UFO 2 Go: Make plans to complete the aventure!

When I say UFO 2 Go (unfinished objects), how do you react? With confusion, interest, or perhaps abject terror! For me, it’s all of the above! Just the other day, the phrase UFO 2 go popped into my brain, as I was sorting through stuff in preparation for my Stitch Bits (aka Stitch Meditation) class this Thursday. One thing led to another, as I pulled more and more stuff out of the boxes, and realized that I had a whole lot of finishing to do! Okay, not everything I’m going to show you is really old, but I’m certainly not …

Think like a Designer with late-May classes

Imagine translating this image into bead embroidery, or enamel, or lampworked beads, or metalwork: where would you start? The incredible colours of the flowers? The shape of the tulip petals? Would you identify a single flower or try to capture the mass of the field? Learning a technique is the first step in designing your own piece of art jewellery. Once you become familiar with how to put components together, you can then create your own look – and ultimately – your own designs! Our late-May classes feature a wide variety of techniques for all levels of jewellery making. New …

Birds of a Feather – Bead Together

A big round Zen Moon face was cruising over the forest, calm and ethereal in the night sky. It was not alone among Zen Moons, but they took turns, because it would be too confusing to have multiple moons overhead. Two Fertility Goddesses were out for a pleasant stroll along the moonlit road, which was paved with Potholed Rectangles. “Damn,” she said Ms Turquoise as she turned her ankle for the third time. “I wish I didn’t have to walk down this path of potholes.” “Well,” said Ms Purple, who had so far, annoyingly, managed to step lightly over the …

Mark Your Calendars Now for Summer Shows and Events

Summer is shaping up to be a busy time. There are always new classes and in-store events, but we are also on the road to two new consumer trade shows. Come and explore with us! Saturday, June 9 Kawartha Yarn and Fibre Festival 10:00am – 5:00pm Fenlon Falls, Ontario This single-day event will showcase local and independent vendors, including BeadFX. Knitters, crocheters, spinners and felters will all find something perfect! Friday, June 22 Summer Classes Open House 5:00 – 8:00pm Discover the classes being taught at BeadFX and meet the instructors who are teaching them! Saturday, August 25 Fibre Spirit …

Statement pendants! Are they the next big thing?

Statement pendants are a current jewelry trend, according to a recent issue of Jewelry Making Daily (Interweave). I find that very interesting, because I’ve been making, and wearing them for years! Does that make me fashion forward? As the article explains, “For spring and summer, pendants of all shapes, sizes, and configurations of materials, on very long strands of beads, chains, or leather cords”. Long lengths are definitely in, but I’m most comfortable with the 30-34″ range. Of course, the runways will always exaggerate and go longer, but those skinny models, don’t need to worry about the daily logistics! Imagine …

Beautiful Buttons & Bulk Carrier Beads

Buttons – we have some beautiful new glass buttons to go with our existing glass buttons! The colours of these never fail to amaze me, and the myriad variations – well – as the resident photographer/database goddess – they make me crazy, but as a designer – they are wonderful. 😉 Ok – which one of these Lacy Flower Buttons do you love the most? I’m leaning the the fuchsia / verdigris – because of the contrast – but the others might be easier to integrate into a project. Or these magnificent peacock buttons! Or the Dragonflies? Because even if …

Artful Layering: Let the fun begin!

Artful layering is something that I just made up this morning. Someone, somewhere has certainly used the term before, but possibly not about jewelery? The almighty Google did find a few things, but I believe that my jewelery reference could be pristine! I just couldn’t find another one! I don’t mean the popular Boho look, but something simpler. I’m talking about layering two or three coordinated necklaces, of different lengths. Say a silver chain, with a fibre mixed media piece, with a lovely lampwork bead. Funny, I wore that combo on Monday!! Serendipity, and not planned! That aha moment, when …

May is blooming with classes

After what seemed to be the longest winter, Spring is finally bringing forth the blossoms. My budgie Indy has been answering all of the early morning birdsong – a much better alarm clock to wake up to! If this seasonal renewal has got your creativity whirring, then check out our mid-May classes. The range of classes touch upon bead embroidery, kiln enamelling and metal clay, lampworking, and seed beading. Anne Marie Desaulniers has a new class exploring stitching and beading on fabric that is completely intuitive – no patterns, no experience required! Liz Reynolds will teach you how to create …

Bow & Cali

Not the latest music sensation, but two new shapes in shaped, multi-hole beads! The Bow Bead First up, the Bow bead – new from Preciosa, is large compared to other shaped-beads, and is a gently curved bar, with two holes. I’m quite excited about the design possibilities! If you click through to this article – you will see lots of glorious eye candy – some of which I guarantee you, will surprise you! See our website for lots of innovative ways to use this new shape, and a free pattern for the bracelet above! The Cali Bead The new Cali …