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! …

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 …

Foxtail (Full Persian) Bracelet

Course outline: So sophisticated! This classic chain is round and flexible. The texture is highlighted with a hammered clasp. Full Persian is a building block for several advanced level weaves, e.g. Candy Cane Cord. Kit fees payable to the instructor the day of the class: (please indicate your choice at the time of registration) The kits includes step-by-step, illustrated instructions, 1 main size of jump rings, and a coordinating, hammered clasp. Makes up to a 9″ bracelet. All rings are saw-cut and polished $44 plus HST for Silver Filled Bracelet kit $36 plus HST for Jewellers Bronze Bracelet kit Skill …

Staggered Byzantine Bracelet

Course outline: This is the most impressive new bracelet I’ve made since Dragonscale. It expands and contracts like an accordion and feels so good on my wrist! I love this unadorned version, but I can also see a version with beads added in the middle openings or even drop beads along the outer edges. Can you spot the Byzantine building blocks? Kit fees payable to the instructor the day of the class: (please indicate your choice at the time of registration) The kit includes step-by-step, illustrated instructions, 1 main size of jump rings, and a coordinating slider or toggle clasp. …

Druid Rope Bracelet

Course outline: If you are looking for an awesome and substantial bracelet – this is it. It is round, dense, and sure to please. This weave combines elements of the Roundmaille and Turkish Roundmaille weaves. Kit Fees payable to the instructor the day of the class: (please indicate your choice at the time of registration) $124 plus HST for Argentium and Black Bracelet kit $100 plus HST for Silver Filled and Black Bracelet kit $69 plus HST for Faux Gold and Silver Filled $40 plus HST for Faux Gold & Black kit Skill level: Intermediate Prerequisite: Completion of a several …

Double Spiral, Half Byzantine Bracelet

Course outline: This graceful and dainty bracelet will delight you! It combines elements of both the Double Spiral weave and the Byzantine weave. Notice that two of the options combine metals in different ways its fun to experiment this way. Kit fees payable to the instructor the day of the class: (please indicate your choice at the time of registration) The kit includes step-by-step, illustrated instructions, 1 main size of jump ring, and a coordinating toggle clasp. Makes up to a 9″ bracelet. All rings are saw-cut and polished. $55 plus HST for Silver Filled bracelet kit $31 plus HST …

Elfstar Pendant and Jens Pind Chain

Course outline: The perfect pendant – not too small, and not too large. It has three arms with round beads wired in between. The bail for the pendant will hold a Jens Pind Chain. This chain is a beautiful, classic spiral chain that’s perfect for adding a pendant. The instructions feature a new, easy-to-follow method for Jens Pind. Kit fees payable to the instructor the day of the class: (please indicate your choice of kit when registering) The pendant kit includes step-by-step, illustrated instructions, 2 sizes of jump rings, turquoise or black stone beads, and a coordinating bail. Makes a …

Celebrate National Craft Month with a Class

What is the difference between art and craft? The question isn’t new and has sparked debates for years.  Both are definitely within the realm of creativity! One possible answer is that craft is has a predictable outcome – such as the crafting of a chair or piece of jewellery. It provides a product that has a purpose and use. Art, on the other hand, is unpredictable, doesn’t have a specific use (such as a painting or sculpture) and is used to evoke thought and emotion. Of course, this is a very simplistic explanation and doesn’t cover those ‘in-between’ creative activities! …

Come in out the cold for a class!

Late-February is jam-packed full of classes to brighten the dullest month of the year! Whether you’re a beginner or confirmed enthusiast in beading, metalwork, mixed media, metal clay, fibre or chainmaille, there is a class for you! Our open sessions are a perfect time to give yourself the gift of dedicated time to work on your own projects and get inspiration and assistance and meet new friends. Join us for a class or open session scheduled February 21 to 28: Thursday, February 21 FREE Afternoon Bead TeaFacilitator: Pamela Kearns1:00 – 3:00pmEnjoy coffee and conversation as your work on your projects! …