We’re getting quite a bit of interest in Bead-Treat with participants coming from as far away as Quebec! And, yes, people have questions about what to expect.

Here are some of the questions already posed to us. Email your questions to pam@beadfx.com and I’ll answer you as quickly as possible.

Q. What if I’m not an expert in any of the techniques that are being taught?
A. Not a problem! At the beginning of each class, the instructor will take you through the basics of that particular technique. For example, Marilyn Gardiner will start the day by making a pair of Byzantine Earrings so everyone learns the basic Byzantine weave and is comfortable with opening and closing jump rings. Pamela Kearns will teach how to create triangles using larger beads before you start to work with smaller Delica beads. Likewise, Angela Peace will take you through the stitches you will be using prior to starting the fibre end caps.

Q. What if I can’t finish the project in class?
A. Finishing a particular project is dependent on a lot of factors including how familiar you are with the technique. Experienced students will certainly be able to complete more of the project than beginner may be able to do; however, that is why we have included a Saturday evening open session. You can work on any project you wish and get help from the instructors. All of the classes will have written instructions ensuring that you can finish the project at home.

Q. How long are the classes?
A. The classes will run 10:00am to 5:00pm with a break for lunch. Coffee, cold drinks and snacks will be available through the day.

Q. I want to be in the same classes as my friend(s). Can we do that?
A. Of course! Email me at pam@beadfx.com or include your friends’ names at the time you register on-line so I know who to keep together.

Q. Do I need to take all three classes?
A. The retreat is structured so that you rotate through all three classes and receive the class kits and instructions. The choice to attend a class is ultimately yours. There isn’t a financial benefit to not attending a class; you will still receive the kit and written instructions. However, you would miss the benefits of the instructor’s attention and interaction with your fellow students!

Q. I’m not planning to go with a friend, but I would like to stay in the student residence. Can I be matched with another single student?
A. Send me an email at pam@beadfx.com and, if I become aware of other single students, I’ll try and facilitate introductions. It will still be the students’ responsibility to book the accommodations.

Q. What about meals?
A. Meals are available in the facility. If you are staying in student residence, you will have a fridge and microwave. You can also bring a slow cooker to prepare meals – a great option for friends travelling together!

Q. What else is there to do over the weekend?
A. All Bead-Treat registrants will have full and free access to the Pin-It Canada consumer trade show taking place in the same building as the classes. The show will feature lots of vendors from various creative industries including paper craft, painting (fine art and folk), jewellery-making and fibre.

Q. I’m not comfortable paying on-line with my credit card? Is there another way to pay?
A. I understand your concern. If you have a preferred method of paying, such as e-transfer or phoning us directly with your credit card number, send me an e-mail at pam@beadfx.com. I’ll do my best to facilitate payment and registration for you.

Q. I am an American citizen and want to attend Bead-Treat. What do I need to enter Canada?
American citizens, including American-Canadian citizens, must carry proper identification and meet the basic requirements to enter Canada. For more information, please click here go to the the Government of Canada website about visiting Canada from the United States.

Q. Do I need to bring anything with me?
A. The instructors request that you bring the following: 4lb Fireline; small scissors; a beading surface; a task light; magnification if required. Beyond that, bring and wear comfortable clothing. You may also wish to bring a sweater – you never know about the air conditioning!

Q. What about accessibility? I use a wheelchair – can you accommodate me?
A. Absolutely yes! Fanshawe College is completely accessible. The classrooms will be on the second floor and an elevator is very close by. The student residence also has wheelchair-accessible bedrooms – make sure you you let them know of your needs when you book accommodations.

Are you ready to register for Bead-Treat? Register here!

Need more information? Click here to go to the event website.

Bead-Treat: Your Questions Answered
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