Learning has nothing to do with Luck

Patience. Perseverance. Practise. While St. Patrick’s Day is coming up soon, a leprechaun’s luck isn’t going to help us learn new skills (although his pot of gold would pay for a lot of classes). We all learn and process information in different ways. For myself, I learn best by seeing a technique done, and then trying it myself. I need visual reference, whether it be illustrations, viewing a video or seeing the instructor’s hands as s/he demonstrates it. Others require written explanations that go with the illustrations with step-by-step guidelines to do a new technique. Still others need to hear …

March into Spring classes

The first day of Spring isn’t quite here yet (circle March 20 on your calendar!), but the sense of expectation is ramping up toward a new season. We’re also ramping up to a new season of creativity with new classes – including three exciting classes with Betty Stephan! BeadFX’s March classes feature lots of beading, chainmaille and bead embroidery! Our virtual classes mean that you don’t need to live near BeadFX to enjoy taking our classes. Virtual classes are your opportunity to join the wider jewellery-making world. We have enjoyed having students join us from across Canada and the United …

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! …

March into Spring with
Terrific Classes

The coming of March it means that Spring is finally just around the corner! If you’ve been suffering from cabin fever, then break the monotony and come on out for a class or two and get those creative juices flowing again. We have a number of NEW classes in the first half of March. Pauline Peskoff, a new instructor with BeadFX, is teaching a bracelet and earring set that is perfect for daytime wear or glammed up for evening wear. Metal enthusiasts will love Iris Rogers Melamed’s updated spinner ring. Liz Reynolds is teaching a 2-day metal clay class using …

March goes out like a Lion with fantastic classes

Did you know that the phrase ‘March comes in like a lion and out like a lamb’ dates back to the early 17th Century? I’m definitely ready for some milder weather, are you? There is nothing lamb-like or mild about the late-March classes at BeadFX. Of course, some of our instructors are presenting NEW classes including Angela Peace with a new Cavandoli project – Micro-Knotted Double Leaf Necklace. First Nations Instructor Naomi Smith is presenting a traditional Quillwork, Birch Bark and Beaded Pendant – the genuine porcupine quills are amazing! Wire artist Jane Doidge brings us Egyptian Spiral Links for …

There are MORE classes in March!

Have you noticed that mornings are getting a little lighter and the evenings are getting a little later? Spring is coming! The British expression Mad as a March Hare reflects the giddiness of Spring Fever that we experience as the new season approaches. Learning a new skill or jewellery-making technique is a great way to focus some of that extra energy! Saturday, March 15 is our Customer Appreciation event from 10:00am to 3:00pm.The day will include: Make and Take’ projects Yummy refreshments  The first 10 customers (people with a purchase, in-store only) will receive a little something special. PLUS, all …