Apr 202008

I got a note from my good friend Ruth Smith, who lives in Manitoba. “There’s a new beading magazine that’s specific to Canada…would you like my thoughts on it?”

Well, sure!!! Beading Help Web has lots of Canadian readers, and I’d love to share information on a publication that’s written specifically for them!!! Here’s Ruth’s take on Canadian Beading.

New magazine geared toward beaders in Canada. Contains over a dozen projects per issue. Articles, what went wrong, advice column, contests.

What I liked: quantity of projects with clear instructions and indication of complexity, Canadian advertisers, Canadian designers, lots of illustrations, what went wrong article with pictures to illustrate common beading mistakes. Small format makes it easy to slip into your purse and take along for reading. All projects are available for purchase as kits, royalties go to designers. Easy project submission process.

What I didn’t like: advice column appeared to be made up questions, kits are available through your LBS, but there were none listed for my province – kits are currently only available in 4 provinces, nearest one being over 1000 miles away & not available on the web (hey, Canada is a big country…) Illustrations were of varying quality.

Would I buy it again? absolutely !!- reasonably priced, large volume of projects, easy to throw in my purse – obviously new and learning as a magazine but fills a huge void in Canada.

Canadian Beading magazine retails for $4.95/issue ($20 CAD yearly), published quarterly. The format is booklet size (8 1/2″ by 11″ folded in half). Subscriptions are available through the website.

Thanks Ruth for your insight on Canadian Beading!!!