April continues with Awesome Classes

I think Spring is finally arriving — at least the snow has melted! The latter half of April has some amazing classes for you – lots of new classes as well as great returning classes. Linda Landy brings us three classes aimed at bead embroidery novices and enthusiasts. You can meet Linda at an Open House too! Iris Rogers Melamed has set aside her soldering tools for a new two day class all about cold connections. Anne Marie Desaulniers will be sharing how to create small felt dolls that are ready for embellishment. Angela Peace has a new knotted pendant …

April Classes make the Grade — No Fooling!

April — practical jokes, lots of rain, the budding of flowers. There is lots to enjoy during this first real month of Spring. A new month brings new classes such as Pamela’s Bombay Cuff or Sureka’s Embellished Rivoli Pendant. Deborah brings us a free-form Puzzle Lace Necklace; Anne Marie will teach how to alter metal washers to create jewellery components; Jen will teach us how to create the beautiful Eye of the Dragon Ring and Angela teaches a new take on the classic Plafond Knot. We have lots of returning classes too including Iris‘ Hot Connections 1 class (an afternoon …

March goes out like a Lion with fantastic classes

Did you know that the phrase ‘March comes in like a lion and out like a lamb’ dates back to the early 17th Century? I’m definitely ready for some milder weather, are you? There is nothing lamb-like or mild about the late-March classes at BeadFX. Of course, some of our instructors are presenting NEW classes including Angela Peace with a new Cavandoli project – Micro-Knotted Double Leaf Necklace. First Nations Instructor Naomi Smith is presenting a traditional Quillwork, Birch Bark and Beaded Pendant – the genuine porcupine quills are amazing! Wire artist Jane Doidge brings us Egyptian Spiral Links for …

Learning a new skill is good for your health!

Did you know that crafting can reduce stress, build self-esteem and increase physical dexterity? In fact, recent studies from NYU and Harvard have shown that activities, including jewellery-making, can actually improve concentration, while enhancing health and mental wellness. Since March is National Craft Month, there is no better time than now to try a new jewellery technique! A number of our instructors are offering NEW classes. Wire-workers of all experience levels will love Jennifer Rosen’s Coiled Pendant class. Bonni Poch gives us a new project with her Cellini bangle class – a great way to learn tubular peyote. Students will …

February isn’t short on Great Classes

February auroras in Scandinavian mountains February may only have 28 days, but we’ve packed in a lot of classes and great learning opportunities! We are extremely happy to have Leslee Frumin with us for two classes! Beginners and experienced metal workers will enjoy her Falling Leaf Pendant class! Beginners will have the opportunity to learn the soldering, annealing and more; students with experience will be able to further hone their skills while creating a beautiful pendant with Leslee. Intermediate level beaders will have a choice of which project to do in Crystal Ovals Galore, whether it be a bracelet, a …

You’ll Love our February Classes!

There’s lots to love in February – Groundhog Day, Valentine’s Day, the Super Bowl… What? No Let’s Make Jewellery Day? Well, no matter – we can make jewellery everyday! We have three NEW classes in early February. Bonni shares her chainmaille expertise with a Japanese weave bracelet that incorporates crystals. If you’re into wire, then you’ll love Jen’s new bracelet. Cindy is back with a new technique – forging! Discover how easy it can be to work with fire and bronze wire. Of course we have lots of returning classes too. Those who have taken a soldering class can challenge …

Fulfill your Resolution to Learn!

New Year’s is the time we all make resolutions that will improve our lives — lose weight, exercise more, worry less. How about making a resolution to learn something new? January continues with great classes – many of them new – where you can learn new skills and have a new piece of jewellery! Sureka has a new right-angle weave bracelet that is simply beautiful; Jen Rosen (a new instructor to BeadFX) is teaching how to create a wire wrapped bangle. Bonni is also sharing her wiring prowess with a wired pendant and ring class in a basics course! Do …

Happy New Year! Happy New Classes!

Yes, I know Santa hasn’t arrived, candles haven’t been lit and holiday festivities are just getting underway, but with 2015 just around the corner, I wanted to share with you the great classes coming up in January! Two NEW classes are happening in early January with Pamela’s new herringbone bracelet using two-hole beads, and with Angela’s amazing new soutache component class. Both are familiar techniques but with a new spin (or swirl, as the case may be!). Very special is the Meet the Teachers special event where you can meet several of our instructors and see for yourself the wonderful …

Meet the Teachers and see the Great Projects for 2015

This is an exciting time of the year with the 2015 Class Calendar building with new and returning classes! Many are up on the website now — but photos don’t tell the whole story. The instructors who come up with the ideas are at the root of our classes. Thanks to their ingenuity and creativity, we get to offer their amazing classes to you! You’re invited to come to BeadFX and see for yourself the great classes that are planned for the early part of 2015. Saturday, January 10, 2015 10:00am – 3:00pm PLUS, for every class you register for …

‘Tis the Season – to Treat Yourself!

December is coming up quickly and we’ll all soon be in the midst of holiday preparations – running to the mall for gifts, baking those family-favourite goodies, cleaning our homes from top to bottom to get ready for guests and just trying to get too much done amidst our usual activities and chores. Whoa, slow down! We need to take some time for ourselves too! I invite you to come an take a class during December and take three hours to catch your breath, sit down with fellow beaders and jewellery makers, and simply get away from all. We have …