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Tree of Life Gourd






Patti Jo Newsom

Friday, Sep 6th

Full Day

9 am - 4 pm


Class description


In this class, the focus will be to create a beautiful Tree of Life in a gourd with Peridot gem chip beads and wire. As a finishing touch, you will learn to inlay round leather cord around the design.

This class is appropriate for all levels of students. Basic knowledge of how to use your rotary tool is required. How far along you will get on this project will depend on your level of expertise. Most students should be able to finish everything. Students who do not finish will be given the supplies and instructions they need to complete the project at home.

The instructor will provide a craft ready gourd, a class tutorial, and all of the supplies needed to complete the project, with the exception of the "items you are required to bring" listed below.

What you are required to bring


Each student is required to bring the following items to class:

  • Rotary tool and all burs. If your burs work for the project, you can use them. If not, appropriate inexpensive burs will be for sale.

  • Medium and large sizes of soft-bristled detail paint brushes.
  • Beading Tools: 1 small pair of wire cutters and 2 small pairs of jewelry pliers (preferably the kind without the serrated teeth).
  • Heat Gun
  • Eye protection - Eyeglasses or Safety glasses
  • Dust Mask

Optional: Hands-free magnifier to help with beading if you have

Optional: Apron to protect your clothing

Class Cancellation Policy

If you need to cancel this class, you MUST contact us before August 22, 2024 in order to receive a refund. Note that NGS will withhold $10 per cancelled class to cover processing fees. To cancel, call Patti Jo Newsom @ 817-917-7873 or email

If a class does not meet the minimum number of students, the class will be cancelled, you will be contacted, and your full registration fee will be refunded.


About the instructor


Patti Jo Newsom is an active member of the American Gourd Society, co-founder and co-chair of the Nevada Gourd Society, and director of the Pahrump Valley Gourd Patch. She is a certified Gare instructor and over the years she has experimented with a variety of artistic design techniques, painting on canvas, wood, and ceramics. For the past 15 years she has concentrated on her gourd art and teaching classes for those who want to learn her techniques.


Questions about this class?


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