What’s on my bead mat?

Or perhaps I should say, “what’s on my bead mat”, and rolling around in my head, this week? I had a lovely, quiet holiday, and find that when I have time on my hands, my hands just naturally turn to creative pursuits. During the holidays, I watch sappy movies, eat more snacks than normal, and search for projects to play with. Although, I do start new projects, I confess that I love to dig into some of my UFO’s (unfinished objects)! Not just components (stash), but projects that I’ve started, and haven’t found the the time, or inspiration to complete. …

Play and the art of gift giving!

Where has the year gone? Yikes, it’s that time again! Time to start thinking about what you’re going to do about holiday gift giving. Yes, I’m aware that some of you, have been preparing for this for months, but I’d like to think that you’re in the minority. The vast majority (myself included), need the cooler temperatures, to get our collective rears in gear! The thermostat has dropped (and late this year, at that), so it’s time to make some fast plans. As a dedicated crafter (now billing myself as a Mixed Media Artist), I’ve been making handmade gifts for …

December classes: Creativity isn’t finished yet!

The first fall of snow is not only an event, it is a magical event. You go to bed in one kind of a world and wake up in another quite different, and if this is not enchantment then where is it to be found? – J. B. Priestley 13 September 1894 – 14 August 1984; an English author, novelist, playwright, scriptwriter, social commentator,and broadcaster whose career straddled the 20th Century.     Yes, 2015 is starting to wrap-up but there are still many opportunities to express yourself creatively and learn a new skill at the same time. Looking for …

Fall for October Classes at BeadFX!

October — cooler evenings, the wonderful colours of leaves, Thanksgiving, pumpkins — and the realization that Christmas and other gift-giving holidays are only two months away! Make your gift-giving easier by making a piece of jewellery for your friends and family! Why not give a gift of a class to someone special – including yourself! We have lots of options and choices in October! Deborah Beesley is showing how to use wire to make jewellery components. Angela Peace is teaching a daytime ‘newbie’ class on Cavandoli knotting. Bonni Poch is taking students to the next level of bead crochet by …

October classes are just around the corner!

What do you think of when you hear ‘October’? For me it’s cooler weather, vivid colours, pumpkins, Thanksgiving and Halloween. Its also only two months before Christmas and other big gift-giving events! Why not consider taking a class to learn a new technique to make gifts? Even if the gift is for yourself! Our team of instructors are bringing a number of new techniques and projects to teach – many of which are at the beginner level. Here are the classes and Open Metal Studios scheduled October 1 – 15: Thursday, October 2 Open Metal Studio: Soldering Facilitator: Iris Rogers …

September continues with lots of
new and returning classes and projects

Driving back from Windsor the other weekend, I noticed a few leaves starting to change colour. I find this time of year a very inspirational time because of the colour possibilities that are triggered. Our instructors have brought many new projects that are perfect for this time of year – whether you are making a new piece of jewellery to go with your fall wardrobe or thinking ahead to holiday gifts. The following classes are scheduled September 16 – 30: Wednesday, September 17 Lampwork – Just a Taste! Instructor: Deb Muss 6:30 – 8:30pm   Thursday, September 18 NEW Peyote …

Nervous about being in a classroom with others?
Think about a Private Class!

Not everyone likes to be a part of a class but are still eager to learn a new jewellery-making technique. Some students feel they need more attention than they may receive in a larger class. Others find the commotion of a class to be distracting, making it difficult to learn. If you find yourself in this situation, then perhaps a private class is a solution! Most instructors are happy to offer private classes to students who, for their own reasons, are not comfortable in a classroom full of students. Also, perhaps the class you want to learn isn’t on the …