It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year…

That’s right – it’s that time again – Back to School Time! And with the kids off at school, the buses running more frequently and the weather cooling down (I know, 29C with a humidex of 34C is hardly cooling off! But with mid-teens an low 20’s forecast for next week, fall is on its way.), why not take a class yourself? With Dancing Dahlias, Byzantine Bracelets, and Art Clay Play Days, we have a range of classes to ignite your imagination and build your beading skills this fall. Looking to Lampwork? We have 4-hour Introductions, 8-hour Weekends and the …

Knitting and Crochet @ BeadFX

Don’t worry, we haven’t gone crazy, sold off all our beads and replaced them with a ton of yarn! This fall BeadFX will be offering two brand-spanking-new courses on how to crochet using beads and fine gauge wire. (And if you’ve had a look through the October issue of Bead & Button, you’ll know just how hot bead crochet will be this fall!) Stephanie Dixon, a member of the Toronto Bead Society and avid “hooker”, will be teaching basic (no crochet experience necessary!) and intermediate wire bead crochet classes, starting Saturday September 13th. That same day, BeadFX will also be …

Turquoise Waves

After spending the last week camping and relaxing on the shores of Lake Huron and Georgian Bay, I’m finally back to work. But I didn’t manage to escape beads for the entire week! While on our way to hike the Cup & Saucer Trail on Manitoulin Island, we dropped into Lillian’s Crafts in M’Chigeeng. There we found quite a large selection of seedbeads and bugles for sale, as well as some gorgeous beadwork. If you are ever in the area, definitely make a stop there to check out the beadwork, carvings and stunning quill boxes. The scenery is definitely something …

Have you been bitten by the bug?

As a result of all the wet weather (this past July being one of the rainiest on record) Ontario has a bumper crop of mosquitos. Its even become so bad, news reports are warning motorists of wildlife being driven out of wooded areas onto highways by the bugs. Whether headed up north to cottage country, down to Olympic Island for Caribana celebrations or off to Thompson Park for Ribfest this past long weekend, hopefully everyone remembered to take along a bottle of Deep Woods Off and a tube of AfterBite. But the mosquito wasn’t the bug i was referring to …

Don’t be a Turkey… Come Take a Class @ BeadFX

After a BeadFX roadtrip to Buffalo earlier this summer, we have been plagued with talk of wild turkeys. Our first sighting was in a park, just opposite the Albright-Knox Art Gallery. We promptly stopped the car to get a better look and as Cindy, Sue, Nadine and I sat there in the middle of the road staring at this gigantic bird staring back at us, we decided it must be a wild turkey. A google search the following day proved our suspicions right, this was no emu escaped from the zoo, it was a four foot tall turkey! Then, a …

Summer Sizzles @ BeadFX

I can’t quite explain it, but every summer, the hotter it gets the more people want to lampwork! Maybe, it’s because they can’t wait to make fun and summery beads.Maybe, they use it as reverse air-conditioning (because after sitting at a torch and reaching into a 950°F kiln for a few hours, even the summer heat feels cool!).Or, maybe it stems from a deep-seated desire to roast marshmallows on a campfire! Whatever the reason, why not join in on all the fun! Drop by our studio and check out the glass, mandrels, torches and kilns used to create beautiful handmade …

Textural Herringbone

The sun is shining, the humidity is building and a chorus of cicadas floats through the air. The dog days of summer are finally here! And what could be better than taking your beading outside! Sure the breeze kicks up every-so-often and blows your beading mat and all of your beads across lawn – but it’s warm and it’s sunny and we certainly need the vitamin D. But if you’re looking for a break from all that heat and humidity, drop by our air conditioned store this Sunday July 20th for Cindy Vroom’s Textural Herringbone class. Create a light and …

More Chinese Knotting

Guess who’s coming back to BeadFX? Angela Peace! After teaching two packed Chinese Knotting classes last May, Angela will be back in August to teach her introductory class and a new intermediate class! Introduction to Chinese Knotting Saturday August 16th, 10am – 2pmThis introductory course will introduce you to the traditional art of Chinese knotting. You will learn how to tie basic knots, such as the button knot and snake knot, and learn how to create an adjustable button knot cord fastener. We will also discuss how to incorporate these techniques into your jewellery when stringing or making pendant style …

Wire Wrapping 101

Have you always been amazed by wire wrapped beads and cabochons? Are you looking to do more than just wrapped and simple loops? Then this class is for you! Coming in August we will have a new teacher at BeadFX, Robert Burton! Robert, a wire sculptor, has a natural flare for creating beautiful pieces of wearable art. His 30 years of experience in the bending and shaping of metals has made the transition to wire sculpting a natural one. Robert will be teaching a 9-hour wire wrapping course spread over three Fridays. In this course you will learn basic wire …

Inventory is Over!

Finally, after 11000 product numbers, 300 inventory pages, 275 man-hours and 7 lbs of elastic bands, our annual inventory is finished! A giant thank you goes out to all our staff, family and friends that got roped into helping us count for the last two and a half days. And boy, do we have a heck of a lot of leaves and flowers! After counting just shy of 1000 crabapple leaves, I started to think it might be faster to count the leaves on the crabapple tree in my yard! Megan has decided, after completing page after page of botanical …