What does imagination look like?

Ask me a direct question about my imagination, and I guarantee that I’ll be at a loss to explain it! Imagination, and creativity seem to come easy to me, but I’m not the only one! I call myself an artist, because that’s a label that I was given many years ago, in my fibre art days. Creativity and imagination cannot be separated, and we are all artists! Imagination is not part of some secret club! Own it! You were born with it!! I remember a story my mother used to tell, about when I was a toddler. She said that …

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 …

InspirationFX: I want to Be-Leaf

InspirationFX Get your creative juices flowing I want to Be-Leaf by: Dwyn Tomlinson I want to Be-Leaf A simple pair of earrings ? so easy to make, but so satisfying and so elegant. These lightweight handmade glass leaves just call out to dangle and gleam with light passing through them. Being glass however, they are not so suitable as charms on a bracelet. Instead, make earrings. Just open the loop on the ear wire ? remember to twist to the side, not pull out ? and put the leaf on, and close up the earring. That’s it ? that’s all …

OOAK – One of a Kind

One of a kind items. We know that it doesn’t make a lot of sense from a business perspective to put “One of a Kind” items on the website. We know that people shop on other sites – like etsy – for one of a kind items. But we also know that you trust us, and some of you like to get all your stuff in one place. And gosh darn it – we live in a big country, and it’s not possible for all of you to get to the store. 😉 Plus, our buyer is a genius. So, …

Lets Explore Stringing: Or at least check out the possibilities!l

Don’t you think that stringing is the beads knees? When you’re just starting out, stringing is one of the first things that most people learn. It’s simple yes, but is it really? I don’t know how many people have come into the store, asking why their crimps don’t hold. The first thing I ask them, is what are you stringing the beads on? Quite often, the answer is Fireline, but let me tell you, that is not the answer I wanted to hear! Yes, there is pearl knotting with silk, but again that’s not what I’m going to be discussing …

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 …

InspirationFX: Dragonfly Energy Bracelet

InspirationFX Get your creative juices flowing Dragonfly Energy Bracelet by: Dwyn Tomlinson Ever sit and watch dragonflies over a pond on a hot summer day? They move so fast ? they almost seem to disappear and reappear elsewhere. Backwards too ? no wonder they seem magical! Matching colours complement this Black and Gold Dragonfly, but you could pick your favourite colour dragonfly button and choose complementary pearls to go with it! Secret Tip. The metal loop (shank) on the back of the button may be oriented so that the dragonfly lines up with the strands instead of 90 degrees. To …

Closed Monday Aug 6 – Civic Holiday

Monday is the Civic holiday. Civic is an ancient word meaning “generic and inoffensive to everyone.” Apparently. Because there was no word for “gosh darn it, we need a day off in August to enjoy what fleeting moments are left of the summer before the great wroth of the winter storms descend upon us.” So maketh ye merry, enjoy the weekend, and remember – our trusty computers get no time off at all, and will be on duty and standing by on Monday to take your orders – especially as we currently have 20% off seedbeads right now. Cheers – …

Once Upon a Frog …

Once upon a time – there was a frog, and he considered himself to be a rebel. He didn’t want to be turned into a Prince, and avoided Princesses who came paddling up in a canoe to visit the pond, or sailing up in a sail boat by diving into the deep and murky end of the pool. Where the wild and scary things were. He definitely did not like spiders and snakes, and anyway, that ain’t what it takes, he thought. One day, he was sunning himself on a floating lotus plant, dreaming about getting a motorcycle and a …

Huge Price Reduction on Carrier Beads

Huge price reduction in bulk bags of Carrier Beads – better prices from our suppliers mean better prices for you! 500 gram bag is now $34.80 Cdn – which is approx 780 in a bag – making them about 4 cents a piece! Excellent for kit designers, teachers, anyone writing a book, or anyone with a #braceletobsession. Share with a friend – split a bag between you!   Finding – Acrylic Carrier Beads – Clear (500 grams) Finding – Acrylic Carrier Beads – Black (500 grams) Carrier Beads are the base (core) for Peyote (Gourd stitch) strips that are then …