Mid-November Classes are Spell-Binding

In Flanders Fields the poppies blow Between the crosses, row on row, That mark our place; and in the sky The larks, still bravely singing, fly Scarce heard amid the guns below. Lieutenant Colonel John McCrae, physician with the Canadian Army Medical Corps; composed at the battlefront on May 3, 1945, during the second battle Ypres, Belgium. For full poem, click here. There’s no doubt that we have a lot to be thankful for, including the freedom, time and ability to be creative. Exercise your creativity with a class – there are certainly lots to choose from!New classes include a …

Bring Colour to November

November comes and November goes; With the last red berries and the first white snows. ~ Elizabeth Coatsworth (1893-1986) Yes, October’s pallet of colours are fading, but November brings new opportunities. How about a shot of bright red in that symphony of black, white and gray? Increase your design and technical skills at a class in November! We welcome Betty Stephan in early November as she brings three bead embroidery classes that will spark your creative imagination. Also new is a brick stitch design with Pamela Kearns that focuses on individual components that you will join to form a bracelet. …

Stitches of the Beads We Brew

Yes, the bats will fly and the ghouls will howl at the end of this month, but there is nothing scary about the classes at BeadFX. We have lots of classes coming up in late-October, including a full day chainmaille class with Marilyn Gardiner. Newbies to metalworking (and anyone who wants a refresher) will want to take Iris Rogers Melamed’s intro to soldering sterling wire class. Anne Marie Desaulniers will take your bead embroidery skills along to include fabric charms. You’ll learn about doing a style of bead mosaic with Pamela Kearns, with a surprise addition of adding cord to …

October continues with great classes!

“Even if something is left undone, everyone must take time to sit still and watch the leaves turn.” – Elizabeth Lawrence How can you not be inspired by the colours of Autumn! Mid-October classes include a wide-range of techniques and projects including a chainmaille and leather bracelet with Pamela Kearns; a bead embroidered pendant with Anne Marie Desaulniers and a wire work pendant with Bonni Poch. Christine Woollacott is sharing how to do beautiful champleve enameling. Amy Waldman has her popular two-day introductory lampworking class so you can create your own beads! There are lots more opportunities to learn something …

Giving Thanks for a Creative Life

Here in Canada, our national holiday of Thanksgiving takes place the second Monday of October and celebrates the harvest. The typical Thanksgiving dinner consists of turkey, mashed potatoes, other autumnal veggies, and delicious pumpkin pie (with lots of whipped cream, of course)! It is a time that friends and families get together for food, fun, and more food. We remember the good things in life and give thanks for them. Personally, I’m thankful for being able to live a creative life – the opportunity to express myself with beads and lots of colour. I can’t imagine what life would be …

Betty Stephan will give you a new way to look at beads!

If you think ‘bead embroidery’, what do you envision? A decorative applique for clothes? An embellishment on a quilt or other needlework surface? How about a pendant or bracelet? Guess what – they are all right! Betty Stephan takes bead embroidery to the next level through her application of beads in conjunction with findings and other embellishments to create pendants, bracelets and components. In each of her three upcoming classes at BeadFX, she will show and inspire you to, not only try bead embroidery, but to experiment and take it outside of the proverbial ‘box’ to do even more. Betty’s …

‘Tis the Season for Fall Shows!

The action at BeadFX doesn’t just happen in the store, on the web, or in classes – it happens at trade shows too! Fall is an active time of consumer trade shows – and all of the shows we participate in are open to the public. And because you can use beads and more in so many more application beyond jewellery, we go to shows that let us stretch the imagination of those who visit our booth! This fall’s show sponsors include two well-known bead societies and two textile specialty shows. We hope you’ll drop by and say ‘Hi’! Here …

Love Colour? Love Metal? You’ll love Marti Brown!

Even if you’re not a metalworker, but love the colours of blue, fuchsia, Caribbean green (and lots more!) then Marti Brown’s classes will expand your design and technique tool box. All levels of metalwork – from complete novice to experienced – will gain knowledge about working with anondizing Niobium. Marti’s classes will cover adding colour to wire and sheet metal by using an anondizer as a power source to provide an electrical current that runs through a bath of solution and your work piece. During the anodizing process, a transparent oxide layer forms on the surface of the metal, and …

30 Days Hath September – and the colours will be magnificent!

Depending where in the world you are living, the trees will soon be starting to change. In fact, did you know that the beginning of color changes usually start September and October in the Northern Hemisphere and April to May in the Southern Hemisphere. The colours that autumn brings sparks my own creativity and the craving to do something new. How can you not work with such an array of colour? The late-September classes offer an array of class projects and techniques. Marti Brown, the first of our three visiting instructors this fall, bring us two classes that explore colouring …

Re-set your 2017 class goals!

You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream. – Les Brown I always think of September as a mini-New Year. It’s a time is re-set my goals and give a little push toward what I want to do. In fact a lot of calendars that you find in stores are geared to the school year because it is a new start and a chance to set new goals. I’m always looking to learn new things so two classes I’m planning to take is Crochet de Luneville/Tambour Embroidery with Catherine Sequalino Portier (a new …