Country-wide Fireworks kick off the Summer Classes!

July is just around the corner, and we have lots to celebrate including Canada Day and, for our southern neighbours, Independence Day. Enjoy the parties, fireworks and picnics! Our early-July classes feature four new projects! Gillian Clarke combines beads and chainmaille for two bracelets while Christine Woollacott will teach you how to create custom findings for your designs and how to create a simple post setting that you can use in a myriad of ways. Liz Kennedy and Anne Marie Desaulniers are presenting encore seed beading and metalwork classes – in case they didn’t work with your schedule before now! …

Learn to break the rules!

Are you a rule breaker? Are you one of those people who, if they give you an inch, you take a mile? Alternatively, do you live within the rules and not venture out of the ‘box’? Does the word ‘freeform’ make you squirm with fear! My first venture with freeform anything was a big step. As a seed beader – especially with peyote – I felt comfort knowing that my beads would line up with perfect precision. I knew what to expect when I was planning the next row, and then the next.  I have since discovered that freeform peyote …

Summer Starts Now!

We’ve been waiting for this since the middle of January! Effective June 21, we are officially in summer! Late-June classes range from mixing your materials for a fun boho necklace to adding colour to titanium metal! Get experience doing wire wrapping with a statement pendant or learn how to do sliding knots to create casual summer-style bracelets. You can also explore bead mosaic and how to apply beads on a curved surface. Here are the classes and open sessions scheduled June 21 – 30: Friday, June 21 Sliding Adjustable CordsInstructor: Angela Peace6:00 – 9:00pmAdjustable sliding knots have lots of applications …

Carve out creative time for yourself!

There are so many demands on our time that it can be stressful to maintain hectic schedules. Sometimes you just need to take a step back and say, ‘I need to do something for me’. Recharging your batteries is required just to keep up! Our mid-June classes feature an array of jewellery making techniques from seed beading with Pamela Kearns, to chainmaille with Marilyn Gardiner and working with cement with Ann Shewan. In the midst of all the classes are open sessions where you can come in, relax and enjoy coffee and conversation as you work on your projects. As …

See what Summer looks like at BeadFX!

It is almost the start of June – which means Summer classes are just around the corner! Whether you’re wanting to learn about seed beading, metalwork, chainmaille, metal clay or just learn the basics, we have classes for you! We even have celebrity instructor Robyn Cornelius joining us from Alberta with four metalwork classes in July that can be done by students of all levels – beginner through advanced! Our local instructors will be sharing their projects and answering any questions about their June, July and August classes at our upcoming FREE Summer Classes Open House: Date: Friday, June 14Time: …

June: Gateway to Summer Classes

I don’t think there is a busier and more anticipated month than June! Graduations; block parties; barbecues; and weekends at the cottage. Not to mention all the festivals and special events that abound! And, of course, we are getting ready for summer vacations. So what’s a person to do when they want to get away from it all? How about:1. Coming out for a class for something new! Once learned, many techniques are perfectly portable to take to the cottage.2. Treat your visitors to a class. Bringing a summer guest to a class with you will give you both a …

“May” all things be possible!

May is a month of celebrations – some very serious, such as Mother’s Day, and Cinco de Mayo, and some that are just plain wacky – such as ‘Star Wars’ Day (May the Fourth Be With You.) Late-May celebrations includes Victoria Day in Canada and Memorial Day in the United States. The best part is enjoying a long weekend with friends and family. To be honest, I’m finding that May is racing by; June seems to be right around the corner. Join me by living in the present and enjoying what is here and now – including upcoming classes with visiting …

Celebrate your Creative Achievements

Graduations. Proms. Weddings. Anniversaries. For many, these are life’s milestones and opportunities to celebrate life with friends and family. Do you celebrate your achievements? Accomplishments can be large or small or even ‘steps along the way’ to bigger successes. Celebrating your accomplishments can boost your confidence, help to stave off burnout, and fuel your continued success. In the midst of Open Bead Night and Afternoon Bead Tea, I often hear “oh, it’s just a necklace”, or “it’s just a pair of earrings”. Please, never ‘just’ your accomplishments! You’ve spent time; you’ve applied learning; and you’ve put yourself into your designs. …

Jean Power returns to BeadFX

It is always a thrill to have Jean Power come to BeadFX! Joining us from England, Jean is an internationally acclaimed designer, author, and instructor who specializes in geometric seed beading. She has authored eights books (with two more to come) and has contributed to books and magazines over the last several years. In addition to the classes, BeadFX will be hosting a Meet and Greet in the store. Jean will be bringing patterns and kits with her. We will have several copies of her books available and Jean will be happy to sign them for you. Jean’s classes are: …

Bloom Where You’re Planted

If you’ve been anywhere near a garden centre, you know that there are flats of bright colourful flowers, herbs and other greenery ready for your home garden. BeadFX classes are blooming too. Whether you’re a Seed Bead Snapdragon, a Wirework Water Lily or a Metalwork Marigold, we have a class or open session for you! As a matter of interest, gardening and crafts have similar benefits for adults: Encourages use of all motor skillsLearning new skills challenges the brain and promotes problem-solvingReduces stress levels and promotes relaxationImproves wellbeing as a result of social interactionPromotes self-esteem Here are the BeadFX activities scheduled …