Treble Clef Brooch

Course outline: Calling all music lovers! Lucie Lee will take you step-by-step so you can create a stunning Treble Clef brooch. Working with two gauges of wire, you’ll learn how to work with wire, hammer the wire to form and shape the brooch and add a patina to add richness and depth to your piece. The kit comes with metal beads, but you can substitute your own Swarovski bicones or stone beads, available for purchase in the store. Please indicate your kit preference when registering. Skill level: Intermediate Prerequisite: Previous wireworking classes should be taken. Technique: Working with silver (copper …

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 …

Basic Viking Knit

Course outline: Learn the ancient art of Viking knitting with wire using an updated Lazee Daizee tool. Create a bracelet or chain to showcase a bead – the possibilities are endless! Cindy Goldrick will show you how to get many different results by varying your wire colour, gauge, number of wraps and how much you pull it through a drawplate. Skill level: Beginner Prerequisite: N/A Technique: Viking Knit Bring to class: A Stephanie Eddy Lazee Dazee Viking Knit kit and a spool of 24 or 26 gauge wire in a colour of your choice. Magnification if required. Of special note: …

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! …

Tree of Life Earrings

Course outline: Discover how the ‘tree of life’ translates into a beautiful pair of statement earrings with Lucie Lee. Created in either sterling silver or copper, you’ll add metal beads (alternatively you can purchase and add stone beads) for interest and texture. You’ll make one earring in class and create your second earring at home with complete step-by-step instructions. Note: a kit is required; see details below. Please specify which kit you would like when registering. Skill level: Intermediate Prerequisite: Students need to have knowledge on wire wrapping techniques; any previous wire wrap classes should be taken. Technique: Wire work …

Come out of winter hibernation with a class

Finally, the days are getting noticeably longer and I’m beginning to get more interested in ‘the outside’. Leave it to me to stay curled up with my beads! Classes have definitely kicked into full gear and early-February has some great opportunities including a new class with Ann Shewan; a new bead embroidery class with Anne Marie Desaulniers and a new wirework class with Lucie Lee. We are also thrilled to have Jen Rosen back with two wire classes that are perfect for ‘newbies’. As always we have lots of encore classes in case you missed them before now. Mark your …

2019 Meet The Teachers and Class Kick-Off

Help us kick-off the 2019 Classes! Come on out and meet your amazing instructors and see first-hand the great projects they have planned for you! As a bonus, for each class you register for on the date, you will receive a draw ballot toward a $25 gift certificate. One class = one ballot; two classes = two ballots, and so on. There will be lots more fun and surprises too. Saturday, January 5, 2019 11:00am – 3:00pm The following instructors have confirmed their attendance at this event. More will be added as confirmations are received. Bonni Poch (beadwork, polymer clay) …

Late-April Classes will Shower you with Creativity

Forget worrying about showers of rain (although we all love May flowers), this April you can count on showers of creative classes! We have a number of NEW classes during the last half of April including a new Chinese knotting project with Angela Peace. Tuesday Tasters continue with an added evening session; you’ll love the little beaded bead! Jen Rosen has a fun new wire bracelet and metalsmith Kelly Garland will share how to do a beautiful flower pendant in sterling silver. Of course we have lots of encore classes! Iris Rogers Melamed will show how to do cold connections …