Beading Artistry for Quilts: Basic Stitches & Embellishments Add Texture & Drama

Beading Artistry for Quilts: Basic Stitches & Embellishments Add Texture & Drama

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by Thom Atkins
     
 

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Use beads and simple stitches to create magnificent texture, dimension, and lifelike details on any quilt. Award-winning quilter, Thom Atkins, teaches you everything you need to know about the best supplies and techniques to get breathtaking results…plus there’s a bonus tutorial on how to create a beaded bezel. Dozens of show-stopping images throughout

Overview

Use beads and simple stitches to create magnificent texture, dimension, and lifelike details on any quilt. Award-winning quilter, Thom Atkins, teaches you everything you need to know about the best supplies and techniques to get breathtaking results…plus there’s a bonus tutorial on how to create a beaded bezel. Dozens of show-stopping images throughout the book illustrate the unlimited possibilities for designing your own spectacular beaded quilt. Whether you like to make traditional or art quilts, this book will help you take your fabric embellishing to a whole new level.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
For Atkins, sewing beads onto quilts “is a great deal more than just embellishment.” A former sculptor, Atkins paints with beads, using the fabric as his canvas; he balances bead with fabric by giving each “a voice in the design.” Atkins adds texture and dimensions when he superimposes beads on batik and paisley after he’s quilted them. He also produces complete works of art with beads as but one of the media in his original designs. In one stunning example, “The Man in the Window,” he employs beads to mimic rain outside the frame of the portrait he quilted. While photographs of Atkins’s exquisite designs tantalize, the book is more than eye candy, for Atkins wields words where pictures can’t explain. He teaches novice beaders about supplies. He covers basics—beads and stitches (single, back, couching and lazy)—and explains which work best where. He offers tips on everything from knotting thread to crushing beads. His delight in beading shines forth in his style, which is simple yet caring. (Sept.)
From the Publisher
By using beads and simple stitches, you can add drama and texture to any project, whether it is a traditional quilt or an art quilt. The author will teach you about tools, supplies, techniques and bead selection. Dozens of images will inspire you to create your own beaded masterpiece. An added bonus is a tutorial on creating beaded bezels.
--Quilter's Delight; 9/15/12

This has got to be my favorite book in this selection because I have always used a lot of beads and sequins in my work and this book is bead heaven! Thom adds stunning texture and life-like details to quilts and pictures by using basic beading stitches. This is a comprehensive guide to bead selection and the use of the proper tools, plus a bonus tutorial on how to create a beaded bezel. This is a visual feast and certainly one book I will definitely include in my collection.
--Fabrications Quilting for You Magazine; February/March 2013 Issue

9/15/12 Quilter's Delight
By using beads and simple stitches, you can add drama and texture to any project, whether it is a traditional quilt or an art quilt. The author will teach you about tools, supplies, techniques and bead selection. Dozens of images will inspire you to create your own beaded masterpiece. An added bonus is a tutorial on creating beaded bezels.

February/March 2013 Fabrications Quilting For You
This has got to be my favorite book in this selection because I have always used a lot of beads and sequins in my work and this book is bead heaven! Thom adds stunning texture and life-like details to quilts and pictures by using basic beading stitches. This is a comprehensive guide to bead selection and the use of the proper tools, plus a bonus tutorial on how to create a beaded bezel. This is a visual feast and certainly one book I will definitely include in my collection.

Diplo: Towards more inclusive and effective diplomacy - Mark Lipinski
... I love patchwork, beadwork, and I love handwork, and Tom Atkins marries all 3 of these techniques together in his book. Thom shows various beading techniques and example after example of how simple beading can elevate a printed piece of cloth into art. The instructions are easy to follow and it’s nothing short of divine inspiration for me between each cover. There is literally nothing that I don’t love about this book. Atkins’ work is breathtaking and, by its very nature, inspires me to elevate my art and dare to try new things. This book is staying in my library forever and ever.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781607055846
Publisher:
C & T Publishing
Publication date:
10/16/2012
Pages:
112
Sales rank:
629,352
Product dimensions:
8.30(w) x 10.90(h) x 0.40(d)

Meet the Author

Thom Atkins is an award-winning quilter who learned to sew as a child on his grandmother’s treadle sewing machine. Later in life, his sister taught him about bead embroidery on fabric. He has worked in a variety of art disciplines from illustrating to stained glass to silversmithing and more. Thom lives in Santa Cruz, California.

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Beading Artistry for Quilts: Basic Stitches & Embellishments Add Texture & Drama 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Alaska_Silver More than 1 year ago
I have tried this form of beading on quilts and fabric before but was not satisfied with the results.  This book is lavishly illustrated and laid out in format that makes it easy to understand his overall design approach.  His fundamental techniques are easy to understand and execute.  What I appreciated the most was his unique ability to help you through the process so you can conceptualize it for yourself and design your own project.  It pays to really read this one.  The author is extraordinarily good at leading you to visualize and create your own design concepts and it really does work.  I highly recommend this for anyone who truly wants to learn this craft.     
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I took a beading class from Thom several years ago, so I was really looking forward for his new book. I was not disappointed - the book is great.
PaZelda More than 1 year ago
I love this book. The photos are beautiful, the diagrams are clear, and I am going to buy one for a friend. This book is worth your investment!