eerie Poring over many a pattern and book from the beading store Whilst I beaded, nearly napping, accidentally sometimes stabbing The bead tray slips and I am grabbing, grabbing with my finger sore Argh I mutter, my finger sore, And now all my beads are on the floor Ack, my beads – I will lose them and there will be no more There will always be more beads – but sometimes, just not the beads you want. And sometimes, you accidentally buy the beads you already have – which is …

Favourite bead styles: Working in and out of your comfort zone!

Do you ever bead outside of your comfort zone? We all have our favourite bead styles, but what have you done to challenge that? I just seem to keep beading variations of the same theme. My early bead education, included stringing, and a range of traditional bead weaving stitches. I quickly abandoned them for mixed media, freeform and intuitive beading. Do you think that it’s time that I returned to my roots? Okay, perhaps not entirely, but it would be interesting to see what I could do with traditional stuff! I confess that two, three, and four holed beads, intimidate …

Betty Stephan will give you a new way to look at beads!

If you think ‘bead embroidery’, what do you envision? A decorative applique for clothes? An embellishment on a quilt or other needlework surface? How about a pendant or bracelet? Guess what – they are all right! Betty Stephan takes bead embroidery to the next level through her application of beads in conjunction with findings and other embellishments to create pendants, bracelets and components. In each of her three upcoming classes at BeadFX, she will show and inspire you to, not only try bead embroidery, but to experiment and take it outside of the proverbial ‘box’ to do even more. Betty’s …

‘Tis the Season for Fall Shows!

The action at BeadFX doesn’t just happen in the store, on the web, or in classes – it happens at trade shows too! Fall is an active time of consumer trade shows – and all of the shows we participate in are open to the public. And because you can use beads and more in so many more application beyond jewellery, we go to shows that let us stretch the imagination of those who visit our booth! This fall’s show sponsors include two well-known bead societies and two textile specialty shows. We hope you’ll drop by and say ‘Hi’! Here …

Love Colour? Love Metal? You’ll love Marti Brown!

Even if you’re not a metalworker, but love the colours of blue, fuchsia, Caribbean green (and lots more!) then Marti Brown’s classes will expand your design and technique tool box. All levels of metalwork – from complete novice to experienced – will gain knowledge about working with anondizing Niobium. Marti’s classes will cover adding colour to wire and sheet metal by using an anondizer as a power source to provide an electrical current that runs through a bath of solution and your work piece. During the anodizing process, a transparent oxide layer forms on the surface of the metal, and …

InspirationFX: Baby Blue and Earrings

Baby Blue and Earrings Designed by: Dwyn Tomlinson The soft pinks and blues of the Powder Blue Impression Jasper strike me as very soothing and pretty. I went to town and make a whole suite of items from this lovely stone. (Check out previous weeks for more Inspirations) My first thought was to combine gold-plated metal findings and beads with the Powder Blue Impression Jasper, but I found I did not care for the look. The bright copper metal beads and finding – that was another story, however! The combination is gorgeous! The pinky tones of the bright copper perfectly …

Steel Yourself …

Oh, thou mighty bead-adorned warrior of creativity! Gird thyself with chains of stainless steel – that thou might slay the mighty monster of mundanity! Wrestle with the dragon of conformity – smight with fiercesome blows of awe-inspiring and blinding brilliance. Declare yourself – oh mighty crafter – artisan to the gods – creativesmith and crafter Coil thy neck and wrists in steel with the hue of gold – that the sun might weep with envy Stand ye on the mountain tops – where the moon and the night sing duets in praise to the craft and creativity and weave ye …

Nature’s treasures: We’re all on the same page!

What do you think of, when I speak of nature’s treasures? If you’re thinking gemstones, you would certainly be right, but not in this particular context. I’m talking about all of the beautiful animals, we are fortunate enough to share our planet with!! I haven’t been able to see these magnificent beasts in their natural habitats, but admire them I do! My family visited from out-of-town, and one of their many adventures, was a visit to the Toronto Zoo. They invited me along, for the trek! I bet you’re wondering what the heck this has to do with beading? Patience, …

30 Days Hath September – and the colours will be magnificent!

Depending where in the world you are living, the trees will soon be starting to change. In fact, did you know that the beginning of color changes usually start September and October in the Northern Hemisphere and April to May in the Southern Hemisphere. The colours that autumn brings sparks my own creativity and the craving to do something new. How can you not work with such an array of colour? The late-September classes offer an array of class projects and techniques. Marti Brown, the first of our three visiting instructors this fall, bring us two classes that explore colouring …

InspirationFX: Bubble Leather Bracelet

Bubble Leather Bracelet Designed by: Pam Kearns Here’s a great way to add some texture to laser-cut flat leather using ‘O’ beads and some drops. You can also use other shaped beads for sharper points or more texture. “Bubbles” magically sit atop laser-cut leather in this wonderfully textured bracelet. Easily done in two hours (or less!) Instructions: 1.Pull and cut a 4′ length of Fireline; thread your needle with the Fireline. 2.Using a surgeon’s knot, tie the tail end to one of the leather bridge at one end of the serpentine design (between the ‘half-moon’ and the first teardrop) on …