Marching into April

We’re in the midst of the in-between stage of winter turning into spring and waiting to see if March is heading out as a lamb with gentler weather or like a lion with a full winter blast! Fortunately, our classes are much more certain – you know you’ll get value for your money from knowledgeable and enthusiastic instructors. Plus you’ll have lots of fun while learning something new! Our late-March classes cover everything from seedbeading to chainmaille to fibrework to metalwork and wirework – there is is literally something for everyone! Here are the classes and open sessions scheduled March …

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 …

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 …

Celebrate National Craft Month with a Class

What is the difference between art and craft? The question isn’t new and has sparked debates for years.  Both are definitely within the realm of creativity! One possible answer is that craft is has a predictable outcome – such as the crafting of a chair or piece of jewellery. It provides a product that has a purpose and use. Art, on the other hand, is unpredictable, doesn’t have a specific use (such as a painting or sculpture) and is used to evoke thought and emotion. Of course, this is a very simplistic explanation and doesn’t cover those ‘in-between’ creative activities! …

Come in out the cold for a class!

Late-February is jam-packed full of classes to brighten the dullest month of the year! Whether you’re a beginner or confirmed enthusiast in beading, metalwork, mixed media, metal clay, fibre or chainmaille, there is a class for you! Our open sessions are a perfect time to give yourself the gift of dedicated time to work on your own projects and get inspiration and assistance and meet new friends. Join us for a class or open session scheduled February 21 to 28: Thursday, February 21 FREE Afternoon Bead TeaFacilitator: Pamela Kearns1:00 – 3:00pmEnjoy coffee and conversation as your work on your projects! …

Discovering: Chainmaille

When you think of chainmaille, you automatically think of knights and dragons and jousting tournaments. The use of this flexible armor has a much earlier history and dates back to the 4th century BCE. It is believed that chainmaille was invented by the Celts and was adopted by the Romans after they realized its potential after fighting the Celts. In addition to Europe, other cultures including Japan and Persia used chainmaille as protection in battle. In Japan, chainmaille was known as Kusari and was used in samurai armor in the 1270s. Persia’s use of chainmaille is lesser known but was …

Do What You Love

February is known for its holidays (such as Groundhog Day) and regular events (Super Bowl and Academy Awards), but nothing is as iconic as Valentine’s Day. The day’s historical origins are varied and are linked to romantic relationships. As a single person, I’m turning it focus on what I love to do – such as beading and other activities. Certainly there are lots of classes to do BeadFX! Polymer clay, enamelling on fine silver metal clay and wire working take the spotlight in our mid-February calendar. We are also pleased to announce that Open Bead Night will take place every …

Come out of winter hibernation with a class

Finally, the days are getting noticeably longer and I’m beginning to get more interested in ‘the outside’. Leave it to me to stay curled up with my beads! Classes have definitely kicked into full gear and early-February has some great opportunities including a new class with Ann Shewan; a new bead embroidery class with Anne Marie Desaulniers and a new wirework class with Lucie Lee. We are also thrilled to have Jen Rosen back with two wire classes that are perfect for ‘newbies’. As always we have lots of encore classes in case you missed them before now. Mark your …

Getting the most from a BeadFX class, part 2

Learning is an investment in yourself. It requires time to take the class and practise your skills. There is also a financial cost for the fees and any materials you require. So, how do you get the best return on your investment? I asked our instructors how students can help themselves to get the most out of a class. Part 1 of this article is posted here. Here are some more tips to help you become a great learner. Perfection is not a requirement. View making mistakes as an extra learning opportunity. Often times making a mistake enriches the experience …

What would you like to learn?

Our late-January classes wrap up 2019’s first month of the year. February is just around the corner with lots more classes, but it all begs the¬†question, ‘What do you want to learn?’ Is BeadFX offering what you’re interested in? Your feedback on our classes is greatly appreciated and if there is something bead-related, or a wire working, metal working, or a lampwork technique you want to learn but haven’t seen us offer, please tell us about it. You can put your suggestion in the comments or email me at pam@beadfx.com. In the meantime, please come and enjoy a class or …