Gemduos & The Elastic Needle

The next wave of GemDuos are here – the Gold Splash colours! Splashed with gold! More earthy than the Backlit Gemduos; Earthy is good, right?   Elastic Cord Needle! The Elastic Cord Needle. I thought for sure that this was going to be a swing and a miss in terms of new products – but I was pleasantly surprised! The instructions say: “Use the Elastic Cord Needle to plan out your beaded design, stringing the beads onto the wire, then catch 0.50 – 0.80 mm stretch cord with the threader hook, and slide your beads onto the elastic cord. The …

Planting Spring Seeds of Creativity
with more May Classes

This is the time of year when garden centres get busy – rich topsoil, lots of gardening tools and, best of all, plenty of seeds that promise full blooms and delicious vegetables. Classes are like that too! Our instructors plant seeds of know-how with a promise of beautiful jewellery. Yes, we need to cultivate and give ourselves some practice in new techniques but, when you have a wonderful finished piece that you’re proud of, you know know the effort was worth it! May classes continue with Liz Reynolds who will show you how to add colour to metal clay without …

Start the New Year off right with a class (or two!)

Resolutions! So who makes them – do you? We usually start them of with ‘I won’t…’ or ‘I give up…’. How about we start off with ‘I will!’ “I will learn a new bead stitch!”, “I will learn how to use a torch!” or “I will learn how to make glass beads!” I wills are much more fun than I will nots. For a great beginning to the New Year, come on out and join several instructors at Meet the Teachers Class Kick Off on Saturday, January 9; 10:00am – 3:00pm. You’ll see for yourself the beautiful projects that are …

May Classes are Blooming!

We’ve made it through Winter and Spring is bright and exhilarating! Those May flowers are starting to sprout and soon there will be bursts of colour everywhere. We’re blooming at BeadFX too! Our instructors are exploding with new ideas and classes are flowering with new projects. Marilyn Gardiner is back with two new chainmaille weaves and Pamela Kearns has a new embellished right-angle weave cuff to share. Rae Huggins will show you how to use wire to create unique and different bails for your pendants. You can also join Tracey Neidhardt for a new project in vertical netting – a …

December classes – last chance for a 2013 class!

The holidays are almost upon us and New Year’s celebrations are right behind, but 2013 isn’t finished yet. There are still great classes to come out to at BeadFX! These classes and open sessions are terrific opportunities to complete a list minute gift for someone special – including you! These classes and open sessions are scheduled for December 1 – 15: Sunday, December 1 Tree of Life of Life Pendant (left)  Instructor: Bonni Poch 11:30am – 2:30pm The Basics of Enamelling (right)  Instructor: Cindy Goldrick 12:00 – 3:00pm Monday, December 2 Pearls, Knots and Chain Necklace Instructor: Rae Huggins 6:00 …

March Break Classes – new for 2013

March is almost upon us and, with it, March Break. For the first time, BeadFX is offering March Break classes for youth.”It’s important to attract the imagination and excitement of the next generation of beaders,” says Pam Kearns, Class and Special Events Coordinator. “It’s also a great opportunity for Mother/Daughter and Grandmother/Granddaughter combinations to come in and learn together.” March Break classes will be designed so that projects can be completed during class time. While an adult does not need to take the class with the child, the adult must remain on the premises. The minimum age for a student …

Jean Power coming to BeadFX

You’ve seen her in the magazines. You’ve seen her books. Now you can see her at BeadFX. Who am I talking about? Jean Power, of course! Jean Power Selected as a 2012 Beadwork Designer of the Year, Jean is an award-winning jewellery designer, writer and teacher based in London, England. In June, Jean will be travelling to Canada to teach three classes at BeadFX. As a lover of seed beads, I’ve tried a couple of Jean’s projects in her latest book, Geometric Beadwork. Her instructions are very clear and easy to follow. Of course, there is nothing like learning in …