BeadFX welcomes two very talented and inspirational instructors in April

Canada has a wealth of impressive artists and instructors in the jewellery-making field. In April, we are extremely pleased to offer series of classes with two well-known and high-calibre Canadian instructors: lampwork artist Karina Guevin and seed beading artist and author Carolyn Cave. Karina Guevin joins us from Montreal and will be teaching a three-day class featuring sculptural and glassblowing techniques. Her playful flamework jewelery and sculptures inspired by nature has been recognized with a Francois-Houde Award and grants from the Canadian and Quebec Consul for the Arts, La SODEC, and a Gilles Verville grant in visual art. Guevin is …

Play with Us in March

“Spring is nature’s way of saying, “Let‘s party!” – Robin Williams Yes, Spring is almost here and it’s time to come out and play! March wraps up with some new classes as well as the start to a new Creative Play Series. Angela Peace has two new classes in which she will teach the traditional method of knotting pearls and working with French wire. She is also teaching how to create cords – a must for displaying your favourite pendant. Liz Reynolds is teaching how to make bails using metal clay so you can create beautiful pendants that will work …

Join us for March classes and activities!

I love March! The promise of Spring is in the air and winter is turning into a memory. We also get to have some fun with celebrations like St. Patrick’s Day. Mid-March at BeadFX is going to be a busy time. March Break Mini-Classes will be front and centre and everyone who needs a quick break – youth and adults alike are welcome to take these quick classes. It’s a great time to introduce a daughter, son, niece or nephew to the world of handmaking items. The mini-classes will span a few techniques: epoxy clay; kumihimo; seed beading; and chainmaille. …

Take a Mini-Class Break in March

Why is March Break only for the school kids? Not fair; we all need a break! Take a break this March with a mini-classes. Class Coordinator Pamela Kearns will be teaching five mini-classes that will span several jewellery-making techniques. Everyone is welcome to take these classes – adults and youth (12 years of age and older; must be accompanied by an adult). All classes are 1.5 hours in length although you may not need the full length of time to complete the project. The fee for each class is $15 + HST and will include the materials needed to complete …

Celebrate National Craft Month with a Class – Its Good for You!

Yes, there really is a National Craft Month! But does crafting (including knitting, beading, or any ‘handmade’ activity) actually make a difference! YES! It has been shown that crafting: Improves your Mood Boosts your Brainpower Increases Social Activity & Communal Support Helps with Hand-Eye Coordination Can Help Fight Aging We have several new classes in early March that will fire up your imagination. Pamela Kearns has three classes including creating loomed bracelet on the new Endless Loom; a new way of using epoxy clay and a new peyote project using two-hole beads. If you already know how to loom, you’ll …

Late February Classes – Short on Days but Long on Ideas!

Yes, there are only 28 days in February, but our late-February classes feature lots of inspiration and ideas. We have new class offerings from Pamela Kearns who is taking advantage of the popularity of tassels! Iris Rogers Melamed has a bangle class with a new wavy design and Deborah Beesley has a new wire work necklace that you’ll infinitely love! And yes, there are encore classes and open sessions too! Don’t forget our FREE Techniques Night at which we’ll demonstrate some of the new and lesser known products that we carry.   Here are the classes and open sessions scheduled …

You’ll Love our February Classes

In writing this week’s blog I looked up synonyms for love; after all, Valentine’s Day is coming up. I found words like ‘adore’, ‘immensely enjoy’ and quite a few others that were not appropriate for any blog. So, let’s see what words we can use! Our mid-February classes feature quite a few new classes that you’ll treasure. Pamela Kearns is teaching the Dot Stitch – a variation of spiral rope that creates clusters that resemble little beaded beads that you’ll want to include in your designs. Anne Marie Desaulniers has a new bead embroidery project that seed beaders will cherish. …

Get Your Questions Answered at Techniques Night

BeadFX carries a wide array of products. Some of the products are self-explanatory and easy to understand and implement. Some are not. At our free Meet the Techniques event, you can see how some of the lesser-known products are used and have your questions answered. The demos will not replace a class, but it may spark an idea or inspiration on how you can use a product in your own designs. Meet the Techniques Friday, February 24 5:30 – 8:00pm BeadFX staff members will demonstrate and talk about some of the lesser-known products that we carry including: The Jool Tool …

Break Winter’s Hold with a February Class

February is the border between winter and spring. ~Terri Guillemets, “Years,” 2002 We’ve gone past the Winter Solstice and the days are (finally!) getting longer. If you’re getting cabin fever or need to be with like-minded friends, come on out for a class. In early February we have Sureka Sriharan with a new seedbeading class and Christine Woollacott is teaching how to create a sterling silver bezel for a rounded cabochon. Of course we have several encore classes including bead crochet with Bonni Poch, Crystal Intelligence with Sylvia Diveky and freeform peyote rings with Anne Marie Desaulniers. Mark your calendars …

Feed Your Creative Spirit

How are your January resolutions? Are you taking time for yourself? Refresh and rejuvenate your creativity with a class or two. January wraps-up with three new classes and several encore classes. Pamela Kearns has a new SuperDuo project being used with permission from the terrific new book Learn to Use Two-Hole Beads by Teresa Morse. Jen Rosen has a new wire wrapping project for earrings. Christine Woollacott will introduce you to the new FYI Fine Silver Metal Clay. Check out the classes with Deborah Beesley, and Kelly Garland for more opportunities! Here are the classes and open sessions scheduled January …