Brown …

I cannot pretend to be impartial about the colours. I rejoice with the brilliant ones, and am genuinely sorry for the poor browns. Winston Churchill Brown. A colour so maligned, but full of such deliciousness as coffee, cream, brown sugar, chocolate, honey, topaz, wheat, grain, spices, beer, molasses, amber, coconut, ginger, chestnut. And toast. Do not go to a diner with me if you will be embarrassed by the following: Overworked server with sensible shoes and a mile of piled, bleached hair: “White toast or brown, hon?” Me: “Isn’t all toast brown?” Maybe it’s just the word. Brown-Frown-UpsideDown. Brown is …

September 2019 Bead Mat Update: Let the Fall begin!

What would the September 2019 Bead Mat Update be, without a mention of the Autumn Equinox! It was on the 23rd, but it’s the official sign that Summer is now officially over! Crazy I know, but I actually like fall! Cooler temperatures bring fabulous colours, then you can put away all those tired t-shirts, and capris! Yeah, like we ever want to do that!!! But the magnificent colours of the leaves, makes it all worthwhile, doesn’t it? Fall also brings a renewed interest in learning new things! Where better to do this, than from our marvelous instructors at BeadFX? I’ve …

Get inspired by fall colours and classes!

I was recently up in the Ottawa area of Ontario and the leaves were just starting to develop their fall colours. Already the sumach and maples where showing bright red with yellows popping up on poplars. As the weather cools, we’ll get to see the full range of autumn colours. Fall is my favourite time of year and triggers inspiration for new projects – or reworking old projects with a new idea. BeaFX’s early-October classes are full of inspiration! We welcome visiting instructor Kaska Firor for six wonderful wire weaving classes. You say you don’t have wire experience? Not to …

White after Labour Day

At some point in my life, I discovered that there were dumb fashion rules. Actually – I am stunningly fashion-challenged, so I tend to think most fashion rules are … questionable … . 😉 Anyway – a quick google regarding “white after labour day” gets you a host of articles agreeing that it’s not a thing and you should wear white whenever you want. (In my case, not in the muddy-puppy season.) Which is good, because these White Jade beads are too yummy to not wear! In both Matte and Glossy – they evoke crisp white shirts, smooth clean sheets, …

Class Shenanigans: How to wile away a weekend!

The class shenanigans certainly made last weekend very lively. I hosted two full classes at BeadFX, now I’m exhausted, but it was well worth it!! First up, my Needle Felted Landscape class, which is an escape into creative freedom. Mix imagination, colour, stabbing out the frustrations of the day, then sprinkle in some hand embroidery, and a few beads! Pure bliss!! I can’t speak for my students, but judging from their comments, enthusiasm, and results, a good day was definitely had by all! I worked on this demo during the class, then finished it off after I got home. I …

Wrap your way to beautiful designs with Kaska Firor

BeadFX is proud to present six classes with artist, designer and author Kaska Firor! Kaska is a very well-known wire weaving artist and regularly teaches at Bead and Button, North America’s largest jewellery-making conference in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. “I fell in love with wire arts the moment I picked up a pair of pliers in my first wire wrapping class in the summer of 2001,” says Kaska. “It was the way those small wire tools felt in my hands, so naturally and comfortably, and the irresistible magic of wire, its ability to transform into different shapes and patterns, that completely captured …

Happy New Year!

When September rolls around, it is like a brand new year! School starts again with students going into a new grade. Routines get back in place and we make ‘Fall’ resolutions, like ‘We’re going to paint the living room in time for the holidays’, or, I’m going to enroll in new jewellery classes this fall’. BeadFX classes have geared up to include new projects with established instructors as well as opportunities with new teachers. If you had a chance to drop by BeadFX on September 7, you would have seen the new class offerings and met the terrific people presenting …

Swarovski Love: A sparkly affair!

A little Swarovski love is what we need, now that the season is turning. Who turned the switch, and where did summer go? It seems earlier than normal, but fall is certainly sneaking up on us! But is there anything that we can do to hold back the season? Unfortunately, not, but we can always warm up our creativity, by adding a little sparkle back into our lives. I blame the child in us, for our attraction to sparkle. Swarovski love, is certainly not for the faint of heart, but it does give you something to think about. Is sparkle just …

This Saturday: Meat & Greet – Back to Class Bar-BEAD-que

It’s a party – free food and come meet the teachers. We are having a Bar-Bead-Q – come and check out our upcoming classes, maybe win some door prizes, have a burger or sausage on us! Back to Class Bar-BEAD-que – Meet the teachers, Greet a hamburger 😉 Saturday, in-store, 11-4