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Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts Residency

Thursday, July 30th, 2015

Posted 7/29/15

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I was very much in work mode every second while I was there, but I’m posting now about my residency this summer at the Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts. This was my second residency of the summer (or ever!). Please check it out and apply at the next open call. It was a fantastic two weeks and the other four residents were just amazing.


Private Courtyard at KHN Center

I spent two weeks at the KHN Center. It was a fantastic residency. Residents can apply for longer bouts, but I thought I could squish in a book edition and jet back home for other summer adventures. I’m posting some things so that future residents can find a little more information, so I apologize if this is a little specific on a few in’s and out’s. There was art that the previous residents have donated placed all over the center which gives the place a lot of life. Nebraska City is tiny but fascinating. The city is the home of Arbor Day, chock full of museums, and has an interesting cemetery and all sorts of inspiration.

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I was the first artist from Southeast Idaho on the map

The visual art studios are large and air conditioned. There is natural light, a sink, shelves, tables, an easel, newsprint, etc.

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Yes, I made a huge mess in my studio. There was only one small drying rack, so I had to improvise.

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The Harry Duncan Letterpress Studio

The letterpress studio definitely needs an intern to come and sort through type and put it away, but otherwise it was in great shape. There was a lot of tiny type (14pt or less), but I was able to make some thinner amounts of large type work for my projects. There was no wood type. The boxcar base is a standard base and the Vandercook SP15 is in great shape. There was also a great proof press. The type I used was in really good condition. I didn’t have to spend hours switching out damaged type.

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There is just something wonderful about type

We happened to have the monthly open studio event occur while I was there and there was a crowd of about 35 folks. It was a great evening!

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The KHN Center staff, Elizabeth and Pat, were simply amazing. If you are flying in and are concerned about getting around, worry not. All of the things you need are right nearby and within walking distance: groceries, restaurants, library. There is a washer and dryer on site. There is even a closet of leftover items should you find yourself missing key toiletries.


My little test binding book. Yes, my glasses are on the table because I need bifocals. Sigh.

I was able to complete printing on my ambitious artist book edition. I pulled at least 468 prints for the book, with 24 unique press page layouts/setups. With a hand cranked roller, my arms were definitely in good enough shape to canoe this past weekend! I am still waiting for book cloth to arrive to bind them, but I can’t wait to stitch up this edition this fall.

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So. Many. Prints.

My trip to the International Quilt Study Center and Museum in Lincoln, NE was just wonderful. I got to see a kantha quilt from Bengal and lots of other things while on my behind the scenes tour.

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Kantha quilt detail

I found a Trader Joe’s in Lincoln, NE and got to make some chocolate croissants for a brief moment of down time.

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Gratuitous food image

Run, don’t walk to apply to the residency at the Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts in Nebraska City, Nebraska!

Utah Quilt Guild – Quilt Camp 2015

Tuesday, May 12th, 2015

Posted May 12, 2015

I am delighted to be teaching somewhere close to home for the Utah Quilt Guild Quilt Camp this fall. Their Quilt Fest will be held September 15-19, 2015 in Layton, Utah. The brochure with the complete catalogue and class descriptions is located here.

Registration begins June 1, 2015 for classes at the Davis Conference Center, a fantastic venue!

I’ll be providing my Designing and Organizing your Quilting Space lecture and teaching an all day workshop, Quilted Journal.

Here are some images of projects from my Quilted Journal class.

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Class Description:
Create your own distinctive textile journal or sketchbook! The class will focus on mastering a sewn tape binding technique with a wide range of uses and implications. Learn the basics of handmade bookmaking techniques while crafting a beautiful machine quilted journal. Take this unique bookmaking project with you to document your next travel adventure!

Arrowmont Bookmaking Class Images

Wednesday, August 14th, 2013

Posted 8/14/13

I had an amazing, creative and impressively productive group of students for my Adventures in Bookmaking workshop last month at Arrowmont School of Crafts in Tennessee. I planned to cover a number of bindings, but I had hungry students and we added about 4 more to the list!  Bookmaking fiends. Because these 7 women had super powerful arms, a number of awls and needles were sacrificed in the name of bookmaking. :)

For even more images, check this flickr set.


Jessica’s Coptic Accordion Binding with a cover flap to allow it to stay closed.


Japanese Stab bindings.


You can’t have a week at Arrowmont without a bear-themed item! Students raised and lowered the surface of their covers utilizing layers of Davey Board. Please note that I did not steal Season’s book. :)


Look at all of these books! Fabric and paper covers.


Sparkly Roach Coptic, my personal favorite.


Elegant Japanese Stabs with Hard Covers, utilizing book cloth.




Some students wanted to try an upcycled or reconstructed Coptic (like the ones I have in the Arrowmont Instructor Exhibition this year.) So, they raided the “for sale” rack in the library and came up with beauties. The paintbrush imagery was on the cover of the original book and Judy added her handmade paste papers to the cover.


Secret Belgian madness.


Winged Book.


I bet you wish you were there.


And lastly, a stack of book boards cut and ready to use at home.

What an astounding week. Great things were happening in all of the diverse classes all over the campus. We had wonderful studio assistants, work-study students, and the staff were supportive and great (as always). Be sure to get to Arrowmont and meet this year’s wonderful resident artists.


Surface Design Association 3-Day Textile Bookmaking Workshop

Sunday, February 24th, 2013

Posted 2/24/13



The International Surface Design Association presents: Interface 2013


Post Conference 3-Day Workshop with Naomi S. Adams

San Antonio, Texas – June 10-12, 2013


Textile Bookmaking

Dive into the world of creating your own unique textile artists’ books and sketchbooks. The class will cover the foundations of bookmaking, with opportunities for advanced exploration of new techniques for more experienced students. Special emphasis will be placed on special methods and ideas for using textiles to create unique handmade books. Learn the technical skills through the creation of blank sample books. Investigate the use of sewn bindings, including the Coptic Stitch, Medieval Long Stitch, and a tape binding.


Level: All Levels—Workshop Tuition: $390—Supply Fee: $37


Register for the Workshop only or the Surface Design Conference / Workshop online at:


There are still spots left in the workshop, so sign up and tell your friends today!





Textile Books

Sunday, January 13th, 2013

Posted 1/12/13


I worked on a few books this weekend and thought I’d post some images. The book above has a quilted cover that uses a scrap of some great mixed media fabric I made several years ago in a workshop with Judy Coates Perez. She’s amazing. I layered some batiks on top and included some watercolor paper for the interior pages.


To make these 4 miniature books (4 1/2″ x 3 1/2″), I use some of my dyed batting and black and white cotton scraps for the covers. I used interfacing in the middle to increase the stability. For the book construction, I just used a stitch length of 5 and sewed right down the signature with my machine!

quiltedbook113c.jpg This last book is for my upcoming niece’s birthday. She’s still a kindergartener, so I hope I can post without her finding the images. :) She is such a great kid. I always go home finding little piece of art or secrets tucked in my bag somewhere. I thought I’d make her a sketchbook/journal with lots of hiding places.

quiltedbook113c3.jpg I had to include a little bit of skull fabric so she’d know it was made by me! My sister found this fun skull fabric for me. The signatures are stitched in with a medieval long stitch binding using some hand dyed perle cotton thread from Laura Wasilowski.

quiltedbook113c2.jpg This last image shows a detail of some of the pages. I sewed in some envelopes and library book pockets so that she will have more places to hide her treasures.

I will be teaching a textile bookmaking class for the 2013 Surface Design Association in San Antonio, Texas. Registration opens this week. See you there!

Ex Libris

Saturday, November 24th, 2012

Posted 11/24/12


Here are a couple of books I created this fall. I found some library catalog cards, due date slips and card holders that had interesting lives. Some of these cards were used for inventory, so they have all sorts of interesting check marks and notations of different colored inks.


This book was created using a tied binding, library catalog cards, cotton yarn and handmade paper.


This book is an accordion book which uses a great barkcloth paper, book cloth, book envelopes and library catalog cards. I’ll be teaching bookmaking at the Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts and the Surface Design Association Conference: Confluence in 2013.

Handmade books

Saturday, February 25th, 2012

 Posted 2/25/12


Tape/ribbon bound quilted sketchbook, button closure and sketch paper signatures.

I just thought some images of some handmade books I’ve made recently were in order. The bookmaking class that I am teaching at both the Long Beach and Houston quilt festivals this year (titled “Quilted Journal”) will feature techniques to make medieval long stitch bound books. Sign up for classes through  – Enjoy!

medieval-binding-c.jpg Medieval long stitch quilted book, overdyed fabric, dyed batting, ribbon tie, watercolor paper signatures, button gifted to me by artist Margaret Ball.


Medieval long stitch bound journals, pleather and felt covers, ribbon closures with button and bottle cap,  sketchbook paper signatures.

medieval-binding-b.jpg Medieval long stitch bound quilted journal, commercial fabrics, buttonhole closure with handmade button gifted to me by artist Margaret Ball, watercolor paper signatures.

Surface Design Association Conference

Thursday, June 23rd, 2011

Posted 6/23/11

I had a lovely time at the Surface Design Association Conference this month! I traveled to the lovely city of Minneapolis, Minnesota.  I saw so many lovely images and met lots of interesting artists.  As the SDA Creative Promise Award for Student Excellence Graduate Recipient for 2010, I also have a lovely spread in the current issue of the Surface Design Journal.


My work is still on display through August in the fair city of St. Paul in the Currents show at the Larson Gallery on the University of Minnesota Campus. I was pleased to be able to see the Surface Design Association Student Show in person.  Envy was awarded Second Place in this show!



I thought I’d share a few links of the lovely things you will want to purchase or investigate that I garnered during the conference. Enjoy!

Books and Resources:

India Flint, Natural Plant Dyes and Techniques
Book: Eco Colour: Botanical Dyes for Beautiful Textiles

Chunghie Lee, Korean Wrapping Bundles
New Book: Bojagi and Beyond
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Carolyn Kallenborn, Woven Lives DVD about Oaxacan Weaving Traditions.

Natalie Alabama Chanin, USA Cottage Hand Sewn Sustainable Clothing
Books: Alabama Stitch Book

Alabama Studio Style

Cave Paper: Handmade Papers by Amanda Degener and Bridget O’Malley

Spoonflower, Custom Printed Fabrics

Minnesota Center for Book Arts, Book Arts Residencies/Fellowships

LFN Textiles: Artist’s Ribbons by Laura Foster Nicholson

Jiyoung Chung: Joomchi, traditional Korean Papermaking process
Book: Joomchi and Beyond

Pairings book edition

Thursday, June 16th, 2011

Posted 6/17/11


I just finished casing in my edition of 6 artist books, Pairings. Since the illustrations are hand drawn, it is an edition variee. While they are extremely similar, the illustrations make it impossible for each book to be exactly the same. I think it adds charm.

The letterpress type in this book was created on a Vandercook Print Press at Texas Woman’s University.  I used some fabulous big metal type to create impressions on watercolor paper with hand torn edges.


There are seven pairings in the book.  Each book is 9 1/2″ H x 6″ W. Each book has 20 pages and 14 hand drawn illustrations. Each pair is a wine and cheese that I love best together. I had to do some serious research. In this case, a lot of wine and cheese had to be consumed. It’s a hard job, but someone has to do it.

The binding is a sewn retchoso binding that allows the book to lay flat when the viewer reads it. I remembered to take a photo before they got cased in. Lovely. The cover title is also letterpressed onto a lovely textured green paper.


Although lighthearted in many ways, the book also poses my thoughts about pairings and how I feel our culture presents that we are better or more whole if we are coupled up with that special someone. Each pairing has their own phrase associated with this idea, such as “two peas in a pod” or “coupling”.


You see the wine and cheese together, overlaid through a window that showcases the matched set and both of their best qualities. When you turn the page, the cheese stands alone and the wine is left incomplete, with a hole in the bottle.


To purchase a book, please visit my etsy store here or contact me. I worked on this edition with Mary Kathryn Wimberly at Texas Woman’s University. Thank you, Mary Kathryn!