It’s a Dark and Stormy Sale – 25% off – spooky savings until Halloween!

I love October, and all the colours and the surprising weather and the sense of suspense – like something wonderful is coming! To celebrate October and all the ghoulish goodies that implies – we’re selecting some thematically relevant dark and stormy items for sale! Gunmetal and Black Metal Beads and Findings?Grunge get glamor and goth grows up. Dracula really digs this stuff. Sometimes the perfect accent is just to blend into the background.   Maybe a little rubber to go with that look? Rubber tubing, the cord (solid) can string/weave/knot – the tubing is hollow – run wire or beading …

As Promised, Lapis Cabs

I promised you Lapis Lazuli cabochons – and here they are. One of a Kind – please don’t wait – they will go fast. I don’t think I need to say anything else – they speak for themselves – “I’m bluuuuue – buy me.” At least – that’s what they say to me. 😉   What’s next? Here’s a clue … Tiger Iron! No actual tigers were ironed in the making of these beads – Tiger Iron is a combination of Tigereye, Hematite and Red Jasper. Tigereye and Hematite are both minerals that are iron-rich – but we don’t recommend …

Autumn Sparkles: Reflections on the season!

Though later than normal, autumn sparkles if you take a good look around you! I need to talk about beads, but I also want to talk about autumn leaves. Couldn’t this post be about both? I rarely work in autumn colours, but I actually created an entire Bead Journal Project (BJP) series, working with fallen leaves from 2014. I collected, pressed, and bead embroidered a series of 12 leaves (actually 13, but I didn’t like one of them). I’m really a blue/green type of girl, but I did slip in a couple of fall colours! All suitable for pendants, or …

What would happen if…

As an instructor, I’m always trying to create new project ideas that will best reflect a particular technique and is teachable, that is, can be easily and concisely explained so it can be done in a class. Sometimes old projects can be re-worked with new materials in different colours. Sometimes you just need to play with the materials and say, ‘what if.’ For example, what if I try a two-hole bead in place of a seedbead? Have you tried taking a product and tried using it in a completely different context than what you think it would normally be used …

Ice Is Nice – Swarovski Ice that is!

Thinking of frosting yourself with a little sparkling ice for the winter season? Soon, fall will splash her colours on the trees, frost will glitter in the a.m. – in some places – you’ve already had it this year. So here’s a thought – how about some rhinestones and the settings to pop them into. A little bling for the year-end parties? If you’ve been eyeing the Gita rhinestone settings – we have them for you! We have new choices in settings – and the stones to go with them. From pendants to links to earrings – you can flaunt …

Peyote Stitch: A dream of a stitch!

I must admit that peyote stitch is my favourite bead weaving stitch! I adore the simplicity of this stinking stitch! Believe it or not, I actually followed the rules, in the early days! The three bracelets shown below, illustrate the start of my addiction! The one with the bugle beads, was made in a class I took with Marilyn Parker & Maureen Warland (George Brown College), many, many years ago. I ripped that sucker out, many times, before finally getting with the program!!!! I did make one more bracelet, of this type, before vowing never again! Heh, heh, ladies…but I …

Our mid-October classes are a mosaic of techniques

“Winter is an etching, spring a watercolor, summer an oil painting, and autumn a mosaic of them all.” – Stanley Horowitz Autumn is in full colour mode and our BeadFX instructors are busy helping students achieve their creative dreams! Our mid-October classes include a new seed beading boot camp with Pamela Kearns and a new chainmaille design with Gillian Clarke. Our newest metalwork instructor is hosting an open metal studio where you can work on your metalwork projects. We also have a weekend full of beading classes that celebrates geometric beading with Pam and with Marilyn Parker! Throw a show …