Sunday, January 20, 2013

Improvisational Bead Embroidery Workshop with Robin Atkins, March 30-April 1, 2013

Two and a half days to have fun with beads - learning, practicing and creating - on lovely San Juan Island - at the friendly Earthbox Inn and Spa! You can bring your partner, friend or spouse to enjoy spring wildflowers, hikes, kayaking, bicycle exploring on San Juan Island, while YOU play with beads.

March 29 - evening

Gathering at a local shop (yes, of course, beads) to meet Robin and the other students, and enjoy some light refreshments.

March 30-31 - all day + optional evenings + delicious, hot, catered lunch on both days

Improvisational Bead Embroidery, her favorite in the whole-world workshop to teach.
Learn all of the basic techniques for sewing beads on fabric, including high relief and textural variations, bezels, edge stitches, and fringing techniques. Practice them on a sampler similar to the one below.
Then begin to work on a small piece of bead embroidery, which can be made into a pouch, appliqued on a large bag, framed, sewn into a quilt, or one of many other possibilities. Throughout the two days, Robin will be teaching how to work improvisationally, without a plan or drawing, in a way that is fun and very empowering!

April 1 - morning

 Beady Problem Solutions
This optional half-day session is an opportunity for you to bring, show, and discuss your own work. Robin is prepared to assist you with "problem pieces," perhaps beadwork you like except that something doesn't "feel right," or pieces that you don't know how to finish. Bring any type of beadwork to this session.
Register now! Enrollment is limited to 12 students to provide for one-on-one instruction for every student.
$250 for Gathering and Improvisational Bead Embroidery workshop
$50 for Beady Problem Solutions
$275 for both of the above (save $25)

To get all the details and/or to register, please contact me: 

Peggy Kemp, pegnard (at) or join our event page at