Kick off 2018 with a Resolution to Learn!

Do you make New Year Resolutions? Personally, I find they focus so much on the negatives we need to change rather than the positives we want to bring into our lives. Learning is like that. We know that learning something new will make us feel better, give us a challenge and give us more positive energies. Yes, as the class coordinator I’m biased, but I like it when I’m on the other side of the table learning from someone who is enthusiastic about teaching me about something I want to learn. As we’ve done in previous years, we are holding …

Treat yourself to Bead-Treat!

Normally I’d be posting about BeadFX classes, but this week I’m delighted to tell you about a new adventure that BeadFX is taking in 2018: Bead-Treat. BeadFX will be the presenting sponsor of the first (that we’ve found) jewellery-making retreat in Canada.This premier event will take place Friday, May 4 to Sunday, May 6, 2018. As a participant at Bead-Treat, youll learn three original designs focusing on three exciting jewellery-making techniques: chainmaille, geometric peyote, and Cavandoli tapestry knotting. You’ll be the first to learn these never-taught-before designs from three established and creative designers/instructors in the comfort of Fanshawe College in …

Come and Meet the Teachers!

It’s that time of year again when we look ahead to what projects and classes are coming up. In this case, you’ll have a chance to see the January, February and March projects and meet the creative instructors bringing you the projects. Meet the Teachers Saturday, January 6 11:00am – 6:00pm Come on out and meet your amazing instructors and see first-hand the great projects they have planned for you! As a bonus, for each class you register for, you will receive a draw ballot toward a $25 gift certificate. One class = one ballot; two classes = two ballots, …

Help Us Help Others with the BeadFX Food Drive

Many of us in Toronto and the surrounding area are lucky! We have some discretionary money that we can spend on non-essentials that won’t impact on monies we need to pay our bills, rent or mortgage, and other necessities. Many in Toronto are not so lucky and are having problems managing the essentials. These individuals and families need to decide if money goes toward food or hydo or rent or anything else that may be required for daily living. Families are particularly hard hit because it means children go hungry. Another group of people whose needs are increasing are senior …

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 …