Beading Surfaces: What do you use?

When I talk about beading surfaces, what do you think of? I started beading the traditional way, with needle and thread (peyote, square stitch, right angle weave)! Then I branched out to stringing, done with crimps, and beading wire. Was that enough for me? Heck no! I joined the Bead Journal Project in 2008 (or so), then started beading on a heavy weight stabilizer, called Peltex (it stiffens the bills of baseball caps). Then, I discovered Lacy’s Stiff Stuff, Flexi-Firm, stiffened felt, and Good Felt! All good beading surfaces, but there’s more! I beaded on (or around) small beach stones, …

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. …

April Showers bring May … Pearls

Should your Mom be the girl with the pearl(s)? Or should it be you? With all that water out there – there might be oysters growing pearls at the bottom of my garden. I’m scared to look. I’m sure I heard the Jaws theme when I slogged out to inspect my daffodils – which are fast mutating into water lilies. If you’d prefer to stay warm and dry – we have a lovely selection of Big Hole pearls for you this week. With their 2.5mm holes – you can make leather bracelets – very handsome, put them on cord, or …

Resin Play and More!

What can I possibly say about resin play and more? You all know that I’m a mixed-up media person, but did you know that my cravings often come in waves? I simply cannot resist, when my muse whispers that I must go in an entire new direction. Okay, I’m not really going in a new direction, I’m just planning on taking an old direction, down a new path! I wish that I could say that I had lots of photos to show you, but right now most of my new ideas are just percolating in my brain. It’s a virtual …

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: …

Bail Out, Itsy Bitsy Coins

Nope – we’re not changing our business model here. It’s just that this week, we have TierraCast Bails for your pendant-hanging pleasure, and 4mm Diamond Cut Faceted Stone Coins – which is a bit of a mouthful. Bails – a bail is a loop to hang something or hold it. That wire handle on a bucket – that’s the bail. These bails are for hanging pendants, from crystal pendants to whatever you want to dangle. It’s tough to quantify what a bail will fit on, and most of them are pretty flexible in terms of working for more than one …

April 2019 Bead Mat Update: New, old, and UFO’s!

For my April 2019 Bead Mat Update, I want to discuss a few of the things that I’ve been working on lately! But what would you say if I told you that I’ve actually been thinking of many more projects? Sigh! There just isn’t enough time in anyone’s lifetime, to complete every idea my muse throws at me!! My brain hurts!! What’s a girl to do? So, for my April 2019 bead mat update, I’ll just show you what I’ve been doing lately! What do Resin, Beaded Art Dolls, and UFO’s have in common? Why, those are all workshops that …

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 …

Too Beautiful for Words

Sometimes, I feel like the beads in an update really don’t need me to say anything other than – here, have at them. This is one of those updates. I’m going to start with these – Terra Agate. These big barrel beads – I keep thinking they look like lampwork beads. They are so gorgeous, and so individual – they look hand-crafted. Chrysocolla – it’s no secret I love chrysocolla, and judging from the way it flies out the door, I’m thinking a fair number of you do too! Mind you – Lapis has been known to be my fave …