Hi! My name is Josie Adams,
Surface Pattern Designer, Bernina Addict, & School Counselor
I am a middle school counselor with a dream to be a surface pattern designer. I opened Frannie + Frankie on Etsy to take a step in that direction. My niece, Eva, inspired a fabric collection that I am really proud of which spurred the opening of Frannie + Frankie. I sew and sell baby blankets and accessories in original prints.
My love of fabric design really began when I was teaching a fashion design class for a high school in Texas. I had been sewing for a long time before I began teaching it (which is why I am a Bernina addict), but I really started to fall in love with fabric during my span running a class. When you’re teaching 75 freshman how to make pajama pants, you really start to notice the prints on things. During that time, I could make a pair of pjs with my eyes closed, so it was exciting to start to focus on the fabric kids were bringing in.
However, it wasn’t until I moved to California after getting married that I took steps towards my pipe dream of actually designing fabric. You see, I was jobless. Turns out getting my masters in school counseling in Texas didn’t actually guarantee you a job in California… Since one of my personality traits is an inability to sit still for very long, I dove into classes on Skillshare by Elizabeth Olwen and Bonnie Christine, both amazing surface pattern designers. I joined the Roost Tribe by Bonnie Christine and endeavored to learn Adobe Illustrator.
I eventually landed a job as a middle school counselor, and my dream of designing fabrics sort of took a back seat. Fast forward two years, and here I am, still dreaming my dream, but actively taking steps towards my goal. Slow and steady…
I am learning and growing, and I hope that you will join me on my journey!