All the beads you need …

Spotted at a convention last weekend – a t-shirt that read “Thousands of beads – not the one I need.” Nothing could resonate more than that! What could we possibly entice you with now … ? Yes – We have found more beads that you didn’t know you needed. Such as, First up – the Carrier Beads – which you do know that you need, because they keep selling out before they even get on the hook! These are Back in stock and they sold out over night the last two times. If you haven’t heard – these acrylic beads …

March 2018 Bead Mat Update: A study in contrasts!

I started thinking about my March 2018 bead mat update a couple of weeks ago! However, I wasn’t able to settle down and do anything about it until now! Horrors! I almost missed updating you!! March has been a very busy month! I’m like a butterfly, flitting around, but not really settling in any one place for long. As I’ve said before, I need focus! I may have found a way to clear my head and corral my mind a little. I believe that I showed you my Stitch Meditations before, but I’ve started adding beads to some of them. …

Bring a friend and save at Bead-Treat!

As human beings, we become so busy with our jobs, family, household chores, daily activities that we often neglect one of the most important aspects of life: friendships! These relationships develop over time and hold a very special place in our heart. Bead-Treat wants to help you celebrate your friendships! Until Friday, April 20, when you and a friend (or friends!) register for Bead-Treat, you will each get $25 off the registration fee! That means, you and your friend will be able to take all three classes, receive all three class kits, goodie bags, enjoy Friday evenings Meet and Greet …

April opens up with amazing classes – no fooling!

When I turn the calendar to April, I know the good weather is on its way. It’s a sign to throw off the winter clothing and start getting ready for a new look with brighter colours and lighter fabrics. We tend to get out more too – the evenings are a little lighter and we feel a lot more adventurous. It opens up a whole new feeling of optimism! We have some great classes to kick off April. Marilyn Parker, a new instructor with BeadFX, is showing us how to make kaleidocycles. If you’ve wanted to learn about fine silver …

I have a morning ritual …

and it involves beads. On weekday mornings, I get up, and feed the dogs, and make myself a coffee, and go and sit with my beads. I have a bead-on-it board, on a little folding table, near a window. And spread out on the board, at any given time, is a selection of beads. I’m not making anything fancy – in fact – in the last six months, I’ve hardly done anything but stretchy elastic bracelets. I’m not making them for sale, I’m not making them for gifts. I’m not trying to build a reputation or promote my brand or …

What ever happened to? Fads or passing fancies?

Have you ever considered what ever happened to some of your favourite beads, and jewelery techniques? Did the faeries steal them, or did they simply fall out of fashion? I blame an awful lot on magazines, because they need to keep flogging trends. New products and techniques, sell magazines!!! There is nothing wrong with that, but what’s wrong with the older products and techniques? What’s up with Soutache Embroidery? What is Soutache braid? According to Interweave, “it’s basically a flat decorative trim or ribbon that’s traditionally used for concealing a seam on clothing”, but it could also be used to …

March into Spring Classes

Weather doesn’t necessarily match the calendar, but we’re finally heading into a new season – Spring. Not only do our moods lighten but so do our colours – here come the pastels, the creams, the lilacs and greens. By the way, the Pantone Colour of the Year is Ultra Violet – a very amethyst-inspired colour that is perfect for spring-inspired designs! Late-March classes include a ‘newbie’ class with Pamela Kearns – perfect to get started making jewellery. Anne Marie Desaulniers has a mixed media class using Pebeo paint and bezels for one-of-a-kind pendants. If you’ve wondered about metal clay, Liz …

The sale continues …

20% off everything* in the store. *Some select items excluded. Because they are already everyday low prices. Everyone’s favorite bead sale at every one’s favorite bead store! Making for Mother’s Day? Decorating for Easter? Planning a wedding? Making a thoughtful graduation gift? It’s never too early to start on those projects and plan ahead! Need some ideas? We have 100s of free projects online – free for you to make or just inspire you to make something that starts the same and ends up completely different! In addition – we have 100s more of our older inspirations – these have …

Creative Musings of an Inquisitive Mind!

What would be the definition of creative musings? If a musing is a period of reflection or thought, then a creative musing is a period of creative reflection or thought. Do you agree? My muse brings focus and light to my creativity, but she also brings dark! Light balances darkness, and darkness balances light! You cannot have one without the other. Sometimes, when I talk about creative musings, it’s because I have absolutely no idea what I’m going to write about! So, my muse helps me to make stuff up!!! She’s very versatile, but not limited to fibre, paper, and …

Bead-Treat: Your Questions Answered

We’re getting quite a bit of interest in Bead-Treat with participants coming from as far away as Quebec! And, yes, people have questions about what to expect. Here are some of the questions already posed to us. Email your questions to pam@beadfx.com and I’ll answer you as quickly as possible. Q. What if I’m not an expert in any of the techniques that are being taught? A. Not a problem! At the beginning of each class, the instructor will take you through the basics of that particular technique. For example, Marilyn Gardiner will start the day by making a pair …