Discovering: Chainmaille

When you think of chainmaille, you automatically think of knights and dragons and jousting tournaments. The use of this flexible armor has a much earlier history and dates back to the 4th century BCE. It is believed that chainmaille was invented by the Celts and was adopted by the Romans after they realized its potential after fighting the Celts. In addition to Europe, other cultures including Japan and Persia used chainmaille as protection in battle. In Japan, chainmaille was known as Kusari and was used in samurai armor in the 1270s. Persia’s use of chainmaille is lesser known but was …

Do What You Love

February is known for its holidays (such as Groundhog Day) and regular events (Super Bowl and Academy Awards), but nothing is as iconic as Valentine’s Day. The day’s historical origins are varied and are linked to romantic relationships. As a single person, I’m turning it focus on what I love to do – such as beading and other activities. Certainly there are lots of classes to do BeadFX! Polymer clay, enamelling on fine silver metal clay and wire working take the spotlight in our mid-February calendar. We are also pleased to announce that Open Bead Night will take place every …

Come out of winter hibernation with a class

Finally, the days are getting noticeably longer and I’m beginning to get more interested in ‘the outside’. Leave it to me to stay curled up with my beads! Classes have definitely kicked into full gear and early-February has some great opportunities including a new class with Ann Shewan; a new bead embroidery class with Anne Marie Desaulniers and a new wirework class with Lucie Lee. We are also thrilled to have Jen Rosen back with two wire classes that are perfect for ‘newbies’. As always we have lots of encore classes in case you missed them before now. Mark your …

Getting the most from a BeadFX class, part 2

Learning is an investment in yourself. It requires time to take the class and practise your skills. There is also a financial cost for the fees and any materials you require. So, how do you get the best return on your investment? I asked our instructors how students can help themselves to get the most out of a class. Part 1 of this article is posted here. Here are some more tips to help you become a great learner. Perfection is not a requirement. View making mistakes as an extra learning opportunity. Often times making a mistake enriches the experience …

What would you like to learn?

Our late-January classes wrap up 2019’s first month of the year. February is just around the corner with lots more classes, but it all begs the¬†question, ‘What do you want to learn?’ Is BeadFX offering what you’re interested in? Your feedback on our classes is greatly appreciated and if there is something bead-related, or a wire working, metal working, or a lampwork technique you want to learn but haven’t seen us offer, please tell us about it. You can put your suggestion in the comments or email me at pam@beadfx.com. In the meantime, please come and enjoy a class or …

Fulfilling Your Resolution to Learn

We made it into a brand New Year! It’s nice to get back to a regular schedule, although let’s face it – we need to break out once in a while – right? Do you set resolutions? I prefer to set positive resolutions, rather than focus on what I shouldn’t be doing. My 2019 resolution is to learn more wirework and metalwork. I’ve been eyeing a number of classes that will keep me busy. Come and join me – there are lots of classes to choose from! I hope you were able to join us for this past weekend’s Meet …

Kick Up Your Heels – 2019 Classes are Here!

A brand New Year – a brand new YOU! Make 2019 your year to learn a new jewellery-making technique or hone and perfect your current skills. Our creative BeadFX instructors have outdone themselves to bring you their best new projects to kick-off a new season of classes. Our early January classes feature a new way to use polymer clay with Bonni Poch and a new metalwork class with Liz Kennedy. Ann Shewan will take you through the steps of drilling small stones – perfect for simple statement pieces! Seed beaders will learn all about brick stitch with Pamela Kearns complete …

Looking ahead to 2019

Have a Happy New Year of hammering, beading, stitching, knotting, lampworking, wrapping, forging, and enamelling! Make 2019 your year to learn a new jewellery-making technique or to hone and perfect your current skills. Our creative BeadFX instructors have outdone themselves to bring you their best new projects to kick off a new season of classes. BeadFX has a great line-up of winter classes including lots of new techniques and projects as well as encore classes (in case you couldn’t fit them in your schedule earlier!). The best way to discover what is going on is to join us at BeadFX …

Bringing the World to You in 2019

One of the most exciting parts of being a class coordinator is inviting instructors from Canada, the United States and abroad to BeadFX. We’ve had such great feedback from students about their experiences with visiting instructors that we’ve brought back several – and one new (to us!) instructor who specializes in wirework. It’s a little early to post classes yet, but mark your calendars now and plan on joining us for classes with: Robyn Cornelius – metalwork Canadian artist and instructor Robyn Cornelius joins us again for three exciting classes! Friday, May 3Saturday, May 4Sunday, May 5 Jean Power – …

Wrapping Up Another Year of Classes

In a few weeks, we’ll be saying good-bye to 2018 and ringing in 2019. Looking back, we’ve welcomed several visiting instructors; enjoyed classes and learned lots with our roster of creative BeadFX instructors; were happy to meet lots of new students; as well as enjoy seeing all of our regular students. It has also been a full year of on-line registrations which has made it easier for everyone to sign-up for classes! Thank you all for your continued support of BeadFX’s classes. We’re always open to hearing from you. Do you want to learn something that we haven’t yet taught? …