Czmate Diamonds, GemDuos & Beetle Wings

This week – we’re adding the Czechmate Diamonds to the shaped bead buffet. Unlike the GemDuos (and we have more of those too!) – these are a diamond shape with the hole running through the short axis – top to bottom if you like, although, once you turn them on their side to use them, it’s isn’t top to bottom any more. These have the same hole spacing as the other Czechmate 2 hole beads, although the hole (!) fun of these is seeing how you can make them fit together and create interesting patterns and textures. As I mentioned …

Embrace the imperfections!

Embrace the imperfections, then take time to smell the roses! No one is perfect, so why put yourself down, for something that is virtually unattainable? I posted a partially stitched and embroidered stone, on my Instagram account (amd_artfuldreamer) this morning. I was thinking about how difficult it was to stitch a perfect rock. It’s awkward in your hands, there is no give, and it’s heavy to work with. So, I decided to embrace the imperfections, and just go with the flow! Threads are hanging, the stitches and edges aren’t perfect, yet the colours are sea-like and dreamy! I love the …

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, …

Pink and Pearls – the “Girly” Update

Almost no-one here at BeadFX will admit to being a “girly” girl. We rassle molten glass for fun, buy our own diamonds thenkewverrymuch, and stab things thousands of times with tiny little needles … we’re smart, funny, practical, and would rather have sandals than spike heels. That said – we still have a place in our hearts for pearls and pink … Such as 3 and 4 mm Glass Pearls. In colours ranging from pretty natural – to pretty cool – these small pearls can be spacers, or working into your bead weaving/shaped bead projects. You don’t even need to …

Sculptural beadwork – 3-D and fabulous!

What do you think of, when I say sculptural beadwork? I think art!!! Although most of us consider beading to be a type of wearable art, sculptural beadwork is something entirely different! Now that doesn’t mean that jewelery is not art, it’s just that we’re more conditioned to think of objects as more sculptural. In my own small way, I’ve been playing around with this idea, for a while now. Mainly with my dolls, but more recently, with stitching, and beading a small beach stone (more about that, in future blog posts). Freeform peyote, and intuitive bead embroidery, are obvious …

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 …

Stamps, Chains, Neon Seedbeads

  New ways to make a good impression from the fabulous folks at ImpressArt. You can craft your message with the new Celtic font, in UPPERCASE, lowercase and matching numbers! And, if you are feeling outdoorsy – some great new stamps to celebrate the summer camping theme, with a campfire, canoe, tent, and more. Also fun are the new divided arrows! Use these to highlight a sentence or phrase, or as part of a repeating design!   In addition, we have more choices too in the chain department – check out the new ball chains, of course with the matching …

Polymer clay play! Experiment if you dare!

My experiments with polymer clay play, continue in a haphazard kind of way! I love to experiment, but in fact, usually end up with a motley collection of techniques. Some work, and some don’t! I want to actually make something exciting out of my polymer clay. Do I really want to make a bunch of beads? Perhaps not, but there must be something that I can make!! In the spirit of experimentation, I’ll continue along the exploration path, until I come up with something that I’m satisfied with. Okay, I need to say this, polymer clay play is not terribly …

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 …