Open Bead Night/Q & A Workshop

Do you have questions about a beading project? Are you looking for inspiration or creative input? Or would you just like some company while you bead? Share your passion with other like-minded folks. Why not drop by an Open Beading Night at BeadFX! A member of the BeadFX team will be in the classroom from about 6pm to 8pm most Wednesdays to answer questions and give advice. Come and work on your project in a convivial atmosphere. As an added bonus, you will be the first to see – and purchase – the new weekly products! Registering in advance to …

Slow Stitching, No Bitching!

While you’re slow stitching, it’s almost impossible to start bitching! Okay, perhaps I’m using a sweeping generalization here, but don’t you think that it could be possible? I belong to many slow beading and stitching Facebook groups, and they share an awful lot of very nice people!! There’s obviously a wide range of talent levels, but everyone seems to appreciate the work that the others do. No, not everyone comments, or even “Likes” the posts, but neither do they add snide remarks. Of course, I don’t review every post, for every group that I’m in (I’ve joined too many), but …

Wire Dreams: To support us!

What do you think of, when I say “wire dreams”? No, I don’t mean that really, really comfortable underwire bra!! But what else? When I think wire dreams, I’m considering one of the main supporting characters, in jewelery design. Of course, as a mixed-up media artist, I’ve been known to use my wire in unconventional ways, but I do still use it conventionally as well. What are head pins and eye pins made of? Wire of course! Don’t you think that making the perfect wrapped or simple loop is what dreams are really made of? Where would our earrings be, …

Ring in 2019: Let creativity reign!

Let’s ring in 2019 in a forward-looking fashion! 2018 was a good year, but 2019 promises to be a real stunner!!! Goals? Did someone mention goals? Well, as I’ve stated before, I’m not really one to make formal goals at the beginning of the year, nor am I one to actually write them down! That doesn’t mean that I don’t make plans, and target things that I would like to do during the year!!! My plans are always broad, and sometimes a little airy fairy!!!! I spent so much time evaluating staff in my corporate life, that I could write …

December 2018 Bead Mat Update: Greetings from this part of the world!

My December 2018 bead mat update came way too soon! How can it possibly be December 26th? Rats!! I’m not sure that I accomplished as much as I wanted to this year!!! Pillow from a friend. Nice and festive! Aren’t the goals we set for ourselves crazy? Sometimes they work, and at other times, they don’t. However, one thing that I do know, is that we never have time to do everything we want to do! The older we get, the seemingly busier we get, and that isn’t about to change!!!! So, we might as well just go with the …

Random Thoughts on the Season!

In your wildest random thoughts, did you ever wonder, how you would fill your time until the end of the year? Obviously not a problem for most people. Confession time, most of my gifts need to be wrapped early, due to mailing deadlines (don’t hate me!). By some miracle, what with the recent postal strike and all, my presents all made it to the correct places prior to the big day. I did mail early, and via Express Post, so I figured that they would be safe, and I was right. Relieved I am, but now all I need to …

Little Gifts – Favourites for all!

I love to create little gifts for the holidays! Do you? Yes, I do create larger gifts as well, but my favourites are always those that you can create in an evening or two. You know the ones I mean!!!! Earrings, stretchy bracelets, simple pendants, and the such! “Inspiration” – Dwyn Tomlinson I’ve probably made more than a few of each in the past, but I’ve been so busy lately, that I haven’t been able to concentrate on my little gifts this year. So, let’s wander about the BeadFX website, then focus on a few of the possibilities. Swarovski bling …

Bringing the World to You in 2019

One of the most exciting parts of being a class coordinator is inviting instructors from Canada, the United States and abroad to BeadFX. We’ve had such great feedback from students about their experiences with visiting instructors that we’ve brought back several – and one new (to us!) instructor who specializes in wirework. It’s a little early to post classes yet, but mark your calendars now and plan on joining us for classes with: Robyn Cornelius – metalwork Canadian artist and instructor Robyn Cornelius joins us again for three exciting classes! Friday, May 3Saturday, May 4Sunday, May 5 Jean Power – …

Colour Crazy: The story continues!

I guess that you could say that I’m colour crazy! Not to mention, that I’m not in the least shy about it!! Okay, I did just buy a new black coat, and come to think of it, a new black vest as well. But black is such a practical colour for winter! After I finished my blog post from last week, I realized that my colour crazy story was not finished! I showed you some of my first Bead Journals, but didn’t show you the rest of that series (I made twelve of them). So, I’ll just finish them off, …

Wrapping Up Another Year of Classes

In a few weeks, we’ll be saying good-bye to 2018 and ringing in 2019. Looking back, we’ve welcomed several visiting instructors; enjoyed classes and learned lots with our roster of creative BeadFX instructors; were happy to meet lots of new students; as well as enjoy seeing all of our regular students. It has also been a full year of on-line registrations which has made it easier for everyone to sign-up for classes! Thank you all for your continued support of BeadFX’s classes. We’re always open to hearing from you. Do you want to learn something that we haven’t yet taught? …