Coral Fringe Tassel – Seedbead Possibilities!

Course outline: This project definitely makes a statement! Learn to make a spectacular, one-of-a-kind Coral Fringe Tassel, to add punch to your beaded creations! This tassel could be used (as I have) in a long, beaded necklace, or more simply as the focal on a purse, or fibre art piece. The majority of the class time will be focused on actually making the tassel, but there will still be time to gather supplies, then discuss how to make a finished necklace. I will also be demonstrating how to make a messy, wire wrapped loop. Skill level: All levels Prerequisite: Comfort …

Freeform Peyote Bracelet: Design-on-the-fly!

Course outline: You’ve learned the rules, and now its time to break them! If you’re interested in playful experimentation, with an intuitive approach to bead weaving, then this is the class for you! Use this design-on-the-fly approach, to make a totally unique, freeform peyote bracelet. This is a great stash buster project! Note: a kit is required; see details below. Skill level: All levels Prerequisite: Some knowledge of either even, or odd count peyote would be an asset. However, also suitable for anyone from an enthusiastic beginner (comfortable with working with a needle, thread, and very small beads), to an …

Boho Lights: Mixed Media Necklace

Course outline: Create a totally unique, multi-strand necklace, using a few simple techniques. You’ll be working with stones, beads, stringing, leather, and chain, to create your one-of-a-kind piece. Other options include paper, enamel, and polymer clay beads. Simple instructions, colour, and texture are all you need! Some of the techniques may be familiar, but the instructor will be taking you in new design directions! Are you ready to play? Skill level: All levels Prerequisite: N/A Technique: Stringing, leather, chain Bring to class: Medium beading wire, circle findings, 2 feet of 5 mm flat leather (or faux leather), beads, stones, chain …

Whimsical Freeform Peyote: Beaded Beads

Course outline: Anne Marie Desaulniers will help you stretch your skills by beading your way out of the Peyote Stitch box! Prepare to work intuitively, while covering a wooden bead with different sizes and shapes of seed beads. Add a single freeform bead, to a simple chain, and make a statement…add a few more, for a stunning necklace! A good way to use up some of those leftover beads. Suitable for hostess gifts &/or holiday gift giving! Definitely not a beginner project, as a working knowledge of either Even- and/or Odd-Count Peyote is necessary. Note: a kit is required; see …

Stitch Meditations – Exploring the Zen of Fibre, Thread and Beads

Course outline: Have you been saving up scraps of fabrics, and embellishments? Are you interested in taking a more meditative approach to stitch? Learn to make a series of small art pieces, that include recycled items, forgotten projects, fibre, hand and bead embroidery. Finished pieces, could be used to make cards, framed, or even joined together to make a larger piece. Finishing options will be discussed. Skill level: All levels Prerequisite: Comfort with a needle and thread would be an asset, but not entirely necessary. Technique: A relaxing, meditative approach to simple hand, and bead embroidery. Bring to class: Scissors, …

“May” all things be possible!

May is a month of celebrations – some very serious, such as Mother’s Day,¬†and Cinco de Mayo, and some that are just plain wacky – such as ‘Star Wars’ Day (May the Fourth Be With You.) Late-May celebrations includes Victoria Day in Canada and Memorial Day in the United States. The best part is enjoying a long weekend with friends and family. To be honest, I’m finding that May is racing by; June seems to be right around the corner. Join me by living in the present and enjoying what is here and now – including upcoming classes with visiting …

Nature’s Muse: Beaded Art Doll

Course outline: Add a little whimsy to your life, by joining me in my latest creative adventure, beading a small art doll! I’ll provide the face, the stuffed form, and detailed instructions, all you’ll need to do is add her unique personality. Your choice of beads and techniques, will transform your doll, into the muse of your dreams. Listen carefully to her whispers, and she’ll tell you how to proceed. Possible themes include, but are not limited to the sea, nature, buttons, steam punk, vintage and memorabilia. Suitable for hoarding, collecting, or gift giving! Students should be prepared to laugh, …

UFO 2 Go: Intensive Support for Intuitive Bead Embroidery, Freeform Peyote & Hand Stitching

Course outline: Has your mojo left the building? Have you run out of ideas, are stuck, not inspired, need a little help to finish your project, or start another one? What if a bunch of us got together, and supported each other on a one-to-one basis? I will be there to answer any questions, give you a jump start, and/or remind you of some of the stitches you’ve already forgotten. There’s no shame in UFOs! We all have them, and some of us (myself included) just need a little quiet time and inspiration to finish off our projects. Please note: …

Resin: A Mixed-up Media Approach

Course outline: Instructor Anne Marie Desaulniers will help fill your resin toolbox with a mixed melange of techniques that includes different colouring agents, collage, mixed media, wire and experiments with both paper and botanicals (dried leaves, feathers and flowers). Beyond the basics, but designed to appeal to all levels! Skill level: All levels Prerequisite: Experience with resin is an asset, but definitely not a requirement Technique: Adding botanicals, collage and mixed media techniques to resin. Bring to class: Enthusiasm, a smile, and a sense of humour. Dried flowers and leaves (either dried in a book, or in silica); bezels, charms, …

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 …