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Gualala Arts Workshop
Bead Embroidery for Quilters
Instructor: Thom Atkins

Thursday, April 18, 2013
10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

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Register by:   March 29, 2013
Tuition:   $40
Materials:   $25 for kit

Fall Bouquet, by Thom Atkins We will look at beads, their shapes, variety of finishes and their uses on quilts to create texture and color changes. We will learn the four basic stitches and how they quilt the surface. This a process class and the kit is essential to the class. Students should have some prior knowledge of hand sewing.

About the Instructor

Thom is a fifth generation Californian. Born in Palo Alto and raised in Minnesota, he returned to California to earn a BA in Art from San Jose State. Thom has been and done many things during and after a stint in the Navy. For the Navy he did illustrations at the Smithsonian institute. He has done graduate work at an art college in Seattle, worked as a a landscape designer, managed a craft gallery (where he learned about beads), and worked with stained glass in 2 and 3 dimensions.

Bronze sculpture was his love until a traffic accident made it not possible and then he turned to beads and fabric. Thom has been fascinated with beads for over 30 years. He has done bead embroidery, jewelry, and added beads to some of his bronze sculptures. The beaded pieces found here are a body of work he has created since 2002 when he began the shift from bronze to beads. They are, for the most part, bead-embellished quilts where the beads are embedded in the surface of the quilt and their application does the quilting. Using the quilt as a canvass and the beads as texture and paint, he has developed a unique style combining fabric and beads.

For more information, visit his website,

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The Gualala Arts Center, located at 46501 Old State Highway in Gualala, CA,
is open weekdays 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., and weekends from noon to 4:00 p.m.
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