March into Spring Classes

Weather doesn’t necessarily match the calendar, but we’re finally heading into a new season – Spring. Not only do our moods lighten but so do our colours – here come the pastels, the creams, the lilacs and greens. By the way, the Pantone Colour of the Year is Ultra Violet – a very amethyst-inspired colour that is perfect for spring-inspired designs! Late-March classes include a ‘newbie’ class with Pamela Kearns – perfect to get started making jewellery. Anne Marie Desaulniers has a mixed media class using Pebeo paint and bezels for one-of-a-kind pendants. If you’ve wondered about metal clay, Liz …

Bead-Treat: Your Questions Answered

We’re getting quite a bit of interest in Bead-Treat with participants coming from as far away as Quebec! And, yes, people have questions about what to expect. Here are some of the questions already posed to us. Email your questions to pam@beadfx.com and I’ll answer you as quickly as possible. Q. What if I’m not an expert in any of the techniques that are being taught? A. Not a problem! At the beginning of each class, the instructor will take you through the basics of that particular technique. For example, Marilyn Gardiner will start the day by making a pair …

Buy directly from the Artists at our upcoming Trunk Show

BeadFX has close associations with so many artisans that we just need to share their beautiful works! This is a perfect opportunity to get a gift for yourself or a special someone in time for Spring! BeadFX Trunk Show Saturday, April 7 11:00am – 4:00pm Bring a friend – all are welcome to this FREE event! Our inspiring designers/artisans who will be showing and selling their designs are: Barbara Colautti – Polymer Clay A fruitless search for just the right brooch to complete an outfit, 13 years ago, led me down the path of polymer clay experimentation. I had expected …

Do you want to be more creative? Think green!

You’ve probably aware that certain colours influence our moods: blue = calmness; red = passion, and so on. According to a study published in the Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, green triggers inventiveness and creativity. Aren’t we lucky that St. Patrick’s Day falls in mid-March; bring on the green! Mid-March classes feature projects in a wide range of techniques. Wire lovers will have a selection of classes from Lucie Lee, Christine Woollacott and Deborah Beesley. Seed beaders will discover the versatility of the peyote triangle in a class with Pamela Kearns. Ann Shewan will have dreaming of the possibilities of …

Celebrate National Craft Month

The Association for Creative Industries (formerly the Craft & Hobby Association) celebrates March as National Craft Month. Studies have acknowledges that crafting – beading, knitting, painting, metalwork, lampworking, and all other creative pursuits – causes positive emotional and physical benefits to the crafter. Now, I don’t know about you, but I’m willing to ‘craft’ at any time, during any month, and for any reason! But knowing that crafting is good for me certainly gives me lots of reasons to pick-up my beads, my weaving and anything else handy and start creating something fun! Celebrate your jewellery-making ‘craft’ of choice and …

Delve into peyote with Nancy Cain!

If you’re into seed beading – especially peyote – like I am, you’ll be ‘chomping at the bit’ to join one of Nancy Cain’s classes at BeadFX! Known for her structural beadwork, Nancy will take your skills to the next level in each of her three classes: Couture Cuff; Vessel No. 1; and Fusion Ring and Bracelet. According to Nancy in her Artist’s Statement, “I found my artistic niche in beads. I enjoy delving into beads mentally and physically depending on the circumstances. My favorite stitch is peyote and over the years I have only added two other stitches, netting …

Kim Fields returns to BeadFX for an exciting 3 day class

When we get requests for an instructor to teach again at BeadFX, we know students want to repeat a wonderful experience. Such is the case of Kim Fields! Kim is an acclaimed artist and instructor with over 25 years of lampwork experience. On a whim, in 1999, Kim took a beginner’s lampworking class. Just a year later she found that working with glass was so fulfilling, she decided to leave her 20-year corporate career behind and devote herself completely to the art of glass beadmaking and jewelry design. Kim has taught at many of the most prestigious glass studios throughout …

February: short on days but long on learning!

February is winter’s last major kick at the can, at least here in Canada. The days are getting longer and you can start to feel a thaw in the air – or is that wishful thinking? And, with only 28 days in February, we know March is just around the corner! February winds up with classes that will continue to fire up your creative passion. Beaders will enjoy a peyote class with Pamela Kearns (perfect if you want to brush up on your peyote skills before Nancy Cain‘s classes in March). Fibre artists will discover another Kumihimo technique with Angela …

Re-ignite your Creative Passion

Valentine’s Day is on its way, but instead of focusing on others, perhaps its time to focus some attention on ourselves. Do you get creative ideas at the oddest time – for me its just before bedtime – and you just need to write or sketch it out? It doesn’t matter what your medium is – lampwork, beadwork, fibre or metalwork – that moment of creative clarity is trying to tell you something: get back to doing what you love! BeadFX’s classes can help you with the technical aspects of how you can work on your designs. Our open sessions …

The top 5 reasons to attend Bead-Treat!

Have you checked out Bead-Treat yet? Yes – great! You already know about all the opportunities that await you! No? Please, let me tell you more! If you’re not aware of Bead-Treat, it is a three-day jewellery-making retreat in London, Ontario, and will take place Friday, May 4 to Sunday, May 6. Participants will learn three exciting techniques – chainmaille with Marilyn Gardiner, geometric peyote with Pamela Kearns, and Cavandoli tapestry with Angela Peace. BeadFX is the presenting sponsor and we’re thrilled to be offering this opportunity! But why attend Bead-Treat? Here’s why! 1. Discover new friends. When like-minded individuals …