Stash Management

“Ohhh, I like this colour!” “Gotta have it!” “I don’t know what I’ll do with this yet, but it’s coming home with me!” Any of this sound familiar? If you’re like me, you have a stash of stuff at your home that is taking over your living room, back bedroom, dining room table, the basement, the crawl space under the stairs – any everywhere else you’ve managed try and get stuff out of the way. And of course you don’t have just one creative outlet! How about the fabric stash and the yarn stash? Now, this isn’t a discourse about …

InspirationFX: Erin’s Mopal Bracelet

Get your creative juices flowing ~~~ Erin’s Mopal Bracelet Designed by: Pam Kearns This purple is like mopal. A mopy Opal. Erin likes mopal. We made a bracelet. We named it Erin’s ‘Mopal’ bracelet. THE END 1. Pull wingspan of fireline; thread needle with both ends of the fireline so that the thread is doubled and the ‘end’ is a loop. Attach the fireline to either side of the cuff’s cutout usinga lark’s head knot (with the fireline loop under the side of the cutout, bring the ends over the cutout and through the loop).       2. Centre …

A charming little story this week at BeadFX

I was sitting at my favourite watering hole – the Antiqued Gold Anchor. It’s called the Anchor because it is a-weigh down by the water. I was nursing a drink at the bar – poor little drinky-poo – I don’t think it’s gonna pull through. The bar is so old that the bartender is listed in the antiques price guide. I was contemplating the arrow of time, and the damage it had ravaged on my life. You want to talk about the slings and arrows of outrageous fortune? Sister, I could spin you a tale. Suddenly – the door bangs …

Stretchy bracelets and other fun stuff! Calm the creative mind with a little exploring!

Mentioning stretchy bracelets and other fun stuff, is a funny way to introduce a blog post, isn’t it? Do you remember that I wrote about the bracelets a couple of weeks ago? But that’s not all I did last weekend! My muse was so active, that I hardly had time to rest! Let’s start with the bracelets! While rummaging through my stash, I discovered a few strings of forgotten stones. I knew that they would be perfect for stretchy bracelets and other fun stuff! I made the paper beads a few years ago, but the tumbled nuggets, were purchased recently …

Mid-July classes offer so many choices!

Chainmaille! Seed beading! Mixed Media! Wire wrapping! Metal Clay! Enamelling! Knotting! All this and more are offered in mid-July. Anne Marie Desaulniers brings us a new mixed media class that incorporates a wide range of techniques including collage and drilling. Take your wire skilled to the next level with Lucie Lee, a new instructor with BeadFX. Pamela Kearns continues her Seed Bead Boot Camps with two more techniques and Gillian Clarke shares how to do chainmaille basics – a perfect class for novices! If you’ve wanted to learn all about micro-macrame knotting but not had a chance before now, you’ll …

InspirationFX: Fire & Ice

Get your creative juices flowing~~~ Fire & Ice Designed by: Bonnie Cottingham There is a heart of fire glowing from within this cool milky stone. Silver, like ice, shimmers against the contrast of the fire opal. Necklace: Cut the beading chain into 2- 12inch lengths, 1- 10 inch length, 1- 14 inch length. Starting with the 14 inch piece of chain, string on the 30mm Fire Opal Coin bead to the centre, place crimp on either side and flatten with a pair of pliers. Cover the crimp with a crimp cover. You can choose your own placement of the 8mm …