Beads and Felt: A sumptuous affair!

You don’t know what you’re missing, if you’ve never worked with beads and felt! Okay, beads on their own are undoubtedly delicious, but there’s an added something special, when you stitch them onto felt. No, not craft felt silly, but richly textured wool felt! It’s absolutely delightful!!! I love working with wool felt! It started off with a simple, wet felting play date with friends! Then I combined some of those pieces with fibre, beads, free motion, and hand stitching. A few were sold, but others remain in my possession. Pre-beading obsession, if you please! This piece of felt was …

The Perils of Collecting!

Here’s the thing about the perils of collecting, they’re impossible to resist!!! Once a collector, always a collector! I’m a collector, and not a hoarder!!! A collector is “A person who collects things of a specified type, professionally or as a hobby”. But a hoarder, according to the Urban Dictionary is “A word that describes anyone that feels the need to find, collect, keep, pack ANY and EVERYTHING because they do not know how to throw things away”. Okay, I’m one of those people who do have a hard time believing that enough is enough! Yes, I did sew clothing …

Concrete & Rubies

Concrete & Rubies by: Anne Marie Desaulniers These Matte Crazy Lace Agate stones have been living side byside, on the BeadFX wall, just under the pearls. Ignored for months, but thenthey suddenly started clamouring for their potential to be reached! Concretegoes with everything, and my July birthstone is ruby!! Add some sparkle, then whatbetter way to marry the two, than with a chic and comfortable wrap bracelet. Apiece of this type, could even be worn as a short necklace, but I far preferthis variation as a standalone bracelet! Instructions: Dump all of your beads, into a nice pile on your …

Gifts from the beach: Traditional repurposing!

What do you think of when I say gifts from the beach? No, I don’t mean those expensive, kitschy items that you bring back as presents. I mean the real gifts! I wish I was close enough to the ocean, to say that my gifts from the beach, included a myriad of shells, but no, not this girl! As I live close to a very large lake (Lake Ontario), my gifts include beach glass, driftwood, and stones! Not only tangible gifts, but how about the gift of peace, sunshine, seabirds, exercise, fresh air, and serenity? I find beach walking to …

August 2018 Bead Mat Update: Just playing around!

I almost hate to write my August 2018 Bead Mat Update, because that means that the summer is almost over. It’s still stinking hot in Toronto, but I wonder how long that will last? Kids go back to school, adults breath a sigh of relief, traffic jams increase, and the bead goes on!!! BeadFX customers start gearing up for the holidays (I can’t believe that I just wrote that), and the workshop season shifts into high gear (our Back To Class Open House is on September 8th)! It’s still warm outside, but we’re all itching for a change of pace. …

Flora-Meta-Pendant Necklace

Flora-Meta-Pendant Necklace by: Anne Marie Desaulniers I was wandering through the metal aisle, and thesecomponents just started screaming at me! They’re all botanical based, and who doesn’t like flowers and leaves?So, a simple pendant necklace was made! This one is for those times, when you don’t want to wear something splashy! Like when you’re wearing a t-shirt and jeans! Do you think that the piece looks like a little flora person? Entirely unintentional, as I didn’t even notice, until it was finished! Tools Used: Chain Nose Pliers (2) Round Nose Pliers Flush Cutter Instructions: Insert1-3″ Ball Headpin, into 1-Czech Flower. …

Bead Mixes: A recipe in creativity!

If you like leftovers, you’ll love bead mixes (also known as bead soup)! What do you do, when you’ve finished a project? Some of you choose to re-sort them, but my preference is to jumble them up into a pile! I love to make bead mixes out of them, corralled in small containers, then saved for rainy days! Or, should I say new projects!!! Starting a bead embroidery, or freeform peyote project, requires a combination of new, and stash seedbeads. I add a dash of accent beads, then pour small, tidy piles of beads onto the bead mat. I don’t …

What does imagination look like?

Ask me a direct question about my imagination, and I guarantee that I’ll be at a loss to explain it! Imagination, and creativity seem to come easy to me, but I’m not the only one! I call myself an artist, because that’s a label that I was given many years ago, in my fibre art days. Creativity and imagination cannot be separated, and we are all artists! Imagination is not part of some secret club! Own it! You were born with it!! I remember a story my mother used to tell, about when I was a toddler. She said that …

Lets Explore Stringing: Or at least check out the possibilities!l

Don’t you think that stringing is the beads knees? When you’re just starting out, stringing is one of the first things that most people learn. It’s simple yes, but is it really? I don’t know how many people have come into the store, asking why their crimps don’t hold. The first thing I ask them, is what are you stringing the beads on? Quite often, the answer is Fireline, but let me tell you, that is not the answer I wanted to hear! Yes, there is pearl knotting with silk, but again that’s not what I’m going to be discussing …

July 2018 Bead Mat Update: Oops it’s August!

When I sat down to write my July 2018 bead mat update, I realized that it would actually be posted in August! How the heck did that happen? The days are flying by too fast!! First up on my July 2018 bead mat update is the continuation of my Stitch Bits/Stitch Meditations series. The one on the top of the pile is my latest, #77! Whew! My plan is to make 100 of these, then decide what the heck I’m going to do with them. Stay tuned! I really needed some antique copper earrings, so wandered about BeadFX, hunting for …