Winding up November

Another season is about to pass – the bright autumn colours and clear skies that has inspired a myriad of products. Another season is coming up quickly and ushers in a new palette of colours: red, gold, green, blue, and silver. Let’s not rush the season too quickly – there are still lots of November classes to enjoy. If you like triangular peyote, check out Pamela Kearns‘ new pendant class. Deborah Beesley‘s new class combines pearls and wire to create a stunning statement necklace and Ann Shewan takes her cement class to a new level with inclusions. Darija Radic will …

Planning for 2020

As we are heading into a brand new year, now is the time to plan new ideas, techniques and jewellery-making applications. Being in a large city like Toronto, we are fortunate to be able to draw on a wide variety of jewellery-making artists who are eager to share their expertise with you. As you know, we offer seed beading, mixed media, chainmaille, wirework, metal clay, metalwork and lampworking. We have 18 local instructors who regularly schedule classes at BeadFX and several who will accommodate private classes. Is there something you would like to learn that we haven’t offered? Share your …

No hibernating at BeadFX; there’s too much to learn!

The skies are grayer; the temperature is dropping and the autumn colours are fading. Now is not the time to curl up with a good book! Instead of hibernating, come on out and enjoy a class (or two). We have new classes with Pamela Kearns and Marilyn Gardiner as well as a favourite encore class with Anne Marie Desaulniers. Looking for dedicated time to work on your projects? Check out the open sessions for beading, enamelling and lampworking! Last, but definitely NOT least, Remembrance Day starts off this session. Although open, BeadFX will observe a minute’s silence at 11:00am on …

Moving into November

So, Halloween in just around the corner; autumn leaves have changed colour and some parts of Canada and the United States are already experiencing snow. What’s next? Well, the holidays! Now is the time that many people are thinking of what holiday gifts they need to buy for family, friends, teachers and colleagues. How about hand-making a gift instead? It won’t necessarily save you money, but it will be more personal and thoughtful than a store gift card. It will be unique because it won’t be available anywhere else. It is an opportunity to share your special talents and skills. …

BeadFX classes – all treats, no tricks!

Well, maybe some tricks – like how to make designs ‘pop’, tips about seed beading, working with cement, making loops with headpins, etc. Definitely lots of treats such as learning new skills and meeting like-minded people! Late-October classes showcase a wide range of techniques and projects. Anne Marie Desaulniers has two new brand new classes sure to get your creativity pumping! We also welcome Alberta bead artist Carolyn Cave who is presenting two classes featuring lots of texture with some two-hole beads. Of course, you can give yourself dedicated time to work on your beading and chainmaille projects in the …

Not all Autumn colours are inspired by leaves

Published for the fashion industry by the Pantone Color Institute, this season’s report features the top 12 stand-out colors, as well as current takes on the four classic neutrals we can expect to see from fashion designers on the runway as they introduce their new autumn/winter collections. Colors for autumn/winter 2019/20 reflect an emergence of confidence; bold and strong, a visceral palette of colors that are relatable yet display some clever tweaks for the winter season. Expressing our wide-ranging acceptance of color, combinations for Autumn/Winter 2019/2020 suggest a thirst for liberation and a desire to realize our own individualized unique …

October classes are a mosaic of techniques

“Winter is an etching, spring a watercolor, summer an oil painting, and autumn a mosaic of them all.” – Stanley Horowitz There are so many opportunities coming up on October – how can one person decide what to do? Perhaps you would like to work with twisted wire with Deborah Beesley? Catherine Sequalino Poiter will expand your tambour skills! How about a metal clay class with Liz Reynolds? Liz Kennedy has a brand new metalwork class featuring copper and stones. Christine Woollacott will introduce you to the technique of filigree! Or, perhaps you just need to come in and join …

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 …

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 …