Planet BeadFX Awaits You! Are you ready for it?

Life on Planet BeadFX is special! You never know what will come up, to challenge the crones and one troll, who work there. But we’re always on the case! Do you want to drop by to shop? No problem! How about taking a class? Again, we’re there for you! You don’t live in the city, or even in the province, or country? We deliver. You live in the city, but prefer not to drive? You can order on-line. Planet BeadFX is a place of sharing, caring, and learning! We love what we do, and it shows! Just ask us a …

Texture talk!

I didn’t think that this blog post was ever going to get written! Some of you know that my old desktop crashed, only to be replaced by a new notebook. Unfortunately, my photo editing software doesn’t appear to be compatible with Windows 10, so I needed to search for a quick replacement! No time for research, so after a few misfires, I ended up just using Google’s own photo editor (the one that replaced Picasa). All I can say is that it works, and I was able to download my photos. No other info to share! The real subject of …

Dreaming of Bead&Button!

Don’t you hate when you start dreaming about something wonderful, that others are experiencing first hand? Bead&Button Show (see logo below), the largest consumer jewellery and bead show in the world, is currently in progress (June 3 – 13). Many of my colleagues and friends are in attendance, but alas, I am not! Do I have bead show envy? Perhaps! A handful of our BeadFX instructors, including Amy, Christine, Kelly, Marilyn and Pam (did I miss anyone?), are also teaching at the Milwaukee show! How exciting!!! They join an army of world-class instructors, including many that have led workshops in …

What’s on my bead mat? May edition!

I just realized that I’m cheating a little, because I didn’t actually take photos of the pieces on my bead mat. I forgot!!! It doesn’t matter, because each has been on said bead mat, at least once during the month. You wouldn’t want to see it right now, because it’s very messy, full of beads, and just waiting for me to either cram them back into their tubes, or get frustrated and mix up some bead soup! You know how it goes!! You’ll notice that while the purple doll is still naked, I’ve actually made progress on my green one, …

Give what you’ve got!

Okay perhaps not everything, but it would be nice if you could consider giving a little to underprivileged youth. BeadFX is gathering jewellery donations on the behalf of the Corsage Project, a non-profit initiative to help high school students, who cannot afford to go to their own school proms. “In 2000, the Corsage Project was created in partnership with the Children’s Aid Foundation to help young women attend their prom by providing them with a new dress, accessories and a mini makeover – all free of charge. In 2010, the program expanded to provide formal wear to young gentlemen” (information …

Getting to know…Tracey Neidhardt

Tracey Neidhardt has become a familiar face at BeadFX, teaching seedbeading to many eager students. “Since I was able to hold a pencil, I’ve drawn animals, people, flowers, etc. Later I picked up beading” says Tracey. “When I visited a store about 20 years ago, I saw a peyote stitched amulet pouch and said to myself ‘I need to learn how to do this!’   So I took a class. It was amazing! And, I guess I’ve never looked back since then. “Basically, I taught myself to learn other stitches by reading bead books to learn the other weaving techniques, …

Getting to know…Deb Muss

Deborah Muss has been introducing potential lampworking students by giving them Just a Taste of how lampwork beads are made. Many students have gone on to take full introductory workshops to learn the art of how to make beads. Like most of us, Deb was introduced to her creative side as a child. “I learned embroidery at an early age; my mother taught me to crochet and sew,” she explains. “Soon I was altering patterns to make things fit me. Then I was into quilting, jewellery making and wood working. I have a closet full of craft stuff to cover …