February 2019 Bead Mat Update: Finishing is not all it’s cracked up to be!

Wow, my February 2019 Bead Mat Update came along way too fast! Is that because it’s a short month, or because of all of the crappy weather that we’ve been having? I wish that I could say that it’s been a productive month, but no, I don’t think that it was. I stayed inside, so you think that I would have accomplished an awful lot, but no, that’s not the case. Sigh! I had a private class scheduled on one of the days that BeadFX closed early, so I gave my student a choice a day earlier, and she decided …

Celebrate National Craft Month with a Class

What is the difference between art and craft? The question isn’t new and has sparked debates for years.  Both are definitely within the realm of creativity! One possible answer is that craft is has a predictable outcome – such as the crafting of a chair or piece of jewellery. It provides a product that has a purpose and use. Art, on the other hand, is unpredictable, doesn’t have a specific use (such as a painting or sculpture) and is used to evoke thought and emotion. Of course, this is a very simplistic explanation and doesn’t cover those ‘in-between’ creative activities! …

A Concerted Effort …

Picture yourself, on a hill by a river with tangerine trees and buff coloured skies … Somebody calls you, you answer quite slowly A girl in a long cloak walks by Picture Jasper doesn’t need no diamonds Mother nature paints a picture of the highlands Trees and forests, hills and rocks and islands Ahhhhh … Little darlin’, it’s been a long cold lonely winter Little darlin’, it’s been 200 million years Here comes the spring, here comes the sun, And I say, it’s fossil coral and it’s all right I see the stone – what a beautiful sight Pink and …

Bead Soup Mixes: Exploring the mystery!

Who doesn’t love bead soup mixes? Certainly not me!! I work with them so much, that I don’t really think about the colour theory part of it. But perhaps I should explore this subject a little further! Rosemary was de-stashing, and offered me a cool little book called “Beaded Colourways – Creating Freeform Beadweaving Projects and Palettes” by Beverly Ash Gilbert. I had never heard of the book, despite the fact that I fell in love with Beverly’s richly coloured bead soup mixes, at the start of my beading journey. I followed her blog for years (but probably an older version …

Come in out the cold for a class!

Late-February is jam-packed full of classes to brighten the dullest month of the year! Whether you’re a beginner or confirmed enthusiast in beading, metalwork, mixed media, metal clay, fibre or chainmaille, there is a class for you! Our open sessions are a perfect time to give yourself the gift of dedicated time to work on your own projects and get inspiration and assistance and meet new friends. Join us for a class or open session scheduled February 21 to 28: Thursday, February 21 FREE Afternoon Bead TeaFacilitator: Pamela Kearns1:00 – 3:00pmEnjoy coffee and conversation as your work on your projects! …

Argh Matey – There be Pyrites

These be One-Of-A-Kind Pyrites, not like Pyrites were ever exactly popped out of a mold. This one is Big Louie Ben Grimm Lady Black The Squibb Ultima Thule, or Peanut Head. These are cabochons – for want of a better word. They have no hole, and are flat and polished on one side, but this side is cooler. IMHO. But, speaking of Cabochons, we do have more new this week. 😉 Most excellent for wire wrapping. We also have some Mixed Boxes of Findings. Good starter packs or for traveling. And if the assembling of your project requires the application …

Snowmaggedon and Related Activities!

I know that Snowmaggedon in Toronto (Tuesday), seems tame to places like Winnipeg, Ottawa, and Montreal! But, where ever you are, when it snows all day, mixed with wind, ice pellets, possible freezing rain, then rain, it’s a real mess! There’s too much traffic on the streets for proper snow removal, and not everyone who has a license, knows how to actually drive!!! When you pile ice, on top of snow, on top of older snow, you just get a real mess! I’m glad that I wasn’t scheduled to work on Tuesday, but the troopers at BeadFX did make it …

Discovering: Chainmaille

When you think of chainmaille, you automatically think of knights and dragons and jousting tournaments. The use of this flexible armor has a much earlier history and dates back to the 4th century BCE. It is believed that chainmaille was invented by the Celts and was adopted by the Romans after they realized its potential after fighting the Celts. In addition to Europe, other cultures including Japan and Persia used chainmaille as protection in battle. In Japan, chainmaille was known as Kusari and was used in samurai armor in the 1270s. Persia’s use of chainmaille is lesser known but was …

Baroque Cabs, Rose Quartz, Are you being Sardonyx?, Ocean Jasper

It was a dark and stormy night. A bad night to be out in it. But I drive a cab. So I’m out in it. I spend all my money on ornate 17th century art and then decorate my vehicle with it. I’m a baroque cab. I have so much stuff, I only have room for me and one passenger. I’m a “two-hole” cab. C’mon on all you Uber dudes, I’d like to see you make puns like that. I look out the window and see this dame I know. Rose Quartz is her name. She’s a one-of-a-kind. She’s soaking …