December 2017 Bead Mat Update: Ending the year with a whisper!

My December 2017 Bead Mat Update, is the perfect ending to the year! My muse is quietly whispering in my ear, and that bodes well for 2018! Did you make any holiday gifts this year? I did, but not as many as previous years. Why, you ask? Timing, inspiration, lazy muse, work, or perhaps just a lack of steam! All contributed, but no excuses allowed. Unfortunately, no photos of my away gifts, but here are some simple earrings I made. Isn’t it amazing, how you can turn sparkles, and a little sterling chain, into a simple, but elegant gift? I …

November 2017 Bead Mat Update: Exploring my options!

My November 2017 bead mat update, is all over the place! Should I blame the weather, the upcoming season, or admit that I need to play? I am full of creative ideas, but I’m not always organized! Both Intuitive Bead Embroidery, and Artist Trading Cards (using paper collage, paint, and stamps), are on my November schedule. Is it any wonder that I’m confused? They are very different animals, though both very freeform in nature! This piece is a sample from a previous workshop. I made the cabochon! Is it a landscape, or a seascape? Why is it so organized?? Where …

July Bead Mat Update – To goal or not to goal!

My July bead mat update is all about working on neglected projects and supplies. Will I be able to attain my goals? I would like to finish something! Challenges are always good, and it will certainly be fun to try!! Why don’t I have time to finish all of my projects? Do I bite off more than I can chew? Or should I just blame it on the class samples I need to make? Each time I teach a class, I end up with at least one more sample to finish, and more than a few leftover supplies. Is my …

Love Soutache and Bead Embroidery?
Have a class with Amee K. Sweet-McNamara!

Calling all Soutache and bead embroidery lovers – and everyone else who loves working with a needle a thread! Join us for a class with artist Amee K. Sweet-McNamara!  Amee uses Soutache and Bead Embroidery to create textile jewelry with sinuous, organic shapes in brilliant hues. She takes her inspiration from all things color-saturated. Mucha posters, Venetian glass, Renaissance paintings, and Hollywood dance-costumes have all, at one time or another, influenced her creations. Formally educated in both, Interior Design and Fine Art, Amee is a member of the League of New Hampshire Craftsmen. She teaches out of her studio in …

Meet and Greet added to Linda Landy’s weekend of classes

Have you marked your calendar for Linda Landy’s classes? Linda Landy, author of Textured Bead Embroidery published in October 2014, will be coming to BeadFX to teach three exciting classes. Linda’s classes are applicable to all experience levels, whether you are an experienced bead embroiderer or are learning about the techniques for the first time.    In addition to her classes, you will also have an opportunity to meet Linda at an informal Meet & Greet on Friday, April 17 from 6:00 – 7:30pm. We will have copies of Textured Bead Embroidery available and Linda will have kits and patterns …

Bead Embroidery Artist Linda Landy Coming to BeadFX!

Have you discovered the joys of bead embroidery? If so, you already know the variety of applications it can give you. Everything from structured collars and jewellery, to intuitive images, to surface embellishment for quilts and fabrics, and for 3-D objects of art, bead embroidery will inspire amazing works of art you can call your own! If you haven’t done bead embroidery, you’re about to be dazzled! Linda Landy, author of Textured Bead Embroidery published in October 2014, will be coming to BeadFX to teach three exciting classes. Linda’s classes are applicable to all experience levels, whether you are an …

It’s Summer! A Great Time to Relax and take a July Class!

Finally, we’ve hit summer! School is out, vacations have begun and it’s time to relax. No need to stop learning – come on out and take a class with us. Comfort alert – our classroom tends to be a little cold at times, so it’s always a good idea to bring a sweater or a light pashmina to put around your shoulders. We have some new classes during the first half of July – Tracey Neidhardt is sharing how to make a beaded ring using brick stitch; Malliga Nathan is bringing us a necklace using hammered wire and Boro Swoop …

July will be ‘Hot’ with Classes

Can’t stand the heat? Come into the air conditioning for some great classes during July! And, yes, you may want to bring a sweater – our air conditioning works very well. July has some amazing classes, including our new Summer Arts Camp classes for youth. We also welcome three new instructors! What’s new July 1st – 14th: (these are in addition to other repeating classes!) Tuesday, July 2 Netted V’s 6:00 – 9:00pm Instructor: Maria Rypan Thursday, July 4 Sprinkled Diamonds (left)1:00 – 4:00pm Instructor: Sureka Sriharan Intro to Bead Embroidery (right)6:00 – 9:00pm Instructor: Stephanie Dixon Friday, July 5 …

Still time to catch April classes

Wow, can you believe how fast time is flying; before you know it, another month will roll by! Not to worry – there is still lots of time to take some April classes. For complete information, including class and kit fees, please consult the on-line calendar at http://www.beadfx.com/classes.php and click on “April”. Soutache Lesson #1: The Basic Module Thursday, April 18 6:00 – 9:00pm Instructor: Angela Peace This class will introduce students to Soutache Bead Embroidery and how to stitch the Basic Module.  Students will learn how to handle the soutache braid, manage tension, place stitches correctly, define the curve, …