Bead Crochet Patterned Rope

Course outline: In this class with Christine Woollacott, students will learn how to create a beaded rope using single stitch bead crochet. Single stitch bead crochet can be increased to diameters of more than 12 beads, and therefore it offers a high degree of pattern and design possibility. In this class, students will string beads and begin creating a patterned rope bracelet. Starting and finishing a project will be discussed, though a bracelet may not necessarily be completed within the time of the class. This class is limited to four students to allow maximum individual attention. Skill level: Beginner Prerequisite: …

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 …

Chain Stitch Beaded Crochet Necklace / Wrap Bracelet

Course outline: You may have seen beaded crochet chains on Pinterest – they are very easy to make and very much in step with popular BoHo style. Gillian Clarke will take you through the steps to make a single-strand necklace that doubles as a wrap bracelet. Once you know the basic method you can get as creative as you like by changing the beads or the cord, making multiple strands and using different clasps. Skill level: Beginner Prerequisite: N/A Technique: Bead Crochet (chain stitch) Bring to class: All items (except crochet hooks) are available at BeadFX One colour each of …

“May” all things be possible!

May is a month of celebrations – some very serious, such as Mother’s Day, and Cinco de Mayo, and some that are just plain wacky – such as ‘Star Wars’ Day (May the Fourth Be With You.) Late-May celebrations includes Victoria Day in Canada and Memorial Day in the United States. The best part is enjoying a long weekend with friends and family. To be honest, I’m finding that May is racing by; June seems to be right around the corner. Join me by living in the present and enjoying what is here and now – including upcoming classes with visiting …

Tubular Bead Crochet Boot Camp

Course outline: Bead crochet has an undeserved reputation for being difficult. Its not, and the results are stunning! This full day class with Gillian Clarke will teach you all the basic techniques you need to make a spiral pattern crochet bracelet. Note: a kit is required; see details below. Skill level: Beginner Prerequisite: N/A Technique: Bead crochet Bring to class: If you have a 2mm crochet hook, please bring it (I will also have some for purchase). Size 6 beads in 5 colours – can purchase on the day. As this is a full-day class, please bring a lunch. Coffee …

Bloom Where You’re Planted

If you’ve been anywhere near a garden centre, you know that there are flats of bright colourful flowers, herbs and other greenery ready for your home garden. BeadFX classes are blooming too. Whether you’re a Seed Bead Snapdragon, a Wirework Water Lily or a Metalwork Marigold, we have a class or open session for you! As a matter of interest, gardening and crafts have similar benefits for adults: Encourages use of all motor skills Learning new skills challenges the brain and promotes problem-solving Reduces stress levels and promotes relaxation Improves wellbeing as a result of social interaction Promotes self-esteem Here are …