Photo to Beaded Pattern

A fun little tool from Miyuki to convert your photos to beading patterns We’ve seen a number of beading-pattern-makers over the years – by and large, they seem to not be much fun to use, and try to do too much. This, by contrast, does Miyuki Delicas, Peyote or Square stitch. That’s it. You can also use the Square Stitch option to create patterns for looming. The software is online, and runs in your browser, so nothing to download – except the pattern afterwards if you want.   They have instructions in English here, but I’m going to run you …

Floating Display Frames

I just want to rave on about these floating display frames. I didn’t get a lot of space to talk about them the other day when we rolled them out – so I just want to show you them in more detail – because I think these things are the bees knees. The first time I saw them was in a Swarovski promotional package – there was one of their big, honking crystal pendants, floating in space. Ok, I thought – that’s cool, but a vacuum formed package is kind of a luxury for the regular person like me. Then …

What have we found for you this week?

  If you thought we were going a little clasp crazy – well – you might be entirely justified. Some of it comes down to discovering a neglected box of items, and some of it is because of the fun we are all having with looming! Looming first! We just got these cool BeadSlide clasps for use with loomed or beadweaving pieces that have single row of beads at the end (loomed or square stitch, vs peyote, with its staggered bead pattern). To use, you slide the final row of beads into the tube – there is a gap for …

2016 in Review!

And so, we begin the countdown to 2017 – ring out the old, ring in the new. Top Ten Fabulous new things at BeadFX in 2016 that you might have missed New Website Of course – one of the most notable things that was new this year was the new website. We updated for a more streamlined look that put more emphasis on the beads and was more responsive and mobile-friendly! No website upgrade of this size would be complete without the occasional hiccup – but you have all been enormously patient and helpful, and we thank you for that! …

Finding Nemo – or maybe just Delicas

I got an earful the other day from a customer who was severely frustrated at trying to find a specific Delica colour on our website. She was searching for DB-541. We made a conscious effort, right back in the beginning, when we first started carrying Delicas, to preserve their original numbering. As have most of the other bead vendors online. So the names may change, but the numbers don’t – which means that if you have a pattern that calls for DB-1 – well – everywhere you go – that’s going to be gunmetal. Or Hematite. Or Dark Metallic Grey. …

Rainbow Thursday! The Sale Continues!

We love black – black makes everything pop! But why stop at Black Friday? Let’s give all the colors a chance! Our pre-Christmas sale continues – with 20% off the whole rainbow of nearly everything – and some stuff is a lot more! New this week are many more items in our Bulk items and deals on web-only items not stocked in-store. Such as Bulk SuperDuos! Bulk Delica 11/0s, and more coming! If there is something you’d like to see sold in large quantities like factory packs, be sure and let me know! Remember the Miyuki Crochet Thread? Now available …

Oh, those crazy Managers …

We have lots of enticing Manager Specials – with crazy savings from 30 – 70% off! You can find them all here: Manager Specials In case you find that list a little overwhelming! – try this instead Manager Swarovski Manager Neon Manager Findings Manager Superduo Manager Delicas Manager Firepolish Hint – you can use the search box to search for manager plus whatever else you are looking for – in case, you know, you find it on sale!

Website Changes: All the Findings R Moved

Thank gawd – all the findings are now moved. What a job. I feel like I’ve been moving actual boxes, instead of electrons. Next week – I’ll tackle moving the items in the Components section. That’s only 2400+ items. Some of them can stay there, but clearly – there are findings in there. Hello bead caps! Clearly – this was a task long overdue!

Princess Ah-Roar-ah (And Spike) Guard the Cat Beds

Many of you know that we carry the lovely, luxurious [zenmfgr id=24]. These are the creme de la creme of beading surfaces, and come in a range of sizes for projects big to small, stay at home or portable. Anyway, I digress. Sometime ago, I took a small black cat stuffie to the store to sit on the displayed Bead on it Boards, because I discovered that the staff in the store had nicknamed them “the catbeds.” (They are flat and have a raised rim. Ergo – catbeds.) One day a lady came in, and desperately wanted to buy the …