Monday, April 3, 2017

Spring 2018 SBTS Retreat

 NeedleArts Adventures presents
Sewing by the Sea
March 2018 
at the Grand Hotel,  2100 Baltimore Ave.,
Ocean City, Maryland, USA 21842

A retreat for textile and mixed media arts enthusiasts who enjoy

i quilting
i clothing design and wearable art
i cloth doll making
i paper arts (journaling, book arts, etc.)
i beading
i knitting & crocheting

Tuesday March 6th (8 AM) thru Sunday March 11th (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 January 20. 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 5th 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 9, 2017

SBTS Spring 2017 - Last Minute Notes

SBTS Last Minute Notes – Spring 2017

It is getting close to time for our sewing and arts retreat Tuesday March 21 through Sunday March 26.  The studio will be open by 8 AM on Tuesday, March 20, 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.  
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 on 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 PROJECT:  Our project will be led by Judy Lapato and Pat Devonshire. Come to the Ballroom for the Opening at 8:00 PM on Thursday. We will provide  most of the supplies. No sewing is required. You only need to bring 1 or 2 things. Bring:             
         A fine tip marker or pen you like (any color)
         A favorite rubber stamp (optional, we’ll have some to share)

[If you have an idea for an opening project please bring a sample and show Sandy. We are always looking for ideas for future retreats.]

SHOW-&-TELL:  We will have 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. You should have received an e-mail with the class information. You can also find it at
         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 some 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. You may shop for these treasures after the Opening on Thursday evening.
         Note: Please be sure your give away items do not have pet hair in them or smell moldy or damp. Some people are allergic. We want to keep everyone healthy!
         To make shopping easier, Lois Uditsky and her team will arrange & organize  the Give-Away Tables  on Thursday afternoon. When you bring your stuff, put it on the tables. If the tables fill up, put your donations under the table. If you want to help arrange the tables let Lois know by Thursday morning.  NO SHOPPING until after the Opening on Thursday. Please keep the tables neat as you shop.

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:  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 Tuesday for Early Birds. Someone from NeedleArts Adventures will be in the area Tuesday. Stop by the Ballroom and pick up your name tag and find your workspace and get set up.

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 groups of tables.  

 Near the entrance we will post a map of the room with the table groups 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 group in a folder on one table in the group. The people in that group decide who sits next to whom. *****Please DO NOT move table markers to/from another group without consulting Sandy Sapienza or Judy Lapato.       Do not move tables to other groups. 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: Please make these changes in your Directory:
(Sent to you by e-mail)

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 e-mail at NeedleArts Adventures, PO Box 331, Crownsville, MD 21032   ( I will be off-line and not checking mail after Sunday March 19.)

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

See you soon,


Saturday, February 18, 2017

Spring 2017 Workshops

 SBTS Spring 2017

To register e-mail Sandy by March 3. Sorry, we could not get the photos for classes 4 and 5 to load --- they are super cute!

1. TITLE: Journaling Round Table
DESCRIPTION: Do you keep a journal, art journal, sketchbook, 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 discussion. We will share what we are doing and any tips, tricks or ideas we may have. If there is time we can work in our journals together. If there are new people who want to get started we will help.
Come prepared to share 1 thing with the group. It might be a journal page or spread you especially like, a tool, a technique, a supply or an idea. Anything goes!
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

2. TITLE: Woven Snowflakes
DESCRIPTION: These 6 or 12 inch snowflakes are beautiful for Christmas trees or hung in a window. Depending on your
color choices they can be used for any season.
They look incredibly complex, but it is not the

case. In the workshop, we will first create them using paper. These can also be made with fabric and I will provide the instructions for both during the workshop. For those wishing to create them with fabric, see the Fabric supply list*.
Photos are of a 6-inch green/gold paper
snowflake, a 12-inch blue/white paper snowflake and a 6-inch teal combo

 fabric snowflake. CLASS SIZE: : 1 to 20
KIT: $3 for one 12" snowflake or two 6" snowflakes. (Fabric snowflakes will be 6".)
1. Glue gun, glue sticks (mini size is best)
2. Extension cord for glue gun
3. 12" or larger grid (cutting mat) to lay out strips 4. Sharp, small scissors
5. 12" paper cutter, if you have one
6. Small hole punch optional

*Fabric supply list:
Supplies #1 thru #4 listed above, plus...
PRIOR TO WORKSHOP, for each snowflake,
1. Bond together two 6" squares of coordinating
pieces of fabric, with a fusible web like Heat N Bond Ultrahold, right sides facing out.
2. Slice the squares into twelve 1/2" strips

WORKSHOP LEADER: Judy Ridgway DAY/TIME: Friday, 10:30 – 11:30 AM

3. TITLE: Tissue Paper Roses
DESCRIPTION: Learn a simple technique for making life size tissue paper roses. They make colorful bouquets or decorations. These roses are fast, inexpensive and easy. You’ll want to make dozens!

BRING: Colored Craft Tissue paper 1 pkg. assortment of colors you like
Magic transparent tape or masking tape - 1 roll Size #20 floral wire (1 pkg.) & wire cutters Florists’ tape – green 1 roll
Scissors for paper

Pencil or 6” dowel the diameter of a pencil 1 plain brown grocery bag (optional)
WORKSHOP LEADER: Sandy Sapienza DAY/TIME: Thursday 1:00 – 2:00 PM

4. TITLE: Sock Snowman
DESCRIPTION: This cute snowman is made from a sock with a few embellishments. It is easy to make and lots of fun. Get head start on your holiday projects!
KIT: $5.00 Includes almost everything you need.
BRING: Scissors, glue gun and glue sticks WORKSHOP LEADER: Lisa Cowan DAY/TIME: Friday 2:00 PM to 3:30 PM

5. TITLE: Snowman Popcorn Wrapper
DESCRIPTION: These popcorn wrappers will make a bag of microwave popcorn into something really special. They are quick and as cute as they can be!

KIT: $3.00 incudes everything you need. BRING: nothing
WORKSHOP LEADER: Lisa Cowan DAY/TIME: Saturday 1 PM to 2 PM


6. TITLE: Hand Painted Espadrilles
DESCRIPTION: Have you ever considered making your own custom painted shoes? With Dritz Espadrille soles that has become a lot easier. Join Lorine as you paint dyes onto fabric thus creating the canvas with which to cut out your shoe tops. We will then continue as time allows to get started sewing the shoes. Complete instructions will be provided to complete your shoes and Lorine will be available until Saturday morning if you have questions. Step by step samples of the completion process will be shown during class.
Note: The photograph provided is not representative of the class. We will be
painting with dyes only. No line work instruction or supplies will be provided.

BRING: You will need to bring sewing scissors for
the class. Although not needed for the class students will require 1/4 yard or one fat quarter of fabric for the lining of the shoes, a sewing machine and basic sewing supplies to complete the shoes. The actual sewing will take place at your table or at home. This part of the class will be a demonstration only.

CLASS SIZE: Class acceptance depends on size availability; this will be on a first come first served basis. We will notify you of acceptance as sizes are given out. Be sure to give the size(s) you want when you register.
KIT: $15 Your kit will include a pair or soles*, creative yarn, canvas fabric for the outside of the shoes, iron on stabilizer and two needles. Other items that will be shared are dyes, paint brushes, marking
tools and more. The sizes are limited. *Sizes available are: Size 9 - seven pair, Size 8 - one pair, Size 7 - three pair, Size 6 three pair, Children's Size 5 - one pair.

WORKSHOP LEADER: Lorine Mason DAY/TIME: Thursday 2:30 PM to 4:00 PM

7.  TITLE: Embroidery Collage

DESCRIPTION: Combining etched metal work diecuts with simple embroidery
stitches you will
create your very

own version of the photographed sample.
KIT: A complete kit will be provided which will include; fabric, batting, embroidery thread, metal, needles, glue, adhesive and a two
color embroidery hoop mat. The cost for the complete kit is $10
Note: You will be working on one single hoop design. (The photo shows 3 examples.) The frame is not provided.
BRING: A pair of sharp pointed scissors WORKSHOP LEADER: Lorine Mason DAY/TIME: Saturday 9:00 PM to 10:30 AM 

Friday, December 30, 2016

Dates for 2017 Retreats

As a reminder, here are the dates for the next 2 retreats. 
There is a waiting list for spring. 
There are some spaces open for fall.

Spring 2017: 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.
Fall 2017:  Tuesday October 31st (8 AM) thru Sunday November 5th (midnight)
Tuesday & Wednesday are BONUS DAYS for those who can come early. The retreat “officially” begins Thursday evening.

Wishing you all a wonderful new year,