Naomi S Adams Austin Quilter of Killer Bee Designs



Example of Surface Design Exploration

Surface Design Exploration

1-5 day class

Explore textiles and surface design in this exciting and dynamic experimental class. Students will learn how to add pattern to cloth with resists, rust, dye, and textile paints. Investigate many surface design avenues including: imagery transfer methods, hand created stamps and stencils, and found objects in order to alter the textile surface. Textiles created in this class can be used in a multitude of ways including art cloth, art quilts, sewing or book projects.

Beginning Art Quilting Example

Screen Printing = Mark Making

1-5 day class

Ever need a specific image or texture for a quilt to solve your creative problem? Explore surface design screen printing options in this exciting and dynamic experimental class. Students will learn how to add pattern to cloth with low-tech screen printing methods. Techniques include soy wax resists, discharge, stencils, painting and more. Investigate layers to create cloth with depth and complexity.

Principles of Color and Design Example

Principles of Color and Design

1-5 day class

Explore the principles of color theory and design (balance, rhythm, proportion, contrast, emphasis and unity) and how to use them in art quilt compositions. Using creative design exercises, investigate how colors interact with each other and how to make color work for your artwork.

Color Theory Example

Color Theory

1-5 day class

Learn the basics of color theory.Access knowledge of how colors interact with each other, feelings of colors, etc. Gain confidence in your color decisions and understand how to use fabric to say what you mean!



1-5 day class

Explore the world of creating your own unique books. The class will cover the foundations of bookmaking, with opportunities for exploration of new book forms and techniques for more experienced students.  Learn the technical skills involved in making book forms through the creation of blank books that are both sewn and glued. Explore how to design and create one-of-a-kind or editions of conceptual artist’s books that marry form and content for a unique expression. Ideas will be investigated for the seamless inclusion of text and imagery in artist’s books. Special emphasis will be placed on special methods and ideas for using textiles to create unique handmade books.

Example of Fiber Postcards and Journal Quilting

Fiber Postcards and Journal Quilting

1-2 day class

Explore the use of fabric postcard techniques for journal quilting to chronicle experiences or to try ideas for larger quilts on a small scale. Delve into techniques to create abstract compositions using hand or machine embellishment.

Adams Hand Stitched Shibori Resists A

Hand Stitched or Clamp Shibori Resists

1-3 day class

Explore ways to create beautiful dyed or discharged fabrics using hand stitched  or clamp shibori techniques. Learn multiple shibori stitches and patterns including karamatsunui, makinui, and awasenui. Employ the basics of low immersion synthetic dye techniques to transform your freshly stitched shibori samples into colorful surface designed originals. The class is geared towards shibori beginners and will cover the foundations of stitched shibori resists.


Trunk Show

1 hour plus questions

Explore Naomi’s art quilts and surface design techniques and inspiration.  Digital slideshow or actual trunk show based upon travel arrangements.

Designing and Organizing your Quilting Space

1 hour plus questions

Learn how to assess how you work and your quilting processes.Use this information to reorganize and rethink your quilting space so it is working for you! Gain useful information about storage, organization, and ergonomics as they relate to quilting.


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Killer Bee Designs