July kicks-off BeadFX’s Virtual Classes

We are living in a virtual world right now, at least until it is considered safe and healthy to gather as a group. Our enthusiastic instructors are eager to get back to joining you in a class to share their knowledge and creativity – this time in virtual classes! Virtual classes will be a little different – not better, not worse – than physical classes. You will be able to talk to the instructors and see them demo while you are following along working on your projects in real time. You’ll be able to ask questions and get answers. You’ll …

Are You Ready for Virtual Classes?

The world has changed in so many ways! Staying in and working from home has forced everyone to re-think and re-imagine how to accomplish what used to be simple tasks. Now, not only are our children learning from home, we are too! BeadFX is starting virtual classes beginning in July using Zoom. There are lot of advantages and opportunities to taking a virtual class:– you can attend from anywhere in Canada, the United States or other parts of the world– you are in the comfort of your own home, with your beading supplies– you don’t need to worry about going …

When life gives you lemons; make VIRTUAL lemonade!

So we’ve all been good being at home, searched through all the YouTube videos on beading (and other techniques!) and we have run out of videos to watch. Have no fear – BeadFX virtual classes are here and more are coming! We’re also bringing back Afternoon Bead Tea in a virtual format. While all this seems high-tech, we will be using Zoom as our platform and it really is quite easy! You don’t need to pay for a Zoom account (we’ve already done that) and you can access if on your computer, IPad or tablet. And because these sessions will …

Question Corner: Beading Thread

Every so often, we get questions about materials or a customers looking for explanations about wire sizes, gauges, etc. Share your questions with me at pam@beadfx.com and I’ll get answers to your inquiries about materials from our very creative and knowledgeable instructors! As there are quite a few beading thread options, many customers can be confused about thread. Crystal asked the following questions: ” Which thread would you recommend for beaded fringe earrings?” Great question! For small brick stitch projects, such as earrings, you do want to use thread – Fireline is too stiff for the fringe and the earring …

Creatively Caring for Ourselves

Did you know that April is Stress Awareness Month in both Canada and the United States? While it is not yet April, in light of the current health situation, it seems quite appropriate to discuss stress and self-care. A certain amount of stress is good in our lives, but unchecked stress can lead to major illnesses. So, we need to find ways to relieve stress as it builds up. There are several websites dedicated to the management of stress; here are a few of the ways you can help reduce unwanted stress: Unplug and step away from the electronics. If …

Update on BeadFX classes

As I’m sure you are already aware the Province of Ontario and the City of Toronto have asked citizens to use social distancing to help slow down the spread of COVID-19. While small groups – such as our classes – are deemed relatively safe, the perception among the public is that any gatherings will lead to potential problems. BeadFX has fielded a lot of phone calls and emails from our students and the general public who have expressed concerns for their own health as well as exposure that can affect vulnerable family members. To help allay fears, we have decided …

Celebrate your Craft!

While March is quickly slipping away, we must definitely give a nod to what keeps us happy and, at least in my case, sane! Whether we knit, make jewellery or do woodworking, we all have a creative passion (or two or three)! BeadFX is wrapping up March with classes that will explore various jewellery-making media, including resin and paper with Anne Marie Desaulniers, beginner jewellery-making with Pamela Kearns, or metalwork with Liz Kennedy and Christine Wollacott. Join us for a class and further explore your craft – or sign-up to start a new endeavour! Due to travel exposure concerns caused …

Sparkle along with Diane Whiting

Do you have a thirst for the sparkle and shine of Swarovski crystals? If you can’t get enough bling, then you need to attend a class with Diane Whiting! Diane was one of the original Swarovski Ambassadors having discovered the shimmering and scintillating Swarovski crystal in 2001. “My design philosophy is to always be innovating. I love doing traditional things in just a little different way; using a time honored techniques with different materials,” says Diane. “I think the possibilities here will never end!” Diane is also the creator of the PRAW Perfect Tool – a set of easy-start tools …

Do you feel lucky?

I recently discovered some articles that discussed luck and creativity and if they are related. One view indicated that people who considered themselves ‘lucky’ general found more opportunities in their day-to-day life while ‘unlucky’ people missed opportunities because they were too focused on something else. As the author put it, “Luck is not about how life looks at you, it’s about how you look at life”. It makes me wonder if I am missing some creative opportunities because I’m not paying to attention to ‘bigger pictures’ around me. By being intentionally observant, we can see unusual colour combinations that we …

March into BeadFX classes

“Spring is the time of plans and projects.”– Leo Tolstoy Have you noticed the garden centres are starting to ramp up business? Seeds and starter kits are available and bags of potting soil are right beside them. I’m not a gardener (one bedroom apartment in Toronto – no balcony!) but I’m noticing my creative spirit is itching to start doing something new. I need to plant my own ‘seeds’ – maybe in beading, maybe in metalwork, maybe something completely different! I think Spring is like that for everyone – a time when we can implement some of those goals we …