Where colour plays
and you can, too!



















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(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 Jan 31, 2018.  Remember, you are welcome to sign up right until the class is held, provided that space permits. 

NEW Fall registration begins Saturday September 23, 2017.  Please note date revisions in red (between Sept 1 and Sept 15)

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 Debi@BeadsOfColour.com 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 Fall 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





Peyote 101      BEG


  Debi Keir-Nicholson                              Wednesday, October 04, 2017  am


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



2 Vine Of Flowers Bracelet BEG
Susan Braun Sat, Oct 07 am
This beautiful and delicate bracelet is fast, easy and
fun! Grow a “vine of flowers” to encircle your wrist.








3 Bead loom 101 BEG
Laura Dowling Wed, Oct 11 am
Learn the basics of using a simple bead loom. 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










4 Paradoxe Bracelet ALL
Lise Perry Sat, Oct 14 am
I love this bracelet, the way it moves, how easy it
is to wear and the colour play. If that is not
enough it can be done with lentils, crescent and
triangle beads, what fun. Of course it easily expands
to a necklace or even lariat.( A Trendsetter







 Play Date

5 Paint on Fabric with Sunlight    ALL

Debi Keir-Nicholson Wed, Oct 18 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)







6 Bugle & Seed Bead Bracelet ALL
Susan Braun Sat, Oct 21 am
A very delicate looking bracelet and a great way to
use bugles. This charming weave is fun for all - including








7 Wire Weave 101 BEG
Nancy Freckleton Sun, Oct 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





8 Fold Formed Copper Cuff BEG/INT
Nancy Freckleton Sun, Oct 22 pm
Create this exciting copper cuff you will wear with pride,
using basic line folds, texturizing techniques and patina.
You will learn how to patina with liver of sulfur.






9 Netting With An Attitude BEG
Susan Braun Wed, Oct 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.






10 Where are my Glasses INT
Laura Dowling

Sat, DEC  2  am
Make this very attractive alternative to the ever practical
eyeglass chain. Using a combination of peyote and brick
stitches, it works up relatively quickly as it is only 3 beads
wide at its widest point.


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11 Colour Me Happy ALL
Debi Keir-Nicholson Sun, Oct 29 ALL DAY
Pre felted fibre comes in a multitude of colours. Using the Big
–kick we can cut these amazing bits of happiness and construct
fun brooches, bracelets or necklaces. Add even more
colour by embellishing your creation with a few easily
learned stitches and make your project sing. It can be done in
any colour combination so they could be more subdued if
you want. (2 Workshops)







12 Ndebele 101 BEG
Debi Keir-Nicholson Wed, Nov 01 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.




13 Open Spiral BEG
Susan Braun Sat, Nov 04 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.







14 Viking Knit Choker BEG
Cindy Goldrick Sun, Nov 05 am
Learn the ancient art of Viking knitting with wire using
an updated Lazee Daizee tool. Create a bracelet
or chain to showcase a bead or even earrings




15 Etched Vintage-look Pendant BEG
Cindy Goldrick Sun, Nov 05 pm
Create this beautiful pendant that includes vintage
elements. You will learn the basics of etching on metal
using rubber stamps and how to build on your
basic etched design to create a pleasing pendant
you’ll enjoy wearing or be proud to give as a gift.






16 Right Angle Weave 101 BEG/INT
Debi Keir-Nicholson Wed, Nov 08 am
Embellish a Right Angle Weave base. This technique
is very versatile and can be embellished using beads
or chips with stunning results







  Play Date

17 Mono Printing BEG
Debi Keir-Nicholson Sun, Jan 14 ALL DAY
This technique has become on of my favourite pastime
this year. It is so much fun time just melts away.
Come and find out 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 applies)










18 Wirework 101 BEG
Debi Keir-Nicholson Wed, Nov 15 am
Get started working with wire. Make a simple bracelet
linking pieces together. Learn about wire gauges
(size), soft and hard wire and the tools needed.






19 The Pearly Lace Bracelet BEG/INT
Lise Perry Sat, Nov 18 am
Lise’s new favourite designer is Ellad. She is excited
about sharing it with others. This fence like grid
of pearls is just stunning and wears so well.

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20 Nuno Felted and Embellished Cuff BEG
Cindy Goldrick Sun, Nov 19 am
This all-day class is jam-packed with opportunity
to learn new skills and stretch your creative muscles!
We begin by learning how to nuno felt a base
for a cuff using wool roving and silk organza. Then
we will enhance your felted base with thread,
beads, charms and other materials. Finally we will
mount the cuff on leather or Ultrasuede and finish
it with snaps. (2 workshops)


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21 Dustin Wedekind's Cones INT
Debi Keir-Nicholson Wed, Nov 22 am
Learn the basic cone while creating this sculptural
pendant and bale. The felted insert can be learned
in the Whirling Wheels of felt bracelet class. This
class is two classes because I have used 15⁰ and
11⁰ Japanese seeds.
22 Garlic Knot Necklace INT




22 Garlic Knot Necklace INT
Laura Dowling Sat, Nov 25 am
Create this stunning Garlic Knot Necklace by
stringing Garlic Knot Beaded Beads with separator
beads on a leather cord. The unique Garlic Knot
beaded bead is a sculptural, spiral, beaded bead
worked without an armature. Knowledge of tubular
peyote and the ability to pull your thread taut
throughout your work is needed to complete this
project [designed by Marcia Katz].







23 Wired for Drama BEG
Debi Keir-Nicholson Sun, Nov 26 am
Making these fun brooches is easy. The concept is
simple... look dramatic. You will want to make a
dozen different sizes and colours.


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24 Wire Weaving a Pendant INT
Nancy Freckleton Sun, Nov 26 pm
Learn how to frame a focal bead to use as a pendant,
pin or in a bracelet using the wire weaving skills you
learned in Wire Weaving 101. Ok, it takes a little more
time but well worth it!







25 Absolute Beginners Course BEG
Debi Keir-Nicholson Wed, Nov 29 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







26 Wide Ribbon Cuff INT
Susan Braun Sat, Oct 28 am
Use this classic African Ndebele stitch to create this
dynamic contemporaty cuff with inset accents. A fast
and fun cuff with great appeal.
27 Let's Add Fibre ALL







27 Let's Add Fibre ALL
Debi Keir-Nicholson Sun, Dec 03 ALL DAY
I love the way fibre, wool string and ribbon add texture
to a piece. The addition of colour can validate a project.
Recently I found a few hand weaving and tassel making
techniques that have fit quickly and effortlessly into my
work. I am hoping to share and explore this new found
love. My intention is that everyone participating in this
play day will make at least a set of six weaving sticks,
maybe even a card weaving deck.






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28 Pearl Knotting ALL
Debi Keir-Nicholson Wed, Dec 06 am
Make a classic, timeless necklace or a multi-stand
bracelet with a knot between each bead. A fun, easy
technique that's a classic for use with pearls and










29 Chrysanthemum ALL
Lise Perry Sat, Dec 09 am
These wonderfully designed flowers can be combined
to create a romantic bracelet or just do two for earrings.
They can be done to add to bead embroidery or
as a clasp on a simple beaded bracelet. (A Trendsetter















30 Sizzix Easy Jewelry BEG
Cindy Goldrick Sun, Dec 10 am
Create hot, new leather cuffs with the Sizzix dies.
Sizzix has created a line of leather cutting dies that
allow you to create perfect cuffs, and fun cut-outs
that couple with glue, crystals, beads, metal blanks,
cording and rivets, will have you making professionallooking
leather cuffs, earrings and pendants in no
time! You should be able to complete 2 – 3 projects
in class. (Studio fee applies)









31 Viking Knit with Leather INT
Cindy Goldrick Sun, Dec 10 pm
Using Lazee Daizee Viking knit tool, you can knit with
smooth and supple leather. These bracelets knit up
even faster than wire and look great on ladies and
guys! Learn the trick to successful joining lengths of
leather, and how to finish your knitting with end caps
and other embellishments.




  Play Date

32 The Art of the Crayon BEG
Debi Keir-Nicholson Wed, Jan 03 ALL DAY
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. (Studio fee applies)


Play Date 

33 Torch Fire Enamel BEG
Debi Keir-Nicholson Sun, Jan 07 ALL DAY
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. (Studio fee applies)




34 Triptych Lariat ADV
Debi Keir-Nicholson Wed, Jan 10 am
A further exploration of our geometric triangles
class. An exciting blend of triangles using DBs and
DBLs , including an open variation in two sizes.
Silken Japanese cord completes this delicious combination.
(3 Workshops TBD)






35 Dimensional Stars Revised INT
Laura Dowling Sat, Jan 13 am
These Dimensional Stars are created using a combination
of peyote and herringbone stitches and
work up fairly quickly as they are open and hollow.
They make a unique necklace when strung on a
cord with separator beads or they can be hung as
ornaments. They look great made up in multicolours
and are “fun” to make. This revised
pattern works up faster than the original as there
is no Guide Ring needed.





36 Geometric Copper Pendant BEG
Nancy Freckleton

Sun, Nov 12 am
Create a stunning copper pendant your way. In
this class you will learn techniques in soldering,
disc cutting, fold forming and texturizing to create
a custom pendant. Patina your pendant with liver
of sulphur or stay for the next class and add colour
to you creation with enamel.






37 Step into Flame BEG
Debi Keir-Nicholson

Sun, Nov 12 pm
Step into torch fire enameling. Get over your fear of
the torch and play with colour and fire. This technique
is perfect for small charms for bracelets, pendants or
earrings. We will work on a sampling of techniques and
put it together to make a charm bracelet.



38 Hand Woven Textural Cuff INT
Debi Keir-Nicholson Wed, Jan 17 am
Create this fabulous textured cuff by combining bead
weaving and fibre weaving. I love the idea of mixed
media and when I read about weaving sticks I had to
try them. I made them finer and out of copper, so if
you take the play day you can make your own. If not I
will have a set ready for you to purchase. Must know Ndebele.





 Play Date 

39 Transform your Metal ALL

Debi Keir-Nicholson Sun, Jan 21 ALL DAY

Let's play with metal, we have added several metal
techniques to our repitoir. Now lets explore methods
of transforming the metal. We can play with the rolling
mill and all kinds of textures. Get out my multitude of
hammers and use them on different surfaces. Play with
fire to add colour, experiment with heat, angle of the
flame quenching and not quenching . We can use flux
with heat and if we have time some of the patinas. I am
sure by the end of the day we will have a whole lot of
pieces of metal to work with. (Studio fee applies)


























































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