Monterey Seascape
"Monterey Seascape"

The Lotus Eater
"The Lotus Eater"

After the Rains
"After the Rains"

Quilts & Tapestries
by Thom Atkins

spacerBeads are another love of mine. I have been working off and on with them for some thirty years, starting with jewelry and adding bead embroidery and most recently, embellished quilts. One of my mentors has been my sister, *Robin Atkins, teacher, friend, and fellow beadophile. It was under her tutelage that I learned bead embroidery. I have since adapted the basic embroidery stitches for the application of beads to quilts. The work here shows my journey into the relationship of beads and fabric.
It started when I was rear-ended on the freeway and couldn’t do sculpture any more. I could, however, manage fabric and beads. Since I needed a new job, I began to explore the relationships between beaded and quilted surfaces and how they relate. I wanted to see beads as an integral part of the design, not just sitting on the surface. Beads and fabric complementing one another, neither one predominating, balanced. These quilts are the results of my explorations to find that balance. Recently I’ve been looking at the textures created when I sew the beads thru the quilt to the back and adding that element into the over all design of the quilts. That, along with various new techniques such as dyeing, painting, printing and reverse appliqué, have kept me working happily, if for no other reason than to see if the results look like what I have pictured in my head.
Announcement: I've written a book! Available soon HERE.

*To see Robin's work go to:

Colorado Sunset
"Colorado Sunset"

At Risk
"At Risk"

Beetles in the Chard
"Beetles in the Chard"

Smoke & Mirors
"Smoke & Mirrors"

Australian Dreamscape
"Australian Dreamscape"


Smaller Pieces

Blue Miranda
"Blue Miranda"
Blue Dragon
"Blue Dragon"
White Poppy
Dogwood & Ivy
"Dogwood & Ivy"
Dogwood & Ivy
"Siren's Song"
Ravens Dreaming
"Raven Dreaming"
Australian Abo meets Am. Indian
"Australian Abo meets American Indian"
White Poppy
"White Poppy"
The Gold Scarab
"The Gold Scarab"
Laurel's Mermaid
"Laurel's Mermaid"

            Three Dimensional Pieces

Lady Bugs
White Flower Sampler
"White Flower Sampler"

Even Frogs Dream
"Even Frogs Dream"

The Bead Journal Project   (to find out more click HERE then scroll down to "2007 BJP")

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