Friday, April 11, 2014

Fall 2014 Retreat


NeedleArts Adventures presents
Sewing by the Sea
October 2014
at the Grand Hotel,
2100 Baltimore Ave., Ocean City, Maryland, USA 21842

A retreat for textile and mixed media arts enthusiasts who enjoy
- quilting
- clothing design and wearable art
- cloth doll making
- paper arts (journaling, book arts, etc.)
- beading
- knitting & crocheting
    
Wednesday October 29th (8 AM) thru Sunday November 2nd (6 PM)
Wednesday is a BONUS DAY for those who can come early. The retreat “officially” begins Thursday evening.

WHAT: Treat yourself to several days away from the distractions of home. We have reserved a spacious room in which to work and enjoy the company of other textile/paper artists. Make connections with old and new friends. Share ideas, advice and inspiration.           
Bring your equipment and supplies, and all those projects you have been meaning to work on! Relax and have fun. The schedule is designed to give you maximum flexibility so you can work non-stop, or take a break and enjoy a walk on the beach, shop, swim in the pool, or whatever YOU like.

Overview of Activities:
All activities are in the Grand Ballroom

Wednesday
      8:00 AM – 2 AM   Bonus Day for those who can come early
 Thursday
     6:00 AM – 8:00 PM Bonus Studio time for “Early Birds”
     8:00 PM - 10:00 PM Opening Program
    10:00 PM – 2 AM Studio Time 
Other days
      6:00 AM – 2 AM Studio time
Sunday     
      6:00 AM – 10:00 AM Studio time 
      10:00 AM – 11:00 AM Share your accomplishments
    11:00 AM - 6 PM Studio time


WHO:  This retreat is designed for sewing, textile and paper arts enthusiasts. People interested in quilting, beading, crafts, clothing design and construction, and hand- or machine-sewing activities are welcome. Scrap booking, altered books, collage, book making, knitting, crocheting and similar activities are welcome. There are always people engaged in some of these activities.

REGISTRATION INFORMATION:  Space is limited.
Registration is $80 per person. It includes:
A full 6-foot banquet table of work space for studio time (you don’t have to share a table)
A simple project for an opening activity on the first evening
On the last morning sharing of accomplishments (show and tell)
Registration does not include lodging, meals or travel expenses.
Register soon to avoid disappointment. Registration is on a first paid, first served basis

A minimum deposit of $10 is required. Registration is refundable, except for a $10 processing fee, until September 29. After that time we cannot make refunds. You may send someone in your place.

LODGING - FOOD - TRAVEL: You are responsible for your lodging, meals, travel and things not specifically covered by the registration fee.
The Grand Hotel is a beachfront resort hotel on the boardwalk. Our group’s sleeping rooms are ocean view, with balconies. Each room has 2 queen beds, a microwave, a bar sink, some counter space and a small refrigerator.
Our special group rates are:
Thursday, Friday and Saturday the rate is $85 (plus taxes) per night.  Tuesday, Wednesday and Sunday it is $65 (plus taxes) per night.  
This is single or double so sharing a room with a friend means even greater savings.  (There is  $20 surcharge for more than 2 adults in a room.) Participants must stay at the Grand Hotel; we cannot provide studio space for those who stay elsewhere. Many people will arrive early and depart the morning after the last day.

Please make your hotel reservations directly with the Grand Hotel by September 27th to receive the group rate. You are responsible for making your own reservations. Identify yourself as part of the NeedleArts Adventures Group. The hotel’s reservation number is 1-800-447-6779 / 410-289-6191.

You can find travel directions and information about the hotel, its policies, and facilities at their web site: www.grandhoteloceancity.com. There is a 24-hour coffee shop in the hotel and there are many restaurants and grocery stores near by.

Located on Maryland’s Eastern Shore, Ocean City is an easy two-and-a-half-hour drive from Baltimore or Philadelphia. There is plenty of free parking at the hotel. You can fly to Philadelphia, PA, Baltimore, MD, or Salisbury, MD, and rent a car. (Salisbury is 30 minutes away.) There is sometimes commuter flight service to Ocean City. We will help with carpools and roommate referrals.

To register send your name, address, phone nr., e-mail, whether you are registering for fall or spring, & check to: NeedleArts Adventures, PO Box 331, Crownsville, MD 21032-0331. One person per registration check, please. Make checks to NeedleArts Adventures.

Check our blog: www.needleartsadventures.blogspot.com for current retreat information.

Questions: Contact Sandy Sapienza. Phone - 410-923-6133. E-mail - sandra@annapolis.net
NeedleArts Adventures, PO Box 331, Crownsville, MD 21032-0331

Saturday, March 1, 2014

Last Minute Notes: Spring 2014


Last Minute Notes


It is getting close to time for our sewing and arts retreat Thursday afternoon March 13 through Sunday March 16, 6 PM March.  The studio will be open by 8 AM on Wednesday, March 12, for early birds. The retreat Opening Program will be at 8 PM on Thursday. Here is some last minute information that may be useful to you.

MEETING ROOM: We will be using the Ballroom on the 4th floor.

HOTEL:  You should have made your hotel reservations. If you have not, call the Grand Hotel immediately. The hotel’s reservation number is 1-800-447-6779 or 410-289-6191. (When you make your reservation you must identify yourself as part of the NeedleArts Adventures Group to receive the special group rate.) Check-in is assured by 4:00 PM. Checkout is 11 AM.
Remember, there is a 72-hour cancellation policy. This means if your plans change you MUST cancel your reservations at least 72 hours before your scheduled arrival or you will be charged for the first night’s lodging. It is hotel policy to charge for the total nights originally reserved by guests when they check out earlier than scheduled. If your departure date is changed by 24 hours prior to arrival there is no early checkout charge. There is an additional charge for more than 2 in a room. We hope there are no family emergencies and no one gets the flu, but these things DO happen so please be aware of the hotel policies.

CLOTHES: Casual clothing is appropriate. The weather can be changeable so plan accordingly. Bring a bathing suit; there is an indoor pool.

BASIC EQUIPMENT: Bring the sewing, beading and art supplies and equipment you need. You will have one 6-foot banquet table for your workspace.   You may wish to bring a chair cushion for added height and comfort.  A long heavy-duty extension cord and a work light may also be useful.  It is a very large room so we will need lots of long power strips. If you have one it will come in handy. We will have one or two irons and ironing boards set up for all to share.  A “wheelie” (a carry-on bag with wheels) or collapsible rolling box is handy for transporting your supplies and equipment.
We can leave supplies in the ballroom overnight. (Note: Some people use small chains or computer security cables [wire covered with plastic, with a lock] to secure their sewing machine to the table when they leave the studio area. You may want to do this.)  The hotel will lock the door when the last person leaves the room. We have never had a problem, but you don’t know what may happen.


OPENING EVENING PROJECT:  Our project will be led by Tricia Mattes. Come to the Ballroom  for the Opening at 8:00 PM. We will provide most of the supplies. You should bring hand sewing needle and strong thread, a scrap (8 inch square) of quilting weight fabric, and scissors.  (You can “shop” for you fabric at the at the give-away tables if you wish J ) This is a hand sewing for this project. You do NOT need a machine.  

SHOW-&-TELL:  We will have our show-and-tell of our weekend’s accomplishments on Sunday morning 10:00 to 11:00. We must keep Show & Tell to 1 hour. Please do not take photos during Show & Tell. We have a lot of really interesting work to see and a very limited amount of time in which to do it. So, if you want a photo of something please arrange to take it before hand.
          
INFORMAL SHARING:  Carrying on our tradition of sharing, we are planning several informal workshops during the retreat.  You should have already received workshop descriptions and schedule. If you have not already pre-registered for the workshops and you want to take a class you may sign up at the Opening – if there is space available. Kit fees are paid to the session leader in cash at the workshop.

The workshops are:
1. Juice Box Wallet with Sandy Sapienza, (Friday 10:30- 11:00 AM)
2. No Piecing Bow Tie Block with Ellen Nobles-Harris,  (Friday 1-2 PM)
3. Planning and Laying Out a Memory Wall Quilt with Judi Ward, (Saturday 11AM  to 12 noon)
4. Spiral Bracelet with Doris Slye, (Friday 2:30 – 4:30 PM)
5. Organized Doodling with Doris Slye, (Saturday 1:00 – 2:30 PM)

 Remember there are kits for some classes so you will need to bring whatever is on the supply list  ----- or make a run to WalMart or Michael’s  :-)  !

Memorial Quilt in memory of Vickie McPeters – A note from Betty Jean Boyd:

Vickie passed away suddenly in December. She has been attending Sewing by the Sea for many years. I would like to make a "1600" quilt at our retreat in her memory. It will be sent to her daughter and granddaughter.  Vickie always used jelly rolls to make quilts so this would be very fitting.  If you care to donate strips to be used in the quilt please  bring them to SBTS.  I can use 2 1/2" wide by width of fabric in girly fabrics in pastels in pinks, lavender, green, blue etc.  Bring them to the March event and I will get to work.  Vickie is missed by all who knew her and I thank you for being a part of this quilt project.  Betty Jean.


Soaps and Toiletries Needed: Lois Uditsky is still collecting soaps and personal hygiene items   --- like the shampoo, lotion and soaps you get in a hotel room.  Bring whatever you may have to share and save what you do not use at the hotel during the retreat.

“GOOD STUFF” EXCHANGE:  We all have a lot of fun sharing “good stuff” we no longer need. If you have some fabric, books, sewing, art or craft supplies, patterns, etc. that need a new home please bring them to share. We will have “Give Away” tables in the Ballroom. These must be things you’re willing to GIVE away --- no sales. We will put out these treasures after the Opening on Thursday evening.
         Note: Please be sure your give away items do not have pet hair in them. Some people are allergic to cat/dog hair. We want to keep everyone healthy!

         Button Buffet: Judi Ward will again organize this buffet. Have some fun with your unneeded buttons! If you wish to dispose of those "thousands" of buttons you have but are not using please bring them. We will have some shallow bins to dump them into and cups and/or plastic bags to fill.
     One bin will be for loose buttons and one for carded buttons.
     The Button Buffet will open on opening night, just like the freebie tables, and you can pick and choose some new buttons …… and have fun doing so. 
    So pack up those buttons and be ready to pick out new ones to take their place or simply be rid of the no-longer-needed buttons for good!

SNACKS:  The hotel policy is that any food in public spaces, for general consumption, must be provided by the hotel catering services. This is because of the health laws.  This means we cannot have a snack table from which we share. You may have your own snacks at your own table and share as you wish.

SOUND CONTROL REMINDER: If you want to bring a tape or CD player or a TV, it should be small enough to fit in your work area and MUST have earphones so it does not disturb others.  

SPA:  The spa is giving a 10% discount to our group on services over $25. They offer a variety of services including manicures, pedicures, hair styling, massage and facials. You may make appointments before you arrive. Call 410.289.4066.  (The massage and facial appointments often fill quickly.)

WHAT TO DO WHEN YOU ARRIVE: When you arrive check into your hotel room and get settled. A lot of us are coming a day early and departing on Monday morning. Our studio space is on the 4th floor in the Ballroom.  The room will be set up by 8 AM Wednesday for Early Birds. Someone from NeedleArts Adventures will be in the area Wednesday. Stop by the Ballroom and pick up your nametag and find your workspace.

Some of you have asked to sit with certain other people.  We have asked the hotel to arrange the tables to accommodate your wishes to the best of their ability. Because of physical constraints in setting up the room we are limited in the placement and sizes of clusters of tables.  

 Near the entrance we will post a map of the room with the table clusters marked and a list of the people we anticipate will be sitting in each cluster. We will put all the table tags for that cluster on one table in the cluster. The people in that cluster decide who sits next to whom. *****Please DO NOT move table markers to/from another cluster without consulting Sandy Sapienza or Judy Lapato. *****  We have done our best to assure that people who want to be together are close to one another. We can make last minute adjustments when we arrive but we need to be coordinated about it.  Remember, while it is nice to sit with old friends it can also be good to meet new ones. We have an especially large group this time so we need your help to get the final seating arranged as smoothly as possible.

    You can set up and start working when the room is ready. We strongly recommend that you do not leave your sewing machine unattended. While the hotel is safe and secure, anything can happen. (Remember: Some people use security cables to secure the machine to the table when they leave the studio area. You may want to do this.) 

This is going to be a wonderful, relaxing and productive retreat. We are looking forward to seeing one another!  There are several new people joining us. In the mean time, if you need more information, please call me at 410-923-6133 or e-mail at sandra@annapolis.net. NeedleArts Adventures, PO Box 331, Crownsville, MD 21032

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

WORKSHOPS March 2014


WORKSHOP DESCRIPTIONS

SBTS Spring 2014

To register please e-mail or contact Sandy by March 1st.


 1. TITLE:  Juice Box Wallet

DESCRIPTION: Use a half-gallon cardboard ju
ice container with a screw cap to make a clever little wallet. They can be used for change.  Or you can put a little sewing kit  or some tea bags, or other small items inside. These wallets would make fun table favors. Kids will love them, too.
They are fast, easy, a great recycling project.

CLASS SIZE: Any

KIT :  Wallet Template will be provided

BRING: Half gallon milk or juice carton with plastic cap, rinsed. Paper Scissors. Paper towels. Tape. Ballpoint pen. Ruler. Craft knife (optional). Bone folder or dull knife. (Bring as many juice cartons as you want. ) Sandy will have a few to share.

WORKSHOP LEADER: Sandy Sapienza

DAY/TIME: Friday 10:30 to 11:30



2. TITLE: No Piecing Bow Tie Block

DESCRIPTION: Learn how to make a bow tie block with just a single piece of fabric and no piecing. Ellen will show you how to do thi
s innovative technique and then you can work on your own

CLASS SIZ  E: Minimum - 8, Maximum – 12

KIT: Printed instructions. Cost:  $1

BRING: Please bring pre-cut 5.5” squares of cotton quilting fabric, hand needle, thread and a small ruler.  Squares can be larger or smaller.  The 5.5” square will give a 4” block.

WORKSHOP LEADER: Ellen Nobles-Harris, Brandywine Valley Quilters.  I have been sewing since I was 4 and started quilting in 2005 when I retired.  I have come to Sewing by the Sea since fall of 2012.

DAY & TIME: Friday 1-2  PM 



3. TITLE: Planning and Laying Out a Memory Wall Quilt

DESCRIPTION: I had some of my Memory quilt wall hangings with me last Nov. and several attendees wanted to have more info on making one for themselves.
I will bring things to lay one out and demo attaching the items etc. After the demo you can begin pla
nning your own project.
           If you want to start working on one for yourself....bring a 42" by 42" piece of print fabric for the back. A plain 42" by 42" piece for the top. A 42" by 42" piece of felt for the batting...Or thin quilt batting. A little dress, or romper, or pajamas, etc. for the main focus item. Other items...Soft baby shoes, hat or bonnet, bib, undershirt, doilies, old embroideries, old quilt pieces, ribbon, fabric to make Yo-Yos, pacifier, rattle, a little toy etc. Whatever you want to add to your wall hanging.
         My wall hangings are made from clothes I bought at second hand stores but many of you have treasured items that are perfect for this project.
         I will bring a pattern for little felt shoes for you to make if you don't have any real shoes. If you are going to make shoes you will need a 9"X12" piece of wool/rayon felt.
         This is a fun way to display those precious items in your home….or give the wall hanging as a gift to the grown up "owner".

CLASS SIZE: Max 15

KIT: $2 shoe pattern and directions
BRING: See class description

WORKSHOP LEADER: Judi Ward
DAY &  TIME:  Saturday 11AM  to 12 noon



4. TITLE Spiral Bracelet

DESCRIPTION: This beaded 
bracelet is a lot easier than it looks!  Working step by step you will blend 2 colors to create a fascinating spiral design. There are many choices of colors which you may reserve ahead of time, or you can pick from what’s available when you arrive.

The colors are:  major color/minor color: 1.  lavender / purple, 2. iris mix / pale copper, 3. Green Iris / black,  4. Emerald / lt green,  5. Aqua / lt. blue, 6. Jet Black / matte black, 7. Teal Mix / S/L Teal,  8. Black Diamond Mix (greys) / grey luster, 9.  Aqua / s/l Lt. Blue,  10. Blue Iris / navy, 11. Saphire Mix / Met. Bright Blue,  12. Peacock / Silver, 13. Matte Silver / Rainbow Purple, 14. Matte Silver / mate grey, 15.Pink Mix / rainbow violet, 16. S/L Ruby / Silver, 17. S/L Pink / crystal,  18.Fuschia / Rainbow Fuschia.

.

CLASS SIZE:  Max 12

KIT:
All supplies.  Cost $5 or $6 depending on clasp chosen.  For an additional $8 you can make a 30 inch rope necklace.  I will have started each one for you and then teach you how to start one from scratch.  Please reserve kits ahead of time to assure you get the colors you want.  E-mail  Doris at  n3tgb@aol.com  to reserve your kit.

BRING: a bead mat.  Some will be available to borrow.  A light if you think you will need it.

WORKSHOP LEADER: Doris Slye

DAY &  TIME: Friday 2:30 – 4:30 PM


4. TITLE: Organized Doodling

DESCRIPTION: This is an introductory session; we will explore Organized Doodling.  You will learn some of the basics for creating  zentangle-like designs. It is fun, creative and relaxing.    

CLASS SIZE: Maximum 15

KIT:
$3.  

BRING: Bring any of the following that you have:  Hand held pencil sharpener, pencil, a black Pigma pen 005 and a sharpie Ultra-fine felt tip.

WORKSHOP LEADER: Doris Slye

DAY &  TIME:  Saturday 1:00 – 2:30 PM

Thursday, October 10, 2013

Fall 2013 Last MInute Notes



SBTS Last Minute Notes – Fall 2013

It is getting close to time for our sewing and arts retreat Thursday afternoon November 7 through Sunday November 10, 6 PM March.  The studio will be open by 8 AM on Wednesday, November 6, for early birds. The retreat Opening Program will be at 8 PM on Thursday. Here is some last minute information that may be useful to you.

MEETING ROOM: We will be using the Ballroom on the 4th floor.

HOTEL:  You should have made your hotel reservations. If you have not, call the Grand Hotel immediately. The hotel’s reservation number is 1-800-447-6779 or 410-289-6191. (When you make your reservation you must identify yourself as part of the NeedleArts Adventures Group to receive the special group rate.) Check-in is assured by 4:00 PM. Checkout is 11 AM.
Remember, there is a 72-hour cancellation policy. This means if your plans change you MUST cancel your reservations at least 72 hours before your scheduled arrival or you will be charged for the first night’s lodging. It is hotel policy to charge for the total nights originally reserved by guests when they check out earlier than scheduled. If your departure date is changed by 24 hours prior to arrival there is no early checkout charge. There is an additional charge for more than 2 in a room. We hope there are no family emergencies and no one gets the flu, but these things DO happen so please be aware of the hotel policies.

CLOTHES: Casual clothing is appropriate. The weather can be changeable so plan accordingly. Bring a bathing suit; there is an indoor pool.

BASIC EQUIPMENT: Bring the sewing, beading and art supplies and equipment you need. You will have one 6-foot banquet table for your workspace.   You may wish to bring a chair cushion for added height and comfort.  A long heavy-duty extension cord and a work light may also be useful.  It is a very large room so we will need lots of long power strips. If you have one it will come in handy. We will have one or two irons and ironing boards set up for all to share.  A “wheelie” (a carry-on bag with wheels) or collapsible rolling box is handy for transporting your supplies and equipment.
We can leave supplies in the ballroom overnight. (Note: Some people use small chains or computer security cables [wire covered with plastic, with a lock] to secure their sewing machine to the table when they leave the studio area. You may want to do this.)  The hotel will lock the door when the last person leaves the room. We have never had a problem, but you don’t know what may happen.


OPENING EVENING PROJECT:  Our project is a surprise. Come to the Ballroom. We will begin at 8:00 PM. If you arrive later you can catch up easily. We will provide all of the supplies except sewing thread. You may want to bring 4 buttons about ½ in diameter. Choose colors you like; they can be the same or different. (You can “shop” for you buttons at the “Button Buffet” if you wish J ) This is sewing for this project. If you are not bringing your machine you can probably share with someone who has a machine.

SHOW-&-TELL:  We will have our show-and-tell of our weekend’s accomplishments on Sunday morning 10:00 to 11:00. We must keep Show & Tell to 1 hour. Please do not take photos during Show & Tell. We have a lot of really interesting work to see and a very limited amount of time in which to do it. So, if you want a photo of something please arrange to take it before hand.
          
INFORMAL SHARING:  Carrying on our tradition of sharing, we are planning several informal workshops during the retreat.  You should have already received workshop descriptions and schedule. If you have not already pre-registered for the workshops and you want to take a class you may sign up at the Opening – if there is space available. Kit fees are paid to the session leader in cash at the workshop.

The workshops are:
1. Vintage Music Wreath, with Lisa Cowan, (Friday 2-4 PM)
2. Bead and Tube Doll Pin, with  Judi Ward,  (Saturday 2-3 PM)
3.Twig Brooch, with Mavis Walker, (Friday 10 - 11 AM)
4. Star Book, with Judy Lapato, (Friday 1-2 PM)


Remember there are kits for some classes so you will need to bring whatever is on the supply list  ----- or make a run to WalMart or Michael’s  :-)  !

Soaps and Toiletries Needed: Lois Uditsky is still collecting soaps and personal hygiene items   --- like the shampoo, lotion and soaps you get in a hotel room.  Bring whatever you may have to share and save what you do not use at the hotel during the retreat.

“GOOD STUFF” EXCHANGE:  We all have a lot of fun sharing “good stuff” we no longer need. If you have some fabric, books, sewing, art or craft supplies, patterns, etc. that need a new home please bring them to share. We will have “Give Away” tables in the Ballroom. These must be things you’re willing to GIVE away --- no sales. We will put out these treasures after the Opening on Thursday evening.
         Note: Please be sure your give away items do not have pet hair in them. Some people are allergic to cat/dog hair. We want to keep everyone healthy!

         SOMETHING NEW:  Button Buffet - coordinated by Judi Ward: Let's have some fun with our unneeded buttons. Everyone who wishes to dispose of those "thousands" of buttons, bring them and we will have some shallow bins to dump them into and cups and/or plastic bags to fill.
     One bin will be for loose buttons and one for carded buttons.
     The Button Buffet will open on opening night, just like the free tables, and you can pick and choose some new buttons …… and have fun doing so. 
    So pack up those buttons and be ready to pick out new ones to take their place or simply be rid of the no-longer-needed buttons for good!

SNACKS:  The hotel policy is that any food in public spaces, for general consumption, must be provided by the hotel catering services. This is because of the health laws.  This means we cannot have a snack table from which we share. You may have your own snacks at your own table and share as you wish.

SOUND CONTROL REMINDER: If you want to bring a tape or CD player or a TV, it should be small enough to fit in your work area and MUST have earphones so it does not disturb others.   

SPA:  The spa is giving a 10% discount to our group on services over $20. You may make appointments before you arrive. (The massage and facial appointments often fill quickly.)

WHAT TO DO WHEN YOU ARRIVE: When you arrive check into your hotel room and get settled. A lot of us are coming a day early and departing on Monday morning. Our studio space is on the 4th floor in the Ballroom.  The room will be set up by 8 AM Wednesday for Early Birds. Someone from NeedleArts Adventures will be in the area Wednesday. Stop by the Ballroom and pick up your nametag and find your workspace.

Some of you have asked to sit with certain other people.  We have asked the hotel to arrange  the tables to accommodate your wishes to the best of their ability. Because of physical constraints in setting up the room we are limited in the placement and sizes of clusters of tables.  

 We are going to try something different this time. Near the entrance we will post a map of the room with the table clusters marked and a list of the people we anticipate will be sitting in each cluster. We will put all the table tags for that cluster on one table in the cluster. The people in that cluster decide who sits next to whom  *****Please DO NOT move table markers to/from another cluster without consulting Sandy Sapienza or Judy Lapato. *****  We have done our best to assure that people who want to sit together are close to one another. We can make last minute adjustments when we arrive but we need to be coordinated about it.  Remember, while it is nice to sit with old friends it can also be good to meet new ones. We have an especially large group this time so we need your help to get the final seating arranged as smoothly as possible.

    You can set up and start working when the room is ready. We strongly recommend that you do not leave your sewing machine unattended. While the hotel is safe and secure, anything can happen. (Remember: Some people use security cables to secure the machine to the table when they leave the studio area. You may want to do this.) 

This is going to be a wonderful, relaxing and productive retreat. We are looking forward to seeing one another!  There are several new people joining us. In the mean time, if you need more information, please call me at 410-923-6133 or e-mail at sandra@annapolis.net. NeedleArts Adventures, PO Box 331, Crownsville, MD 21032

Remember: you can always find the all the SBTS information on our blog
http://www.needleartsadventures.blogspot.com

See you soon,
Sandy


PS FYI, I will be away and off-line October 11 thru 18 so I won’t be answering e-mails then. I suggest you do not leave phone messages during that time; my family won’t be able to answer your questions and it seems I rarely get phone my messages J

Saturday, September 28, 2013

Optional Workshops for the November 6-10 Retreat





SBTS Fall 2013
Work Shop Descriptions

To register e-mail Sandy by October 23rd

1. TITLE Vintage Music Wreath


DESCRIPTION: In this work shop you will make a grapevine wreath with sheet music.   ThIs attractive decoration can be used indoors all year long.  These wreaths would make wonderful holiday gifts or decorations. Lisa will guide you through the process. It looks complex but it is really easy. You will finish, or almost finish (depending I how fast you work), in class. Once you master this technique you can try making wreaths with other decorative papers.

CLASS SIZE:  10

KIT . Optional: We will have some packets of sheet music  available for $2 each.  When you register, let us know if you want one.

BRING: Grapevine wreath - 10 to 12” in diameter,  50 or more pages  of sheet music (8.5”x11” or so), glue gun and sticks. Scissors or a personal trimmer in case you want to re-size the pagers. Flowers that suit your color theme (small are better), 1 yd. ribbon of your choice

WORKSHOP LEADER:  Lisa Cowan

DAY & TIME:  Friday 2-4 PM


2. TITLE Tube and Beads Doll Pins


DESCRIPTION: These doll pins can be funky or elegant, depending on your choice of fabric and beads.  They can be simple and graphic or glitzy and embellished to the hilt. It is up to you!    The samples here are plain but still interesting. You can wear them as pins or make them as holiday tree decorations . The creative possibilities are endless. This is the kind of project of which you can’t make “just one”.   Once you get started, you’ll want to make a bunch. They are a great way to use up small amounts of materials left from other projects.

CLASS SIZE:  20 max.

KIT:   $3.00   Sewn tubes in many colors and stuffing. An assortment for fibers for "hair" and some beads to share too.  Pin backs.
BRING: You will need to bring assorted beads with bigger holes like on strung jewelry necklaces. ( I buy necklaces from second hand stores and unstring them.)   Sharing beads here will work well so the colors can be coordinated with the tubes.
A sewing needle that can be easily threaded with double heavy duty thread.
Heavy duty thread if you have some but I will bring some too.
A stuffing tool like a screwdriver or chop stick;  and a turning tool like a small hemostat.
Some assorted fibers like yarn, small ribbon, Angelina fiber, just about any thin fibers. I have some that came on cards in a box and I will bring those to share too.
I will also bring letter beads to share if someone wants to make a "message" pin doll.
If you do beading on cloth with those tiny beads please plan to do that after class if desired. These little tubes can be very elegant!

WORKSHOP LEADER: Judi Ward

DAY & TIME:  Sat. 2:00 PM




3. TITLE OF CLASS - Twig Brooch

DESCRIPTION: This  is a unique little pin or brooch  that puts friendly humanity into trees. It would be a great gift for your ecologically-minded friends or gardener relations, or perhaps a name tag for an arboretum volunteer.  Mavis will present a demo and  get you started. Then you can work on this fun project your own.

CLASS SIZE: Maximum  20

KIT: A
ready stuffed twig, and supplies  to complete, and  a pattern with instructions for  future reference. Cost $5.

BRING: Usual hand sewing kit. Any tiny embellishments you might want to use.

WORKSHOP LEADER: Mavis  Walker.

DAY &  TIME: Friday 10 AM – 11 AM



4  TITLE Star Book

DESCRIPTION: This clever little book is perfect for a scrap book or journal or notebook. When you open the book the pages “explode” giving you many surfaces for decoration or writing. When the book it totally opened, and the covers tied together, the book looks like a star. Small versions make interesting ornaments.   Though this looks like a very complex book form it is really quite easy, good for a beginner, when you tale it a step at a time. These books make great gifts and are easy to personalize. Your choice of papers can create very different looks. Try pastels for a baby, primary colors for kids, or use maps for a masculine look.

CLASS SIZE: Any   

KIT : $1. Includes cardboard for covers, some ribbon, some papers, directions.

BRING:  Several (5 or so) sheets of card stock. Several sheets of text weight paper. (Can be white or colored.) A LARGE glue stick. For your covers you will need 2  sheets of decorated  paper (scrapbook paper, maps, sheet music, etc.). If you have one, bring a personal cutter, otherwise bring a ruler, pencil and scissors. If you want to use  a certain ribbon bring at least 18”.

WORKSHOP LEADER:  Judy Lapato

DAY & TIME:  Friday 1 - 2 PM