Photo to Beaded Pattern

A fun little tool from Miyuki to convert your photos to beading patterns We’ve seen a number of beading-pattern-makers over the years – by and large, they seem to not be much fun to use, and try to do too much. This, by contrast, does Miyuki Delicas, Peyote or Square stitch. That’s it. You can also use the Square Stitch option to create patterns for looming. The software is online, and runs in your browser, so nothing to download – except the pattern afterwards if you want.   They have instructions in English here, but I’m going to run you …

Totally Random Thoughts and Photos!

Occasionally, blog posts need to have some totally random thoughts, and I’m okay with that! A funny thing happened last week. While packing for a class a while back, I discovered that I had lost one of my bead embroidered cabochons. I searched, and searched, but the class had to go on without it!! While I was re-organizing supplies last week, I found the cabochon in a totally random box of paints!! How the heck did it get there? I must have been carrying it, when it slipped out of my hands, and into the open box, because there is …

Discovering: Kumihimo

Did you know you can create your own customized fibre ropes and cords for bracelets, belts and necklaces? Imagine creating your own patterns in colours that will enhance your pendants and other focal pieces! Kumihimo is a Japanese form of braid-making. Cords and ribbons are made by interlacing strands. Kumi himo is Japanese for “gathered threads”. Traditionally, tools such as the marudai and the takadai were employed to make more complex braids in shorter time. Weighted bobbins or tama held the fibres, typically silk, in place as the braid was made. These braids can be round, flat, four sided and …

Creativity Check! What will spring bring?

It’s March, and it’s definitely time for a creativity check! The weather outside is not telling me that it’s spring, but my heart is still longing for it! I suffer from the winter doldrums, but not because of the cold! It’s because winter is just so long in this part of the world. I grew up in Vancouver, B.C., where signs of spring, start popping up in early February, while the rest of us just have freezing temperatures! Sigh! Back to the creativity check! February is finished, March is here, and I need to learn something new!!!! I’m going to …

Mad about March classes

When you mention ‘March Madness’, most automatically think of basketball playoffs. Not at BeadFX! By now you know that our annual March Madness Sale is in full swing. As part of the special sale, we are please to present March Madness Mini Classes (say that five times fast!); five quick classes that will introduce you to a wide variety of techniques and projects. Taking place during our local school boards’ March Break, these classes are suitable for teens and adults alike. Here are the classes and open sessions scheduled March 11 to March 20: Monday, March 11 NEW March Madness …