Looking Ahead to Fall Classes

Yes, there is still summer to enjoy BUT, once Labour Day passes, BeadFX will have an abundance of new classes for you! Mark your calendars now to attend our annual Back to Class event on Saturday, September 7; 11 – 3pm. You’ll be able to see for yourself the wonderful projects being taught and the creative instructors who are presenting them. By we are planning something very special to happen the same day. Click here to find out more! One of the highlights is visiting instructor Kaska Firor who is presenting six new wirework classes. Kaska’s projects are all beginner/advanced …

Cool off Creatively during the Dog Days of Summer

We’re in the midst of the ‘Dog Days of Summer’ – traditionally the hottest part of the season. The origin of the saying doesn’t actually refer to our canine friends but to the placement of the Sun in the in the canine constellation of Sirius. Your trivial tidbit for the day! The air conditioning has been working at full speed at BeadFX as we’ve had a couple of scorching heat waves in Toronto. The comfort adds a benefit to taking a class! Our mid to late-August classes feature new classes as well as encore projects – just in case they …

On the Road Again!

Imagine setting up a store on wheels and taking it all to a show near you! We’re doing just that this summer and fall. These consumer shows are all open to the general public and we’ll be there with a variety of goods including beads, findings, stones and more! If you’re in the neighbourhood, drop by and say ‘Hi’. See you at the Fair! TWIST Fibre FestivalAugust 16 – 18Saint-André-Avellin, QCThis is BeadFX’s first venture into la belle province! TWIST is Canada’s largest fibre festival and features everything from spinning, to knitting, to weaving, to dyeing, to whatever else you …

Take a Cool Class this August!

Sun, sand, cold drinks and lots of summer heat. What more can you ask for? Sometimes you just need to cool down a bit! Our summer classes and open sessions continue in air-conditioned comfort. Join Liz Kennedy, Pamela Kearns, Anne Marie Desaulniers and Gillian Clarke for some creative fun and learning. There are also lots of opportunities to give yourself dedicated time to work on your projects away from the hustle and bustle of daily life. Here are the activities scheduled August 1 – 14: Thursday, August 1 FREE Afternoon Bead TeaFacilitator: Pamela Kearns1:00 – 3:00pmGive yourself dedicated time to …

Slow down Summer with a class

Are you feeling a little rushed? Are you thinking that summer is half over and September routines are creeping back into your thoughts? Don’t worry about the future (it will be here soon enough without borrowing time from it) and live in the here and now. Mindfulness is the practise of being present in what you are doing – whether doing chores, dining or learning. It is single-tasking. Classes are one way to help you clear your mind of other priorities and allow you to focus on yourself and learning a new skill. Our late-July classes feature four terrific opportunities …

Take a mini-vacation with a class!

Creativity doesn’t take a vacation – in fact, it can be triggered by a simple change in routine such as taking time for yourself. Our mid-July classes are chock-a-block full of creativity and fun! Many of them are also suitable for younger students – a great way to introduce a new generation to ‘handmade’! Naomi Smith will take you through the steps to create your traditional indigenous flat bag. Chainmaille enthusiasts will love classes with both Marilyn Gardiner and Gillian Clarke. Ann Shewan will teach you how to drill small stones and pebbles – great items to pick-up on your next …

Country-wide Fireworks kick off the Summer Classes!

July is just around the corner, and we have lots to celebrate including Canada Day and, for our southern neighbours, Independence Day. Enjoy the parties, fireworks and picnics! Our early-July classes feature four new projects! Gillian Clarke combines beads and chainmaille for two bracelets while Christine Woollacott will teach you how to create custom findings for your designs and how to create a simple post setting that you can use in a myriad of ways. Liz Kennedy and Anne Marie Desaulniers are presenting encore seed beading and metalwork classes – in case they didn’t work with your schedule before now! …

Learn to break the rules!

Are you a rule breaker? Are you one of those people who, if they give you an inch, you take a mile? Alternatively, do you live within the rules and not venture out of the ‘box’? Does the word ‘freeform’ make you squirm with fear! My first venture with freeform anything was a big step. As a seed beader – especially with peyote – I felt comfort knowing that my beads would line up with perfect precision. I knew what to expect when I was planning the next row, and then the next.  I have since discovered that freeform peyote …

Summer Starts Now!

We’ve been waiting for this since the middle of January! Effective June 21, we are officially in summer! Late-June classes range from mixing your materials for a fun boho necklace to adding colour to titanium metal! Get experience doing wire wrapping with a statement pendant or learn how to do sliding knots to create casual summer-style bracelets. You can also explore bead mosaic and how to apply beads on a curved surface. Here are the classes and open sessions scheduled June 21 – 30: Friday, June 21 Sliding Adjustable CordsInstructor: Angela Peace6:00 – 9:00pmAdjustable sliding knots have lots of applications …

Carve out creative time for yourself!

There are so many demands on our time that it can be stressful to maintain hectic schedules. Sometimes you just need to take a step back and say, ‘I need to do something for me’. Recharging your batteries is required just to keep up! Our mid-June classes feature an array of jewellery making techniques from seed beading with Pamela Kearns, to chainmaille with Marilyn Gardiner and working with cement with Ann Shewan. In the midst of all the classes are open sessions where you can come in, relax and enjoy coffee and conversation as you work on your projects. As …