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 …

Mid-July classes are HOT!

The temperature is rising and so is the creativity in our mid-July classes! Gillian Clarke, Pamela Kearns, and Laurier Poirier (BeadFX’s newest instructor!) are bringing you amazing virtual classes. If you’ve ever wanted to create a beaded box – Gillian will show you how! Pam will show you how to create a bead mosaic using an ancient technique developed by the Huichol people of northwest Mexico. Laurie will have you creating a season’s worth of wire rings – perfect for yourself, friends and family! For the first time since March, we are offering an in-studio class with Liz Kennedy. Join …

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 …