April forecast: Expect showers of creativity!

Just in from ‘Planet BeadFX’: While May flowers are nice, this year expect showers of creativity and excitement in mid-April!

It’s nice when the weather predictions are correct – at least you know what to wear! This year, thanks to our talented instructors, you can expect to bask in fun, creative exploration, and invigorating learning!

Iris Rogers Melamed will expand your solding skills with bangles. If you’ve wanted to learn about beading on a loom, but didn’t know where to begin, Christine Woollacott will answer all your questions about the different looms available and get you started on your first project. Kumihimo is staging a comeback and Angela Peace will take you through the steps of creating your own braided ropes – with and without beads! Pamela Kearns is teaching all about brick stitch and you’ll explore how you can use this versatile, yet easy, stitch. Anne Marie Desaulniers and Bonni Poch round out the mid-month offerings with bead embroidery, mixed media and wirework, respectively.

Here are the classes and open sessions scheduled April 11 to April 20:

Thursday, April 12
Afternoon Bead Tea
Facilitator: Pamela Kearns
1:00 – 3:00pm
Give yourself dedicated time to work on your projects!


Open Metal Studio: Hot and Cold Connections
Facilitator: Iris Rogers Melamed
6:00 – 9:00pm
Finish or start a new metalwork project with Iris’ assistance!


handmade giftsBeading without a Net: Intuitive Bead Embroidery
Instructor: Anne Marie Desaulniers
10:00am – 6:00pm
Explore intuitive bead embroidery with Anne Marie!


Hot Connections: Rolling and Wavy Bangles
Instructor: Iris Rogers Melamed
10:30am – 4:30pm
Kick-up your soldering skills with ever-popular bangles!


Sunday, April 14
Introduction to the Bead Loom
Instructor: Christine Woollacott
11:30am – 3:00pm
Discover the different bead looms and what you can create with them!


Wire Wrapped Stone Bracelet
Instructor: Bonni Poch
12:00 – 3:00pm
Frame stone beads with wire and join them to make a stunning bracelet!


Monday, April 16
Happy Hour Torching
Facilitator: Carol Cooper
5:00 – 9:00pm
Create beads or work on your lampwork skills!


Planet BeadFXWednesday, April 18
Open Bead Night
Facilitator: Bonnie Cottingham
6:00 – 8:00pm
Work on your UFOs and PHDs with your bead-y friends!


Thursday, April 19
Afternoon Bead Tea
Facilitator: Pamela Kearns
1:00 – 3:00pm
Be among the first to see the new weekly products!


Seed Beading Boot Camp: Brick Stitch
Instructor: Pamela Kearns
5:00 – 9:00pm
Add this versatile stitch to your seed beading toolbox!


Asian Influence: Paper, Resin & Copper Pendant and/or Brooch
Instructor: Anne Marie Desaulniers
5:00 – 9:00pm
Create a trendy brooch or pendant using mixed media!


Friday, April 20
NEW Kumihimo Boot Camp: From Fibre to Beads
Instructor: Angela Peace
6:00 – 9:00pm
Learn the ancient art of Japanese braiding! Class continues Saturday, 11:00am – 4:00pm.

Click on the class/open session title to see complete information, including applicable fees. You can also go to the April class calendar to see all of the opportunities!

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