Summer-time … and the weather is bug-gy

Summertime, and the weather is buggy. a/c is running, but the temperature is high. You have your beads, and a needle to stitch them So hush lil darling, and check your bead supply This week – we have more colors of our luxurious 100% wool felt beading foundation – and we’ve managed to negotiate some better pricing too. While you might be thinking that the weather is too hot and sticky for 100% wool anything – I can assure you – that the “hand” (feel) of this felt is so yummy, so dense, so delish, that you might just want …

The Leaves Are Changing

When the leaves start changing its time to cuddle up and take a virtual class or come on into the store for a in-store class. We have some great virtual or in store classes coming up for you. You can join Naomi Smith for her Tassel class on Sunday, October 24, 2021 You will need to come in and pick up a kit. You could also join Pamela Kearns with her virtual class and in-store class too learn seedbeading. We also have lots of new classes coming up for you in November you can see them here.

Giving Thanks To Our Bead Stash

After cooking all day on Thanksgiving, and sitting down with my family and having them barely eat any of it. I’m sure this happens to most people right? I was tired but not tired enough to sleep, so I went to spend some time with my bead stash thinking I was going to bead, but I couldn’t find any inspiration. So I looked at the upcoming classes here at BeadFx with Catherine Sequalino Poitier, Naomi Smith, Liz Kennedy, Pam Kearns and Liz Reynolds. Their teaching a bunch of great classes about seed beading, tambour embroidery, bead embroidery, metal smiting and …

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 …