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Tuesday, April 23, 2013

May Blooms with a Bouquet of New Classes

Forget May flowers - there are lots of new May classes that will get your creative juices flowing! By the way -- remember Mother's Day is coming up on Sunday, May 12. Consider a special gift from you to your mom with a class! Gift certificates are available in any denomination you wish or sign her up directly by calling the store and registering her.

In addition to some favourite returning classes, here are all the new projects and techniques that will be taught in May:

Textured Herringbone
Saturday, May 4
9:30am - 12:30pm
Instructor: Maria Rypan
At first glance it looks like a braided soutache trim, but it’s really rich lush hex, seed and bugle beads beadwoven with a single needle and Fireline® into a modern vintage classic. Maria’s unique off-loom version has some twists and turns. See the transformation before your eyes as you bead along! The textured Herringbone makes a great strap for a pendant because of its unique chevron in richly colored hex, bugle and seed beads. Choose your favorite pendant from a Converter Kit collection of fluorite slices. No two are the same courtesy of Mother Nature.

Three Exquisite Pairs of Earrings: Intro to Chainmaille #2
Sunday, May 12
9:30 - 12:30pm
Instructor: Marilyn Gardiner
Marilyn continues her intro to chainmaille series! The ancient art of chain mail is all about weaving metal rings into interesting patterns. Come and expand your earring collection—while trying out a fascinating jewellery-making technique. You will learn three new chain mail weaves that you can use to make bracelets or necklaces in the future. This second class has patterns that are a wee bit more difficult, but still easy: Triple Knot Earring, Scherzo Earrings, and Japanese Flower Earrings.

Celtic Labyrinth Bracelet
Sunday, May 12
1:30 - 4:30pm
Instructor: Marilyn Gardiner
An out-of-the-ordinary bracelet! You’ll love these square mazes that lay flat & link together to make a design that only looks complex. Make it with either Argentium™ sterling or with Jeweller’s Bronze rings.

Double Strand Pearl Knotted Bracelet
Tuesday, May 14
6:00 - 9:00pm
Instructor: Rae Huggins
In this class the main focus will be on the ancient art of pearl knotting using pearls to create a double knotted bracelet that you can wear at the end of the class. During this class there'll be demonstrations using tweezers, an awl, and pearl knotting pliers. I’ll also demonstrate how to ream pearls using two types of bead reamers.

Box Style Knotted Bracelet
Thursday, May 16
6:00 - 9:00pm
Instructor: Angela Peace
Make an elegant box style bracelet using an easy to learn knot technique. The bracelet can be finished with a sliding closure or metal findings and clasp. You will find lots of applications for this new knot which when knotted without beads, produces a round cord suitable for use with pendants and beads with larger holes.

Wire Crochet Rings
Friday, May 17
5:30 - 8:30pm
Instructor: Giovanna Paz
Giovanna is a brand new instructor to BeadFX and brings an amazing wire crochet technique! Using 28gauge wire, a crochet hook and a simple pattern and a hammer, students will create an beautiful wire ring.

Discovering Tubular Herringbone
Thursday, May 23
6:00 - 9:00
Instructor: Pamela Kearns
It’s soft and supple – and very easy to do! Using two-hole twin beads, you will learn how to make tubular herringbone spiral to create a slinky bracelet. Once that is complete, you'll learn how to make a beaded bead using the twin beads to slide onto the bracelet.

For complete information and details about all May classes, go to; click on classes and events; click on May. 

PLUS BeadFX will be at the
Toronto Bead Society's Spring Bead Fair
Saturday, May 25; 10:00 - 5:00pm
Sunday, May 26; 11:00 - 5:00pm
Toronto Reference Library
Appel Salon, 2nd Floor
789 Yonge Street (north of Bloor at Yonge)
Drop by the store to pick up a TBS Spring Bead Fair postcard to give you $2 off the admission price.

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