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? …

Stay Connected with a Class

What kind of a December person are you? Do enjoy hikes and outdoor adventures in the fresh air? Are you more of a homebody curled up on the sofa with a good book? I prefer to stay indoors but I need to keep my hands busy so jewellery-making is a great activity. I also recognize the need to get out of the apartment and ‘meet the world’. Attending a class is a great way to stay connected with others as well as satisfy my own creative need. BeadFX’s early-December classes will all create beautiful gifts for family, friends – and …

Holiday Gifts Countdown, Part 2

The Christmas movies have started – are you feeling the panic set in? You know you want to make some of your gifts, but not sure exactly what and you’re wondering when can you get them done. Okay, let’s reduce the panic a little; here are some more ideas from BeadFX’s Inspiration Gallery that will make perfect gifts. By the way, if you’re in the Toronto area and looking for dedicated time to work on your gifts, why not drop by Open Bead Night or Afternoon Bead Tea? If you’re a metalworker or lampworker, Open Metal Studios and Happy Hour …

Classes + Friends & Family = Perfect Gifts!

Yes, the holiday season is coming upon us faster than we may want. Certainly the projects presented in the classes make great gifts, but so do the classes themselves! While Hanukkah, Christmas and other holidays haven’t arrived as yet, what about gifting a class to a friend or family member so you can both attend and share the fun before the seasonal craziness begins? Best news of all: you don’t need to go to the mall! Register on line for you and your friend/family member or present it as a BeadFX gift certificate. Our late-November classes feature several brand new …

Exercise your Artistic Freedom

Did you know that not all countries recognize ‘artistic freedom’? Fortunately, Canada, the United States and many other countries do recognize your your right to creatively express yourself. Our mid-November classes include several new classes that will get your creativity flowing. Join Liz Kennedy to learn how to set a cabochon in a new metalwork class! Gillian Clarke will take introduce you to ‘warped squares’ and get you on your way to making ornaments for yourself, family and friends. Marilyn Gardiner has a new full-day class to introduce a variety of beautiful chainmaille weaves that you’ll love. Wire wrappers will …

Holiday Gifts Countdown

Here we are – the end of Halloween and you’re starting to see Christmas and other holiday decorations in the stores. You feel the dread and panic set in! How can I get everything done – and I have no ideas at all about what I want to make for gifts! First – breathe. You have time! Not to worry – we have ideas for you! I’ve looked back through our Inspirations Gallery have pulled out five terrific ideas that you can use as homemade gifts. Many are inexpensive and will make-up nice and quick. Remember – you can customize …

November is full of creative possibilities

Here we are looking at another month – November! The autumnal colours are fading and most of the leaves have fallen and have swept away by the wind. Early November is the calm before the storm of holiday preparations. BeadFX has a ‘touch’ of the holidays in our upcoming classes. Pamela Kearns has a new Seed Beading Boot Camp as well as ‘holiday edition’ beginner peyote class. Angela Peace has two new classes, one featuring how you can use your favourite cabochon as a pendant! Due to massive interest, Darija Radic is holding an encore class of her Ring Workshop …

There’s nothing scary about our classes

“Magic is really very simple. All you’ve got to do is want something and then let yourself have it.” – Aggie Cromwell, Halloweentown The creativity fairies are sprinkling their magic during BeadFX’s late-October’s classes! Catherine Sequalino Poitier has designed a beautiful applique that can be used as a pin or other decorative feature. Anne Marie Desaulniers will stir your needle felting spirits with a new pin or brooch project that combines several stitching techniques. Liz Reynolds will help you explore how you can ‘quilt’ using metal clay. Lucie Lee‘s new wire wrapping class will have you ready to create personalized …