Huichol-style Bead Mosaic: Taking it inside a Bowl

Course outline: The Huichol People of Mexico use beads embedded in wax to portray images for ceremonial art. Join Pamela Kearns to learn how to use this ancient, yet easy, technique. Students will learn how to apply the mosaic inside a small wooden bowl that can used to hold rings or other small treasures. You’ll see a variety of items that have been done using this style of mosaic beading and learn what works well – and what doesn’t! Students are welcome to bring an assortment of beads of various sizes to include in their project. Silver-lined and transparent beads …

Winding up November

Another season is about to pass – the bright autumn colours and clear skies that has inspired a myriad of products. Another season is coming up quickly and ushers in a new palette of colours: red, gold, green, blue, and silver. Let’s not rush the season too quickly – there are still lots of November classes to enjoy. If you like triangular peyote, check out Pamela Kearns‘ new pendant class. Deborah Beesley‘s new class combines pearls and wire to create a stunning statement necklace and Ann Shewan takes her cement class to a new level with inclusions. Darija Radic will …

No hibernating at BeadFX; there’s too much to learn!

The skies are grayer; the temperature is dropping and the autumn colours are fading. Now is not the time to curl up with a good book! Instead of hibernating, come on out and enjoy a class (or two). We have new classes with Pamela Kearns and Marilyn Gardiner as well as a favourite encore class with Anne Marie Desaulniers. Looking for dedicated time to work on your projects? Check out the open sessions for beading, enamelling and lampworking! Last, but definitely NOT least, Remembrance Day starts off this session. Although open, BeadFX will observe a minute’s silence at 11:00am on …

Moving into November

So, Halloween in just around the corner; autumn leaves have changed colour and some parts of Canada and the United States are already experiencing snow. What’s next? Well, the holidays! Now is the time that many people are thinking of what holiday gifts they need to buy for family, friends, teachers and colleagues. How about hand-making a gift instead? It won’t necessarily save you money, but it will be more personal and thoughtful than a store gift card. It will be unique because it won’t be available anywhere else. It is an opportunity to share your special talents and skills. …

BeadFX classes – all treats, no tricks!

Well, maybe some tricks – like how to make designs ‘pop’, tips about seed beading, working with cement, making loops with headpins, etc. Definitely lots of treats such as learning new skills and meeting like-minded people! Late-October classes showcase a wide range of techniques and projects. Anne Marie Desaulniers has two new brand new classes sure to get your creativity pumping! We also welcome Alberta bead artist Carolyn Cave who is presenting two classes featuring lots of texture with some two-hole beads. Of course, you can give yourself dedicated time to work on your beading and chainmaille projects in the …

Happy New Year!

When September rolls around, it is like a brand new year! School starts again with students going into a new grade. Routines get back in place and we make ‘Fall’ resolutions, like ‘We’re going to paint the living room in time for the holidays’, or, I’m going to enroll in new jewellery classes this fall’. BeadFX classes have geared up to include new projects with established instructors as well as opportunities with new teachers. If you had a chance to drop by BeadFX on September 7, you would have seen the new class offerings and met the terrific people presenting …

Fall Classes: Full Steam Ahead!

Where does the time go? It didn’t seem that long ago that we were celebrating the start of summer. Here we are again starting a brand new season! Our Fall line-up of classes kick into gear with our Back to Class Bar-Bead-que event on Saturday, September 7. Mark your calendars now to drop by and see the fabulous array of classes that our creative instructors have planned for us. And yes, there really is a barbeque happening so be sure to enjoy a bite of summer on us! Our early to mid-September classes will get you into the learning mode …

Looking Ahead to Fall Classes

Yes, there is still summer to enjoy BUT, once Labour Day passes, BeadFX will have an abundance of new classes for you! Mark your calendars now to attend our annual Back to Class event on Saturday, September 7; 11 – 3pm. You’ll be able to see for yourself the wonderful projects being taught and the creative instructors who are presenting them. By we are planning something very special to happen the same day. Click here to find out more! One of the highlights is visiting instructor Kaska Firor who is presenting six new wirework classes. Kaska’s projects are all beginner/advanced …

Cool off Creatively during the Dog Days of Summer

We’re in the midst of the ‘Dog Days of Summer’ – traditionally the hottest part of the season. The origin of the saying doesn’t actually refer to our canine friends but to the placement of the Sun in the in the canine constellation of Sirius. Your trivial tidbit for the day! The air conditioning has been working at full speed at BeadFX as we’ve had a couple of scorching heat waves in Toronto. The comfort adds a benefit to taking a class! Our mid to late-August classes feature new classes as well as encore projects – just in case they …

Seed Beading Boot Camp: Beading on a Loom

Course outline: Beading has been done on looms by several cultures and the myriad of designs reflect a wide range of customs. There are many looms to choose from, depending on what you want to do. Join Pamela Kearns to explore the various looms and their benefits – and drawbacks. We will also looks at the various ways to finish off loomwork and attach a clasp. The class will be technique driven. Handouts will include various patterns and you may bring and use your own loomwork pattern if you wish. You will need to purchase beads, thread, and findings to …