Check out the Summer Classes at an Open House!

BeadFX’s classes don’t take vacations! We have quite a line-up of classes during July and August that include all media – seedbeading, mixed media, metal clay (base metal and fine silver!), metalwork and enamelling and lampworking. Several class projects are brand new, including beautiful chainmaille bracelet with Marilyn Gardiner and fibre and bead projects with Anne Marie Desaulniers. You can see the wide variety of projects yourself at our upcoming Summer Classes Open House on Friday, June 22. Drop in anytime between 5:00 and 8:00pm for a viewing, meet the instructors and have a bite of refreshments. All of the …

Heat up your creativity with a class!

The temperatures are definitely getting warmer and so are the creative opportunities at BeadFX. Mid-June classes offer a range of jewellery-making media including a new peyote class with Pamela Kearns and a new chainmaille weave class with Gillian Clarke! If you’re looking for dedicated work time away from kids, household chores and other distractions, come in for our open sessions! You’ll enjoy cool comfort in the classroom and lots of great conversation as you work on your projects. Lampworkers – there are open sessions for you too! Get help, practise what you’ve learned in class or work on your designs …

It’s Summer and the classes are great!

Finally, the weather is matching the calendar – at least in our neck of the woods! June opens up with some new classes and some favourite encore classes from our instructors. Beading on a loom is a well-established technique that has been around for a long time but, with so many looms on the market, you may have questions about which loom is ‘best’ for a project. Never fear – Christine Woollacott to the rescue! Gillian Clarke’s chainmaille classes have become well-known and she has brought us a new bracelet project that features lots of texture. Enthusiasts of haute couture …

Bead-Treat was a treat for all!

There was laughter! There was fun! There were prizes! There was food! What was it? Bead-Treat! Seven women, coming from locales stretching from Amherstburg in Southwest Ontario through to Montreal, Quebec, and several points in-between, came together for three classes with three instructors over the May 4 – 6 weekend. Situated on the beautiful Fanshawe College campus in London, the participants learned how to construct Cavandoli end caps with Angela Peace, create a statement chainmaille bracelet with Marilyn Gardiner, and how to do sparkly beaded components to create a variety of projects with Pamela Kearns. We had lots of participation …

Think like a Designer with late-May classes

Imagine translating this image into bead embroidery, or enamel, or lampworked beads, or metalwork: where would you start? The incredible colours of the flowers? The shape of the tulip petals? Would you identify a single flower or try to capture the mass of the field? Learning a technique is the first step in designing your own piece of art jewellery. Once you become familiar with how to put components together, you can then create your own look – and ultimately – your own designs! Our late-May classes feature a wide variety of techniques for all levels of jewellery making. New …

Mark Your Calendars Now for Summer Shows and Events

Summer is shaping up to be a busy time. There are always new classes and in-store events, but we are also on the road to two new consumer trade shows. Come and explore with us! Saturday, June 9 Kawartha Yarn and Fibre Festival 10:00am – 5:00pm Fenlon Falls, Ontario This single-day event will showcase local and independent vendors, including BeadFX. Knitters, crocheters, spinners and felters will all find something perfect! Friday, June 22 Summer Classes Open House 5:00 – 8:00pm Discover the classes being taught at BeadFX and meet the instructors who are teaching them! Saturday, August 25 Fibre Spirit …

May is blooming with classes

After what seemed to be the longest winter, Spring is finally bringing forth the blossoms. My budgie Indy has been answering all of the early morning birdsong – a much better alarm clock to wake up to! If this seasonal renewal has got your creativity whirring, then check out our mid-May classes. The range of classes touch upon bead embroidery, kiln enamelling and metal clay, lampworking, and seed beading. Anne Marie Desaulniers has a new class exploring stitching and beading on fabric that is completely intuitive – no patterns, no experience required! Liz Reynolds will teach you how to create …

Robyn Cornelius kicks off May classes

As I’m writing this, the outside is dull and rainy – typical April showers! However, I’ve been ‘planting’ nuggets of beading ideas that may bear interesting projects (and classes). We shall see what happens! No doubt though we have some exciting classes coming up including three metalwork classes with Robyn Cornelius! I’ve had the pleasure of taking several of Robyn’s classes and her forte is being able to bring students of all experience levels through to completion of her class projects. We also have Barbara Colautti with another polymer clay application that mimics the look of wood or ivory. If …

Refresh your Creativity

It’s Spring! The weather is finally catching up to the calendar. Plants are poking through the dirt. You’re itching to start something new. Spring is an ideal time to start something new or to breathe new life into a favourite activity. Classes are a great way to add to your knowledge base or to test your desire of trying a new technique. Our late-April classes have lots of options for you: Cindy Goldrick with Sue Henry will help you explore design possibilities with both wet and dry felting. If you’ve been wondering about the craze of ‘peyote with a twist, …

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 …