What ever happened to? Fads or passing fancies?

Have you ever considered what ever happened to some of your favourite beads, and jewelery techniques? Did the faeries steal them, or did they simply fall out of fashion? I blame an awful lot on magazines, because they need to keep flogging trends. New products and techniques, sell magazines!!! There is nothing wrong with that, but what’s wrong with the older products and techniques? What’s up with Soutache Embroidery? What is Soutache braid? According to Interweave, “it’s basically a flat decorative trim or ribbon that’s traditionally used for concealing a seam on clothing”, but it could also be used to …

March into Spring Classes

Weather doesn’t necessarily match the calendar, but we’re finally heading into a new season – Spring. Not only do our moods lighten but so do our colours – here come the pastels, the creams, the lilacs and greens. By the way, the Pantone Colour of the Year is Ultra Violet – a very amethyst-inspired colour that is perfect for spring-inspired designs! Late-March classes include a ‘newbie’ class with Pamela Kearns – perfect to get started making jewellery. Anne Marie Desaulniers has a mixed media class using Pebeo paint and bezels for one-of-a-kind pendants. If you’ve wondered about metal clay, Liz …

The sale continues …

20% off everything* in the store. *Some select items excluded. Because they are already everyday low prices. Everyone’s favorite bead sale at every one’s favorite bead store! Making for Mother’s Day? Decorating for Easter? Planning a wedding? Making a thoughtful graduation gift? It’s never too early to start on those projects and plan ahead! Need some ideas? We have 100s of free projects online – free for you to make or just inspire you to make something that starts the same and ends up completely different! In addition – we have 100s more of our older inspirations – these have …

Creative Musings of an Inquisitive Mind!

What would be the definition of creative musings? If a musing is a period of reflection or thought, then a creative musing is a period of creative reflection or thought. Do you agree? My muse brings focus and light to my creativity, but she also brings dark! Light balances darkness, and darkness balances light! You cannot have one without the other. Sometimes, when I talk about creative musings, it’s because I have absolutely no idea what I’m going to write about! So, my muse helps me to make stuff up!!! She’s very versatile, but not limited to fibre, paper, and …

Bead-Treat: Your Questions Answered

We’re getting quite a bit of interest in Bead-Treat with participants coming from as far away as Quebec! And, yes, people have questions about what to expect. Here are some of the questions already posed to us. Email your questions to pam@beadfx.com and I’ll answer you as quickly as possible. Q. What if I’m not an expert in any of the techniques that are being taught? A. Not a problem! At the beginning of each class, the instructor will take you through the basics of that particular technique. For example, Marilyn Gardiner will start the day by making a pair …

Buy directly from the Artists at our upcoming Trunk Show

BeadFX has close associations with so many artisans that we just need to share their beautiful works! This is a perfect opportunity to get a gift for yourself or a special someone in time for Spring! BeadFX Trunk Show Saturday, April 7 11:00am – 4:00pm Bring a friend – all are welcome to this FREE event! Our inspiring designers/artisans who will be showing and selling their designs are: Barbara Colautti – Polymer Clay A fruitless search for just the right brooch to complete an outfit, 13 years ago, led me down the path of polymer clay experimentation. I had expected …

Let the madness begin …

  Yes – it’s every beaders favourite month – the time when we say – “thank you for being so wonderful” with a big fat sale. So hereto forthwith I present to you, the sale that needs no introduction, and isn’t going to get one, so that I can duck out of the way before I’m trampled … are you ready to rumble? Maaaaaaarch Maaaaaaaadnesssssss!   20% off everything* in the store. *Some select items excluded. Because they are already everyday low prices. OK – sale rules: The exceptions are: No discounts on class fees No discount on gift certificates …

Floral Jewelery: A harbinger of spring!

I don’t know about you, but floral jewelery always reminds me of spring! In this part of the country, at this time of the year, we exist somewhere between winter and spring. One day spring, and the next, thrust rudely back into winter! Will it be rain, snow, or freezing rain? Granted, the temperature is more moderate, and some days it’s even warm enough to run errands, in a light jacket! Spring is coming, you can feel it in the air, and the birds are even tweeting about it! Call me sentimental, but I love floral jewelery! If you ask …

Do you want to be more creative? Think green!

You’ve probably aware that certain colours influence our moods: blue = calmness; red = passion, and so on. According to a study published in the Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, green triggers inventiveness and creativity. Aren’t we lucky that St. Patrick’s Day falls in mid-March; bring on the green! Mid-March classes feature projects in a wide range of techniques. Wire lovers will have a selection of classes from Lucie Lee, Christine Woollacott and Deborah Beesley. Seed beaders will discover the versatility of the peyote triangle in a class with Pamela Kearns. Ann Shewan will have dreaming of the possibilities of …

Prometheus Clay, Mini DiamonDuos, Trios in Tubes, and more!

It’s been a busy week, and there’s lots of highlights! First up – the Earth’s Jewels! These are assorted packs of stones, in a variety of shapes and sizes. This is a fun way to get a coordinated variety of stone beads! Mini DiamonDuos – DiamonDuos, now in a smaller size. Use them together with their full sized friends, or by themselves! Available in 3.5 gram tubes, or Designer Packs of 25 grams.   And speaking of choices and tubes – the Trios are now also available in 6 gram tubes, as well as the larger Designer Packs. New choices …