InspirationFX: Southwest Leather Bracelet

Southwest Leather Bracelet Designed by: Pam Kearns You just can’t stop me from adding beads – even to laser-cut leather! The openings in the leather area perfect size for 8/0 seed beads. I’ve used a southwest colour theme, but feel free to change it up! Use simple bead embroidery to embellish laser-cut leather reminiscent of a Navajo blanket design. Instructions: Trim length and width of suede strip to cover the laser-cut portion of the leather strip, extending it about 1/2″ on either side of the pattern. Using the E6000, glue the suede to the back of the leather ensuring that …

A Gem of an Update

Looking for a few good gems? Something in a special pendant or a strand of something enticing? You can make the whole strand into something sweet for yourself, or make a suite of jewelry, or split it up and make something for yourself and some friends. It IS time to start making if you are making for the holidays! Those special friends and treasured relatives can have something that they will appreciate the time and effort you put into it. Everyone else gets a gift card. 😉 Oh yeah – we have gift certificates too. Might as well get them …

Mixed-up media madness! Let the games begin!!

What do you think of, when I say mixed-up media madness? For me, it’s a total change from what I’ve been working on. But then again, is it really? My love for beads, may only be surpassed by my love for fibre! Is that like picking a favourite child, or pet? Is that too cruel? Or perhaps, just human nature? Let me say right now, that I have no intention of giving up beads! My mixed-up media madness, is sure to show up, every couple of years. It materializes in weird and wonderful ways, including a need to work with …

Re-set your 2017 class goals!

You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream. – Les Brown I always think of September as a mini-New Year. It’s a time is re-set my goals and give a little push toward what I want to do. In fact a lot of calendars that you find in stores are geared to the school year because it is a new start and a chance to set new goals. I’m always looking to learn new things so two classes I’m planning to take is Crochet de Luneville/Tambour Embroidery with Catherine Sequalino Portier (a new …

Huicholing

Huichol, Huicholing. To Huichol. Huichol has become a verb around here – we use it to describe the process of covering something with beads. It started when we started carrying the Beadswax, and it is now just part of our lexicon. So recently I found this artist – Jan Huling – who is working in a similar vein. She calls herself a “beadist” – a term that I find very appealing because it is so open-ended, and she makes wonderful surface designs with beads using thin lines of glue and pre-strung beads, which she lays down on the glue and …

Not Windows. Not Donuts.

But glazed, nevertheless. And Frosted. Drawing a blank as to what it might be? The new line of Glazed 11/0 Delicas and Frosted Glazed, that’s what it is. Everyone is talking about them, everybody has been waiting for them, and we have them. Dark Rose, Yellow Mustard, Cinnamon, Purple Mulberry, Pistachio Green, Orange Chilli, Red Cherry, and more!! Dive right in! (Also in bulk bags of 50 and 250 grams, in case you REALLY want to dive in!) Need a beading surface? This cute little 5 x 8 inch Bead-on-it-Board is new, and will go anywhere with you! Get two, …

August bead mat update: Tales from the recycling bin!

I like to think that recycle, reuse, and repurpose, are the main messages in my August bead mat update! Serious words, that must play an important part, in the world we live in! When I dig through my quilting fabric boxes, I think of fabric twine (amongst other things). I always even off the selvedge edges, before I tear any fabric strips (call me obsessed!). Then I end up with a pile of colourful fabric strips, that are somewhat uneven! How could I let that happen? What the heck should I do with them? Are they useful, or not? Waste …

Are You Ready to get Back to Class?

Summer is winding down and regular schedules will be getting back into place. To kick off our Fall schedule of classes, we are again holding our annual Back to Class event! Saturday, September 9 11:00am – 3:00pm You’ll be sawing, soldering, enamelling, lampworking, working with beads of all shapes and sizes, learning to do tambour embroidery, discovering the fun of mixed media, knotting, re-discovering kumihimo, and much, much more! Our talented instructors feature lots of new class projects in the Fall and photos sometimes just don’t do them justice! See the projects for yourself and meet the instructors who are …

Such fun we had!

Such fun we had last Saturday! A demo by the talented team of Karina Guevin and Cedric Ginart – demonstrating making one of their signature glass goblets for a bus-load of excited collectors! Who knew we could pack so many into the studio! Celebrity glass blower Laura Donefer and renowned glass artist Susan Edgerley were also in attendance. These world-class artists put Canada on the map in the glass world! Plus – they are all super-nice people!   Karina taught a class here at BeadFX – watch our calendar for more potential classes to come!

Arcos et Minos, par Puca!(tm)

Something about these new additions to the shaped-bead family make me feel oh so French, dahling! And you just have to have a leetle browse on pinterest, no? to see what fabulous designs are happening with these new beads, n’est pas? Some of the designs are tres clever, and make excellent use of combining the shapes to make very sophisticated designs from very simple elements. Well – that’s about it for me for my high-school French – but these enticing little shapes are designed to work together, the cylindrical Minos snuggling into the centre curve of the curvy Arcos. Here’s …