Holiday Quiet

I hope you had a lovely holiday, merry and bright, or silent night, depending on your taste. I personally spent it learning to install insulation and drywall – which is considered a family activity around here. Picture me at my computer right now, half of my office is missing a ceiling, and the other half is the old ceiling, which is a world contender for ugliest ceiling ever – daggerous stalactites and pseudo-tudor fake black beams. The kind of room that makes you say – “we’ll have to renovate that.” Note to everyone: Do not move into a room in …

December 2018 Bead Mat Update: Greetings from this part of the world!

My December 2018 bead mat update came way too soon! How can it possibly be December 26th? Rats!! I’m not sure that I accomplished as much as I wanted to this year!!! Pillow from a friend. Nice and festive! Aren’t the goals we set for ourselves crazy? Sometimes they work, and at other times, they don’t. However, one thing that I do know, is that we never have time to do everything we want to do! The older we get, the seemingly busier we get, and that isn’t about to change!!!! So, we might as well just go with the …

Kick Up Your Heels – 2019 Classes are Here!

A brand New Year – a brand new YOU! Make 2019 your year to learn a new jewellery-making technique or hone and perfect your current skills. Our creative BeadFX instructors have outdone themselves to bring you their best new projects to kick-off a new season of classes. Our early January classes feature a new way to use polymer clay with Bonni Poch and a new metalwork class with Liz Kennedy. Ann Shewan will take you through the steps of drilling small stones – perfect for simple statement pieces! Seed beaders will learn all about brick stitch with Pamela Kearns complete …

Time to Charm

If you don’t have your hand-made Christmas gifts finished by now, A) – it’s a bit late, and B) – you’re in good company. Are you sorting out your friends/projects by the order you are most likely to see them in? I know I am. True friends will understand, and not-true-friends don’t deserve hand-made. So there. So let’s be charming. Charming as in TierraCast charms – that will spin you on a trip around the world! First – to the Orient! Here we find Dragons, cavorting on clouds overhead, swimming through the sky. It’s very lucky … To spot the …

Random Thoughts on the Season!

In your wildest random thoughts, did you ever wonder, how you would fill your time until the end of the year? Obviously not a problem for most people. Confession time, most of my gifts need to be wrapped early, due to mailing deadlines (don’t hate me!). By some miracle, what with the recent postal strike and all, my presents all made it to the correct places prior to the big day. I did mail early, and via Express Post, so I figured that they would be safe, and I was right. Relieved I am, but now all I need to …

Looking ahead to 2019

Have a Happy New Year of hammering, beading, stitching, knotting, lampworking, wrapping, forging, and enamelling! Make 2019 your year to learn a new jewellery-making technique or to hone and perfect your current skills. Our creative BeadFX instructors have outdone themselves to bring you their best new projects to kick off a new season of classes. BeadFX has a great line-up of winter classes including lots of new techniques and projects as well as encore classes (in case you couldn’t fit them in your schedule earlier!). The best way to discover what is going on is to join us at BeadFX …

We will, we will BEAD YOU

Honey, you’re a gal with some beads string-in’ on your mat, gonna be a great piece some day You got beads on your face It’s no disgrace Beading your stuff all over the place Singin’ We will, we will, bead you We will, we will, bead you Your earworm of the day. You’re welcome. And how may we bead you today? How about the new Swarovksi Iridescent Tahitian Look Pearl? Unlike the old Swarovski Tahitian Look pearl, … (Discontinued, but we have a few left if you want them) which was a dark steel grey, the new Tahitian look has …

Little Gifts – Favourites for all!

I love to create little gifts for the holidays! Do you? Yes, I do create larger gifts as well, but my favourites are always those that you can create in an evening or two. You know the ones I mean!!!! Earrings, stretchy bracelets, simple pendants, and the such! “Inspiration” – Dwyn Tomlinson I’ve probably made more than a few of each in the past, but I’ve been so busy lately, that I haven’t been able to concentrate on my little gifts this year. So, let’s wander about the BeadFX website, then focus on a few of the possibilities. Swarovski bling …

Bringing the World to You in 2019

One of the most exciting parts of being a class coordinator is inviting instructors from Canada, the United States and abroad to BeadFX. We’ve had such great feedback from students about their experiences with visiting instructors that we’ve brought back several – and one new (to us!) instructor who specializes in wirework. It’s a little early to post classes yet, but mark your calendars now and plan on joining us for classes with: Robyn Cornelius – metalwork Canadian artist and instructor Robyn Cornelius joins us again for three exciting classes! Friday, May 3Saturday, May 4Sunday, May 5 Jean Power – …

A Tough Act to Follow

How do you follow a tough act like a sale? I’m betting you are thinking you are all stocked up for the season and we can’t possibly entice you with anything else. We love a challenge. 😉 How about Gem Silica, a little more Larimar, that Griffin Silk you all have been asking for, also Limited Edition Druzy Pendants, and Gita Findings? Are you ready? Hang on. Gem Silica – or Chrysocolla Chalcedony As hinted at a couple of weeks ago, we have a few choice pieces of Gem Silica – the rarest and most coveted member of the quartz …