Celebrate National Craft Month

The Association for Creative Industries (formerly the Craft & Hobby Association) celebrates March as National Craft Month. Studies have acknowledges that crafting – beading, knitting, painting, metalwork, lampworking, and all other creative pursuits – causes positive emotional and physical benefits to the crafter. Now, I don’t know about you, but I’m willing to ‘craft’ at any time, during any month, and for any reason! But knowing that crafting is good for me certainly gives me lots of reasons to pick-up my beads, my weaving and anything else handy and start creating something fun! Celebrate your jewellery-making ‘craft’ of choice and …

Delve into peyote with Nancy Cain!

If you’re into seed beading – especially peyote – like I am, you’ll be ‘chomping at the bit’ to join one of Nancy Cain’s classes at BeadFX! Known for her structural beadwork, Nancy will take your skills to the next level in each of her three classes: Couture Cuff; Vessel No. 1; and Fusion Ring and Bracelet. According to Nancy in her Artist’s Statement, “I found my artistic niche in beads. I enjoy delving into beads mentally and physically depending on the circumstances. My favorite stitch is peyote and over the years I have only added two other stitches, netting …

Kim Fields returns to BeadFX for an exciting 3 day class

When we get requests for an instructor to teach again at BeadFX, we know students want to repeat a wonderful experience. Such is the case of Kim Fields! Kim is an acclaimed artist and instructor with over 25 years of lampwork experience. On a whim, in 1999, Kim took a beginner’s lampworking class. Just a year later she found that working with glass was so fulfilling, she decided to leave her 20-year corporate career behind and devote herself completely to the art of glass beadmaking and jewelry design. Kim has taught at many of the most prestigious glass studios throughout …

February: short on days but long on learning!

February is winter’s last major kick at the can, at least here in Canada. The days are getting longer and you can start to feel a thaw in the air – or is that wishful thinking? And, with only 28 days in February, we know March is just around the corner! February winds up with classes that will continue to fire up your creative passion. Beaders will enjoy a peyote class with Pamela Kearns (perfect if you want to brush up on your peyote skills before Nancy Cain‘s classes in March). Fibre artists will discover another Kumihimo technique with Angela …

Re-ignite your Creative Passion

Valentine’s Day is on its way, but instead of focusing on others, perhaps its time to focus some attention on ourselves. Do you get creative ideas at the oddest time – for me its just before bedtime – and you just need to write or sketch it out? It doesn’t matter what your medium is – lampwork, beadwork, fibre or metalwork – that moment of creative clarity is trying to tell you something: get back to doing what you love! BeadFX’s classes can help you with the technical aspects of how you can work on your designs. Our open sessions …

The top 5 reasons to attend Bead-Treat!

Have you checked out Bead-Treat yet? Yes – great! You already know about all the opportunities that await you! No? Please, let me tell you more! If you’re not aware of Bead-Treat, it is a three-day jewellery-making retreat in London, Ontario, and will take place Friday, May 4 to Sunday, May 6. Participants will learn three exciting techniques – chainmaille with Marilyn Gardiner, geometric peyote with Pamela Kearns, and Cavandoli tapestry with Angela Peace. BeadFX is the presenting sponsor and we’re thrilled to be offering this opportunity! But why attend Bead-Treat? Here’s why! 1. Discover new friends. When like-minded individuals …

Beat cabin fever with a February class

I’m not a fan of February, but I know that as the days start getting longer, winter is beginning to give up its grip. The weather tempts me to stay in evenings but getting out for a class keeps my creativity flowing and keeps cabin-fever at bay. I invite you to come out for a class in February to ward off the winter chill! There are lots of different classes in February including a new polymer clay class with Bonni Poch. If you prefer metal clay, then drop by for Liz Reynold‘s class. We’ve got lots of seed beading classes …

Treat yourself to a weekend of fun at Bead-Treat!

Imagine a weekend of fun, learning, friendship-building and creative opportunities – away from the kids, chores and everyday cares! Have you heard about Bead-Treat? BeadFX is the presenting sponsor at a brand new jewellery-making retreat to be held at Fanshawe College in London, Ontario, May 4 – 6. Bead-Treat will feature three classes with three of BeadFX’s instructors – Angela Peace, Marilyn Gardiner and Pamela Kearns. All Bead-Treat participants will take a class with each instructor and learn a brand new, never-taught-before project in their respective specialties. Each class is suitable for all levels – beginners will learn the basics …

January classes are full steam ahead!

Thank you to everyone who came out this past Saturday to Meet the Teachers – 40 class registrations in a single day! We had a fantastic turnout, in spite of the deep freeze. And, thank you to Marg who brought in all the delicious goodies and hot chocolate – perfect for a cold January day! January continues with some fun NEW classes as well as a re-introduction to some previous classes – in case they didn’t fit in your schedule before now. Anne Marie Desaulniers will get your mixed media and free form bead embroidery creativity going with three classes. …

Reminder: Meet the Teachers is this Saturday!

Be sure this is in your 2018 calendar! Drop by and see the January, February and March projects and meet the creative instructors bringing you the classes. Meet the Teachers Saturday, January 6 11:00am – 6:00pm Come on out and meet your amazing instructors and see first-hand the great projects they have planned for you! As a bonus, for each class you register for, you will receive a draw ballot toward a $25 gift certificate. One class = one ballot; two classes = two ballots, and so on. This bonus offer is valid for in-store registrations and for on-line registrations …