Break Winter’s Hold with a February Class

February is the border between winter and spring. ~Terri Guillemets, “Years,” 2002 We’ve gone past the Winter Solstice and the days are (finally!) getting longer. If you’re getting cabin fever or need to be with like-minded friends, come on out for a class. In early February we have Sureka Sriharan with a new seedbeading class and Christine Woollacott is teaching how to create a sterling silver bezel for a rounded cabochon. Of course we have several encore classes including bead crochet with Bonni Poch, Crystal Intelligence with Sylvia Diveky and freeform peyote rings with Anne Marie Desaulniers. Mark your calendars …

4 mm Firepolish and Other Stuff

If beading were baking, then 4 mm firepolish beads would be one of those staples that you would always keep in the beading pantry. They are versatile enough to use as the main design element, or as an accent for something bigger and flashier. You can string them with stone, metal, work them in bead weaving projects, wire them, put them on elastic – do whatever with them! We found a stash of custom colors from a now out-of-business company – so not sure we can get more of these, unless we manage to locate the original manufacturer. 22 Fun …

Fibre facts and frivolous fancies to catch your interest!

Fibre is my first love! Sewing, needlework, quilting, and textile art, are part of my past. They’ve pointed me, to this sparkly place; where I can mix my media; follow trends; and end up with a cohesive piece of work. I’m very lucky! Fibre is textile, and textile is cloth. According to Wikipedia – “A textile or cloth is a flexible material consisting of a network of natural or artificial fibres (yarn or thread). Yarn is produced by spinning raw fibres of wool, flax, cotton, or other material to produce long strands. Textiles are formed by weaving, knitting, crocheting, knotting, …

Feed Your Creative Spirit

How are your January resolutions? Are you taking time for yourself? Refresh and rejuvenate your creativity with a class or two. January wraps-up with three new classes and several encore classes. Pamela Kearns has a new SuperDuo project being used with permission from the terrific new book Learn to Use Two-Hole Beads by Teresa Morse. Jen Rosen has a new wire wrapping project for earrings. Christine Woollacott will introduce you to the new FYI Fine Silver Metal Clay. Check out the classes with Deborah Beesley, and Kelly Garland for more opportunities! Here are the classes and open sessions scheduled January …

Pretty pretty porcelain!

Ceramic beads – I bet most of you think of them as “cheap” and mass produced. But nothing could be further from the truth if you do a little sleuthing. There are some beautiful, handmade, one-of-a-kind, ceramic beads being created around the world, just waiting to be added into your beautiful designs.  Ceramic, or porcelain beads, have been around for thousands of years and have been unearthed in graves from China to North America. Clay is easily shaped into beads of any size and can be air-dried, sanded and painted. The first beads created by humans were likely air-dried.  Then …

InspirationFX: Wrapped in Midnight

Wrapped in Midnight by: Anne Marie Desaulniers Wear it as either a triple wrap bracelet, or a 22.5 inch necklace. The choice is yours! Designed to be a timeless addition to your accessory wardrobe. Dress it up, or dress it down, pair with woolly sweaters, blue jeans, t-shirts, silk shirts and dresses. Versatile, sophisticated, light, relatively inexpensive, and extremely easy to wear! Instructions: 1. Cut approximately 25 inches of Softlex beading wire (the length will vary, depending on the size of the wrist, and the total number of wraps desired). 2. Thread a 2mm crimp, onto one end of the …

Expired: We have your heart! 20% off!

Only a month to Valentine’s Day and even if you are well past the point of hoping for a van to pull up outside your house and start off-loading a Rose-Bowl-parade-float’s worth of flowers from a secret admirer, you can still have fun with your favorite shape. Not my favorite shape, but … say – doesn’t everyone have a favorite shape? (Mine’s a starfish. Maybe there should be a St. Starfish’s day?) In any case, we have Hearts of Glass, and Crystal Hearts at 20% off until Valentines! We have your heart – your mind and soul will follow!   …

Laser Cut Leather, Druzy Pendants, The REALLY BIG Jig

Laser cut leather – 20 mm and 10 mm strips of leather with intricate cut patterns! Wear as is, or use as a base to weave, stitch or sew on beads to embellish. Freeform Druzy pendants – Agate or Chalcedony druzies – metallic colors – with a horizontal hole – ready to string, or be part of a more elaborate design. A pretty little stash of amber beads – to go with the rest of the chunks and nuggets. Amber is pretty and light weight and warm to the touch.   Labradorite fans – rejoice! Faceted Labradorite pendants and beads! …

What’s on my bead mat – January/17 edition?

As I write this, I realize that it’s been a strange type of January day! We started with snow, but ended up with above freezing temperatures and rain. Who knows what tomorrow will bring? For today, I think that I will finish off writing this post, pour myself a cup of tea, and then sit down and stitch for a while. I seem to be all over the place! Are you surprised? Mystery beads, were dropped off in my box at work, and although nobody has admitted leaving them, they’ll come in handy for my January and February, Freeform Peyote …

Heat Up Your Creativity with a January Class

By now you may be feeling the ‘holiday slump’, you know – the turkey dinner is long gone, the gifts are unwrapped but still need to be put away (or is that only at my place?) and you may be wondering ‘What’s next?‘ Beat the slump by revving up your creativity and getting out with like-minded people with activities like classes or an open session at BeadFX. If you joined us at our recent Meet the Teachers and Class Kick-Off, you’ve seen the great projects that are coming up. The Mid-January classes will get you back into the swing of …