“May” all things be possible!

May is a month of celebrations – some very serious, such as Mother’s Day, and Cinco de Mayo, and some that are just plain wacky – such as ‘Star Wars’ Day (May the Fourth Be With You.) Late-May celebrations includes Victoria Day in Canada and Memorial Day in the United States. The best part is enjoying a long weekend with friends and family. To be honest, I’m finding that May is racing by; June seems to be right around the corner. Join me by living in the present and enjoying what is here and now – including upcoming classes with visiting …

Celebrate your Creative Achievements

Graduations. Proms. Weddings. Anniversaries. For many, these are life’s milestones and opportunities to celebrate life with friends and family. Do you celebrate your achievements? Accomplishments can be large or small or even ‘steps along the way’ to bigger successes. Celebrating your accomplishments can boost your confidence, help to stave off burnout, and fuel your continued success. In the midst of Open Bead Night and Afternoon Bead Tea, I often hear “oh, it’s just a necklace”, or “it’s just a pair of earrings”. Please, never ‘just’ your accomplishments! You’ve spent time; you’ve applied learning; and you’ve put yourself into your designs. …

Jean Power returns to BeadFX

It is always a thrill to have Jean Power come to BeadFX! Joining us from England, Jean is an internationally acclaimed designer, author, and instructor who specializes in geometric seed beading. She has authored eights books (with two more to come) and has contributed to books and magazines over the last several years. In addition to the classes, BeadFX will be hosting a Meet and Greet in the store. Jean will be bringing patterns and kits with her. We will have several copies of her books available and Jean will be happy to sign them for you. Jean’s classes are: …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

April Class Forecast: Showers of Creativity are Expected

An umbrella won’t stop you from getting soaked in creativity! We have some great classes coming up in early April that you’ll enjoy! Share the experience and invite a friend to come with you. Who knows, you may introduce someone to a brand new passion! Here are the classes and open sessions scheduled April 1 – 10: Monday, April 1 Happy Hour TorchingFacilitator: Carol Cooper5:00 – 9:00pmPractise your skills or work on your lampwork projects with others! Wednesday, April 3 Open Metal Studio: Kiln EnamellingFacilitator: Christine Woollacott5:00 – 9:00pmJoin like-minded enthusiasts and work on those enamelling projects you’ve been itching …

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 …