Learning has nothing to do with Luck

Patience. Perseverance. Practise. While St. Patrick’s Day is coming up soon, a leprechaun’s luck isn’t going to help us learn new skills (although his pot of gold would pay for a lot of classes). We all learn and process information in different ways. For myself, I learn best by seeing a technique done, and then trying it myself. I need visual reference, whether it be illustrations, viewing a video or seeing the instructor’s hands as s/he demonstrates it. Others require written explanations that go with the illustrations with step-by-step guidelines to do a new technique. Still others need to hear …

March into Spring classes

The first day of Spring isn’t quite here yet (circle March 20 on your calendar!), but the sense of expectation is ramping up toward a new season. We’re also ramping up to a new season of creativity with new classes – including three exciting classes with Betty Stephan! BeadFX’s March classes feature lots of beading, chainmaille and bead embroidery! Our virtual classes mean that you don’t need to live near BeadFX to enjoy taking our classes. Virtual classes are your opportunity to join the wider jewellery-making world. We have enjoyed having students join us from across Canada and the United …

Schedule a shot of colour and creativity into a winter world

Yes, Spring is coming and I, for one, am looking forward to warmer weather. I’m sure you are too! Our late-February and early-March classes will stir your creative soul with a variety of jewellery-making techniques including pearl knotting, seed beading, and chainmaille. Keep in mind that the majority of our classes continue to be virtual, so you can join our instructors from anywhere in the world! In-studio classes are dependent on local opening restrictions mandated by the Provincial government. Here are our classes and open sessions starting February 18:

Beat the February Blues!

Why does the shortest month last so long? By now, you’ve shoveled enough snow, repeatedly bundled up, and are so tired of grey skies. February is known for those times when we just had ENOUGH! There are some recommended ways to help beat the blues that are realistic and workable: Get some colour in your life. Pull out those colourful tops that remind you of an island getaway. Toss about a few bright cushions in your living room or bedroom. Work with beads in primary colours – anything to erase grey! Get outside. I’m very bad at this. I’ve never …

Look for the shine in February Classes

Each season has it’s own palette. In February, colours are trying to break through January grays helped by days that are getting progressively longer. The sun is shining a little bit brighter but there is still a bite in the air that reminds us that spring is not for a while yet. So close and yet so far! Let’s shrug off any mid-winter blues by playing with colour. Our mid-February classes are an idea time to shake off the cobwebs and get our creativity rolling. Gillian Clarke and Pamela Kearns have virtual classes for you in a variety of techniques …

Bead Embroidery Classes

Bead Embroidery anyone? How about one of the Betty Stephan classes? Classes are March 19, 20, 21. Register by Jan 29 for an early Bird Discount! Zoom on in! Not sure if you’ll like the virtual format? Why not sign up and drop into the Virtual Bead Tea. It’s free and a zero-stress way to find out if you like it! Pam offers sneak peeks at the upcoming products, btw.

Love is in the Air!

February is the month for love! Chocolates and flowers are nice, but what we all really need is a great, big, gigantic HUG! We may be our own worst enemy, but we need to be our own best friend. Self-care at any time is needed, but in these crazy times it is critical:Be good to yourself. Give yourself a break and be as kind to yourself as you are to others.Go for a walk. Sometimes a 10 minute fresh air break is all the mind needs to relax and the mood to lighten.Do something you’ve never done before. There is …

Reminder to all Betty Stephan Early Birds!

No worms involved – just savings! Listen up if you’re a bead embroidery enthusiast or a fan of Betty Stephan’s classes. If you’ve thought about taking a bead embroidery class to learn how to make stunning statement jewellery – this message is for you too! Register by January 29 and save on the registration fee for any or all of these fabulous bead embroidery jewellery classes. These classes are suitable for all levels of experience: beginner to fanatic! One kit is included in the class fee. Choose your kit colour at the time of registration. Betty’s bead embroidery classes are …

Jump into more January classes

According to Vogue, waist-up dressing is having a revival in the Zoom age. Videoconferencing and masks draw attention to the face, meaning now is time for exciting earrings and collar- or princess-length necklaces. Pops of colour will also bring us into focus, especially when we’re being seen in Zoom’s ‘gallery’ view! BeadFX’s January classes will bring you opportunities to present ‘your best self’ whether in-person or virtually. How about an embossed pendant and earrings with Liz Kennedy? Pamela Kearns will share peyote earrings and bails. Join Gillian Clarke to discover chainmaille earrings and bracelets! All of these projects – and …

2021 Class Preview – This Week!

Our creative instructors have lots of stunning projects and new techniques coming up this winter. Join us virtually from the comfort of your home to meet the instructors and see what they are teaching! Date: Thursday, January 7Time: 6:00 – 8:00pm EST Celebrity instructor Betty Stephan will be our very special guest during the virtual event. Betty is teaching three beautiful bead embroidery projects coming up in March: Mariposa Cuff Bracelet (March 19); Trilogy Necklace (March 20); and Love Song Cuff Bracelet (March 21). By the way, register for Betty’s class before January 29 and save on the registration fee! …