Thursday, January 28, 2016

Call For Workshop Proposals - March 2016

Sewing By The Sea Spring 2016
Call for Mini-Workshops

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 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 February 6th.  We will send out the offerings in late February so you can register for the classes you want.

 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
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.
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.   

Thursday, November 12, 2015

Flier for Fall 2016 Retreat: Registration Now Open

NeedleArts Adventures presents
Sewing by the Sea
November 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
Tuesday November 1st (8 AM) thru Sunday November 6th (6 PM)
Tuesday and Wednesday is a 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 and Wednesday
      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 
Friday and 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 – 11:00 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 September 28. 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:
 Friday and Saturday the rate is $79 (plus taxes) per night.
 Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday it is $59 (plus taxes) per night.  
This is single or double so sharing a room with a friend means even greater savings.  (There is  auy 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 28th 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

Sunday, October 18, 2015

Last Minute Notes Fall 2015

SBTS Last Minute Notes – Fall 2015

It is getting close to time for our sewing and arts retreat Thursday afternoon October 29 through Sunday November 1.  The studio will be open by 8 AM on Wednesday, October 28, 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. 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 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 you 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 Tricia Mattes. Come to the Ballroom for the Opening at 8:00 PM on Thursday. We will provide all of the supplies.
[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. Kit fees are paid to the session leader in cash at the workshop.

The workshops are:
1.  Scherenschnitte/Fancy Paper Cutting  by Jean Stahl
2.  SNOWMEN!!!....or ladies....  by Judi Ward
3.  Twister Bas   by Lillian Kreider
4.  Envelope Books  by Chrissie Hines
5.  Urban Doodles Journal Cover  by Lorine Mason
6.  Message in a Bottle Necklace  by Tricia Mattes
7.  Button Charm Bracelet  by Luanne Hargadon
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 WalMart 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!

         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 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 we expect will be sitting in each cluster. We will put all the table markers and name 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. *****  Do not move tables. 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 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.) 

DIRECTORY UPDATES: See Sandy during the retreat.

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