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?

s56597 Czech Shaped Beads - 2 Hole Matubo GemDuo - Gold Splash Ivorys56598 Czech Shaped Beads - 2 Hole Matubo GemDuo - Gold Splash Browns56600 Czech Shaped Beads - 2 Hole Matubo GemDuo - Gold Splash Jet

 

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 looped bottom of the needle will hold your beads in place as you are stringing them. Fits beads with holes 1 mm (0.040 in) or larger.”

The first order of the day was finding beads with holes big enough to go over the hook. They need to have a 1 mm hole – these stone rounds on the 16 inch strands do work, and so do a lot of the size 6/0 seed beads (the odd one doesn’t, and I haven’t tried the silver-lined – which have a square hole). You do need to use the Opelon, which is flatter and takes up less space, to string on.

But I hooked into the middle of stretch of cord twice the length of the finished bracelet and they slid on fine. I was pleasantly surprised. And having now used this tool – the Elastic Needle – for a number of projects – I have to say – I am sold on it!

 

74330134 Needle - Elastic Cord Needle -

 

It must be Fall – cute little lightweight wood maple leaves. Assorted colors – you get what you get.

s56580 Wood - Maple Leaf - Assorted (10)

Downtown Velvet Brown – the new Swarovski Pearl color – a rich, warm, cocoa-by-the-fire brown. Mmmm, delish!

s56594 Swarovski Pearl - 8 mm Round Pearl (5810) - Velvet Brown Pearl (strand 25)

 

Classes

I know – the projects in these classes with Betty Stephan look completely intimidating. But look – no prerequisite. Nothing to buy. Any level of beader. You can thread a needle, right? Scroll down the eye candy. Try not to drool on your keyboard or phone. Call the store to register: (416) 751-1911 or toll-free 877-473-2323.

STOP THE PRESSES! WE JUST GOT ONLINE REGISTRATION WORKING! Now, you can sign up online!

And, because of the holiday – we’ve extended the date for the early bird discount to Oct 20!!

 

 

Enchanted Bracelet/Components with? Betty Stephan

November 3 @ 10:00 am5:00 pm

Cdn $260.00

Course outline: The round components in this bracelet are a marriage of bead embroidery and bead weaving, beginning with a bead embroidered base, then beads are woven in layers to give more dimension ? the connectors are the second component. Kits/instructions will be provided for the bracelets ? with additional beads available to create a necklace, cuff bracelet, pendant and/or earrings by combining these components in different ways.

The class will cover how to make and join these components together to create the pictured bracelet ? but we will also be discussing how to make different pieces from joining components and tips on layout and design. Techniques include bead embroidery stitches, layered beadweaving/bead embroidery, unique edging with O beads, and how to make a beaded toggle clasp. You will complete at least one of each component.

Note: the class fee includes your project materials ? approximate $98 value. Please state your colour choice when registering. Optional add-ons will be available from the instructor at an approximate cost between $15 to $22 CAD.

Skill level: All levels

Prerequisite: N/A

Technique: Bead embroidery, bead weaving

Bring to class: Magnification if required; scissors

Early Bird Offer! Register on or before October 10 EXTENDED TO OCTOBER 20 for only $242 + HST. As of October 11, the registration fee will go to the regular price of $260 + HST.

?Register Here

Night Music Cuff Bracelet with Betty Stephan

November 4 @ 10:00 am5:00 pm

Cdn $255.00

Course outline: This beautifully elegant and textured bead embroidered bracelet is created using velvet ribbon and gold braiding as a base ? making it much less difficult to make than it appears! The rhinestone cup chain adds some sparkle and this cuff will be a favorite to wear out on-the-town or for everyday casual.

Several different bead embroidery stitches will be taught, as well as bead weaving a strip and attaching it to the cuff for a 3 dimensional effect. The students will learn how to securely attach cup chain and how to use ribbon and braiding both as a stitching guide and as an embellishment. The cuff will not be completed in class but you will have all of the knowledge necessary to complete it at home.

Note: the class fee includes your project materials ? approximate $91 value. Please state your colour choice when registering.

Skill level: All levels

Prerequisite: N/A

Technique: Bead embroidery, bead weaving

Bring to class: Magnification if required; scissors

Early Bird Offer! Register on or before October 10 EXTENDED TO OCTOBER 20 for only $235 + HST. As of October 11, the registration fee will go to the regular price of $255 + HST.

?Register Here

Dreamer Necklace with Betty Stephan

November 5 @ 10:00 am5:00 pm

Cdn $255.00

Course outline: This necklace combines metal findings and glass beads to create a stunning statement piece that is a nice wearable size. The pendant hangs from a pretty flowered pattern chain made from MiniDuos and seed beads. MiniDuo flowers are layered onto both a large metal flower on the pendant and a metal leaf that hangs below which have both been hand-painted to coordinate with the color scheme.

Students will Learn: How to make a pretty neck chain by weaving MiniDuo beads and seed beads; how to weave two different flower components and attach them to metal findings; several bead embroidery stitches; and how to make a beaded toggle clasp. The project will not be completed in class; however, you will have all the information to complete the necklace at home.

Note: the class fee includes your project materials ? approximate $91 value. Please state your colour choice when registering.

Skill level: All levels

Prerequisite: N/A

Technique: Bead embroidery, bead weaving

Bring to class: Magnification if required; scissors

Early Bird Offer! Register on or before October 10 EXTENDED TO OCTOBER 20 for only $235 + HST. As of October 11, the registration fee will go to the regular price of $255 + HST.

?Register Here?

 

Call the store to register if the shopping cart gives you any grief whatsoever! (416) 751-1911 or toll-free 877-473-2323.

 

 

Sale Stuff – Stone Beads! – 20% off

 

Got Goth?

20 – 33% off

Get back to black! Sometimes the best accent is the one that disappears.

Pair gunmetal grey or black metal findings with beads of bright colours and your dark clothing – the rich colours will seem to float on the dark background as the dark metal disappears. To help you try this out – savings of 20% or more off – from now until the spooky end of October!

 

As always – you can view all interesting new stuff on the website here.

 

Reminder – Online Frequent Beader Points – Shipping Changes

Effective July 15, we are no longer offering Frequent Beader Points for our ONLINE / EMAIL / PHONE / FAX sales. This had been an extension of our in-store loyalty program. However, on-line users tell us they would rather have more immediate benefits, so we will now give you the opportunity to get discounts on your shipping on smaller orders. $100 still ships free, but orders over $50 may now get discounts from the flat rate, depending on the eligibility of the purchases. Please see the shipping page for more details.

You have until the end of the 2017 to redeem your existing ONLINE Frequent Beader Points on your online orders. Just note in the comments box that you would like to redeem them.

In-store collection and redemption of in-store Frequent Beader Points has not changed. If you shop online and in-store, you may convert existing online points to in-store points. Please email info@beadfx.com to request point conversion. Please allow two weeks for processing.

Cheers!

 

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