Project of the Week: Handsome Ahoy

When we introduced nylon cord, Dwyn Tomlinson saw the great potential in this fun material. Her inspiration, Handsome Ahoy, was a perfect example of an easy-to-do project that could be worn by either a man or a woman. Let’s add a splash of autumn colour to the bracelet! I’ve used even-count flat peyote strips zipped around the brass beads and the end caps. The colours of size 11/0 Miyuki Delica beads are:db2102 Maize (DC)db2109 Opaque Sienna (DC)db2125 Light Amazon Green (DC)db2104 Opaque Kumquat (DC)The thread I used was Toho One-G Once picked the colours, I needed to figure out the …

Back to Class was a Blast!

Thank you to everyone who joined us for our first virtual event! It was thrilling to meet so many people, especially those who tuned in from beyond Toronto! The learning continues in September with more classes – several of them brand new! Diane Whiting joins us virtually from California for two exciting classes that are full of sparkle and style. Gillian Clarke is sharing her expertise with beaded Kumihimo as well as some new chainmaille designs. Jenn Jevons will teach you all about Art Clay Silver – a terrifically versatile medium that ‘magically’ turns into fine silver! Liz Kennedy has …

Project of the Week: Going Batty!

Welcome to a new BeadFX feature! In addition to the inspirations, we are presenting a complete project – with instructions and fully illustrated! Some of the projects will be brand new, based on new or existing products; others will be re-vamped inspirations featuring up-to-date products and options. Our first-ever project is: Going Batty Pin This fun pin, designed by Pamela Kearns exclusively for BeadFX, features our new bat component. The component has been filled with Crystal Clay; colour added and, when dry, completed with dangles. A pinback completes the project. Materials needed: 1 Charm Pendant – Open Bat, antique bronze2″/5cm …

It’s not just the kids heading Back to Class

Whether it’s in a physical classroom or using a computer, the learning continues! Our fall season has kicked off and BeadFX classes are in session. Coming up quickly is our annual Back to Class event – this time in a virtual format. Appropriate since many (but not all!) of our classes have gone virtual. Remember, these are live classes where you can create along with the instructor and ask as many questions as you want, and get answers right away! We’re thrilled to have several of our instructors as well as both of our celebrity instructors Nancy Cain and Diane …

A new season of Fall classes

September is like having a ‘mini New Year’! It is a chance for new starts, new endeavours and turning plans into actions. While COVID has caused (and continues to cause) a lot of disruption and chaos, it is more important than ever that we take care of ourselves and nurture our bodies, brains and emotional health. Classes – as with many activities – are one of the self-care methods that you can use to de-stress. Additionally, classes give you a feeling of accomplishment and pride. Learning something new also focuses your thoughts and lets others concerns move aside – what …

Wind up summer with a late-August class

It has been a crazy summer! Social distancing has, for the most part, kept us at home within our bubble of family and close friends. ‘Stay-cations’ have become the norm as we day-trip in our local community. Thanks goodness for the computer and the ability to stay connected with technology! Our late-August classes feature both virtual and in-studio opportunities with Liz Kennedy, Laurier Poirier and Pamela Kearns. By the way, September is just around the corner! Check out what’s happening next month – especially our virtual Back to Class event! Here are the classes and open sessions scheduled August 21 …

Mid-August Classes are Heating Up!

The dog days of summer have arrived! There’s no need to leave the comfort of your home to take any of our mid-August classes or open beading sessions – they are all virtual! Looking ahead to September … take a look ahead to our first ever virtual event – Back to Class – see all of the fun that will be scheduled for the Fall and meet the instructors who are presenting their classes. Don’t forget about our virtual classes coming up next month with two celebrity instructors: Nancy Cain and Diane Whiting. Their classes are amazing! Here are the …

You can’t stop great International Instructors!

Covid-19 tried to stop us! A closed Canada/US border tried to stop us! Nothing was stopping BeadFX from bringing you Nancy Cain‘s and Diane Whiting’s classes this September! Thanks to technology and shared ingenuity, Nancy and Diane will be teaching at BeadFX – virtually! You will be able to register for the classes and then join the class action directly with the respective instructor in real time. You’ll be able to ask questions, see demonstrations, and get help with any problems during the class. We have discovered that virtual classes reduce some of the ‘experience’ that students feel in a …

Add an August class – or two – to your summer schedule!

Thanks to COVID-19, I’m finding these past few months of limited or no access to stores and events that days are flying by and blending together with few highlights. Thank goodness for activities and classes we can do look forward to on the computer! BeadFX’s virtual classes continue throughout August and our creative instructors have lots of learning opportunities for you. Now that August is arriving, that means September is just around the corner! What will September bring us? Well, more virtual classes and some small physical classes too. Is there something you would like to learn? Please let me …

Join the virtual fun!

Our virtual classes have been welcomed by folks across Canada and the United States. It really has made the jewellery-making world more accessible and it is fun to meet ‘bead-addicts’ from other parts of the country! Our late-July classes have lots of opportunities to join the fun. Gillian Clarke, Laurie Poirier and Pamela Kearns are bringing their best in the world of bead crochet, wirework and seed beading, respectively. We are also busy figuring out the technical aspects and logistics of bringing virtual metalwork and lampwork classes to you too. While it always fun to simply watch and learn, these …