2020 Classes are on the Horizon!

No, I’m not rushing the season – I’m looking forward to spending Christmas with my family and having some ‘down time’. Can’t rush that! But, a brand New Year is just around the corner and January (and some February) classes are now on-line. What can you look forward to? How about some seed bead classes with Anne Marie Desaulniers and Pamela Kearns! Christine Woollacott has metalwork classes that you’ll enjoy and are a perfect way to learn about some of the basics of this versatile technique. If you’re interested in chainmaille, then check out the classes with Marilyn Gardiner and …

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 …

Take a mini-vacation with a class!

Creativity doesn’t take a vacation – in fact, it can be triggered by a simple change in routine such as taking time for yourself. Our mid-July classes are chock-a-block full of creativity and fun! Many of them are also suitable for younger students – a great way to introduce a new generation to ‘handmade’! Naomi Smith will take you through the steps to create your traditional indigenous flat bag. Chainmaille enthusiasts will love classes with both Marilyn Gardiner and Gillian Clarke. Ann Shewan will teach you how to drill small stones and pebbles – great items to pick-up on your next …

Country-wide Fireworks kick off the Summer Classes!

July is just around the corner, and we have lots to celebrate including Canada Day and, for our southern neighbours, Independence Day. Enjoy the parties, fireworks and picnics! Our early-July classes feature four new projects! Gillian Clarke combines beads and chainmaille for two bracelets while Christine Woollacott will teach you how to create custom findings for your designs and how to create a simple post setting that you can use in a myriad of ways. Liz Kennedy and Anne Marie Desaulniers are presenting encore seed beading and metalwork classes – in case they didn’t work with your schedule before now! …

Carve out creative time for yourself!

There are so many demands on our time that it can be stressful to maintain hectic schedules. Sometimes you just need to take a step back and say, ‘I need to do something for me’. Recharging your batteries is required just to keep up! Our mid-June classes feature an array of jewellery making techniques from seed beading with Pamela Kearns, to chainmaille with Marilyn Gardiner and working with cement with Ann Shewan. In the midst of all the classes are open sessions where you can come in, relax and enjoy coffee and conversation as you work on your projects. As …

Planting Seeds of Creativity

It’s that time of year when we clean out the garden and start to select greenery to plant. Spring is also an ideal time of year to shake the winter cobwebs from our imagination and look for inspiration to get our creativity flowering again. Can you stimulate creativity? Yes – everyone can become more creative! I like to use the camera feature of my phone to snap colour ideas from clothes in a store or patterns and textures on walls and pavement. Ideas exist everywhere. I have no idea what I’ll use the photos for, but it may spark a …

April Class Forecast: Showers of Creativity are Expected

An umbrella won’t stop you from getting soaked in creativity! We have some great classes coming up in early April that you’ll enjoy! Share the experience and invite a friend to come with you. Who knows, you may introduce someone to a brand new passion! Here are the classes and open sessions scheduled April 1 – 10: Monday, April 1 Happy Hour TorchingFacilitator: Carol Cooper5:00 – 9:00pmPractise your skills or work on your lampwork projects with others! Wednesday, April 3 Open Metal Studio: Kiln EnamellingFacilitator: Christine Woollacott5:00 – 9:00pmJoin like-minded enthusiasts and work on those enamelling projects you’ve been itching …

Celebrate National Craft Month with a Class

What is the difference between art and craft? The question isn’t new and has sparked debates for years.  Both are definitely within the realm of creativity! One possible answer is that craft is has a predictable outcome – such as the crafting of a chair or piece of jewellery. It provides a product that has a purpose and use. Art, on the other hand, is unpredictable, doesn’t have a specific use (such as a painting or sculpture) and is used to evoke thought and emotion. Of course, this is a very simplistic explanation and doesn’t cover those ‘in-between’ creative activities! …

What would you like to learn?

Our late-January classes wrap up 2019’s first month of the year. February is just around the corner with lots more classes, but it all begs the question, ‘What do you want to learn?’ Is BeadFX offering what you’re interested in? Your feedback on our classes is greatly appreciated and if there is something bead-related, or a wire working, metal working, or a lampwork technique you want to learn but haven’t seen us offer, please tell us about it. You can put your suggestion in the comments or email me at pam@beadfx.com. In the meantime, please come and enjoy a class or …

Looking ahead to 2019

Have a Happy New Year of hammering, beading, stitching, knotting, lampworking, wrapping, forging, and enamelling! Make 2019 your year to learn a new jewellery-making technique or to hone and perfect your current skills. Our creative BeadFX instructors have outdone themselves to bring you their best new projects to kick off a new season of classes. BeadFX has a great line-up of winter classes including lots of new techniques and projects as well as encore classes (in case you couldn’t fit them in your schedule earlier!). The best way to discover what is going on is to join us at BeadFX …