Saturday, March 26, 2016

Spring 2017 SBTS Retreat

 NeedleArts Adventures presents
Sewing by the Sea
March 2017 
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

Tuesday March 21th (8 AM) thru Sunday March 26th (midnight)
Tuesday & Wednesday are BONUS DAYS 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

Tuesday & Wednesday:
     8:00 AM – 2 AM   Bonus Days for those who can come early
     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 
Friday & Saturday:
     6:00 AM – 2 AM Studio time
     6:00 AM – 10:00 AM Studio time 
     10:00 AM – 11:00 AM Share your accomplishments
     11:00 AM - Midnight Studio time

WHO:  This retreat is designed for sewing, textile, mixed media, and paper arts enthusiasts. People interested in quilting, beading, crafts, clothing design and construction, and hand- or machine-sewing activities are welcome. Scrap booking, paper arts, mixed media, knitting, crocheting and similar activities are welcome.

Registration is $85 per person. It includes:
A full 6-foot banquet table of workspace for studio time (you don’t have to share a table)
A simple project for an opening activity on the first evening
Free workshop opportunities
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 February 1. 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 or side 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:
Friday and Saturday
            Ocean view & ocean front are $108 (plus taxes) per night.
            Grand view (side) is $83 (plus taxes) per night.
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday Thursday and Sunday
            Ocean view & ocean front are $88 (plus taxes) per night.
            Grand view (side) is $73 (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 as soon as possible and no later than February 10th 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: 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.) 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: for current retreat information.
Questions: Contact Sandy Sapienza. Phone - 410-923-6133. E-mail -

NeedleArts Adventures, PO Box 331, Crownsville, MD 21032-0331

Thursday, March 3, 2016

Last Minute Notes - Spring 2016

SBTS Last Minute Notes – Spring 2016

It is getting close to time for our sewing and arts retreat Thursday afternoon March 17 through Sunday March 20.  The studio will be open by 8 AM on Wednesday, March 16, 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. The entrance is near the elevators.

HOTEL:  You should have made your hotel reservations.  The Grand is full at this time. If you still need a room call the Paradise Plaza Inn on 9th Street and the Ocean.  (410) 289-6381. Tell them you are part of the NeedleArts Adventures group from the Grand. And please let Sandy know. The hotel is oceanfront. The room rates are the same as at the Grand. There are already 5 people from our group staying there.
Remember, at the Grand 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 if you wish; 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, power strip 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 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.
Also, we recommend you put your name of your tools.  Many tools look alike. If your name is on your tools they are more likely to find their way home if mislaid.

OPENING EVENING PROJECT:  Our project will be led by Merrily O’Hara and Donna Mulvenny. Come to the Ballroom for the Opening at 8:00 PM on Thursday. We will provide the supplies. You will need a sewing machine and basic sewing supplies. If you are not bringing a machine you can probably borrow a few minutes of sewing time from a neighbor with one.
[If you have an idea for a future project please bring a sample and show Sandy. We are always looking for ideas for future retreats.]

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’ll 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 the workshop descriptions and schedule. If you have not pre-registered for the workshops and you want to take a class you may sign up at the Opening – if there is space available.  Please be on time for classes. Kit fees are paid to the session leader in cash at the workshop.

The workshops are:
1.  Little Bunnies by Judi Ward
2.  Switch Plates that Look Like Little Quilts   by Judi Ward
3.  Ten Minute Quilt Block by Judi Ward
4.  Button Bouquet by Mary Shelly
5.  Journaling Round Table by Edie Evans & Sandy Sapienza
6.   Peyote Stitch 1 by Doris Slye
7.   Peyote Stitch 2 by Doris Slye
8.   Peyote Stitch 3 by Doris Slye
9.   Lace Jewelry by Lorine Mason
Details about the workshops are on our NeedleArts blog

Remember you will need to bring whatever is on the supply list  ----- or make a run to Wal-Mart or Michael’s  :-)  !

First Aid supplies: We will have a few first aid items (like band aids) in a box on the registration table. You may use them if needed. We do NOT offer first aid to anyone. You are responsible for taking care of yourself. Hopefully nothing will be needed J

Things 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!
          If the people who so graciously arranged the Give-Away Tables last time would like to do so again on Thursday afternoon it would be most welcome.

         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 in which to dump them and cups and/or plastic bags to fill with the buttons you find.  
         The Button Buffet will open on Opening Night, just like the give-away tables, so you can pick and choose some new buttons …… and have fun doing so. 
    Just pack up those old 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 tablet 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. 

SAFETY:  Here are some safety items to keep in mind. (We usually announce these at the Opening Program on Thursday but so many people come early we want to share them now.)
         ALL power cords must be taped to the floor. There will be duck tape in the room, probably on the registration table, for you to use. Please return the tape as soon as you are done with it.
         When you leave the room UNPLUG YOUR IRON if you are using one.
         Last person out should check that the two irons at the shared ironing stations are unplugged.
         The last person to leave the ballroom can call the front desk (there is a house phone in the hall near the entry to the Ballroom) to have some one lock the door.
         If you arrive in the morning and the Ballroom door is locked just call the front desk and ask to have someone open it.

SPA:  Shiela, the Manager of the Aqua Day Spa wants us to know that the spa is giving a 10% discount to our group on services over $25. Tell them you are with the NeedleArts group when you make your appointment. They offer a variety of services including manicures, pedicures, hair styling, massage and facials. Many of us have been very pleased with the Spa services.  The staff is highly skilled and they always take good care of us. You may wish to make your appointment before you arrive. Call 410-289-4066.  (The massage and facial appointments 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 who will be sitting in each cluster. We will put all the table markers and name tags for that cluster in a folder 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. *****  Do not move tables tp other clusters. 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 a large group so we need everyone’s 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.) 

DIRECTORY UPDATES: are in the e-mail copy sent directly to you

For our Opening Project in the fall we need plastic spray can lids – the kind you find on spray starch, Spray paint, PAM spray, hair spray, etc.  We will need one for each person who comes in the fall. If you have any please you save them and bring them to the retreat. We will save them for the fall.

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

Remember: You can always find the all the SBTS information on our blog

See you soon,


Saturday, February 13, 2016

Workshops Spring 2016

SBTS Spring 2016

To register please e-mail  Sandy with your class selections by March 1st.  First come, first served.

1. TITLE:  Little Bunnies

I have sewn the bunnies and the rest is turning, stuffing, doing a bit of simple hand work and adding bits and pieces with hot glue and tying the ribbons. Even the vest is one piece and can be sewn or hot glued at the shoulders. 
The printed Bunny in the picture is made from woven cotton. The kit contains fabric for bunnies made from a firm knit, not printed cotton. You can make more bunnies later from your quilting fabrics....and....make a quilt and a bunny for an Easter gift!

CLASS SIZE: 14 absolute max.

KIT :  $7  Your kit contains everything (except the things to bring listed below) including a pattern with brief directions so you can make more bunnies. 

BRING:. Bring hot glue and a gun if you have one... An extension cord... Sharp scissors...polyester stuffing ( half a bag is plenty)... a stuffing tool ( I prefer a long, flat blade screwdriver)...A hemostat for turning if you have one...(I have several to share)  A fairly long hand sewing needle and thread in cream...(Be sure you can see the eye of the needle!...)


DAY/TIME: Friday 1-3 PM


2. TITLE:   Switch Plates that look like little quilts

DESCRIPTION: We will use a simple technique to decorate switch plates or socket plates.  This is fun and the plates are great for your sewing room or kids rooms.  The project is fast and easy. You will probably want to make more than one.

KIT :  None
BRING:. Bring a switch or socket plate. Take one off the wall at home or buy a new one. (Wal-Mart has them for 57 cents.) Bring a quilt magazine so you can choose a quilt picture to use for your plate. Bring white glue, a pencil and scissors. 

DAY/TIME: Thursday 4-5 PM

3. TITLE: 10 Minute Quilt Squares. 
DESCRIPTION: These are demoed on Pinterest and You Tube, but none of my quilt friends thought it made a lot of sense so I "figured" it out and have demoed it many times now.  It is NOT my idea, I am just making it simple.
I will demo 2 versions, and show how to change the sizes etc. 
I have made a twin size Christmas quilt using the large cathedral window "look" version,  and am going to make 4 more for Grand Daughters.  I will bring the finished quilt with me for show and tell at the class.

KIT :  None
BRING: Nothing
DAY/TIME:   Thursday 3-4 PM

4. TITLE:  Button Bouquet

DESCRIPTION: In this workshop you will learn how to make a charming button bouquet. This is a great way to display special buttons. The project is easy and offers lots of opportunities for making a creative and unique display. Mary will demonstrate the technique. IF you do not finish in class it will be easy to complete on your own.


KIT :  $6  Includes a small vase, wire, needle nose pliers and some buttons. 

BRING: A wire cutter if you have one (there will be some to share).  Any special buttons or small vase you may want to include. Mary will have a good selection of vases for you to pick from. Remember you can shop at the Button Buffet.


DAY/TIME:  Friday 9-10:30

5. TITLE:   Journaling Round Table

DESCRIPTION: Do you keep a journal, art journal, sketch book, or something of the kind? Would you like to get together with others at SBTS who keep journals of some sort?
Would you like to try journaling? It is easy, and fun. Anyone can do it. There are no hard and fast rules; you do what works for you.
This is not a how-to workshop but a round table. We will share what we are doing and any tips, tricks or ideas we may have. We will have some time to work in our journals together. If there are new people who want to get started we will help.


KIT: None

BRING: Your journals and journaling supplies. If you have ephemera, collage fodder and stuff you no longer need, please bring it to share with the group.
 If you are new and do not know what to bring let us know and we will suggest some basics.

WORKSHOP LEADERS: Edie Evans and Sandy Sapienza will be moderators. Everyone shares in the leadership.

DAY/TIME: Wednesday 7-8:30 PM

6. TITLE:   Peyote Stitch : Level I

The peyote stitch, an off-loom bead weaving technique, is a stitch any beader will want to master. It is a fundamental stitch for many beading designs. This versatile stitch can be used for flat and three dimensional designs. Doris is offering 3 levels of workshops so you can learn the basics and enhance you skills.
(The picture is an example of  peyote stitch.)
          Level  1:   Introduction to the stitch using large cylinder beads.  We will do even count peyote and make a bracelet.    For 3 to 16 students    Kit is $2 and includes perler beads, needle, thread and handout.     

CLASS SIZE: Min  3, Max 16

KIT : $2  includes perler beads, needle, thread and handout   

BRING:   Bring a bead tray if you have one, or borrow one, or make one for $2. Just see Doris at any time to make the tray.


DAY/TIME:   Thursday 11 AM-12noon

7. TITLE:   Peyote Stitch : Level 2

The peyote stitch, an off-loom bead weaving technique, is a stitch any beader will want to master. It is a fundamental stitch for many beading designs. This versatile stitch can be used for flat and three dimensional designs. Doris is offering 3 levels of workshops so you can learn the basics and enhance you skills.  (The picture is an example of flat peyote stitch.)
         Level 2:  Learn to make up and follow your own pattern, both even and odd count.    

CLASS SIZE: Min  3, Max 16

KIT : Kit is $2  and includes the items in level 1 plus special graphing paper. 

BRING: Bring a bead tray if you have one, or borrow one, or make one for $2. Just see Doris at any time to make the tray.


DAY/TIME:   Friday 11 AM – 12:30 PM

8. TITLE:   Peyote Stitch : Level 3

The peyote stitch, an off-loom bead weaving technique, is a stitch any beader will want to master. It is a fundamental stitch for many beading designs. This versatile stitch can be used for flat and three dimensional designs. Doris is offering 3 levels of workshops so you can learn the basics and enhance you skills.
Level 3:  Changing over to size 11 Delica beads, we will execute a design of your choosing, and possibly work with cylinders and patterns with non-squared off borders,  ie. a flower without background around it. Doris will bring examples to help you select a design.

CLASS SIZE: Min  3, Max 10

KIT : .  Kit is about $5 and for those who want to use a bracelet form, it will be an additional $3.50.

BRING: Bring a bead tray if you have one, or borrow one, or make one for $2. Just see Doris at any time to make the tray.


DAY/TIME:  Friday 3:30 PM – 5:30 PM   


DESCRIPTION: This mini class in Lace Jewelry will get you started and perhaps inspire you to do more. We’ll start with a look at the types of laces suitable for Lace Jewelry making, then move on to the deconstruction, prepping and color application phases. The final touch is added with the application of hot fix crystals and studs. You will make up to two pair of earrings in class.

CLASS SIZE: Min 3, Max 12

KIT : $5 Includes: lace, paint, stiffening product, earring wires, hot fix crystals and studs, paint brushes, and hot fix tools.
BRING: Please bring scissors with a sharp point suitable for cutting apart the lace and needle nose jewelry pliers if you own them. Note: I will have a number of pairs of pliers to share.

DAY/TIME: Saturday 10-11 AM