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 …

Registering for a Class is now even easier!

Have you ever thought to yourself, ‘I really want that class, I must remember to call the store‘. Then life happens and you forget to call. That happens to me all the time! Problem solved – we are now introducing On-Line Registrations for all of our classes and open sessions. Now you can register for a class at your convenience, outside of regular store hours. On each class/open session web page is a class ticket and Add to Cart button – use this to place your reservation. Depending on the class, you will have the opportunity to select a kit …

Mid-November Classes are Spell-Binding

In Flanders Fields the poppies blow Between the crosses, row on row, That mark our place; and in the sky The larks, still bravely singing, fly Scarce heard amid the guns below. Lieutenant Colonel John McCrae, physician with the Canadian Army Medical Corps; composed at the battlefront on May 3, 1945, during the second battle Ypres, Belgium. For full poem, click here. There’s no doubt that we have a lot to be thankful for, including the freedom, time and ability to be creative. Exercise your creativity with a class – there are certainly lots to choose from!New classes include a …

Bring Colour to November

November comes and November goes; With the last red berries and the first white snows. ~ Elizabeth Coatsworth (1893-1986) Yes, October’s pallet of colours are fading, but November brings new opportunities. How about a shot of bright red in that symphony of black, white and gray? Increase your design and technical skills at a class in November! We welcome Betty Stephan in early November as she brings three bead embroidery classes that will spark your creative imagination. Also new is a brick stitch design with Pamela Kearns that focuses on individual components that you will join to form a bracelet. …

Stitches of the Beads We Brew

Yes, the bats will fly and the ghouls will howl at the end of this month, but there is nothing scary about the classes at BeadFX. We have lots of classes coming up in late-October, including a full day chainmaille class with Marilyn Gardiner. Newbies to metalworking (and anyone who wants a refresher) will want to take Iris Rogers Melamed’s intro to soldering sterling wire class. Anne Marie Desaulniers will take your bead embroidery skills along to include fabric charms. You’ll learn about doing a style of bead mosaic with Pamela Kearns, with a surprise addition of adding cord to …

October continues with great classes!

“Even if something is left undone, everyone must take time to sit still and watch the leaves turn.” – Elizabeth Lawrence How can you not be inspired by the colours of Autumn! Mid-October classes include a wide-range of techniques and projects including a chainmaille and leather bracelet with Pamela Kearns; a bead embroidered pendant with Anne Marie Desaulniers and a wire work pendant with Bonni Poch. Christine Woollacott is sharing how to do beautiful champleve enameling. Amy Waldman has her popular two-day introductory lampworking class so you can create your own beads! There are lots more opportunities to learn something …

Giving Thanks for a Creative Life

Here in Canada, our national holiday of Thanksgiving takes place the second Monday of October and celebrates the harvest. The typical Thanksgiving dinner consists of turkey, mashed potatoes, other autumnal veggies, and delicious pumpkin pie (with lots of whipped cream, of course)! It is a time that friends and families get together for food, fun, and more food. We remember the good things in life and give thanks for them. Personally, I’m thankful for being able to live a creative life – the opportunity to express myself with beads and lots of colour. I can’t imagine what life would be …

Betty Stephan will give you a new way to look at beads!

If you think ‘bead embroidery’, what do you envision? A decorative applique for clothes? An embellishment on a quilt or other needlework surface? How about a pendant or bracelet? Guess what – they are all right! Betty Stephan takes bead embroidery to the next level through her application of beads in conjunction with findings and other embellishments to create pendants, bracelets and components. In each of her three upcoming classes at BeadFX, she will show and inspire you to, not only try bead embroidery, but to experiment and take it outside of the proverbial ‘box’ to do even more. Betty’s …

‘Tis the Season for Fall Shows!

The action at BeadFX doesn’t just happen in the store, on the web, or in classes – it happens at trade shows too! Fall is an active time of consumer trade shows – and all of the shows we participate in are open to the public. And because you can use beads and more in so many more application beyond jewellery, we go to shows that let us stretch the imagination of those who visit our booth! This fall’s show sponsors include two well-known bead societies and two textile specialty shows. We hope you’ll drop by and say ‘Hi’! Here …

Love Colour? Love Metal? You’ll love Marti Brown!

Even if you’re not a metalworker, but love the colours of blue, fuchsia, Caribbean green (and lots more!) then Marti Brown’s classes will expand your design and technique tool box. All levels of metalwork – from complete novice to experienced – will gain knowledge about working with anondizing Niobium. Marti’s classes will cover adding colour to wire and sheet metal by using an anondizer as a power source to provide an electrical current that runs through a bath of solution and your work piece. During the anodizing process, a transparent oxide layer forms on the surface of the metal, and …