Discovering: Kumihimo

Did you know you can create your own customized fibre ropes and cords for bracelets, belts and necklaces? Imagine creating your own patterns in colours that will enhance your pendants and other focal pieces! Kumihimo is a Japanese form of braid-making. Cords and ribbons are made by interlacing strands. Kumi himo is Japanese for “gathered threads”. Traditionally, tools such as the marudai and the takadai were employed to make more complex braids in shorter time. Weighted bobbins or tama held the fibres, typically silk, in place as the braid was made. These braids can be round, flat, four sided and …

Stay Connected with a Class

What kind of a December person are you? Do enjoy hikes and outdoor adventures in the fresh air? Are you more of a homebody curled up on the sofa with a good book? I prefer to stay indoors but I need to keep my hands busy so jewellery-making is a great activity. I also recognize the need to get out of the apartment and ‘meet the world’. Attending a class is a great way to stay connected with others as well as satisfy my own creative need. BeadFX’s early-December classes will all create beautiful gifts for family, friends – and …

Fibre facts and frivolous fancies to catch your interest!

Fibre is my first love! Sewing, needlework, quilting, and textile art, are part of my past. They’ve pointed me, to this sparkly place; where I can mix my media; follow trends; and end up with a cohesive piece of work. I’m very lucky! Fibre is textile, and textile is cloth. According to Wikipedia – “A textile or cloth is a flexible material consisting of a network of natural or artificial fibres (yarn or thread). Yarn is produced by spinning raw fibres of wool, flax, cotton, or other material to produce long strands. Textiles are formed by weaving, knitting, crocheting, knotting, …

Summertime and the Living is Creative!

One benefit of summer was that each day we had more light to read by. ~Jeannette Walls, The Glass Castle Not only do we have more light to read by, but think of all the other creative things we can do with the longer days! We have lots of new classes in the latter-half of June that you’ll love to try. Pamela Kearns has a new way to bust your bead stash by beading round a cord. Iris Rogers Melamed has a new metalsmithing class for metalwork lovers. Wireworkers will enjoy learning a new wire wrapping project with Jen Rosen …

February Classes Will Make You
‘Leap’ for Joy!

Yes, 2016 is a leap year where we get to add one more day to the calendar! Leap Years are needed to keep our modern day Gregorian Calendar in alignment with the Earth’s revolutions around the sun. Did you know, it takes the Earth approximately 365.242199 days – or 365 days, 5 hours, 48 minutes, and 46 seconds – to circle once around the Sun. However, the Gregorian calendar has only 365 days in a year, so if we didn’t add a day on February 29 nearly every 4 years, we would lose almost six hours off our calendar every …

Discovering more about …Cavandoli Knotting

Macramé is a form of textile-making using knotting rather than weaving or knitting. Cavandoli knotting (also called Tapestry Knotting) is a variety of macramé used to form geometric and free-form patterns like weaving. The Cavandoli style is done mainly using the single knot and the double half-hitch knot. Reverse half hitches are sometimes used to maintain balance when working left and right halves of a balanced piece. According to one source, the Kenyans, Ghanaians and Navajo are extremely well-known for their cavandoli-style basketwares. Macramé comes from a 13th Century Arabic weavers’ word “migramah” meaning “Fringe” This refers to the decorative …

Autumn Colours and Classes

By now you’ve noticed the days getting longer and the nights are nice and cool. Yes, Fall is upon in all its glory and colour! Have you also noticed that Santa’s helpers are starting to decorate some of the stores? (No, come back and finish reading!!) Now is the time to start some of your holiday projects to finish in time for gift-giving! And what better time to learn a new technique to create beautiful gifts for your family members and friends – and yourself! We’ve had a lot of inquiries about photographing jewellery and we’re proud to announce that …

Get to Know … Angela Peace

Angela Peace When you take a course – whether bead-related or not – you tend to be drawn to known instructors, right? Of course right! Well, its time to get to know the instructors who teach at BeadFX! In this issue of The Beadful Life we will get to know Angela Peace. Balance and harmony through shape and texture. This is the goal that Angela Peace strives for when she designs a piece of jewellery.  Spiral kumihimo with ceramic pendant Initially, many of us got to know Angela through her teachings of traditional Chinese knots such as the Plafond knot, …