Naomi S Adams Austin Quilter of Killer Bee Designs

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Upcoming workshop with Quilter’s Guild of Dallas

Wednesday, September 22nd, 2010

Posted 9/21/10

 Don’t miss out! We have 9 spots left in the workshop I am providing for the Quilter’s Guild of Dallas on 10/9/10. We will be exploring all sorts of surface design techniques.

Here’s what we’ll be doing:

Explore textiles and printmaking in this exciting and dynamic class. Explore many avenues including purchased stamps and stencils, found objects, transfers, and hand-created tools to alter the textile surface. You will learn how to add pattern to cloth with resists, rust, dye, and textile paints. We will have a good combination of your own explorations of techniques and some things that I will demo only due to chemicals/messes/time constraints in a workshop environment.  

Contace the guild at or myself at for more information.

See you there!

Shibori results

Thursday, December 31st, 2009

Posted 12/30/09


As promised, here are my woven shibori results! Quite lovely texture and patterning in “Naomi” green. It was such a nice way to end my weaving class.  This piece was created with cotton 5/2 yarn. I really liked the other pieces in my class that were created with 10/2 yarn. With the finer thread, the pattern results were even more dramatic.

It was a fun filled, fabulous, and a bit of a frenetic first semester. I just took a holiday break with my sweetheart, and am now furiously back to work. I am making messes in my studio and taking advantage of my gift of 14 days before I go back to being a full time grad student/teaching assistant/art history paper writer.

Welcome 2010!

First semester of MFA program

Monday, December 7th, 2009

Posted 12/7/09


I made it! The first semester of my 3 year MFA program at UNT has been amazing and quite a whirlwind. Here are a few photos of the unpacking of my studio space on campus. I am fortunate to have a large, private studio space with dyeing facilities and all sorts of other great amenities. 


I have tackled an amazing amount of techniques and had all sorts of fabulous adventures, many ending with my hands a new and exciting color.  Potato and corn dextrin resists, dyeing batting, screen printing, rusting, smocking, devore, flour paste resists, you name it, I’ve tried it this semester.  I can’t wait to get to the rest of my list of things to try.


This last photo is a piece that is still in the dye bath right this minute. It is a piece of woven shibori, still on the loom. The pink threads are the gathering threads to make the shibori resist, and will be taken out when the dyeing and washing is complete.   I’ll get you a photo of the completed woven shibori piece, disaster or not. :)

Collage Mania 2009 – Preview Day!

Wednesday, April 29th, 2009

Posted 4/29/09


The Collage Mania preview is up! There are 383 collages available on May 5, 2009 for an $80 minimum donation. On May 6 and 7, 2009, they will be available for a $40 minimum donation. This is the last fundraiser for Fiberart for a Cause which benefits the American Cancer Society. Thank you, Virginia Spiegel and Karen Stiehl Osborn for all of your hard work on this project!

I donated 3 collages for the sale this year, which are located on page 15 of the Collage Mania preview. Take a look, find something lovely and donate generously.

Monthly Journal Quilt 4/12 2009

Sunday, April 12th, 2009

Posted 4/12/09


This is my monthly journal quilt for April, 4/12 2009, 12″ x 12″. The way I figure it, April is almost over for me due to lots of things going on over the next 2 weeks, so I figured I better get to it!

This piece is created in the same way my small lines series is constructed. For this piece, I began with a background piece of fabric that I painted with blue/aqua paint with a handmade stamp. I then took a piece of purple fabric that I painted, cut it into strips and fused it to the background. I then sandwiched it with batting and backing and quilted it. Then, I cut it up into lots of pieces and reassembled them with a zig zag stitch. It’s a fun stripey puzzle to re-stitch together. I machine quilted over it some more and then finished it with a zig zag stitch around the edges.

This piece is for sale in my etsy shop.

Monthly Journal Quilt 3/12 2009

Monday, March 23rd, 2009

Posted 3/23/09


This is my monthly journal quilt for March, 3/12 2009, 12″ x 12″, mounted to stretched canvas.

This piece started with a sketch from my sketchbook last month, and then took a different road while I was making it!  I started this piece with a purple piece of my hand dyed fabric for the background. I then used a foam stamp to print circles on the background with 3 colors of purple textile paints. I then added the two flowers by fusing fabric to the background. The purple circles are from a single piece of my hand dyed fabric that had tons of color variation in it. The green stems are from a commercial batik fabric. To finish the piece, I quilted it with wavy lines with a purple variegated cotton thread. I then zig zagged the edges and went to water the lawn. :) Happy spring!

This piece is for sale in my etsy shop.

Leaves for The Tree Project

Friday, March 20th, 2009

Posted 3/20/09


The International Fiber Collective is working on a collaborative project, Interdependence (The Tree Project). They have been collecting leaves made with fiber techniques for a tree installation.

A quote from their website: “Much like a live tree is interdependent on its leaves and roots for survival, societies are interdependent on the greater whole, family units, communities, and countries.”

Another artist noted on her blog that they will be accepting leaves past their original deadline, so I found a few minutes (i.e. got up earlier) this week to make a few leaves.

The leaf on the left was made with leftover pieces from a larger work I created last year, which involved cutting up whole quilted pieces and re-structuring them. The leaf in the middle is made from painted corrugated cardboard coffee cup sleeves that were then machine stitched. The leaf on the right was created with a leftover piece of interesting fabric that a fiber friend gave to me, which I painted and quilted. This fabric is used for disposable gowns, etc.

Thanks for the project, International Fiber Collective! I can’t wait to see the final installation photos.

And I would dye for love

Wednesday, February 18th, 2009

Posted 2/17/09


When I dyed fabric in January, I forgot to snap a pic of this piece of fabric. I had gotten out my Mom’s old Reed pleater to try a bit of shibori.  While I didn’t enjoy that experience, I took this piece of fabric and wrapped it around a piece of PVC pipe in my garage. I used some loose rubber bands and poured the dye down the sides. This was sun yellow and mixing red/fuchsia.  Even though the rubber bands weren’t tight enough, it sure created a nice pattern on the fabric.

This Sunday, I headed back to the garage to dye some more fabric. I took a whole stack of light yellows, lavenders, blues and pinks that I didn’t want and overdyed them. I also dyed some plain white fabric. Here’s what I got.


I really enjoy the saturation of these colors! It doesn’t show in this photo, but the dark orange in the center is phenomenal. I overdyed with deep orange dye onto a piece of lavender fabric. Awesome. I purchased 3 new dye colors to mix with the primaries: maroon brown, deep orange, and gold, and I think the results are great. And here’s one more pic of my stash right now, which I think is a better range to take to my Nancy Crow workshop! Yes, there’s a lot of red, but I love red! The second photo is my stash after my January dye session. I know, I didn’t arrange the colors the same way, oops. But you can definitely see improvement.


After February dye session


After January dye session


“Before” fabrics


New small work and a quick book/movie departure

Friday, January 30th, 2009

Posted 1/30/09


This a little new work, titled” Tin can, rusted”, 5″ x 7″, mounted on stretched canvas. It is for sale for $30 in my etsy shop.

Now for the quick departure. :) Both of my sisters, prague and provo, blogged about the following questions, and I found their answers surprising and interesting.

1. What book have you read the most times in your life?
2. What movie/tv episode/whatever as long as it’s a video of some sort have you seen the most times?
3. What person do you talk to the most?

My answers:

1. I really love reading non-fiction and arty things, so fiction and reading a book cover to cover takes a back seat. Currently on my bedside table is a gift from my sis-in-law, Color: A Natural History of the Palette by Victoria Finlay. I think most read book hails from younger years. I’m pretty sure it’s Cheaper by the Dozen, by Ernestine Gilbreth Carey and Frank B. Gilbreth. A very funny book. If it was which “author” have you read the most times, it would definitely be Dick Francis.

2. As my linguist sister noted, The Philadelphia Story is a movie I saw so many times as a kid that I have the words memorized. However, as an adult, I often keep the tv/movies on while quilting and making art. I don’t “see” a lot of the movie, but I hear the words and music over and over. I get stupid every time The Italian Job is on tv, and can’t turn it off, so I’d have to say it’s a huge contender. As my husband says, “You love a good caper.”  However, for the lifetime win, I’m going to give my full vote though to Grease, for most watched. It’s classic.  I do have a feeling Dr. Horrible’s Sing Along Blog will top the charts one of these days though.

3. If talking on the phone counts, then my other half, who is only half here. :)

Monthly Journal Quilt 1/12 2009

Wednesday, January 28th, 2009

Posted 1/28/09


This is my first monthly journal quilt of 2009, 1/12 2009, 12″ x 12″, mounted to stretched canvas.

I really enjoyed the surprises that happened in this piece, and aside from the colors, I didn’t have a specific plan before I started painting. I’m really interested in a brown/turquoise/deep red color combination right now, so I knew I wanted to work with that scheme.  I started with a piece of fabric that I rusted this month, using some new-to-me rusty bolts and a rusty can that were gifted to me (thanks d & j!) I used a thermofax screen that I made to make the turquoise “flowers, and an eraser stamp to create the red dots, and I hand painted the greenery. I machine quilted it with a rust-colored brown thread. It is mounted to stretched canvas, so it is ready to display! This piece is for sale in my etsy shop. 

So, for my new 2009 journal project, here are my few simple rules: Create a piece monthly, to total 12 for 2009.  Size: 12″ x 12″, mounted to stretched canvas. That’s it! I’m really looking forward to the challenge of a square shape and a new size, all good things to work my brain harder.