We predict: 6 more weeks of creativity!

Groundhog Day, featuring a rodent meteorologist, was celebrated for the first time at Gobbler’s Knob in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania, way back in 1887. According to tradition, if a groundhog comes out of its hole on this day and sees its shadow, it gets scared and runs back into its burrow, predicting six more weeks of winter weather; no shadow means an early spring. While Punxsutawney Phil, Buckeye Chuck (Ohio), Wiarton Willie (Ontario) or Shubenacadie Sam (Nova Scotia) may be awesome at predicting the weather, we’ll leave it to our team of very creative instructors to bring you great February classes! Our …

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 …

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 …

Happy New Year – Happy New You!

A brand new year – a brand new decade – and lots of opportunities to try something you’ve never done before! January’s highlight is the annual Class Kick-off on Saturday, January 4! Photos just don’t do projects justice and you really need to see them up close and personal. Confirmed instructors include Pamela Kearns (beadwork), Darija Radic (metalwork); Anne Marie Desaulniers (mixed media); Liz Kennedy (metalwork); Gillian Clarke (chainmaille); Christine Woollacott (enamelling, metal clay, metalwork); Liz Reynolds (metal clay); Catherine Sequalino Poitier (tambour embroidery); Marilyn Gardiner (chainmaille), Naomi Smith (beadwork), Deborah Beesley (wirework) and Ann Shewan (pebble drilling and cement …

New Year – New Learning Opportunities!

Do you set resolutions? To me, resolutions denote a negative that we are trying to change – ‘I’m giving up smoking’, or, ‘I’m giving up high fat food’. Instead, what if we choose to set goals – ‘I’m going to do something I’ve never done before’, or ‘I’m going to learn a new skill’? At the beginning of 2019, I set a goal to learn more about metalwork and wirework. I took classes with Robyn Cornelius (metalwork), Kaska Firor (wirework) and Liz Kennedy (does both) and I discovered I really enjoyed working in this new (to me!) medium. My goal …

2020 Classes are on the Horizon!

No, I’m not rushing the season – I’m looking forward to spending Christmas with my family and having some ‘down time’. Can’t rush that! But, a brand New Year is just around the corner and January (and some February) classes are now on-line. What can you look forward to? How about some seed bead classes with Anne Marie Desaulniers and Pamela Kearns! Christine Woollacott has metalwork classes that you’ll enjoy and are a perfect way to learn about some of the basics of this versatile technique. If you’re interested in chainmaille, then check out the classes with Marilyn Gardiner and …

Wrapping up December classes

Wow, we’re almost at the end of another year! However before we ring in 2020, we still have some opportunities to attend a class and work on projects during an open session! Naomi Smith has a beautiful indigenous project featuring traditional Woodlands design featuring bead embroidery and an ingenious construction. Christine Woolacott will guide you through the steps of creating Mokume Gane while you create either a ring or pendant. We are also featuring Holiday Mini Classes to give you taste of some quick seed beading projects – great if you want to try out some of the new 2-hole …

Ringing in December classes

‘Tis the Season! No matter what you celebrate – Christmas, Hanukkah, or Kwanzaa – December is a time for celebrations. Many of these celebrations involve gift giving – a simple act of showing appreciation and love to another. How do BeadFX classes connect to this? Well, how about: Give a gift certificate that the recipient can use for a future class of their choice. This will be particularly appreciated by those have expressed an interest in learning a new skill or adding to their jewellery-making technique toolbox. Contact the store or order your gift certificate on-line. Treat a friend or …

Winding up November

Another season is about to pass – the bright autumn colours and clear skies that has inspired a myriad of products. Another season is coming up quickly and ushers in a new palette of colours: red, gold, green, blue, and silver. Let’s not rush the season too quickly – there are still lots of November classes to enjoy. If you like triangular peyote, check out Pamela Kearns‘ new pendant class. Deborah Beesley‘s new class combines pearls and wire to create a stunning statement necklace and Ann Shewan takes her cement class to a new level with inclusions. Darija Radic will …

Planning for 2020

As we are heading into a brand new year, now is the time to plan new ideas, techniques and jewellery-making applications. Being in a large city like Toronto, we are fortunate to be able to draw on a wide variety of jewellery-making artists who are eager to share their expertise with you. As you know, we offer seed beading, mixed media, chainmaille, wirework, metal clay, metalwork and lampworking. We have 18 local instructors who regularly schedule classes at BeadFX and several who will accommodate private classes. Is there something you would like to learn that we haven’t offered? Share your …