What would happen if…

As an instructor, I’m always trying to create new project ideas that will best reflect a particular technique and is teachable, that is, can be easily and concisely explained so it can be done in a class. Sometimes old projects can be re-worked with new materials in different colours. Sometimes you just need to play with the materials and say, ‘what if.’ For example, what if I try a two-hole bead in place of a seedbead? Have you tried taking a product and tried using it in a completely different context than what you think it would normally be used …

Our mid-October classes are a mosaic of techniques

“Winter is an etching, spring a watercolor, summer an oil painting, and autumn a mosaic of them all.” – Stanley Horowitz Autumn is in full colour mode and our BeadFX instructors are busy helping students achieve their creative dreams! Our mid-October classes include a new seed beading boot camp with Pamela Kearns and a new chainmaille design with Gillian Clarke. Our newest metalwork instructor is hosting an open metal studio where you can work on your metalwork projects. We also have a weekend full of beading classes that celebrates geometric beading with Pam and with Marilyn Parker! Throw a show …

October Inspiration

October is a time when I ‘inhale’ inspiration. Colours of leaves. The scent of wood smoke. The clear blue of the sky. Smiles of children in their Halloween costumes. The taste of Thanksgiving turkey. The texture of a cozy woolen sweater. It isn’t a period of transition like November, when we start to get ready for Christmas and other holidays. October is simply a time to ‘be’. Our early-October classes and open sessions will help you direct your inspiration toward projects. Our open sessions (in beading, kiln enamelling, and lampworking) are perfect times to work on in-progress projects or to …

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. …

Let Autumn Colours Stir Your Creativity

I love the colours of Fall – the deep, almost burgundy reds, crisp oranges, rustic browns and bright yellows and the remnants of summer green. How can it not stir the creative soul? We welcome Astrid Riedel to our calendar of September classes. Astrid is teaching two outstanding lampwork classes. Our late-September classes also feature several new classes including a new full day class with Marilyn Gardiner. Angela Peace is teaching a new way to end ropes and other substantial pieces that need tube ends. Wire workers will love Lucie Lee‘s new class and seed beaders will adore Naomi Smith‘s …

Return to Learn

It’s official – Labour Day has passed and the kids (or grand kids) have headed back to school! What about you? Are you ready to get ‘Back to Class’? Our free Back to Class Open House is this Saturday. I guarantee that your creativity will be stirred and piqued when you see the wonderful projects that our instructors have planned for this Fall. Our mid-September classes feature a variety of techniques including metalwork classes with two new instructors: Liz Kennedy and Darija Radic. Anne Marie Desaulniers will lead you along a freeform peyote path with a new earring project. If …

Happy September!

I love September! There, I’ve said it. I was one of those geeky kids who couldn’t wait to get back to school. September meant new discoveries and a fresh start for a school year. It’s still like that for me – except that exploring new things now applies to beading, metalwork and anything else that catches my creative eye! Our annual Back to Class event kicks off the month! 2018 marks the Fifth Anniversary of this popular and free event. In recognition of this milestone, every who registers for a class on September 8 – either in-store or on-line – …

Join us: 5th Annual Back to Class Open House

Hammer, stitch, saw, weave, bend, torch, knot, punch, fold, wrap – it sounds like something out of an action movie! The real action is happening in our Fall class line-up and the wonderful projects that you’ll be enjoying with our imaginative and enthusiastic instructors. Preview the action at our upcoming 5th Annual Back to Class Open House! Date: Saturday, September 8 Time: 11:00am – 3:00pm Where: Throughout BeadFX! To celebrate our 5th annual event, when you register for a class during the event, you will be automatically entered into a draw for a $50 Gift Certificate – one ballot for …

Don’t let Summer slip away without taking a class!

How do you recognize that summer is coming to an end? Here in Toronto, we know that the end is near when we hear the radio jingles for the Canadian National Exposition (CNE for short!). Yes, the days are getting a little shorter and fall schedules will start. But hey, let’s not end it quite yet! If you need to get your freeform peyote or bead embroidery mojo up and started again, why not drop by Anne Marie Desaulnier‘s new UFO (UnFinished Objects) session? Marilyn Gardiner has classes happening with two stunning chainmaille bracelet projects that are drop-dead gorgeous! If …

Coming to a Show near You!

BeadFX is taking the show – and some of the store – on the road to some popular consumer shows this coming Fall. Saturday, August 25 Fibre Spirit 10:00am – 4:30pm Barrie, Ontario Fibre Spirit is the first festival of its kind in Barrie, where over 75 vendors from the fibre community will gather to showcase gorgeous fibres and yarns, dazzling beads, notions, and embellishments, exciting new kits, patterns and books, and more! Saturday, September 8 K-W Knitters’ Fair 9:30am – 4:30pm Kitchener, Ontario Aimed at the knitting community, this long-standing show features over 80 vendors and takes place at …