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Welcome to Beads of Colour - Where Colour Plays and You Can, Too!



Where colour plays
and you can, too!



















Register for 6 classes
for only $150.00 and
save $30.00

(all 6 classes must be selected at one time to qualify for this special offer)

* Your place in class is assured when payment is received. Classes may be EXCHANGED ONLY until 21 days prior to the class date.

All course fees are $30.00 per 2-hour session, unless otherwise noted*. To keep our course fees as low as possible while continuing to bring you the best of classic, contemporary and creative workshop experiences, supplies are not included in the class fee and MUST be purchased at Beads of Colour. Materials previously purchased at Beads of Colour may be used or feel free to arrive 1/2 hour ahead of your class start time and enjoy the guidance of your instructor in making your selection. Kits may be available for purchase for some classes.


Welcome to our exciting beading classes and workshop fun! Workshops are offered in two series, the Fall & Winter Session and the Spring & Summer Session. Please speak with Debi to book your Child's Birthday Party, a Tween Jewellery-Making Bash or one of our famous Girls' Night Out Adults-Only Tea Parties!

Our  Current_Brochure   is online, with classes that run until Feb 2017.  Remember, you are welcome to sign up right until the class is held, provided that space permits. 

NEW Spring registration begins Saturday February 25, 2017.  

Thumbnails of the classes are online now but nothing beats seeing the originals in person - stop by the store soon to see the lovely possibilities awaiting your attention!

Beads of Colour works hard to provide over five dozen original classes in every session - each new season introduces exciting new and original classes, as well as re-introduces favourites by popular demand. From perennial favourites to contemporary new techniques, Beads of Colour is committed to bringing you the best of beadwork classes and materials. To receive your personal notice of new classes, please email using "Email List" for your subject line, or "Mailing List" if you wish to provide us with your street address for a hardcopy brochure to be mailed directly to your attention.

Points of interest Spring 2017

I have decided to step off the treadmill and reconnect with why I have opened this shop 20 years ago. It brought together all the things I love, learning, beading and creating. Most of all, I wanted to find my tribe. I wanted to connect with people who were creative and adventurous. I have met them here now I just want an opportunity be with them.  I am scheduling four play days. I love to experiment and I have discovered the more I do the more my beadwork becomes my own unique style. I would like to share my approach with others.  I will introduce the medium and the group will decide where to take it. In other words they will be technique based sessions, not product based. No written instruction will be provided so bring note books if you think you may want to map the journey. My hopes are that it will just be fun and allow us to take ourselves less seriously.

Another way I am going to reconnect with people is by renting space in the studio. I am opening up 8 spots for a reduced rate in return for scheduling 6 hours a month for 6 months. People who wish to have a space to work have the opportunity to rent a spot in the metal shop. Normally the rate for studio space with use of larger tools (bring your own hand tools) would be between $15 and $18 an hour. I am offering it at $5 and $6 an hour. You will need to book two three-hour slots a month with rent due at the 1st of the month. The Saturday slots are $6 and weekday $5. Only two people will be booked at any one time.

I am also implementing "Back to Basics Wednesdays". I will be teaching only the basic courses on Wednesday mornings. The reason for this is twofold: one- to attract new beaders and the other is to look at my own work with a minimalistic eye. So if you have taken the course before, know the technique and wish to reconnect with it. We will experiment with it in class and I will offer you the opportunity to take the class at half price. Again my hope is to expand on the intuitive aspect of creative work and break out of the box which allows us to be more authentic in our work. 


Wednesday 9:30AM-11:30AM
Saturday 9:30AM-1130AM
Sunday AM  9:30AM-11:30AM
Sunday PM1 1PM-3PM
Sunday PM2 4PM-6PM
Sunday EAM  9:30AM - 1:30PM
Sunday EPM 2:00PM - 6:00PM
Sunday EV 6:30PM - 8:30PM
Bead Explore events 7PM-9PM




1 Etching Magic BEG

Cindy Goldrick Sun, Mar 05

Create several beautiful and unique pieces of copper jewelry in this day long adventure.  Learn how easy it is to create a pendant, or earrings or a link in a bracelet that you can personalize in a variety of ways. Using ferric chloride, you will learn how to safely etch a square of copper and rivet it to brass. I will also show you how to use PnP paper to create delicate patterns on copper etched again with ferric chloride.(3 workshops)




2 Knotting Pearls ALL

 Debi Keir-Nicholson Wed, Mar 08 am

Make a classic, timeless necklace or a multi-strand bracelet with knots between each bead.  It is a fun and easy technique to use with pearls or large beads.








3 Peyote 101 BEG

 Debi Keir-Nicholson Wed, Mar 22 am

This stitch is the basis for so many beadwork techniques and effects, a versatile basic for every beader’s skill set!  Your finished piece will look very professional even as a beginner.








4 Netting With An Attitude BEG

 Susan Braun  Sat, Mar 25  am

Create this funky, lacy bracelet using a netting stitch and left-over beads in your collection or a choice of beads. A great technique to add to your repertoire.








5 Ring Riot Easy Soldered Stackable BEG

 Cindy Goldrick Sun, Mar 26  am

Warning these rings are addictive to make and wear! This no-fail, no-fear   soldering technique will have everyone creating a small stack of rings   right away. Personalize the rings by adorning them with lovely charms. They make up so quickly you will make at least three rings in class and likely more.







6 Viking Knit Choker BEG

 Cindy Goldrick Sun, Mar 26  pm

Learn the ancient art of Viking knitting with wire using an updated Lazee Daizee tool.  Create a bracelet or chain to showcase a bead and even earrings.








7 Paint on Fabric with Sunlight ALL

 Debi Keir-Nicholson Wed, Mar 29  am

What a glorious way to begin our play dates. This process is magical. Bring along some objects to play with feathers, filigree metal pieces, loose weave fabrics or solid objects with interesting shapes. Don’t worry if it is a cloudy day we can make our own sunshine with ultraviolet light. (Studio fee applies)






8 Sunset Magic Necklace BEG/INT

 Lise Perry Sat, Apr 01  am

I love this pendant and so will you. It looks like the setting sun, its stunning against any colour. Design by Ellad instructions will be sent by email (please include with registration).






9 Wirework 101 BEG

 Debi Keir-Nicholson Wed, Apr 05  am

 Get started working with wire. Make a simple bracelet linking wire pieces together. Learn about wire gauges (size), soft and hard wire and the tools needed.







10 Life is a Circus BEG/INT

 Catherine Castellan Sat, Apr 08  am

I love the circus, the "Big Top", cotton candy, a kaleidoscope of colour and excited crowds. This bracelet will take you there. It's done with a simple peyote stitch embracing armatures – amazing.


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11 Polymer Clay Bracelet BEG

 Nan Smith Sun, Apr 09  am

Learn about polymer clay for jewelry making. You will make a cuff bracelet while learning about conditioning the clay, texturing and colouring. Then give it that professional finish with a clasp and glaze.  Kit Fee $20








12 Making Canes BEG/INT

 Nan Smith Sun, Apr 09  pm

This incredible tile bracelet is made using polymer clay canes. Learn how to make a beautiful geometric cane from 3-4 different colours of clay. After the cane is built we will learn how to create a tile bracelet using the cane to make a veneer for the tiles. If you have a clay use pasta machine please bring it.






13 Ndebele 101 BEG

 Debi Keir-Nicholson Wed, Apr 12  am

An African stitch that has become the basis for many wonderful variations and presentations, this class is an easy introduction to this beautiful stitch.








14 Wide Ribbon Cuff INT

 Sue Braun Sat, Apr 15  am

 Using the classic African ndebele stitch create this dynamic, contemporary cuff with inset accents. A fast and fun cuff with great appeal.



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15 Wire Weave 101 BEG

 Nancy Frackleton Sat, Apr 22  am

Wire weaving is easier than it looks. It is actually a lot of fun and can be used to create earrings, bracelets, necklaces and pendants, you’ll learn 3 basic wire weaves in this class (soumak, double and triple weave) Use one or combine all three to create a custom bracelet.






16 Highlander Bonn Bracelet BEG

Sue Henry Sun, Apr 23  pm

This stunning bracelet is made in Prometheus Bronze metal clay. There are a number of techniques in play clay, moulds and chain maille. You will learn the basics of working with metal clay, plus how to use unique silicon moulds to form the components. Finally we will make these chain mail components to connect the pieces and add a clasp.  Your work will be left with the instructor to be kiln fired and picked up at the store at a later date. 2 workshops








17 Mono Printing BEG

 Debi Keir-Nicholson Wed, Apr 26  am

This technique has become on of my favourite pastimes this year. It is so much fun time just melts away. Come and find our how easy it is to use a Gelli printing plate to create on off prints. Enjoy the freedom and explore manipulating the paint to create truly unique art work.  I will have acrylic and inks to play with. Bring stencils textures, open weave fabrics, feathers. Studio fee will be charged










18 Bead Loom 101 BEG

 Laura Dowling Sat, Apr 29  am

Introduction to Bead Looming.  Learn the basics of using a simple bead loom. Once you know the basics, the possibilities are endless. In this class, you will learn how to plan, create and complete a strip of beadwork. I will show you a simple method to turn your strip of beadwork into a bracelet or a bookmark. The beadwork could also be used to make a brooch, decorate a keychain, or embellish a piece of clothing or other accessory.






19 Resin Basics BEG

 Cindy Goldrick Sun, Apr 30  am

Capture paper, beads, jewels and other keepsakes forever suspended in resin. Use these resin capsules to create pendants, bracelets or other types of personalized jewellery. Several types of resin will be explored and the pros and cons of each will be discussed.





20 Paper Clay and Mould Making BEG

 Cindy Goldrick Sun, Apr 30  pm

Recreate history! Make molds of vintage buttons, interesting door knobs or other fun shapes with quick-curing two-part mold compound. Then fill these hollow forms with paper clay, dry the paper clay and embellish with pencil crayons and paints. These lightweight pieces can be custom-coloured and incorporated into your jewellery designs or mounted on canvas and turned into multimedia works of art.


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21 Absolute Beginners Course BEG

 Debi Keir-Nicholson Wed, May 03  am

Learn about stringing materials, crimps, closures and the right tools you need to get started making jewellery; all while you enjoy creating your first custom piece!




22 Open Spiral BEG

 Susan Braun  Sat, May 06  am

This is a very popular 3D open spiral technique that works up quickly and gives you the opportunity to play with both colour and texture.







23 Copper Clasps BEG/INT

 Sue Henry Sun, May 07  pm

Imagine being able to make the perfect toggle clasp to finish your jewellery projects.  We will design and make several clasps using Prometheus Copper metal clay.  You will learn how to use these tools and techniques to embed wire and join layers of clay together. Your work will be left with the instructor to be kiln fired and picked up at the  store at a later date. 2 workshops






24 Basic Kumihimo Braid BEG

 Debi Keir-Nicholson Wed, May 10  am

A trendy technique! You will always have a purpose for a Kumihimo braid. Find out how easy it is to get started and how broad the field really is. As beaders you can always do your own end caps.







25 Lily Earrings BEG/INT

 Lise Perry Sat, May 13  am

These graceful, elegant earrings are a show stopper, be sure to accept the compliments in the same way. You will want to make them to match every outfit. Design by Ellad instructions will be sent by email (please include with registration).







26 Tubular Net With Pizzazz BEG/INT

 Susan Braun  Sat, May 20  am

This circular Netting stitch is beautiful as a necklace, bracelet or to cover an object.  It can look classic or funky depending on your choice of beads.







27 The Art of the Crayon BEG

 Debi Keir-Nicholson Wed, May 24  am

We all have experience with crayon and it is that experience we will build on. I am guessing it is because we played with crayon at such a young age that it is so easy to allow yourself to play freely once again.  It is hard to take yourself serious while drawing with crayon. I have absolutely loved the results. I will be prepared to work with it on metal, (water soluble) and melted and as a base for batik. I also use it with my Gelli plate so I will bring it back as well.






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28 Hot Forged Bronze Bracelets BEG

 Cindy Goldrick Sun, May 28  am

It's easy to twist and turn your way to an armful of these beautiful bracelets. Hammering and big torches involved! Tons of fun.










29 Kinetics Links Necklace BEG/INT

 Cindy Goldrick Sun, May 28  pm

Find your own style for 2017 by creating this necklace that combines major trends:  it's big, long, chunky and features upcycled beads. Each link is individually formed on the Now That's a Jig! then joined with big jump rings you whip up on the jig too. Guaranteed fun and customized to your taste. Go big, go small, just get those beads sliding along steel wire for a shifting, clicking personalized masterpiece. (2 workshops)

















30 Dutch Spiral BEG

 Debi Keir-Nicholson Wed, May 31  am

This closed spiral can be used for bracelets, necklaces, purse straps or be embellished. It takes time to do but the effect is a classic chain that is simple and timeless.









31 Vine Of Flowers Bracelet BEG

 Susan Braun  Sat, Jun 03  am

This beautiful and delicate bracelet is fast, easy and fun!  Grow a “vine of flowers” to encircle your wrist.






32 Translucent Clay Magic BEG/INT

 Nan Smith Sun, Jun 04  am

Get the best out of your translucent clay. Using translucent, white and gold clay we will build a  cane which we will then use to make a pendant and /or earrings) If you own a pasta machine dedicated to clay use pasta machine please bring it.




33 Mokume Gane … My Way BEG/INT

 Nan Smith Sun, Jun 04  pm

Create unique and colourful designs by laminating various colours together and manipulating them to form shapes. There are as many different ways to do this magical technique as there are artists working in polymer clay. If you own a pasta machine dedicated to clay use please bring it to class.





34 Torch Fire Enamel BEG


 Debi Keir-Nicholson Wed, Jun 07  am


For those of you how have already taken classes in this medium I will have stations set  up you can bring your own enamels and/or pay a studio fee to use mine. Let’s just explore.












35 Falling Leaves                                             NEW              All

    Cindy Goldrick                                               Sun, Jan 08 pm

This Cleopatra-style collar necklace will look stunning with any outfit you wear this fall. Using several techniques the Now That's a Jig to shape, solder to join, fold forming the leaves and wire wrapping to create this gorgeous and unique necklace.   Kit Fee: $20 (2 wkshps)





36 Tie one On                                                 NEW            BEG

    Debi Keir-Nicholson                                          Wed, Jan 11

                                                                                  Wed, Jan 18

Create a copper bangle from a sheet of copper then embellish it with wire ribbon and leather. This is a variation of Focused Freeform without the time consuming seed bead work. (2 wkshps)






37 Flock of Geometrics                      NEW          INT/ADV

    Debi Keir-Nicholson                                        Sat, Jan 14

                                                                                Sat, Jan 21

Cubic RAW geometric shapes with wire armatures inside, simple but elegant. I love the results. Just one shape hanging from a choker or chain is fabulous. When they are all hanging together the only word I can use to adequately describe them is DIVINE! So join me in making your own divine Flock of Geometrics! (2 wkshps) 




38 Floor to Wrist                                     NEW               All


    Debi Keir-Nicholson                                 Sun, Jan 15 pm


Canvas and leather has been paired together to make casual bags forever. Why not casual bracelets. This simple concept opens up a world of possibilities, ways to make your jewellery absolutely individual and personal. Who could ask for anything more. (2 wkshps) 






39 Hubble Chain Rope                                           BEG/INT

    Genevieve Habib                                      Sun, Jan 22 am

Create this exquisite rope bracelet by learning to make the flat Hubble stitch tubular round. It will be an easy step if you know the Hubble Stitch. 



40 Do the Hubble Twist                            NEW           INT

    Genevieve Habib                                     Sun, Jan 22 pm

A beautiful multi-demensional bracelet that you can keep for yourself or give as a gift to someone special. Using the Hubble wave with a twist and some special tips. You will love this stitch and pattern. (2 wkshps)


41 Tubular Net With Pizzazz                                 BEG/INT

    Susan Braun                                                   Wed, Jan 25

This circular Netting stitch is beautiful as a necklace, bracelet or to cover an object. It can look classic or funky depending on your choice of beads.




42 Sunset Magic Necklace                        NEW   BEG/INT

    Lise Perry                                                           Sat, Jan 28

I love this pendant and so will you. It looks like the setting sun, its stunning against any colour. Design by Ellad, instructions will be sent by email (please include with registration). 




43 Open Spiral                                                                 BEG

    Susan Braun                                                     Sat, Feb 04

This is a very popular 3D open spiral technique that works up quickly and gives you the opportunity to play with both colour and texture.


44 Linking Leather with Squares                NEW              INT

    Debi Keir-Nicholson                                         Wed, Feb 08

                                                                                 Wed, Feb 15

My new found love is leather but fortunately my old love, seed beads plays well with leather. This bracelet is a variation of Linking Leather bracelet taught last term with a different clasp. If you have taken Linking Leather you can take just half the class and learn the square clasp. The first half of the class will be wet forming a leather bracelet.  The second half the clasp. (2 wkshps)







45 Riveting Basics Boot Camp                       NEW            All

    Cindy Goldrick                                               Sun, Feb 12 am

Just like there's the right tool for the job, there's a proper rivet for every connection. In this class you will learn how to create your own rivets, use "found" rivets from around the house and the various specialty rivets. At the end of class you'll have either a bracelet or a series of pendants. Kit Fee: $20






46 Porthole Pendants Plus++                          NEW         BEG

    Cindy Goldrick                                                 Sun, Feb 12 pm

Explore new ways to create cold connections between two pieces of metal. Then enhance the pendant by adding brass or silver to create a  personal porthole that you will cherish and get so many compliments on, every time you wear it. You may wish to bring a cherished portrait to complete the pendant. Kit fee: $20

Prerequisite: Metal Working (2 wkshps) 


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