Seed Beading Boot Camp: Beading on a Loom

Course outline: Beading has been done on looms by several cultures and the myriad of designs reflect a wide range of customs. There are many looms to choose from, depending on what you want to do. Join Pamela Kearns to explore the various looms and their benefits – and drawbacks. We will also looks at the various ways to finish off loomwork and attach a clasp. The class will be technique driven. Handouts will include various patterns and you may bring and use your own loomwork pattern if you wish. You will need to purchase beads, thread, and findings to …

“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 …

Stretchy Bracelets on the Endless Loom

Course outline: Expand your stretchy bracelet tool box by learning how to create them on the Endless Loom. Pamela Kearns will teach you how to judge your size and allow for ease of wear. This style of stretchy bracelet allows for more than one ‘row’ of beads and still not need to deal with a clasp. You’ll see finished bracelets in all three available loop sizes using various beads. By using size 8/0 or 6/0 beads in your design, you will be able to finish your bracelet during class time and wear it home! Skill level: Beginner Prerequisite: N/A Technique: …

Seed Beading Boot Camp: Cubic Right Angle Weave

Course outline: Learn how to do cubic right-angle weave (CRAW) with instructor Pamela Kearns. This stitch create a solid piece of beading and looks scarier than it really is. The beauty of CRAW comes into play when you start changing up your beads to create variations. Available projects will be choices of two bracelets or a pendant. The class will be technique driven and all the materials you need to learn the technique will be included in the class fee. You will then apply the technique to one of several projects that will be available or you may design your …

Discover: Beading on a Loom

According to sources, loom beading is an invention of North American First Nations groups; however, cultures around the world feature beaded designs done on a beading loom. Fast-forward to today and you’ll find a myriad of bead looms in all shapes and sizes constructed out out a variety of materials, including wood, metal pipe, wire and plastic. You can loom round seed beads, cylinder beads and 2-hole beads; all will give you different effects. In spite of all the differences, all bead looms work the same: Warps are created down the length of the loom; the more columns of beads …

Seed Beading Boot Camp: Right-Angle Weave

Course outline: Learn how to do right-angle weave (also known as RAW). This is one of those basic bead stitches that is the foundation of many a great design. You’ll learn how to do flat right-angle weave with various bead combinations and discover why the stitch is called right-angle weave (hint: it’s the thread path, not the beads!). We’ll also look at ways of embellishing the surface of right-angle weave pieces. The class will be technique driven and all the materials you need to learn the technique will be included in the class fee. You will then apply the technique …

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 …

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) …

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. …