Things that go bump in the night!

What do you think of, when I talk about things that go bump in the night? It’s Halloween on this side of the world, so definitely a current topic! Image – Wikipidia Okay, maybe not everything goes bump, but there are definitely some scary things out there. Especially on this particular night!! Ghoulies and ghosties, and not to forget creepies and crawlies!!! My skin gets goose bumps, just thinking about things that go bump in the night!!!! Do you suppose there’s a beading genre that celebrates this particular holiday? No, I don’t mean the Mexican Day of the Dead, because …

Holiday Gifts Countdown

Here we are – the end of Halloween and you’re starting to see Christmas and other holiday decorations in the stores. You feel the dread and panic set in! How can I get everything done – and I have no ideas at all about what I want to make for gifts! First – breathe. You have time! Not to worry – we have ideas for you! I’ve looked back through our Inspirations Gallery have pulled out five terrific ideas that you can use as homemade gifts. Many are inexpensive and will make-up nice and quick. Remember – you can customize …

Amos par Puca & Gift Pouches

The new two-hole wedge-shape Amos par Puca beads are in. From the innovative mind of French jewellery designer Puca, these curved-end wedges inspire all sorts of new designs. Just eight of them fit together to make a flower shape – and two side-by-side make a heart! And, of course, combined with other shaped beads, you can get all sorts of interesting combinations. We are galloping up to the holiday season! For those of us who make gifts – thoughtful little presents for very special people – nothing makes a gift more squee-worthy that a lovely little gift bag. Who doesn’t …

October 2018 Bead Mat Update: This and that!

My October 2018 Bead Mat Update was almost a bust! Once again, I don’t have that many finished projects to show. Sigh! What’s up with that? Then I started to list everything I’ve accomplished (err, purchased) in the month. That’s where it all began. I spent Thanksgiving up north, with family! During that period, I did manage to re-string a necklace, and finish another of my Stitch Meditations (#97). The necklace is a combination of Czech seed beads, and some Rose Gold plated Hematite. I loved the combination, when I spotted it on the wrist of one of our customers! …

November is full of creative possibilities

Here we are looking at another month – November! The autumnal colours are fading and most of the leaves have fallen and have swept away by the wind. Early November is the calm before the storm of holiday preparations. BeadFX has a ‘touch’ of the holidays in our upcoming classes. Pamela Kearns has a new Seed Beading Boot Camp as well as ‘holiday edition’ beginner peyote class. Angela Peace has two new classes, one featuring how you can use your favourite cabochon as a pendant! Due to massive interest, Darija Radic is holding an encore class of her Ring Workshop …

New Glass Carriers & Slender Miyuki Bugles

Carrier Beads – A two-hole rectangular bead that you can use by itself – or as a base for a peyote stitched seedbead band. Now we have more colours, so the options for using them without the embellishment increase! And you might want some of our new colourful magnetic clasps to finish off those carrier bead bracelets –   Bugles! We don’t want to blow our horn, but bugles are a blast! We just added the 6 mm Miyuki Slender Bugles – in 10 gram tubes, or in 250 gram packs – in case you are beading a wedding dress …

Bead Embroidery: What the heck is it?

When I talk about bead embroidery, I’m normally discussing the intuitive type. However, that’s not the only art form out there! Image – Robin Atkins Where did bead embroidery originate? I’m sure that there are readers that will know more than I do on this subject, so I hope that those people (and you know who you are), pipe up with a little more information. I’d like to start with a definition according to Wikipedia: “Bead embroidery is a type of beadwork that uses a needle and thread to stitch beads to a surface of fabric, suede, or leather. Bead …

There’s nothing scary about our classes

“Magic is really very simple. All you’ve got to do is want something and then let yourself have it.” – Aggie Cromwell, Halloweentown The creativity fairies are sprinkling their magic during BeadFX’s late-October’s classes! Catherine Sequalino Poitier has designed a beautiful applique that can be used as a pin or other decorative feature. Anne Marie Desaulniers will stir your needle felting spirits with a new pin or brooch project that combines several stitching techniques. Liz Reynolds will help you explore how you can ‘quilt’ using metal clay. Lucie Lee‘s new wire wrapping class will have you ready to create personalized …

It’s a Dark and Stormy Sale – 25% off – spooky savings until Halloween!

I love October, and all the colours and the surprising weather and the sense of suspense – like something wonderful is coming! To celebrate October and all the ghoulish goodies that implies – we’re selecting some thematically relevant dark and stormy items for sale! Gunmetal and Black Metal Beads and Findings?Grunge get glamor and goth grows up. Dracula really digs this stuff. Sometimes the perfect accent is just to blend into the background.   Maybe a little rubber to go with that look? Rubber tubing, the cord (solid) can string/weave/knot – the tubing is hollow – run wire or beading …

As Promised, Lapis Cabs

I promised you Lapis Lazuli cabochons – and here they are. One of a Kind – please don’t wait – they will go fast. I don’t think I need to say anything else – they speak for themselves – “I’m bluuuuue – buy me.” At least – that’s what they say to me. 😉   What’s next? Here’s a clue … Tiger Iron! No actual tigers were ironed in the making of these beads – Tiger Iron is a combination of Tigereye, Hematite and Red Jasper. Tigereye and Hematite are both minerals that are iron-rich – but we don’t recommend …