Big Ol’ Big Hole Stone Beads

Big Hole Stone Beads Yes – big hole beads – takes up to 2mm leather or other type cord. More design possibilities. Shamballa bracelets, wrapped, wire, cord – yep – there are times when you need a bigger hole. Fireline Big spools baby – 300 yards – 274 meters. That’s three times the length of a football field. Feeling Gimpy? Gimp – not a condition that describes legs after that ill-fated plan to hike up the mountain – but the tightly coiled wire – also called French Wire – that you slip over the thread at the end of the …

January 2020 Bead Mat Update: Bluesy news!

My January 2020 bead mat update, is a work in progress! Also, I forgot to photograph some of my pieces on a bead mat, but that doesn’t worry me one little bit! My Explorations in Freeform Peyote class ran last weekend, and this is the project that I worked on. Yes, another stone, but with a different colour scheme, and I’m beading again!!! My arm was a little achy the next day, but I managed to bead, while holding a stone in the palm of my hand. Quite a feat, but then who doesn’t want to bead, holding a weighty, …

Be a Creative Light

“Don’t be afraid of the dark. Shine!” ― Vera Nazarian, The Perpetual Calendar of Inspiration Have you noticed how many celebrations and cultures use candles and lamps? The common reason is to bring light into darkness. Creativity is light and is especially needed in January – what seems to be the darkest period of the year. While we want to stay cozy and warm in our homes, sometimes we just need to get out and shine. A class is a perfect time to get your creativity burning and connect with others. Our late-January classes will do just that! Metalworkers of …

Glittering Chain, Stan’s Hearts

Glittering Chain Rhinestone chain – also called cup chain, for the little cups that contain the stones. These are quite a bit daintier than I am used to seeing, being only about 3mm across. These would make lovely dangly chain earrings, you would just need a few inches, and you add a loop to the end for hanging with these cupchain end connectors. What I find really quite charming about this chain is the mechanism for holding the stones in the cups – sort of folded over loopy handles, instead of the usual prong method. Looks less – pointy and …

Itching for Stitching!

I’m itching for stitching, but that’s not a lie! Luckily my elbow feels pretty good now. I’m still putting weight on it gingerly, but stitching is no longer out of the question. However, I think that my get up and go, got up and went! But that will only slow me down, but will not stop me completely. My friend and I, have plans to make some slow stitched needle books, yet all we need is a little time. Of course, I also need to dig out some supplies, but that shouldn’t be a huge problem. I have an infinite …

Light as a feather …

“I am as light as a feather,” –Ebenezer Scrooge, A Christmas Carol – by Charles Dickens We have the beads that are as light as a feather. If you, like me, like big beads (I cannot lie), then the light and airy decoupage beads can let you go big, without being too heavy to leave home. We are selling them in strands this time around, which means you get more, can do more, and don’t have to wonder what you will get – you get what is on the strand. Each strand may have a slightly different combo of beads …

All About Blue: Plus a few colours!

All about blue, but what’s not to like? Every year Pantone announces its colour of the year, yet this is the lucky year they chose Classic Blue! .“A timeless and enduring blue hue, PANTONE 19-4052 Classic Blue is elegant in its simplicity. Suggestive of the sky at dusk, the reassuring qualities of the thought-provoking PANTONE 19-4052 Classic Blue highlight our desire for a dependable and stable foundation on which to build as we cross the threshold into a new era. Imprinted in our psyches as a restful color, PANTONE 19-4052 Classic Blue brings a sense of peace and tranquility to …

It’s official – BeadFX 2020 classes have kicked-off!

The clock struck midnight and ushered in a new year of classes at BeadFX! Many came to see the new class projects and met the instructors at our Class Kick-off event this past Saturday and the comments were loud – ‘the projects are great’, ‘it’s good to see them in person’, ‘I’m signing up before I leave today’! A big appreciative Thank You to everyone who came! Our mid-January classes include a new wire project with Liz Kennedy that features anodizing niobium! Marilyn Gardiner has a full-day class specializing with flat chainmaille weaves. Seed beaders will have fun exploring freeform …

2020 is a year of vision …

Eye can see clearly – 2020 will be a visionary year. Eye, eye – you might think this is an eye for help, but that’s how eyeroll – the cornea the better. So eyeball this, my pupils – Eye have a cornea-copia of goodies for you this week. Now, don’t lash out – you’ll just make a spectacle of yourself. Clasp your eyes on this – this week we have quite a view new clasps for you. Amethyst that if you want a nice simple look – you can see that a toggle has a clean look and is easy …

Challenge Yourself in 2020!

Challenge yourself in 2020, and a new vision will come! Okay, that’s enough of the 2020 vision puns for me, but I’m sure that Dwyn will be taking it a whole lot further, so I’ll let her carry it through the year. I learn by osmosis, so I may not be able to help myself, but I’ll certainly try. The end of this year has been quite challenging for me, since I slipped on the ice. It’s amazing how a small elbow crack, can hamper the work that you do. However, you make do, because nothing else is possible! Self-pity …