Beading woes! Is this the ending, or just the beginning?

Are you familiar with the subject of beading woes? I feel that finishing a project, brings on a certain kind of emptiness. It can only be satisfied, by starting another project. I don’t have many unfinished projects! I do have components, made for the sake of making! Stash is not the same as unfinished projects! They are teaching experiments! That’s my story, and I’m sticking to it!!! Freeform peyote bracelet finished – check! I will use it as a teaching sample (early 2018). Sad to finish, but I will work on another soon! Is that a new beginning? Freeform peyote …

Dream Enchanted Night Music with Betty Stephan

As a child, my mom got me doing embroidery – the chain stitch, lazy daisy, outline – all done with a needle and colourful embroidery floss on a pre-printed design. And yes, stitched embroidery continues to this day – but I know she would be astounded with BEAD embroidery! If you haven’t caught the bead embroidery bug (the wonderment is contagious!) and are filled with admiration about what bead embroidery can produce but are worried if you can do it? YES, YOU CAN! Betty Stephan is an award-winning design and much sought-after designer. She has designed her classes so that …

InspirationFX: Laredo Lariet

Laredo Lariet Designed by: Dwyn Tomlinson You – sometimes you sit down to make one thing, and a different piece of jewelry happens! I was going to make a necklace with tassels, but then I had these beads on the table and the next thing you know, I’m using them instead! The basic idea is the same – the very fine chain and the silicone-filled slider bead to make the clasp. Just be sure that you put the slider bead on BEFORE you add the beads dangling at the end. Don’t ask me why I think it is very important …

Swarovski Colour and Size Charts

Need a colour chart? Or a size reference? Download a pdf chart and print it for free! Swarovski Table of sizes – from PP 1 to SS 76               Swarovski HotFix Flatbacks Colour Chart Swarovski No HotFix Flatbacks Colour Chart             Swarovski Crystal Bead Colours   Swarovski Fancy Stones (non-round rhinestones – not flatback or hotfix) – available shapes and colours Bead Shapes and Available Colours Swarovski Crystal Pendant – Available Shapes and Colours. (Pendants have a hole front-to-back or side-to-side – beads have a hole all the way …

Gemduos & The Elastic Needle

The next wave of GemDuos are here – the Gold Splash colours! Splashed with gold! More earthy than the Backlit Gemduos; Earthy is good, right?   Elastic Cord Needle! The Elastic Cord Needle. I thought for sure that this was going to be a swing and a miss in terms of new products – but I was pleasantly surprised! The instructions say: “Use the Elastic Cord Needle to plan out your beaded design, stringing the beads onto the wire, then catch 0.50 – 0.80 mm stretch cord with the threader hook, and slide your beads onto the elastic cord. The …

Beading emergency! To bead or not to bead?

What do you do when you have a beading emergency? Do you panic, or just buckle down and get the job done? Your time is precious, so think about this carefully! Today is more of a blogging emergency for me! Turkey day (Canadian Thanksgiving) gifted me with an extra day, to spend quality time with some of my older projects. To my delight, I was able to put three of them to bed (sorry, only in-process photos, this week)! My freeform peyote bracelet, a freeform peyote beaded bead (the one with the fall palette), and a wire embroidered, beaded brooch. …

Stitches of the Beads We Brew

Yes, the bats will fly and the ghouls will howl at the end of this month, but there is nothing scary about the classes at BeadFX. We have lots of classes coming up in late-October, including a full day chainmaille class with Marilyn Gardiner. Newbies to metalworking (and anyone who wants a refresher) will want to take Iris Rogers Melamed’s intro to soldering sterling wire class. Anne Marie Desaulniers will take your bead embroidery skills along to include fabric charms. You’ll learn about doing a style of bead mosaic with Pamela Kearns, with a surprise addition of adding cord to …

Some Enchanted Beading …

there will come a beader … across a beady class … Who is this enchanting beader? Who is Betty Stephan? Betty has won numerous international awards for her bead embroidery and has been published in several books and publications. Her necklace Cathedral Windows is pictured on the cover of 500 Beaded Jewelry and she was one of 30 featured artists in the book Marcia DeCoster Presents.   Her collars, Barcelona (2016) and Carousel of Time (2015), both won 3rd place in the Bead Dreams competition and her necklace Changes won grand prize in Bead Star competition in 2014. She teaches …

Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving! Have a terrific Turkey day! Our bricks and mortar store will be closed, Monday Oct 9 for Thanksgiving. But as always, our trusty computer running the online store will be standing by to take your orders! Have a safe and lovely holiday!

InspirationFX: Sticks & Stones

Sticks and Stones Designed by: Dwyn Tomlinson I love these twig inspired links – it seems to me that there are so many possibilities for using them; I hardly know where to start! This very dainty necklace features the twig links, and rivolies – feel free to use your favorite color. You could also make this with more chain and only 2 links and one rivoli stone, or you could make matching earrings with a single link and a rivoli – assuming you like super long dangling earrings, and have the long neck to wear them! You’ll need these super …