May continues to bloom with classes!

May’s classes continue to sprout great ideas and opportunities to learn new techniques and explore interesting projects! Now is a great time to learn to make pieces for summer fashions, gifts and special occasions such as weddings and family reunions. New classes include a St. Petersburg Lariat Necklace (May 24); Micro Mosaic in Metal Clay (May 24/25), and a RAW Beaded Rivoli (May 30). Do you have beading questions or need some time to work on your jewellery? Come on out to either of our FREE open beading sessions! Here are the classes scheduled May 16 – 31: Friday, May 16 …

May Classes are Blooming!

We’ve made it through Winter and Spring is bright and exhilarating! Those May flowers are starting to sprout and soon there will be bursts of colour everywhere. We’re blooming at BeadFX too! Our instructors are exploding with new ideas and classes are flowering with new projects. Marilyn Gardiner is back with two new chainmaille weaves and Pamela Kearns has a new embellished right-angle weave cuff to share. Rae Huggins will show you how to use wire to create unique and different bails for your pendants. You can also join Tracey Neidhardt for a new project in vertical netting – a …

Spring Classes! Are They Here Yet?

The weather forecasters seem to be all doom and gloom on the coming of Spring weather! But at BeadFX, we’re pulling out the Spring colours and ideas to get ready for the new season. In the latter half of April, we’ve got new projects by Pamela Kearns, Rae Huggins, Marg Hughes and Stephanie Dixon. A warm welcome to Carol Cypher who travels to us from New York state with three exciting classes! If knitting is your ‘thing’, stop by and see us at the Knitter’s Frolic Marketplace, put on by the Downtown Knit Collective. We’ll be bringing lots of seed …

April Classes are Just Around the Corner!

“April Showers bring May Flowers.” Hey, I’ll take the rain as long as the snow stays away! We can’t control the weather but we can get together and enjoy some classes. Ushering in the month are some new projects that are perfect for Spring as well as repeats of some popular classes. Congratulations to BeadFX instructor Liz Reynolds who has just received her Hadar Clay Instructor Accreditation! The following classes are scheduled from April 1 to April 15: Thursday, April 3 NEW Spring Flowers Flat Spiral Bracelet Instructor: Pamela Kearns 6:00 – 9:00pm Friday, April 4  Zig Zag Diamond Bracelet …

There are MORE classes in March!

Have you noticed that mornings are getting a little lighter and the evenings are getting a little later? Spring is coming! The British expression Mad as a March Hare reflects the giddiness of Spring Fever that we experience as the new season approaches. Learning a new skill or jewellery-making technique is a great way to focus some of that extra energy! Saturday, March 15 is our Customer Appreciation event from 10:00am to 3:00pm.The day will include: Make and Take’ projects Yummy refreshments  The first 10 customers (people with a purchase, in-store only) will receive a little something special. PLUS, all …

Celebrate the Craft of Jewellery Making in March!

March has been designated National Craft Month and, as the weather inching toward Spring, it’s a great time to come out and celebrate the craft of Jewellery Making! We have some new projects from Cindy Goldrick, Sureka Sriharan and Anne Marie Desaulniers as well as repeats of classes that we sold out on including Soldered Ring Riot and Making Resin Cabachons.  By the way, we are noticing a trend that students prefer to sign-up last minute for classes. Remember that instructors need time to assemble kits and instructions to make your class experience meaningful as well as wonderful! Please don’t …

Leap into February Classes

Feeling creatively dry, I was looking for ideas to help write this blog. Did you know February is: – Candy Month – Canned Foods Month – Friendship Month – Heart Month…and much, much more! Well, it turns out there is a connection between being creative and maintaining creative outlets and staying physically, emotionally and intellectually healthy! Come on out and exercise your creativity at our later-February classes. You’ll also have the chance to make new friends (see the tie-in with friendship). Here is what is scheduled February 16 – 28: Tuesday, February 18 Wrap It Up! Instructor: Marg Hughes 11:30 …

February Classes – Lots to Love!

February is the Month of Love – and you just have to love the classes that are happening at BeadFX during February! There are several new projects being introduced by our instructors and a new mixed media class. Of course, there are also some class repeats for those of us who were not able to take the class the first time around! Here is what is scheduled February 1 – 15: Saturday, February 1NEW Kumihimo: 16 Strand Hearts and Flowers Instructor: Angela Peace 9:30am – 12:30pm NEW Copper Knit and Foldformed Necklace Instructor: Cindy Goldrick 10:00am – 5:00pm Introductory Weekend …

There is still time to take January classes!

Those of you who were able to attend Meet the Teachers on Saturday, January 11 had the treat of seeing many of the upcoming class projects “up close and personal” as well as meet many of the instructors who are teaching them. We previously showcased the later-January classes, but with all the earlier Holiday Happenings, here is a reminder about the great January classes coming up: Thursday, January 23 NEW African Helix Bracelet Instructor: Pamela Kearns 6:00 – 9:00pm Metalsmithing Basics: Intro to Sawing & Piercing  Instructor: Iris Rogers Melamed 6:00 – 9:00pm  Friday, January 24 Soutache #1: The Basic …

New Year! New Classes! New Ideas!

Yes, a brand New Year is just around the corner and, with it, new opportunities for classes and new techniques. There are lots of classes already lined up, but what would you like to learn?  Are there techniques and projects that you would like to see more of? What has tickled your fancy that you’ve seen in the beading magazines? Now that you may have learned some basic techniques, what advanced techniques would you like to see? E-mail your suggestions and comments to Pamela Kearns, Class Coordinator, at pam@beadfx.com. In 2013, we offered the following techniques: Some examples of beading …