Monday, September 28, 2015

Workshops Fall 2015

SBTS Fall 2015

To register please e-mail or contact Sandy by October 5th. 

1. TITLE:  Scherenschnitte/Fancy Paper Cutting

DESCRIPTION: Scherenschnitte, also known as Fancy Paper Cutting, is the German folk art of creating beautiful designs  suitable for framing or greeting cards. In this workshop you will learn basic techniques as you work on both traditional and contemporary designs.
The techniques you learn for accurate and neat cutting are useful for many forms of paper arts.
CLASS SIZE: minimum 10; maximum 15

KIT :  $4 The kit includes use of  small scissors, use of a sharp cutting knife, a 5x7 framing mat,  and a greeting card base

BRING: A glue stick and a cutting surface (a small self-healing cutting mat or heavy cardboard about 8”x10”)


DAY/TIME: Friday 9 AM to 11 AM

2. TITLE:   SNOWMEN!!!....or ladies....

DESCRIPTION: Lets make fun, easy snowmen just in time for the holidays.  
These also use up your batting scraps when you make more at home. YEA!!!
We will make a large  one in class. You will get patterns for 4 other sizes and
 a bonus Penguin adaptation (to be made on your own later).  NOTE...This is a fun project that can also be done by children for scouts, church groups etc. with you pre-sewing the  needed sewn parts.

CLASS SIZE:  20 max.

KIT :   The kit will include a sewn Snowman body, sewn nose, hat and scarf fabric,  bottom washer, clear cup stand and battery candle.
Judi will have her usual "piles of stuff"  to choose from for eyes, earmuffs, decorations,  and several hot glue guns, black paint....and the button buffet will provide buttons if they are wanted for eyes, tummy buttons, embellishments etc.
Also included will be the Snowman patterns and the Penguin patterns which use the large snowman with "penguin parts".

Kit fee $7.00

BRING:  A bag of polyester stuffing, sewing needle, thread,  scissors, a hot glue gun and glue sticks if you have one. (It is much easier to have your own.)
A stuffing tool like a screwdriver or chopstick, and  "lets get ready for winter" creativity!


DAY/TIME: Friday 2:30 PM to 4:30 PM

3. TITLE:   Twister Bags

DESCRIPTION:  We will make this large carry-all bag.


KIT :  $15  Pattern and everything to make the bag. There will be a variety of pre-cut fabric to choose from.   

BRING:  Sewing machine & basic sewing items (thread, scissors)

WORKSHOP LEADER: Lillian Kreider

DAY/TIME:  Saturday 1:00 to 2:30 PM

4. TITLE:   Envelope Books

DESCRIPTION:  This is a very clever "book" that I am sure you will find a zillion uses for.  They go together quickly so you may have time to make two in the workshop.

CLASS SIZE: 25 max

KIT :  $4  includes all supplies

BRING:  A glue stick.  Optional: Any pretty paper napkins or tissue paper you may want to use; there will be plenty to share.

WORKSHOP LEADER:  Chrissie Hines

DAY/TIME:   Saturday 3 to 4 PM

5. TITLE:   Urban Doodles Journal Cover
DESCRIPTION:  Join Lorine on yet another Urban Doodles adventure. Lorine will  supply you with a pre-sewn cotton journal cover and then show you how to twist, spritz, doodle, stencil and paint your way to your very own personal journal cover. The cover was created to fit a standard ruled composition book  (remember the marbled black and white ones listed on everyone's school supply list) available at your local stores. 

CLASS SIZE:  max 12

KIT :   $7 includes everything except the composition book

BRING:  A composition book (roughly 7.5 inches x 9.75 inches)


DAY/TIME:   Saturday 10:00 to 11:30 AM

6. TITLE:   Message in a Bottle Necklace

DESCRIPTION:  Learn to do the basic Japanese 8 strand braid known as Kumihimo. We will use a hand-held disk to make the braid. It looks complex but it is really very simple. We’ll use the finished braid to make a necklace featuring a tiny bottle. You will personalize your necklace by putting your own items in the bottle. A few suggestions are: sand, tiny shells, gems, buttons, tiny charms, and perhaps a “secret message”. (Note: The picture is not the exact necklace we will be making but it gives you a general idea of the look.)


KIT :   $7.00 Includes a re-usable kumihimo disk, materials and a clasp to finish the necklace.
BRING:  Scissors. Tiny items to put in your bottle; the opening in the bottle is just ¼”.


DAY/TIME:   Friday 7:00 to 9:00 PM

7. TITLE:   Button Charm Bracelet

DESCRIPTION:  This clever bracelet is made using small buttons as the charms. You will attach the charms/buttons with jump rings. Once you learn this  technique you can make other bracelets using small buttons from your stash. (Remember to the check out the Button Buffet!)


KIT :  $5 all supplies

BRING: Flat nosed  or needle nosed jewelry pliers
WORKSHOP LEADER:   Luanne Hargadon

DAY/TIME:   Friday 1 to 2 PM

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

New E-mail address

The new e-mail address for NeedleArts Adventures is

Saturday, March 28, 2015

STS Spring 2016

NeedleArts Adventures presents
Sewing by the Sea
March 2016
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 March 16th (8 AM) thru Sunday March 20th (6 PM)
Wednesday the 16th 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

      8:00 AM – 2 AM   Bonus Day 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 
Other days
      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 - 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 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 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, 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 $103 (plus taxes) per night.  Tuesday, Wednesday and Sunday it is $83 (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 February 1st 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.) 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: for current retreat information.

Questions: Contact Sandy Sapienza. Phone - 410-923-6133. E-mail -

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

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Spring 2015 Workshops

SBTS Spring 2015

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

1. TITLE:   Dowel and Bead Spine Book


DESCRIPTION: This book is simple enough for a child to make yet sophisticated enough for an adult to appreciate. The construction is a little different because it uses beads and a dowel for a spine. A little creative thinking will yield many other options for objects that can be used as a spine. Consider a small wooden spoon for a cookbook, a huge nail for an industrial look, twigs for a nature look, or a pencil, or a paintbrush. The techniques are easy and fun. You can vary the size of the book. Add binding station if you wish. The creative possibilities are endless.


KIT:  $3.00 Includes most supplies.

BRING: Scissors. Pencil. Bone folder (if you have one). Ruler. Your own glue stick would be handy so you don’t have to share. Judy will have kits, however, if there is certain decorative paper you want to use – like a particular scrapbook paper or hand made paper  - you will need 2 pieces at least 8x8 and 2 pieces of coordinating paper for the liner 5 1/2 by 5 1/2. You may bring any cover embellishments and fibers you want to try.


DAY/TIME:  Saturday 10:30 to 12 noon  

2. TITLE:   Kaleidoscopes

Let's make Kaleidescopes from...You Guessed It...Toilet paper rolls!  I will provide the toilet paper rolls, the shiny stuff for the inside, plastic and metal inserts, directions and pattern, lots of ribbons and braids, a few lace appliques for beaders, my bag of bead soup.


KIT:  $3.00 (A variety of supplies notes above)

BRING:   Bring your own SHINY beads (if you have some), etc. You need to bring a small bottle of white glue, scissors, a roll of 1 inch wide blue painters tape, shiny stickers if you have some (I will bring some too) and be ready to have fun making something from your childhood.


DAY/TIME: Friday 1:30 to 3:00 PM

3. TITLE:   Netted Pearl Bracelet 

Since folks liked the bracelet I wore to SBTS last fall, I decided to offer it as a workshop. The technique can be done by anyone with basic beading experience. With different color combinations you can create many different looks.


KIT:  The kit contains a needle, thread, size 15 accent beads, triangle or size 11 connecting beads and a clasp.  Depending on your vision, you might want to visit the $ store for a pair of readers for close work.  You may bring, or I will provide a tray to keep your beads together.  Cost $3

From left to right we have:
Navy blue + silver
Red, white and green + gold
Green + silver
Green + green
Rose + rose
Red + gold
Burgundy + gold
Burgundy + burgundy.

The last sample is 6 mm pearls with old gold accents.  If you wish to work in 6 mm, please email me for the requirements. 
If you want to start your bracelet ahead of time, (Wednesday or Thursday) just drop by and we will make a plan  
Doris Slye   email

BRING: You will need to choose the color pearls that you want.  They are available for $1 per strand at Michaels.  If your wrist measures 6 and a half inches or less, you need two strands of 4 mm beads, otherwise you need 3 strands of 4 mm beads.  You need to make up your mind what color accent beads you want to use.  The main choices are gold or silver, but other choices are available depending on the look you want. 
Bring your basic beading tools.


DAY/TIME: Friday 10 AM to 12 noon

4. TITLE:   Make a Fascinator

This is meant as purely a fun exercise and not a millinery triumph; although, I am sure some of you can elevate it to just that. Sewing is not involved; although again, some of you may prefer to use some sewing. My versions are hot glued together.
Participants will create a fascinator that can be worn using any/many combinations of materials. We will be using a headband and/or a foam shape for the base of the fascinator. Patterns will be provided for shapes or you can make your own. By hot gluing materials such as feathers, netting, fabric, pipe cleaners, beads, shells, photos, fancy papers, faux flowers, or things you provide to make it uniquely your own you can be inspired to create a fascinator more thrilling than the royal family’s.

CLASS SIZE: 15 max

KIT:  $5.00   Includes: head bands, patterns,  foam sheets, some of the following: feathers, netting, pipe cleaners, shells, buttons, tissue paper, fancy papers, ribbon, yarn, beads, faux flowers.

BRING: If you wish to use certain colors or items, you should bring them. This is a great way to use small bits of precious items from your stash. There will be lots to share, but bring other things or more of these things. I have 2 hot glue guns, but more would be helpful as well as glue sticks.


DAY/TIME: March 13, 3:15 – 4:15 PM