May is blooming with classes

After what seemed to be the longest winter, Spring is finally bringing forth the blossoms. My budgie Indy has been answering all of the early morning birdsong – a much better alarm clock to wake up to! If this seasonal renewal has got your creativity whirring, then check out our mid-May classes. The range of classes touch upon bead embroidery, kiln enamelling and metal clay, lampworking, and seed beading. Anne Marie Desaulniers has a new class exploring stitching and beading on fabric that is completely intuitive – no patterns, no experience required! Liz Reynolds will teach you how to create …

Robyn Cornelius kicks off May classes

As I’m writing this, the outside is dull and rainy – typical April showers! However, I’ve been ‘planting’ nuggets of beading ideas that may bear interesting projects (and classes). We shall see what happens! No doubt though we have some exciting classes coming up including three metalwork classes with Robyn Cornelius! I’ve had the pleasure of taking several of Robyn’s classes and her forte is being able to bring students of all experience levels through to completion of her class projects. We also have Barbara Colautti with another polymer clay application that mimics the look of wood or ivory. If …

Refresh your Creativity

It’s Spring! The weather is finally catching up to the calendar. Plants are poking through the dirt. You’re itching to start something new. Spring is an ideal time to start something new or to breathe new life into a favourite activity. Classes are a great way to add to your knowledge base or to test your desire of trying a new technique. Our late-April classes have lots of options for you: Cindy Goldrick with Sue Henry will help you explore design possibilities with both wet and dry felting. If you’ve been wondering about the craze of ‘peyote with a twist, …

Bring a friend and save at Bead-Treat!

As human beings, we become so busy with our jobs, family, household chores, daily activities that we often neglect one of the most important aspects of life: friendships! These relationships develop over time and hold a very special place in our heart. Bead-Treat wants to help you celebrate your friendships! Until Friday, April 20, when you and a friend (or friends!) register for Bead-Treat, you will each get $25 off the registration fee! That means, you and your friend will be able to take all three classes, receive all three class kits, goodie bags, enjoy Friday evenings Meet and Greet …

April forecast: Expect showers of creativity!

Just in from ‘Planet BeadFX’: While May flowers are nice, this year expect showers of creativity and excitement in mid-April! It’s nice when the weather predictions are correct – at least you know what to wear! This year, thanks to our talented instructors, you can expect to bask in fun, creative exploration, and invigorating learning! Iris Rogers Melamed will expand your solding skills with bangles. If you’ve wanted to learn about beading on a loom, but didn’t know where to begin, Christine Woollacott will answer all your questions about the different looms available and get you started on your first …

Bring a friend and save at Bead-Treat!

As human beings, we become so busy with our jobs, family, household chores, daily activities that we often neglect one of the most important aspects of life: friendships! These relationships develop over time and hold a very special place in our heart. Bead-Treat wants to help you celebrate your friendships! Until Friday, April 20, when you and a friend (or friends!) register for Bead-Treat, you will each get $25 off the registration fee! That means, you and your friend will be able to take all three classes, receive all three class kits, goodie bags, enjoy Friday evenings Meet and Greet …

April opens up with amazing classes – no fooling!

When I turn the calendar to April, I know the good weather is on its way. It’s a sign to throw off the winter clothing and start getting ready for a new look with brighter colours and lighter fabrics. We tend to get out more too – the evenings are a little lighter and we feel a lot more adventurous. It opens up a whole new feeling of optimism! We have some great classes to kick off April. Marilyn Parker, a new instructor with BeadFX, is showing us how to make kaleidocycles. If you’ve wanted to learn about fine silver …

March into Spring Classes

Weather doesn’t necessarily match the calendar, but we’re finally heading into a new season – Spring. Not only do our moods lighten but so do our colours – here come the pastels, the creams, the lilacs and greens. By the way, the Pantone Colour of the Year is Ultra Violet – a very amethyst-inspired colour that is perfect for spring-inspired designs! Late-March classes include a ‘newbie’ class with Pamela Kearns – perfect to get started making jewellery. Anne Marie Desaulniers has a mixed media class using Pebeo paint and bezels for one-of-a-kind pendants. If you’ve wondered about metal clay, Liz …

Bead-Treat: Your Questions Answered

We’re getting quite a bit of interest in Bead-Treat with participants coming from as far away as Quebec! And, yes, people have questions about what to expect. Here are some of the questions already posed to us. Email your questions to pam@beadfx.com and I’ll answer you as quickly as possible. Q. What if I’m not an expert in any of the techniques that are being taught? A. Not a problem! At the beginning of each class, the instructor will take you through the basics of that particular technique. For example, Marilyn Gardiner will start the day by making a pair …

Buy directly from the Artists at our upcoming Trunk Show

BeadFX has close associations with so many artisans that we just need to share their beautiful works! This is a perfect opportunity to get a gift for yourself or a special someone in time for Spring! BeadFX Trunk Show Saturday, April 7 11:00am – 4:00pm Bring a friend – all are welcome to this FREE event! Our inspiring designers/artisans who will be showing and selling their designs are: Barbara Colautti – Polymer Clay A fruitless search for just the right brooch to complete an outfit, 13 years ago, led me down the path of polymer clay experimentation. I had expected …