Sigh-Brrr Monday!

Well – it’s Cyber Monday – when everyone stays home and shops online while they try to recover from Turkey Thursday, Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, GOK Sunday, and now – Cyber Monkey. However – it’s all good fun and a great excuse to get that Holiday shopping finished! $40 off our Snazzy Yazzii Bags! We ordered a boatload of these – and it’s time to make some room! 35% off these stylish and durable custom bags – designed for beaders, by beaders. Carry your projects and supplies and tools all neatly organized and safely stashed – whether it is …

InspirationFX: Simplicity in Red

~ ~ ~ Get your creative juices flowing ~ ~ ~ Simplicity in Red Designed by: Anne Marie Desaulniers There are times when life gets complicated, and you need a little simplicity in your life! Dress it up, or dress it down, it’s very wearable! It’s also my reaction to the new Swarovski colour “Scarlet”. I simply love it! Instructions: 1. Cut a generous length of 20-gauge wire (approximately 7 inches) 2. Make a wrapped loop on one end. 3. Add 5 – 8 mm SW Faceted Rounds 4. Make a wrapped loop on the second end. 5. Cut excess …

Deals Juicier than that Turkey!

Gobble up these bargains because I can’t guarantee that there will be left overs! Juicy golden premium Amber! More golden than that turkey, and guaranteed not to put you to sleep. Or add pounds. Because one of the nice things about amber is how lightweight and warm it is! Gobble these up at 40% off! You know you’ve been eyeing these! Got a crafty friend, niece, auntie? Want to get them involved in your favourite pastime? Buy them a Discovery Kit – packed with the stuff you need to get them started. Also 40% off. – Black Friday special! Stops …

STOP THE PRESSES – WE HAVE TWO ITEMS AT 35% OFF!

STOP THE PRESSES WE HAVE TWO ITEMS AT 35% OFF! Yeah – I know – big whoop – but that makes them?… $150 off!!!!! Each! While supplies last – Bulk 100 gram bags of #712 Japanese Seedbeads – 8/0 Toho Seedbeads – 24k Gold Plated (100 grams) (Bulk pack) and #722 Japanese Seedbeads – 11/0 Toho Seedbeads – Galvanized Midas Gold (100 grams) (Bulk pack) Only til Nov 30 – that gives you time to talk your friends into splitting it with you. Or not. 😉

Ready, Thready, Sale?

Is there a Black Friday Sale – why yes there is. Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, CyberMonday Stay tuned for news about super special sales, but in the meantime … Including the new stuff. 😉   Ready Thready? C-Lon Tex 400 and C-Lon Micro Cord. You asked – we deliver! C-Lon Tex 400 bead cord is a heavyweight cord – 0.9 mm It is a bonded 3-ply twisted multi-filament thread with a 75 lb breaking strength. Use it for micro macrame, stringing beads and other techniques such as bead crochet, finger weaving, kumihimo, tatting as well as anything else a …

November 2017 Bead Mat Update: Exploring my options!

My November 2017 bead mat update, is all over the place! Should I blame the weather, the upcoming season, or admit that I need to play? I am full of creative ideas, but I’m not always organized! Both Intuitive Bead Embroidery, and Artist Trading Cards (using paper collage, paint, and stamps), are on my November schedule. Is it any wonder that I’m confused? They are very different animals, though both very freeform in nature! This piece is a sample from a previous workshop. I made the cabochon! Is it a landscape, or a seascape? Why is it so organized?? Where …

Classes make great Holiday gifts!

EEK! Have you checked the calendar – only 4 weeks to Hanukkah and 5 weeks to Christmas! Let’s not panic – there is still time to make some gifts for your friends and family. Not sure how? Well, check out the December classes at BeadFX. Plus, schedule yourself some dedicated time by attending one of the open sessions – and enjoy some refreshments while you’re at it. By the way, a gift certificate for a class makes a great gift for a friend (just saying!). Iris Rogers Melamed will take your Intro to Soldering skills a notch higher by introducing …

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 …