I was not sure beading interested me, I had an idea it was jewelry, and I don't need more jewelry. But this was incredible and ohhhh, so much more! He beaded quilts!
Thom Atkins is a master beader, a bit eccentric, and wonderfully knowledgeable about his craft and the others that overlap it. Like quilting and clothing. He makes his own shirts!
And he had a great sense of humor. Which is an asset in a group like this. We know a lot of stuff and most are accomplished artists in their own right. Many even in beading! So he was mighty brave to come into our midst!
I took some photos of his incredibly detaaiiled work. Even his class samples are ammazing pieces.
Here are some of the photos I took.
See the fire piece next to it.
Here is my way cool scoop. It has tweezers on the other end. It is what made my day! I am digging this scoop thingy!
Here is Gwen's I believe.
It is built layer upon layer of fabric.
And the beading is breathtaking.
How about a rooster?