Getting the Most from a BeadFX Class

Classes an integral part of BeadFX. Our instructors love to teach and enthusiastically share their knowledge to students. We asked our instructors what tips they can give to students to make their learning experience better – and we got lots of answers! Some of the suggestions are presented here; others will follow in future posts. Be on time – even a little early Arriving a little early lets you take a breath, find a seat and get settled. “Respect the instructor and the other students, by planning to arrive on time,” requests Anne Marie Desaulniers who specializes in mixed media. …

Let Autumn Colours Stir Your Creativity

I love the colours of Fall – the deep, almost burgundy reds, crisp oranges, rustic browns and bright yellows and the remnants of summer green. How can it not stir the creative soul? We welcome Astrid Riedel to our calendar of September classes. Astrid is teaching two outstanding lampwork classes. Our late-September classes also feature several new classes including a new full day class with Marilyn Gardiner. Angela Peace is teaching a new way to end ropes and other substantial pieces that need tube ends. Wire workers will love Lucie Lee‘s new class and seed beaders will adore Naomi Smith‘s …

Return to Learn

It’s official – Labour Day has passed and the kids (or grand kids) have headed back to school! What about you? Are you ready to get ‘Back to Class’? Our free Back to Class Open House is this Saturday. I guarantee that your creativity will be stirred and piqued when you see the wonderful projects that our instructors have planned for this Fall. Our mid-September classes feature a variety of techniques including metalwork classes with two new instructors: Liz Kennedy and Darija Radic. Anne Marie Desaulniers will lead you along a freeform peyote path with a new earring project. If …

Happy September!

I love September! There, I’ve said it. I was one of those geeky kids who couldn’t wait to get back to school. September meant new discoveries and a fresh start for a school year. It’s still like that for me – except that exploring new things now applies to beading, metalwork and anything else that catches my creative eye! Our annual Back to Class event kicks off the month! 2018 marks the Fifth Anniversary of this popular and free event. In recognition of this milestone, every who registers for a class on September 8 – either in-store or on-line – …

Join us: 5th Annual Back to Class Open House

Hammer, stitch, saw, weave, bend, torch, knot, punch, fold, wrap – it sounds like something out of an action movie! The real action is happening in our Fall class line-up and the wonderful projects that you’ll be enjoying with our imaginative and enthusiastic instructors. Preview the action at our upcoming 5th Annual Back to Class Open House! Date: Saturday, September 8 Time: 11:00am – 3:00pm Where: Throughout BeadFX! To celebrate our 5th annual event, when you register for a class during the event, you will be automatically entered into a draw for a $50 Gift Certificate – one ballot for …

Don’t let Summer slip away without taking a class!

How do you recognize that summer is coming to an end? Here in Toronto, we know that the end is near when we hear the radio jingles for the Canadian National Exposition (CNE for short!). Yes, the days are getting a little shorter and fall schedules will start. But hey, let’s not end it quite yet! If you need to get your freeform peyote or bead embroidery mojo up and started again, why not drop by Anne Marie Desaulnier‘s new UFO (UnFinished Objects) session? Marilyn Gardiner has classes happening with two stunning chainmaille bracelet projects that are drop-dead gorgeous! If …

Coming to a Show near You!

BeadFX is taking the show – and some of the store – on the road to some popular consumer shows this coming Fall. Saturday, August 25 Fibre Spirit 10:00am – 4:30pm Barrie, Ontario Fibre Spirit is the first festival of its kind in Barrie, where over 75 vendors from the fibre community will gather to showcase gorgeous fibres and yarns, dazzling beads, notions, and embellishments, exciting new kits, patterns and books, and more! Saturday, September 8 K-W Knitters’ Fair 9:30am – 4:30pm Kitchener, Ontario Aimed at the knitting community, this long-standing show features over 80 vendors and takes place at …

Enjoy the Dog Days of Summer!

We’ve all heard the phrase ‘dog days of summer’, but did you know it has nothing to do with our canine friends? The phrase actually refers to the position of Sirius (the dog star) in the summer sky. The star is at its highest between mid-July to late-August which coincides with the hottest and most humid temperatures. In any case, keep your dogs well watered! Our mid-August classes feature a wide range of jewellery making techniques and BeadFX is a great place to cool off from the summer heat! Pamela Kearns is teaching how to do bead mosaic in the …

August is feeling Hot, Hot, Hot!

When I think of summer, I think of watermelons, iced tea and Caribbean-style music with a strong beat. It’s good to get out and have fun! Problem is – really high heat and humidity and I don’t mix well; I like the air conditioning! If you’re feeling the need to create and need air conditioning, then come on into BeadFX In fact, the classroom is so cool, you may want to bring a light sweater or wrap! Our open sessions are a perfect time to work on unfinished projects or start new projects over conversations with fellow enthusiasts. Early-August classes …

Spread your Creative Wings!

You can cultivate creativity – you don’t need to be born with it. According to WikiHow, broadening your knowledge is one way of fostering creativity. For example, you have an idea for a bracelet that you want to create. If the bracelet is metal, do you need to know how to solder? If it is made of beads, what beads will work best and how can you assemble it? Like many people, you head to YouTube to check out the techniques. Yea, you found something! Unfortunately, the video isn’t in focus; the sound is muffled and you can’t ask questions. …