Sliding Adjustable Cords

Course outline: Learn the traditional Chinese Sliding Button knot and the more contemporary Flat knot slider. These two techniques are essential if you work with fibre cords and do not want to rely on metal findings. The Button Knot can also be used between beads or as a finishing knot for tie cords. Skill level: Beginner Prerequisite: N/A Technique: Fibre Arts/Knotting Bring to class: Small scissors Of special note: the class patterns and instructions from our classes are for your personal use only. Please respect the intellectual property of our artists/instructors by not sharing, selling, or teaching the patterns you …

Tension Setting with Fibre

Course outline: Join Angela Peace and learn how to design and knot fibre tension settings for regular and irregular shape cabochons and beads and how to finish with a hidden or loop type bail. Skill level: Beginner Prerequisite: N/A Technique: Micro-Macrame Bring to class: large flat stone bead or cabochon one skein of cotton embroidery thread in a colour to coordinate with the stone. (please save black and dark colours for future projects) scissors magnification if required Of special note: the class patterns and instructions from our classes are for your personal use only. Please respect the intellectual property of …

Traditional Pearl Knotting

Course outline: Learn how to confidently tie those tiny silk knots between pearls and beads with Angela Peace, and how to attach a clasp using the professional French Wire method. The skills learned in this class can be applied to other stringing and related projects. These techniques are a must for jewelry designers. Illustrated instructions are included in the class fee. Skill level: Beginner Prerequisite: N/A Technique: Pearl Knotting and Attaching a clasp using French Wire Bring to class: All items can be purchased at the store prior to class and the instructor will be there 1/2 hour prior to …

Stir your Spring Spirit with a class

Spring! Winter is finally passing and the weather is showing a hint of warmer temperatures and sunshine. Depending where you are in Canada, tree buds may be starting to bloom and crocuses are starting to poke up through the ground. Spring is a time to shake off the winter grime and pull out the brighter-coloured clothes. If course you need jewellery to go with your new Spring wardrobe – why not make it for yourself and friends! Our mid-April classes will stir your Spring spirit with some seed beading, metal clay, fibre work and more! Here are the classes and …

Knotted End Caps

Course outline: Angela Peace will show you how fiber end-caps will present a new and innovative option for finishing jewelry projects or kumihimo braids and allow for seamless colour designs or amazing colour contrasts. These made to measure knotted end-caps work well with standard metal clasps and findings or as a glue on. In class, you will learn the knotting techniques and how to change the end-cap size for a perfect fit. Skill level: Beginner Prerequisite: N/A Technique: Cavandoli knotting Bring to class: Small scissors and magnification, if needed. Of special note: the class patterns and instructions from our classes …

Three Intermediate Kumihimo Braids

Course outline: Angela Peace will take you beyond the 8 strand spiral braid and you’ll learn three new distinct Kumihimo braids. The class includes a box braid, a waves braid and an S-Z reversing spiral braid all made with micro-thread warps. These threads mimic traditional braiding silk and have a luxurious feel. As with other braids, these new braids can easily be used in the future with fibres of your choice. Skill level: Intermediate Prerequisite: Must know how to braid an 8 strand spiral braid using a Kumihimo disc. Technique: Kumihimo Bring to class: kumihimo disc (6inch size) please ensure …

Beginner Kumihimo: Fibre and Beads

Course outline: Learn the traditional Japanese Kongah-Gumi (spiral braid) with Angela Peace and discover how to create pattern with fiber and beads. This techniques class will cover the basic 8 strand braid with both S and Z spirals and how to progress to 12, and 16, strand braids. The discussion will also cover fiber choices, tension, patterns, set up and problem solving. Lots of practice time too. Skill level: Beginner Prerequisite: N/A Technique: Kumihimo braiding Bring to class: Kumihimo foam disc (6inch size); 8 plastic no-tangle bobblins; small scissors; magnification if required. Of special note: the class patterns and instructions …

2019 Meet The Teachers and Class Kick-Off

Help us kick-off the 2019 Classes! 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 on the date, you will receive a draw ballot toward a $25 gift certificate. One class = one ballot; two classes = two ballots, and so on. There will be lots more fun and surprises too. Saturday, January 5, 2019 11:00am – 3:00pm The following instructors have confirmed their attendance at this event. More will be added as confirmations are received. Bonni Poch (beadwork, polymer clay) …

Fibre facts and frivolous fancies to catch your interest!

Fibre is my first love! Sewing, needlework, quilting, and textile art, are part of my past. They’ve pointed me, to this sparkly place; where I can mix my media; follow trends; and end up with a cohesive piece of work. I’m very lucky! Fibre is textile, and textile is cloth. According to Wikipedia – “A textile or cloth is a flexible material consisting of a network of natural or artificial fibres (yarn or thread). Yarn is produced by spinning raw fibres of wool, flax, cotton, or other material to produce long strands. Textiles are formed by weaving, knitting, crocheting, knotting, …

Fall in Love with our February Classes

February has some well-known observances and events including Valentine’s Day, Groundhog Day, and the Super Bowl. It is also the month that, while the shortest, feels like it will go on forever! Not to worry – bundle up and come out for a class or two and be with other like-minded jewellery-making enthusiasts while you learn a new technique. Our intrepid and creative instructors are offering classes that cover a wide range of jewellery-making techniques. New this month is a St. Petersburg Chain bracelet with Pamela Kearns that uses 2-hole beads. Angela Peace is teaching a new micro-knotted earring design. …