20% off continues … Do you Spook?

20% off the store (mostly – the fine print is here) continues to Sep 26 … Do you Spook? Are you a Hallow-weenie? Are you wearing black just until something darker comes along? Does your ideal house perch on top of a hill with owls and spooky trees? Owls – check. Choose this gothy owl with spooky wings, or these rather more menacing looking Grrrr – owls. Search here for all our owls – we have an impressive collection – ignoring all the Howlite that comes up in the search as well … O_o. Spooky trees – check. We have …

Beads and Felt: A sumptuous affair!

You don’t know what you’re missing, if you’ve never worked with beads and felt! Okay, beads on their own are undoubtedly delicious, but there’s an added something special, when you stitch them onto felt. No, not craft felt silly, but richly textured wool felt! It’s absolutely delightful!!! I love working with wool felt! It started off with a simple, wet felting play date with friends! Then I combined some of those pieces with fibre, beads, free motion, and hand stitching. A few were sold, but others remain in my possession. Pre-beading obsession, if you please! This piece of felt was …

Getting the Most from a BeadFX Class

Classes an integral part of BeadFX. Our instructors love to teach and enthusiastically share their knowledge to students. We asked our instructors what tips they can give to students to make their learning experience better – and we got lots of answers! Some of the suggestions are presented here; others will follow in future posts. Be on time – even a little early Arriving a little early lets you take a breath, find a seat and get settled. “Respect the instructor and the other students, by planning to arrive on time,” requests Anne Marie Desaulniers who specializes in mixed media. …

Link Bead Necklace

Had some inquiries about the Link Bead necklace that I tossed a picture of up on Facebook.     The pattern for a bracelet is here: http://blog.johnbead.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/07/Link-bead-LR-copy.pdf The pattern for the bracelet calls for 3 x 24 beads, and says it is 8.5 inches, but figure a part of that is the clasp – so say the bead portion is 7 inches, if you wanted to do a 21 inch necklace – then you would need about 225 beads. A tube is about 40 beads. The necklace is an ombre effect, shading from white to clear to cream to antiqued …

Strike … before Canada Post does – 20% off now

Canada Post is now in a position to strike on Sep 27. Will they, or won’t they? Whatever they do, you should plan ahead. So we are having a sale – 20% off everything* – so that you can stock up now before you can’t get your stuff delivered. BTW – a strike will make no difference to our American friends, but you can still get in on the savings. BUT – because we didn’t want to hold them up, we’re still adding the new Link beads to the website – so you have new stuff that IS on sale! …

A Sneak Peek at the New Swarovski Update – Part 3

Ok – here we go with part 3 of impressions and tidbits from the Swarovski launch. Next up is the “Metallic Cap Pendant.” This is a pear-shaped drop bead, with a light chrome effect on a large portion of the pendant, over about 1/3 of the top, giving it the appearance of having a metallic bead cap custom fitted. The coating is just on one side, so it looks a bit more ethereal from the back. Still cool, however. Currently – just in Lt Chrome, nothing in gold. Now here’s a thing that has some cool potential. The pointed chaton, …

A Sneak Peek at the New Swarovski Update – Part 2

continued … A new shape in the fancy rhinestones. This is the Imperial cut – which is based on the (fairly) famous Asscher diamond cut. Famous to folks who go around remembering the names of diamond cuts, that is. Here you can see that Swarovski is inspired to create cuts to represent all the famous traditional – and some of the new – diamond cuts. While you aren’t likely to get yourself Swarovski stones for a wedding ring – there is no reason why you can’t have a really nice cocktail ring without breaking the bank. Maybe cocktail ring needs …

A Sneak Peek at the New Swarovski Update – Fall/Winter 2018/2020 – Part 1

We got our sneak peak at the new Swarovski products that are coming up. This will be the Winter 2019 collection – because they are always a year ahead. This gives the designers time to get stuff made and out there and be on trend.   I apologize for the photography – I shot this on my phone in a darkened conference room. Some are photos of the powerpoint slides, so the perspective is a little skewed. The actual Swarovski images will come along soon enough – along with the actual products, which aren’t even here yet – so this …

The Perils of Collecting!

Here’s the thing about the perils of collecting, they’re impossible to resist!!! Once a collector, always a collector! I’m a collector, and not a hoarder!!! A collector is “A person who collects things of a specified type, professionally or as a hobby”. But a hoarder, according to the Urban Dictionary is “A word that describes anyone that feels the need to find, collect, keep, pack ANY and EVERYTHING because they do not know how to throw things away”. Okay, I’m one of those people who do have a hard time believing that enough is enough! Yes, I did sew clothing …