Holey Big Stone Beads, Batman; Beryl; Ginkos

Or, Big Hole Stone Beads First up, we know you just love the big hole stone beads, whether stringing on leather or light cord or even on elastic for stretchy bracelets. Big Hole beads are fun, easy to string, and easy to love. And we just got a bunch of them, from Matte White African Opal to Matte Black Onyx, with a detour into the rainbow, colour by colour or all at once, in the case of the Mixed Impression Jasper or the Mixed Stone. Beryl My mother had a friend called “Beryl” – I always thought it was a …

Designing with Components: A different approach!

Is designing with components a new way of looking at things? It’s not entirely new for me, because I’ve been making components for years. However, I don’t exactly use all of the components that I’ve made. My component list is quite varied. I teach freeform peyote beads, resin, cement filled bezels, needle felted pendants, and intuitive bead embroidery. In the past, I’ve also taught paper beads, altered dominos, paper pendants, altered washers, birdhouse pendants, fibre and wire beads, freeform peyote, driftwood pendants, and a motley selection of mixed media bits and pieces. But then there’s also the components that I …

April Class Forecast: Showers of Creativity are Expected

An umbrella won’t stop you from getting soaked in creativity! We have some great classes coming up in early April that you’ll enjoy! Share the experience and invite a friend to come with you. Who knows, you may introduce someone to a brand new passion! Here are the classes and open sessions scheduled April 1 – 10: Monday, April 1 Happy Hour TorchingFacilitator: Carol Cooper5:00 – 9:00pmPractise your skills or work on your lampwork projects with others! Wednesday, April 3 Open Metal Studio: Kiln EnamellingFacilitator: Christine Woollacott5:00 – 9:00pmJoin like-minded enthusiasts and work on those enamelling projects you’ve been itching …

Ice, Ice Resin & Minaudieres

Ice, Ice ResinAll right StopCollaborate and ListenWe got glitter and shards to make it glistenBezels for you to resin pourMolds and Templates and so much moreIce, Ice Resin BabyIce, Ice Resin Baby New Bezel Pans for Resin, and, of course, anything else you want to get down and mix your media on, or in. New glittery stuff to add to your Resin creations. And we will shortly* have Molds and Templates to go with the Industrial-style bezels. The molds have a slight bevel to them, so that the shapes you make have a little facet on the edges when you …

March 2019 Bead Mat Update: This and that!

For my March 2019 Bead Mat Update, I’d like to show you what I’ve been playing with lately. Believe it or not, all of the jewelery pieces were created last weekend, but that’s not all! I’ve been futzing about with a big deadline, and also managed to meet my goal, with one whole day to spare. Colour me relieved!! I celebrated meeting the deadline with a nap, then went on to create some stuff. I do have another deadline on the horizon, but I’ll take care of that before the end of the week. My Artist’s Concrete was gathering dust, …

Marching into April

We’re in the midst of the in-between stage of winter turning into spring and waiting to see if March is heading out as a lamb with gentler weather or like a lion with a full winter blast! Fortunately, our classes are much more certain – you know you’ll get value for your money from knowledgeable and enthusiastic instructors. Plus you’ll have lots of fun while learning something new! Our late-March classes cover everything from seedbeading to chainmaille to fibrework to metalwork and wirework – there is is literally something for everyone! Here are the classes and open sessions scheduled March …

Photo to Beaded Pattern

A fun little tool from Miyuki to convert your photos to beading patterns We’ve seen a number of beading-pattern-makers over the years – by and large, they seem to not be much fun to use, and try to do too much. This, by contrast, does Miyuki Delicas, Peyote or Square stitch. That’s it. You can also use the Square Stitch option to create patterns for looming. The software is online, and runs in your browser, so nothing to download – except the pattern afterwards if you want.   They have instructions in English here, but I’m going to run you …

Totally Random Thoughts and Photos!

Occasionally, blog posts need to have some totally random thoughts, and I’m okay with that! A funny thing happened last week. While packing for a class a while back, I discovered that I had lost one of my bead embroidered cabochons. I searched, and searched, but the class had to go on without it!! While I was re-organizing supplies last week, I found the cabochon in a totally random box of paints!! How the heck did it get there? I must have been carrying it, when it slipped out of my hands, and into the open box, because there is …

Discovering: Kumihimo

Did you know you can create your own customized fibre ropes and cords for bracelets, belts and necklaces? Imagine creating your own patterns in colours that will enhance your pendants and other focal pieces! Kumihimo is a Japanese form of braid-making. Cords and ribbons are made by interlacing strands. Kumi himo is Japanese for “gathered threads”. Traditionally, tools such as the marudai and the takadai were employed to make more complex braids in shorter time. Weighted bobbins or tama held the fibres, typically silk, in place as the braid was made. These braids can be round, flat, four sided and …

Creativity Check! What will spring bring?

It’s March, and it’s definitely time for a creativity check! The weather outside is not telling me that it’s spring, but my heart is still longing for it! I suffer from the winter doldrums, but not because of the cold! It’s because winter is just so long in this part of the world. I grew up in Vancouver, B.C., where signs of spring, start popping up in early February, while the rest of us just have freezing temperatures! Sigh! Back to the creativity check! February is finished, March is here, and I need to learn something new!!!! I’m going to …