In Classroom-Berries and Leaves Brick Stitch Pendant

General In-Studio Class we outline Course outline: Discover how to add beads to a wire loop armature using brick stitch! In this class you’ll learn how to do brick stitch to create a statement pendant that you can design based on a theme. You can choose your own colourway and accent beads such as 4mm stones, leaves, and more. The class photo is a design suggestion; you are encouraged to add your own spin on the design. Type of class: This is a physical class in the metal studio. The class will be kept small (no more than 4 students). …

Huichol Style Bead Mosaic

General In-Studio Class we outline Course outline: The Huichol People of Mexico used beads embedded in wax to portray images in ceremonial art. Join Pamela Kearns to learn how to use this ancient, yet easy, technique to create jewellery. Students will learn how to apply the wax to a laser-cut wood shape and apply beads to create a design. The wood shape can be used as a pendant. Students will also learn how to seal the beading. Enthusiastic students may start a pendant using a purchased shallow bezel during class. You’ll see a variety of items that have been done …

Sunny And Hot In July

With all of this heat you should stay in side and take a virtual class. Our July classes are super exciting. Pamela Kearns, Gillian Clarke, Liz Reynolds, Peggy Stirling and Liz Kennedy have seed beading, chainmaillie, metal clay and metal smiting to keep you busy in July. The classes at the beginning of July are all Virtual but we are happy to say we do have some classes in store this month. Check out our July calendar for more details.

Peyote Wave Necklace

General Virtual Class web outline: Course outline: This is a very popular class. Learn to create a sculptured dimensional design and create a unique look with colour combinations. Type of class: Virtual. A few days prior to the class you will be sent an email containing the class instructions and the electronic link to the Zoom class. Once these instructions have been sent, refunds and cancellations will not be permitted. Skill level: Intermediate Prerequisite: Participant should be able to master the basic peyote stitch Technique: Peyote stitch with different sizes of beads to create a unique sculptured look. Have for …

JPL with Three Metals

General Virtual Class web outline: Course outline: Join Gillian Clarke for an exciting class using JPL weave. JPL or “Jens Pind Linkage” is one of the fundamental weaves in chainmaille. It has a three-ring repeat and is three-sided, so using three different metals (or three colours) is a great design choice, and makes it easier to learn. JPL has a reputation for being difficult, but that really isn’t true once you know the trick… Exact ring size is very important for this weave so please note the specific materials list below.   Type of class: Virtual. A few days prior …

Interwoven 4-in-1 Bracelet

General Virtual Class web outline: Course outline: Join Gillian Clarke in making a Interwoven 4-in-1 Bracelet. This is a lovely chainmaille weave – one of my absolute favourites for bracelets. It is constructed of two layers of European 4-in-1 with the edges cleverly interlaced. If you use two colours you get a reversible pattern.   Type of class: Virtual. A few days prior to the class you will be sent an email containing the class instructions and the electronic link to the Zoom class. Once these instructions have been sent, refunds and cancellations will not be permitted. Kit fee: Custom kits …

Two-Hole St. Petersburg Bracelet-2 Sessions

Course outline: Join Pamela Kearns to create a beautiful bracelet using SuperDuo two-hole beads! St. Petersburg Chain is a lesser-known beading technique that creates a beautiful design. The addition of SuperDuos increases the texture to create a statement bracelet. You’ll also see ways to create some personalization for your bracelet for a one-of-a-kind project. This is a two-session class and will take place on Tuesday, June 22, 6:00 – 8:00pm, and on Tuesday, June 29, 6:00 – 7:00pm. Session 1: Design options How to get started and continue between classes Session 2: How to finish your bracelet   Type of …

What is Artistic Fear? Plus other ramblings!

Artistic fear is just like any other fear, but it’s still a paralysing emotion, that can cause a ripple effect in your life. Let’s start with the definition of fear, but I don’t intend to leave it at that, because fear is not always a bad thing. Definition of fear: “An unpleasant emotion, caused by the belief that someone or something is dangerous, likely to cause pain, or a threat. If you are an artist, then you have definitely experienced artistic fear in your life! It’s that blank page, or canvas syndrome, fear of opening tubes of beads, or even …

May 2020 Bead Mat Update: A study in contrasts!

May 2020 bead mat update, is definitely a study in contrasts. The world is starting to open up, but we’re all holding our breath, to see which way the tide will turn. Fingers, toes, and everything else crossed, that all will be well! This is a brand new world, and we need to adjust to it! Everything still feels pretty grey, but I’ve decided to continue to experiment, then paint my personal world with colour! Why do that, you say? Well, I’m the eternal optimist, cannot bear to watch the nightly news, but then tend to read all about it …

What Sparks Joy?

What sparks joy when you really give yourself a chance to feel it? Is it a colour, that first spring flower, or the feel of the sun on your face? How about a new tube of seedbeads, then the look, but not the scent of lilacs (I’m allergic)? I’d vote for all of those things, but also a brand-new pair of scissors, a sharp pencil, the feel of soft rain on my face, and forget-me-knot blue. Then, I couldn’t leave out the smell of bacon, and fresh baked bread. Delicious! I guess what sparks joy, is not really the question, …