Friday, September 12, 2014

Workshops for Fall 2014 Retreat


WORKSHOP DESCRIPTIONS
SBTS Fall 2014

To register please e-mail or contact Sandy by October 10th.

1. TITLE  Yarn Stick Stiletto
DESCRIPTION:  Lisa will demo how to take wooden skewer sticks wrapped in yarn to create your own stiletto. They are cool! And a handy sewing tool.
 CLASS SIZE:   20 Max
 KIT:  50 cents.  wooden skewer stick, batting, yarn.
 BRING:  Everything supplied in kit, except glue so bring some. Tacky glue is fine. I'll have a variety of yarn color options.  If you want to use your own yarn color, bring at least a 9 yd piece.   I will also have glue for sharing.
WORKSHOP LEADER:  Lisa Cook
DAY &  TIME:  Friday 10:00 to 11:00 AM


2. TITLE: Fabric Rose
DESCRIPTION: Learn this clever way to make roses out of fabric. They are a perfect hair decoration when you put them on a clip or ponytail holder. Of course they can be used for other decorations too.  This is the kind of project that you can’t make just one of!
CLASS SIZE: 20 max
KIT:
$5.00. The kit will include a pattern, templates, warming candle, needle, thread, a pony tail holder or hair clip  and enough fabric to make two flowers.
BRING: Scissors
WORKSHOP LEADER: Lillian Kreider
DAY &  TIME:  Saturday 9:00 to 10:30 AM


3. TITLE: Urban Doodles
DESCRIPTION: Create a unique fabric art piece through a step by step process  of Doodling and then Painting with fabric dyes. Join Lorine Mason <http://lorinemason.com>   in the creation of a one of a kind ‘Urban Doodles’ fabric art piece, suitable  for hanging or used in the creation of a treasured sewing project.  The journey begins with the use of templates and the simple act of tracing, designing your own personal art piece  through the creation of layered objects. The process continues with the art of  doodling; filling in, highlighting and morphing the basic traced lines.  Inspiration, step by step directions,  tips and techniques will be given throughout the  doodling process. Once doodling is completed; the act of adding color through the application of dyes directly to the fabric brings the art to life. There are no mistakes in ‘Urban Doodles’, simply opportunities to move in any number  of design directions throughout the process

CLASS SIZE: Min 6, Max 12
KIT: $10 per person
BRING: Nothing. Lorine will provide everything.
WORKSHOP LEADER:  Lorine Mason
DAY &  TIME:  Saturday 1 – 3 PM


4. TITLE: Intro to Gelatin Printing on Paper and Fabric   

DESCRIPTION: Join us in exploring the possibilities for printing on gelatin. Gelatin is a versatile surface for monoprinting without a press. Its resilient surface makes it possible to achieve great detail quickly with minimal equipment. The process uses only water based inks and paints which are not toxic. It is simple enough for beginners  to achieve interesting results and offers creative challenges to experienced artists. The process is easy and fun and can be addictive!

            Gelatin prints make interesting quilt blocks. Once you know the basics you can easily print enough blocks for a quilt in just a few hours.
            In class we will print on paper and fabric. We'll use commercial gelatin plates; you will receive directions for making your own plate at home. We will begin by learning some basic techniques. Then you will explore your favorites – combining them, building layers, and following your own direction.
            We will build a stash of interesting prints. Then we’ll use one to create a greeting card.
CLASS SIZE: 15 max
KIT:
$6  
Includes equipment and most supplies.
(Use of gelli plate & brayer; directions; some card stock & other papers; stencils, masks & texture tools; some acrylic paint; card blank and envelope.)

BRING: Apron or wear old clothes
             3 to 5 small bottles  fabric paint or acrylic craft paint in colors you want to use
            Some fabric  (approx. 10 pieces) about 9”x12”, prewashed and ironed, & fabric paints or inks. (Paints should be a creamy consistency. Acrylic craft paint in little bottles is OK.)
    Freezer paper (iron on the back of fabrics that are soft and flowy, not firm. Firm quilt weight cottons may not need to be backed) You can do this in advance.
   Optional things you may find useful
            Plastic gloves (if you like clean hands)
            Extra printing paper such white card stock or unlined 5x8 cards
            Any texture tools you may want to try.  If you want to try printing leaves they should be soft, not dry.

WORKSHOP LEADER: Sandy Sapienza
DAY &  TIME:  Thursday 2 PM to 4 PM
 Because so many people come for the Bonus Day and there is so little time on the weekend we are trying something new -  offering a class on the bonus day.   


5. TITLE : Pumpkins! Pumpkins! Pumpkins!   
DESCRIPTION: Let's make elegant pumpkins in a variety of sizes, making the stems from toilet paper rolls! Of course we all save those dang rolls and never find anything to do with them...Now you will have something to use them for!
     I will have a kit for you with a finished stem, the stretch velvet, ( I have 5 colors) a pattern, a screw and a washer, leaves, floral tape, a TP roll, heavy thread and a big eye needle.  I will bring a few Phillips screwdrivers to share or bring one for yourself.  
    Sandy has stuffing to share, and I will bring metallic paint and paintbrushes if you wish for your stem to be metallic.  Your kit stem will be tan.
     I will, of course,  show you how to make another stem from the TP roll in your kit so you can make more pumpkins if desired for your fall table d├ęcor.
CLASS SIZE: 20 MAX
KIT: $5.00
BRING: Bring more TP rolls if desired in case you want to make more than one extra stem.
WORKSHOP LEADER: Judi Ward
DAY &  TIME: Friday, Oct. 31st from 1 PM til 3 PM






Sunday, August 31, 2014

Call for Workshop Proposals - Fall 2014


Sewing By The Sea Fall 2014

It is time to start planning for our  mini-workshops. Carrying on our tradition of sharing, we would like to offer several informal workshops during the retreat. Is there a technique or project you would like to share?

 We need your input!  What short classes would you like to offer?

As a workshop leader you choose the day, time and duration of your class. You can set a minimum and a maximum class size. Several people can lead a class together. You volunteer your time. You can offer a kit with a kit fee, and/or have a supply list for participants. The class can be hands-on or a demo.

In the past we have done things like learn doll-making techniques, make beaded bubble bracelets, felt bars of soap, make altered board books, explore foiling on fabric, see demos of lace making, decorate glass Christmas balls, and try yoga. Anything goes!

Send your ideas to Sandy by September 10th.  We will send out information about  the offerings in early October so you can register for the classes you want. If possible, send a photo of your project. Send it as a .jpg;  72 dpi is fine. Do not imbed it in a Word document or other text.

 For those of you who are attending for the first time, these are free workshops of 1/2 hour to 2 hours duration that are taught by volunteer teachers. The only expense to participants is the supplies. The purpose of the workshops is to share our expertise and interests, and to explore new techniques and materials.  And, of course, to have fun together.

Here is the basic information we need:
            TITLE OF CLASS
            DESCRIPTION    
CLASS SIZE: Minimum, Maximum  
KIT:  If any. What is included. Cost.
BRING: Supplies /equipment participants should bring.
WORKSHOP LEADER:  Can be more than one person if you want to work with a friend. One or  two sentences about yourself if you wish.
PROPOSED DAY & TIME: What works for you? How much time do you need?  (Sandy will confirm the date & time.) Remember, you can do a demo and get people started then they can work on their own to finish. 



We already have scheduled two workshops: PUMPKINS! PUMPKINS! PUMPKINS and Introduction to Gelli Printing in Fabric. To whet your appetite two photos are below. We can't wait to see your ideas.


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