Sunday, October 9, 2011

Fall 2011 Last Minute Notes

SBTS Last Minute Notes – November 2011

It is getting close to time for our sewing and arts retreat Thursday afternoon November 3 through Sunday November 6, 6 PM March.  The studio will be open at 8 AM on Wednesday, November 2, for early birds. The retreat Opening Program will be at 8 PM on Thursday, November 3. 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 the 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 most of the supplies. BRING white thread for your bobbin. Bring your sewing machine (or share with a friend.)

SHOW-&-TELL:  We will have our traditional show-and-tell of our weekend’s accomplishments on Sunday morning 10:00 to 11:00 AM. We must keep Show and Tell to 1 hour. Please do not take photos during Show and 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 we do Show and Tell.
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.  Kansashi Fabric Flowers        
2.  Fluffy Fabric Flowers                        
3.  Journaling Round Table

Remember there are kits for some classes so you will need to bring whatever is on the supply lists ----- or make a run to WalMart or Michael’s  :-)  !

Soaps and Toiletries Needed: Lois  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 at home 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 on Friday morning.

NEW HOBBY LOBBY: There is a new Hobby Lobby in SALISBURY at
Dagsborough Rd and Rt 13. If you are traveling along Rt. 50 you might want to stop and check it out.

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. I know 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 sometime Wednesday. Stop by the Ballroom and pick up your nametag and table marker; they will be on a table. Put your table marker on the table at which you wish to work.  
    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, one never knows what can happen. (Remember: Some people use small chains or computer 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  

FYI: I will be off-line, not checking e-mails, !0/14 thru 10/21.


Saturday, October 1, 2011

Fall 2011 Workshops


To register for a workshop simply e-mail us at with the name of the workshops you wish to take. Workshop registrations are due by October 20.

          You should have made your hotel reservation.  The hotel’s reservation number is 1-800-447-6779 / 410-289-6191.  
           Final registration payments are due.

1. TITLE OF CLASS: Kansashi Flowers in both fabric and crepe paper.

DESCRIPTION    Fabric and/or paper folding to make beautiful Japanese style flowers...the finished flowers can be used as hair decorations, lapel pins, purse decorations, flip flop decorations...just about anything that needs a lovely flower on it and the paper ones can be flattened and used for paper crafts.

CLASS SIZE:  12-15  

KIT:   No

BRING: Scissors, 1/8th yd of cotton or other firm non wiggly fabric, straight pins, sewing needle and strong thread, a pretty, large sized button and preferably hot glue, but good tacky glue works too.
DAY & TIME   Friday  2 PM – 3 PM

2. TITLE OF CLASS: Fluffy Fabric Flower

DESCRIPTION  Learn to make a very easy, and very fun, fluffy fabric flower. These versatile flowers can be used for any embellishment you want. They can be flower pins, put on head bands or barrettes, decorate flip flops, cover pillows  ---  anything goes. You will see the basic version and a clever variation in which a heat gun magically transforms the flower. Once you know the basic process you can make the template in different sizes to make different size flowers. We will make one that is about 3” across.


KIT:   The leader will provide reusable patterns/templates and directions. Kits will be available for  $1. When you register let us know if you want a kit(s).

BRING: Hand Sewing needle
A long straight pin
Strong sewing thread - coordinate color with fabrics
Scissors  (Pinking shears are optional)
A bone folder or dull knife and a ruler (to prepare your template)

If you do not want to purchase a kit you will need the following supplies for each flower:
Fabric for flower:
18  4.75 inch squares of firm (not floppy) fabric 
Note: You want a crisp fabric that will hold its shape like cotton, organza, or taffeta. You do not want drape-y fabrics like knits, charmeuse or a soft satin. Your squares can all be the same or you can use a combination of colors and types of fabric. Choose fabrics that look good on the right side and wrong side, since both sides will show.( IMPORTANT - For the heat gun variation you must use all synthetics such  as synthetic organza.) Consider  combining “prom dress” fabrics and sparkly sheers.  You will get a totally different look using cottons in solids, small prints and batiks.
A 1.5 inch circle of felt (for backing)
A sew-on pin back if you want to make a pin

Warning: This project is addictive; most people cannot make “just one”!


DAY & TIME:  Friday 10 AM to 11 AM

3. TITLE OF CLASS: Journaling Round Table

DESCRIPTION: Do you keep a journal or art journal or studio journal/sketch book? Do you make travel journals or artist  books? Do you want to learn about or try some of these things?  Join us for a round table discussion where we can share ideas, inspiration, techniques, tools  ---- anything thing goes. If you have one, bring a journal to show. No experience needed. This is a time for sharing and perhaps beginning a new and fulfilling activity.


KIT:  no 

BRING: Your ideas and enthusiasm.  A  journal, if you have one.

FACILITATORS:    Sandy Sapienza & Jane Gordon

DAY & TIME:   Friday 11 AM to noon