InspirationFX: Hidden Underwater Treasures

Hidden Underwater Treasures Designed by: Rochelle Kilmer Well, I think it is safe to say that summer has come and gone now. Fall blew us right into winter. Windy, chilly, snowy – not yet but I can feel it coming. I can’t help but dream of the water and sandy beaches. Or more so lately, I have been thinking about all the hidden gems people have found in the deep, dark depths of the water. Old ships, bicycle tires, messages in a bottle, pearls, jewellery, diamonds, coral reefs, sharks, octopus… There is a whole world down there many of us …

A study in contrasts …

This week – we are all about the contrast. I’ve been watching a lot of Bob Ross videos lately (The Joy of Painting series on PBS in the 80’s and 90’s – if you haven’t watched them – don’t let what you’ve heard put you off.) Anyway – one of the things he says repeatedly is that you have to have the dark to show the light. Or vice versa. The point is, that you need contrast to emphasis your design, your image, your story. Creativity is about contrasts. (Good article here about creative people and how they sometimes make …

Beaded Cabochons: Exploring the options!

I love beaded cabochons! Okay, I also love stones encased in silver, but for me, the beading part is far easier! Is this a problem? To be truthful, I only know a couple of ways to bead around a cabochon. That’s not to say that I couldn’t learn some other techniques, but perhaps I’m just a little lazy. I couldn’t be afraid of learning something new, could I? My go to, for stone cabochons, is the peyote bezel. I don’t know about you, but if I’m going to put all that work into a beaded cabochon, I want to make …

Meet Joy Munshower – Fri – Nov 17

Even if you don’t feel up to the challenge of taking Joy’s class next week – you can still come out and meet her – she is a lovely, down-to-earth, kind person – and you can see and, yes, even purchase her beads in person. Light refreshments will be served, and you can buy a bead and browse for the perfect beads and findings to go with it. What a lovely treat for yourself, or what an awesome gift for someone special! This event is free, so drop on by – we’d love to see you! Friday – Nov 17. …

InspirationFX: Stacker Bracelets

Get your creative juices flowing ~ ~ ~ Stacker Bracelets Designed by: Dwyn Tomlinson I have a bunch of stretchy bracelets here – yes – more stretchy bracelets – I have armfuls of them now, and people are fascinated by them.They are very relaxing to make, and fun to wear! I usually wear 6 or more at a time, and I see that on etsy they are being called “stacker”bracelets. A friend had me repair one for her that she bought – it is a”big name” with an accent bead with a logo on it – I nearly had heart …

You needle these – 3 cuts above

If you are a needle-snob – you needle these needles. Exquisite needles made with excruciating attention to detail. These are the premium Hiroshima Tulip brand needles – made of high quality metal, with a larger eye – polished inside and out – and polished lengthwise for smoother action through fabric; these needles are for Beading, Embroidery, and sure, sewing, quilting, cross-stitch too – because who all doesn’t do more than one craft around here? You can read more about the history of these needles here, like how they were made by out-of-work samurai. 😉 And if you aren’t a needle …

Handmade gifts! Is it better to give or receive?

“The time has come, the walrus said” to speak of handmade gifts! Should you start your holiday gifts early, or leave them until the last minute? A conundrum for sure, but both strategies have merit! Early gives you lots of time, and a certain amount of peace of mind. Late gifts you with an adrenaline rush, and also the chance to show off your latest skills (perhaps learned in a BeadFX workshop?). To help you get through the season, I also prescribe coffee, chocolate, and medicinal liquids! If you need a kick-start, there’s still time to take either a November, …

Registering for a Class is now even easier!

Have you ever thought to yourself, ‘I really want that class, I must remember to call the store‘. Then life happens and you forget to call. That happens to me all the time! Problem solved – we are now introducing On-Line Registrations for all of our classes and open sessions. Now you can register for a class at your convenience, outside of regular store hours. On each class/open session web page is a class ticket and Add to Cart button – use this to place your reservation. Depending on the class, you will have the opportunity to select a kit …

InspirationFX: Mocca Honey Bunny

Mocca Honey Bunny Designed by: Dwyn Tomlinson This delicious, super sparkly bracelet is quick and easy to make, beautiful, if a little on the pricey side. It looks like a spiral pattern, but that’s just a result of alternating colors. Use a big eye needle or a twisted wire needle. String alternating colors. Make it about an inch longer than your ideal length, as the size of the beads makes the bracelet smaller on the inside than you might expect.   Components Go to our components list for this project and to buy what you need! Need some help with …

One week left to stock up and save!

Are you preparing to hide when the winter storms hit? Better stock up on beads! Oh, yeah – canned goods and water too, but mostly beads, stringing stuff, findings, etc. And how great is it that we have a sale on everything – so you can get it all in one place! But just until Nov 8 – so don’t dawdle! And pick up some christmas gifts while you are at it – supplies to make gifts for those special people that will appreciate it – a few stocking stuffers for your creative friends, and maybe check out the Diamond …