Happy New Year!

When September rolls around, it is like a brand new year! School starts again with students going into a new grade. Routines get back in place and we make ‘Fall’ resolutions, like ‘We’re going to paint the living room in time for the holidays’, or, I’m going to enroll in new jewellery classes this fall’. BeadFX classes have geared up to include new projects with established instructors as well as opportunities with new teachers. If you had a chance to drop by BeadFX on September 7, you would have seen the new class offerings and met the terrific people presenting …

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 …

Celebrate your Creative Achievements

Graduations. Proms. Weddings. Anniversaries. For many, these are life’s milestones and opportunities to celebrate life with friends and family. Do you celebrate your achievements? Accomplishments can be large or small or even ‘steps along the way’ to bigger successes. Celebrating your accomplishments can boost your confidence, help to stave off burnout, and fuel your continued success. In the midst of Open Bead Night and Afternoon Bead Tea, I often hear “oh, it’s just a necklace”, or “it’s just a pair of earrings”. Please, never ‘just’ your accomplishments! You’ve spent time; you’ve applied learning; and you’ve put yourself into your designs. …

Planting Seeds of Creativity

It’s that time of year when we clean out the garden and start to select greenery to plant. Spring is also an ideal time of year to shake the winter cobwebs from our imagination and look for inspiration to get our creativity flowering again. Can you stimulate creativity? Yes – everyone can become more creative! I like to use the camera feature of my phone to snap colour ideas from clothes in a store or patterns and textures on walls and pavement. Ideas exist everywhere. I have no idea what I’ll use the photos for, but it may spark a …

Marching into April

We’re in the midst of the in-between stage of winter turning into spring and waiting to see if March is heading out as a lamb with gentler weather or like a lion with a full winter blast! Fortunately, our classes are much more certain – you know you’ll get value for your money from knowledgeable and enthusiastic instructors. Plus you’ll have lots of fun while learning something new! Our late-March classes cover everything from seedbeading to chainmaille to fibrework to metalwork and wirework – there is is literally something for everyone! Here are the classes and open sessions scheduled March …

Discovering: Chainmaille

When you think of chainmaille, you automatically think of knights and dragons and jousting tournaments. The use of this flexible armor has a much earlier history and dates back to the 4th century BCE. It is believed that chainmaille was invented by the Celts and was adopted by the Romans after they realized its potential after fighting the Celts. In addition to Europe, other cultures including Japan and Persia used chainmaille as protection in battle. In Japan, chainmaille was known as Kusari and was used in samurai armor in the 1270s. Persia’s use of chainmaille is lesser known but was …

Planting Spring Seeds of Creativity
with more May Classes

This is the time of year when garden centres get busy – rich topsoil, lots of gardening tools and, best of all, plenty of seeds that promise full blooms and delicious vegetables. Classes are like that too! Our instructors plant seeds of know-how with a promise of beautiful jewellery. Yes, we need to cultivate and give ourselves some practice in new techniques but, when you have a wonderful finished piece that you’re proud of, you know know the effort was worth it! May classes continue with Liz Reynolds who will show you how to add colour to metal clay without …

Classes Roar in March

Has this winter been like a lion or lamb for you? I guess it depends if you like the cold and snow! For me, it looks nice but never minding driving in it; however it does give me lots of time and encouragement to be indoors to bead. The latter-half of March brings us some very creative classes! To begin with, we’ve expanded our Tuesday Taster classes to include an evening session. If you’re not aware of the Tuesday Taster classes, they are a quick one hour class for only $15 that includes the kit! It gives you chance a …

Getting to know…Marilyn Gardiner

Marilyn Gardiner Marilyn Gardiner is a welcome fixture in the Toronto GTA beading world! As an established artisan, Marilyn has brought beading and chainmaille to many of us through her easy-to-understand kits and classes that lead her students to exquisite jewellery. Being creative was a family tradition in Marilyn’s family. “My grandmother did embroidery and rug hooking,” explains Marilyn. “My mother was an excellent seamstress and made all my clothes, including my wedding gown.” In addition to on- and off-loom beadweaving and wirework, Marilyn crochets and has worked with stained glass.   Marilyn has always loved jewellery and, while working, …

May Blooms with a Bouquet of New Classes

Forget May flowers – there are lots of new May classes that will get your creative juices flowing! By the way — remember Mother’s Day is coming up on Sunday, May 12. Consider a special gift from you to your mom with a class! Gift certificates are available in any denomination you wish or sign her up directly by calling the store and registering her. In addition to some favourite returning classes, here are all the new projects and techniques that will be taught in May: Textured Herringbone Saturday, May 4 9:30am – 12:30pm Instructor: Maria Rypan At first glance …