Welcome and beady blessings!

"I believe in the magical quality of beads...
Through their variety, beauty and history,
beads gift us with a tremendous creative force,
as well as satisfaction, healing and fun!"

Robin Atkins, bead artist

example of a bead embroidery sampler from techniques of improvisational bead embroidery class taught by Robin Atkins, bead artist
Workshops

Rosie, the Uncaged Hen, fine art prints by Robin Atkins, bead artist
Fine Art Prints

 

beaded button, sample made in beaded button workshop taught by Robin Atkins, bead artist
Class Schedule

spirit doll featured in new book, Spirit Dolls, by Robin Atkins, bead artist
Books

 

Complete Photo Guide to Beading, new book by Robin Atkins, bead artist, wire working
Newest Book

fibula pin, featuring contemporary lampwork beads, fabricated by Robin Atkins, bead artist
Jewelry

 

Blessings (detail), cover of a handmade artist's book by Robin Atkins, bead artist
Gallery

Beadlust, a blog by Robin Atkins, bead artist
Blog: Beadlust

 

Rabbit, from a handmade artist's book by Robin Atkins, bead artist
Free Tips

strands of vintage Peking glass beads, purchased by Robin Atkins, bead artist, while in China
Bead Adventures




If you are looking for ideas, inspiration, or beading books to aid you in your developing bead passion, you've come to the right place! Use the menu on your left or the thumbnails above to find information about workshops and slide shows, to order books, to see some of my beaded creations, to explore links to some wonderful bead-related websites, and to contact me. Since many of my students enjoy hearing about how I got started beading and tales of bead adventures along the way, I've also included some of these stories for you.

As you can read in my first book, One Bead at a Time (now available as a free download), whether you do beadwork just for fun, as an exploration of your creativity, or with the added incentive of healing an old wound or finding a path through a life change - whatever your motivation - I believe you will always be glad for the time you give to your beadwork. As for me, beading is forever compelling, exciting, challenging, and meditative - a meaningful process that is never boring.

     

Robin Atkins, bead artist, beadwork teacher, and author of beading books
Robin Atkins


In an article published in Beadwork Magazine (June/July issue of 2002), writer, Mary Tafoya, summarized my passion for beads pretty well. Here it is in part:

"In the wide world of beads, everyone can find a niche, as historian, researcher, teacher, author, artist, or entrepreneur. But there are a handful of multitalented individuals who manage to embrace it all. Robin Atkins is one of those few. Whether following a meandering line of bugle beads across a swatch of fabric, or hunting glass bead-making industries in Eastern Europe, Robin responds unconditionally to the lure of beads. As a teacher, she advocates a spontaneous approach, a wholehearted surrender to the medium... Quick to acknowledge the significance of friends, students, and mentors in her journey, Robin recalls attending the Second International Bead Conference in Washington, D.C., 1990, and realizing she'd found her tribe. 'Growing up, I was always a bit of a loner. But I walked into the lobby and here were all these people with beads around their necks,' she says. 'There was a feeling of understanding, of being part of a group'... Today Robin maintains an active schedule of teaching improvisational bead embroidery classes, finger weaving, and other beading classes, gently mentoring others to open to the creative process and the power of beads. She also lectures to bead societies and other groups on the beads, buttons, and beadwork of Eastern Europe, among other topics..."

Enjoy your visit to this site! Please contact me if you have any questions or comments or requests regarding this site or any of its contents. Thank you! Robin