Bloom Where You’re Planted

If you’ve been anywhere near a garden centre, you know that there are flats of bright colourful flowers, herbs and other greenery ready for your home garden. BeadFX classes are blooming too. Whether you’re a Seed Bead Snapdragon, a Wirework Water Lily or a Metalwork Marigold, we have a class or open session for you! As a matter of interest, gardening and crafts have similar benefits for adults: Encourages use of all motor skillsLearning new skills challenges the brain and promotes problem-solvingReduces stress levels and promotes relaxationImproves wellbeing as a result of social interactionPromotes self-esteem Here are the BeadFX activities scheduled …

Too Beautiful for Words

Sometimes, I feel like the beads in an update really don’t need me to say anything other than – here, have at them. This is one of those updates. I’m going to start with these – Terra Agate. These big barrel beads – I keep thinking they look like lampwork beads. They are so gorgeous, and so individual – they look hand-crafted. Chrysocolla – it’s no secret I love chrysocolla, and judging from the way it flies out the door, I’m thinking a fair number of you do too! Mind you – Lapis has been known to be my fave …

Skinny Leather: What do you do with it?

Let’s talk about skinny leather? No, not leather that’s been put on a diet, but a pretty cool jewelry making supply! I’m not sure what your definition of skinny leather is, but mine encompasses both round, and flat leather, and even leather and suede lacings. Now the question is, what the heck do you do with it? Leather can be both casual, and dressy! Pair it with stones for a more casual look, or bling it out to make a real statement! I love to wear my leather, Chan Luu style, wrap bracelet with jeans (no, I didn’t make it, …

Planting Seeds of Creativity

It’s that time of year when we clean out the garden and start to select greenery to plant. Spring is also an ideal time of year to shake the winter cobwebs from our imagination and look for inspiration to get our creativity flowering again. Can you stimulate creativity? Yes – everyone can become more creative! I like to use the camera feature of my phone to snap colour ideas from clothes in a store or patterns and textures on walls and pavement. Ideas exist everywhere. I have no idea what I’ll use the photos for, but it may spark a …

Do we have Bezels? – Yes we have Nunn

We’d give you the stars and the moon and the sun – but we have Nunn. Nunn Designs that is! Are you a fan of the lovely creations of Nunn Designs? We are – and especially our mixed-media-fiend Anne Marie, who is little bit like that kid that is always, “Mommy, mommy – can we get some of these?” Good thing she has good taste! So we have new shapes in bezels, for those of you who like to resin-ate. Fingernail Earring Findings – if you haven’t seen these, you might be a bit confused. They are designed to hold …

Long and Luscious: For the ears, of course!

It’s pretty bad when you start dreaming of long and luscious, seedbead earrings! I don’t have a lot of experience wearing long earrings, but I think that I’m tempted to try. My only real exposure to long earrings, were those giant Sterling Silver hoops, that I used to wear, and my freeform peyote earrings (I’ve even taught a class about them, but probably not on the schedule until the summer). Other than that, my earrings have been fairly subdued. I have been known to wear a pair, with single stones on a long chain, but other than that, nada! Even …

Discover: Beading on a Loom

According to sources, loom beading is an invention of North American First Nations groups; however, cultures around the world feature beaded designs done on a beading loom. Fast-forward to today and you’ll find a myriad of bead looms in all shapes and sizes constructed out out a variety of materials, including wood, metal pipe, wire and plastic. You can loom round seed beads, cylinder beads and 2-hole beads; all will give you different effects. In spite of all the differences, all bead looms work the same: Warps are created down the length of the loom; the more columns of beads …

Rocking a Collection: Let the buyer beware!

I feel like rocking a collection! I’ve done it before, and I think that it’s time to do it again!! Collections are funny things! You start with one item, that piece whispers to you, and all of a sudden, your studio space has shrunk exponentially! You’ll notice that I said “studio space”, because some have the luxury of actual space, others only have a closet, but most need to squeeze it out wherever they can. My studio started in my spare bedroom, but has since oozed out to the rest of my home. Is it any wonder that I feel …

Stir your Spring Spirit with a class

Spring! Winter is finally passing and the weather is showing a hint of warmer temperatures and sunshine. Depending where you are in Canada, tree buds may be starting to bloom and crocuses are starting to poke up through the ground. Spring is a time to shake off the winter grime and pull out the brighter-coloured clothes. If course you need jewellery to go with your new Spring wardrobe – why not make it for yourself and friends! Our mid-April classes will stir your Spring spirit with some seed beading, metal clay, fibre work and more! Here are the classes and …