Our retreats are for mixed media, textile and paper arts enthusiasts. You can work on your projects and make connections with others who share your interests. Activities include quilting, beading, crafts, clothing design and construction, hand- & machine-sewing, book making, journaling, altered books and scrap booking. All interests and skill levels are welcome; we have everyone from professional artists to beginners. For more information contact Sandy at firstname.lastname@example.org
Here are the workshops for Fall 2017. To register, e-mail Sandy.
SBTS Fall 2017
TITLE OF CLASS:Silly Rats and Cats
These charming rats and cats were inspired by vintage dolls.Judi has redesigned them and brought them
into the 21st century. They are made of felt and feature wire arms,
legs and tails.
one has its own personality. Your simple embroidery and tiny embellishments
will make your creature truly unique. You have the option of making your Ratty
or Catty into an angel by adding wings.
CLASS SIZE:Class size
limited to 20 dedicated Rat makers!
The kit includes a sewn Ratty body that will be ready to turn and stuff. It
also includes stuffing, eyes, nose, wire and thread.
Angel wings are optional; you will have a choice of several styles.
will also receive a pattern for Ratty and Catty printed on freezer paper so it
can be simply cut out, ironed to double felt or fabric and sewn around the edge
of the freezer paper if you want to make more. NOTE: The Ratty in the kit will
be machine sewn. The Angel in the picture has been blanket stitched by hand and
either Ratty or Catty can be blanket stitched by you if you choose to make more
needle with a pretty big eye. Scissors. Hot glue gun if you have one and glue
sticks. A stuffing tool like a screwdriver or chopstick. Needle nose pliers
with a cutter as part of it. Any tiny embellishment you may want to add. WORKSHOP LEADER:Judi Ward
TIME: Friday, 2 PM – 3:30 PM
TITLE OF CLASS: Make Your Own Big Board
DESCRIPTION: This class will be held at the West Ocean
City Home Depot on Rt. 50. We have taken pre-registration for this class. If
you wish to attend and have not registered yet you must contact Sherry Band email@example.com or text or call her at 410-900-3061 for more details.
Working under the guidance of a
professional carpenter you will construct your own “Big Board” ironing board. You will go home with a completed “Big
Board”, ready to use!The finished board
is 24”x 60”.
Board can be used on an ironing board or on a table.
It is also
great for folding laundry,
draperies, serving or buffet table (just cover with a tablecloth), or blocking
knits. It can be lowered and used while seated. And it is great for
laying out Mondo bags. :-)
CLASS SIZE: Min.
4. Max. 8.
or less (depending on enrollment and final costs). Sherry will let you know the
exact amount before the workshop. Even at the full $50 this is a real bargain! This includes ALL materials. Home
Depot is providing the use of tools and professional instruction.
(preferably with a closed toe for safety), beach towel to protect your Big
Board cover from whatever work tables they give us to use, and a beverage if
TIME: Tues. or Wed. (to be determined) 6 PM - 9 PM
TITLE OF CLASS:“Crafty” Angel
DESCRIPTION:Let’s revisit a “crafty”
angel. Sandy donated a ton of wings, all sorts. (This angel has a small set of
muslin wings on.) I obtained a lot of wide lace from an estate sale, much
of it from France…Ohh, la, la…And Mavis Walker obtained a bunch of cardboard
yarn cones. Soooo….An angel had to be made.
Angel is not an “EXACTLY ALIKE” project. There is lots of room for
creativity. There is no face to paint, just dots for eyes - unless you are a
great face painter.
know me…Kits will be assorted as far as lace and hair are concerned.
Ribbons, halos, trims, wings etc. will be on a first come /first
served. You can be sure there are no duds and nothing ugly.
SIZE:Maximum 10 students.
KIT:Kit $ 7.The kit includes, cone, lace,
chenille stems, ribbon, hair yarn, head ball, head cover, and assorted trims
for you to choose from.
BRING:You will need to bring a
needle with a big eye, scissors, hot glue gun and glue if you have your own,
(very helpful). Of course, bring any special embellishments you may want to use
TIME: Saturday 11 AM - 1:00 PM
4. TITLE:Journaling Round Table
you keep a journal, art journal, sketchbook, creative planner 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!
CLASS SIZE: Any
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
TITLE OF CLASS: Make a Pamphlet Stitch Book
DESCRIPTION:Learn a simple and versatile way to make
a bound book. This is a beginner class but all experience levels are welcome.
You will make a 1-signature pamphlet stitch book with a pocket. You will use
decorative paper to make the cover. Once you master this simple technique you
will be able to make a variety of similar books with different looks.These books make wonderful sketchbooks,
notebooks, planners, etc. for your personal use or to give as gifts.
CLASS SIZE: 5
KIT:$2 The kit
includes a cover, paper for the signature, waxed linen thread and use of a
needle. Mary will have some tools you can share in class. If you do not have
the tools on the “to bring” list please do NOT go out and buy them
Pencil, paper scissors, bone
folder, metal ruler with cork on the back.An old telephone book is handy. WORKSHOP
DAY & TIME: Friday
10:00 AM to 12:00 noon
TITLE OF CLASS: Designing a Mondo Bag
DESCRIPTION: Learn the easy clever way to design
and lay out patterns on the sides of your mondo bag. You will also learn how to
add interior pockets. Sherry will demonstrate this technique, then you can work
on your own if you wish. You can attend just the demo or start on your own bag.
CLASS SIZE: Min.
1. Max. 12.
OPTONAL: Grid for one midi bag and
precut 2-1/2" squares if you'd like to get started right away. WORKSHOP
TIME: Friday 9:00 AM – 10:00 AM
TITLE OF CLASS:Intro to Making Hand and Body Scrubs
this workshop we'll discuss some of the basics of scrub making. Sherry will
bring the basic ingredients and show you what to do. You will leave with your
own jar of delicious scrub.
CLASS SIZE:Min. 6. Max. 12.
OPTIONAL your favorite essential
TIME: Saturday 9:30 to 10:00
TITLE OF CLASS: Decoupage Trinket Box
This small trinket or gift box was inspired by artwork Tricia saw in South
Africa. It is a clever way to up-cycle a 1-liter plastic coke bottle into a
really attractive small box using a decorative paper napkin for decoupage. This
is the kind of project that once you have made one you will want to make more J
CLASS SIZE: 12
KIT:Kit $ 4This includes all supplies.
Craft scissors (not fabric scissors)
TIME: This workshop is in two parts so there is time for the project to
dry. Part 1: Thursday 4 – 4:30 PM. Part 2: Friday4-4:30 PM
TITLE OF CLASS: SBTS Rocks
DESCRIPTION:Building on the success of the www.thekindnessrocks.com project, we will be painting rocks
to spread around OC or our hometowns! Check out http://thekindnessrocks.com website for information and ideas.
Our large rocks will be tagged with a Facebook group URL; we'll photograph them
before they go out into the world and post them to our page. People who find
them will then be able to post and let us know how far they've traveled. We'll
do one large rock and several small ones so we can put more kindness out into
the world. If this class goes well, I hope to do it again in the spring!
CLASS SIZE: No minimum. Maximum 10 at a time. I
will do a demo and then we’ll have time to work. There will also be a project
table set up with everything you need to paint your rocks on your own schedule.
If there is lots of interest and there is a time slot available, we can do
another class block so I can help more directly. I will have extra rock packs available
for purchase for as long as they last. I'll provide reference materials,
paints, brushes, palettes, labels and varnish. You provide the creativity and
the good mojo to send out into the world! You'll paint and I'll varnish in
batches so they can dry overnight before you put them out into the wild. I hope
some get scattered around the hotel so people can stop by and see what we do!
I'll photograph them (and you if you want - not required!) and post them to our
KIT:$8.00 I will provide rocks (one large and 4-6 small), paint, brushes,
paint pens, palettes, labels and varnish. If you want to do a heavily dotted
rock (like a mandala) you will need a set of dot tools. The cheapest ones are
sold at beauty supply houses or Amazon as Nail (as in fingernail) dotting
tools. I can send you links to the set I have (<$10) if you email me.
BRING:An apron or old shirt if you are prone to getting paint on your
clothes. (Yes, I speak from experience.) If you have your own brushes
(probably 1/2 inch and smaller) that will be helpful. Label them. If you can
bring a hair dryer (not a heat gun!) to help speed drying that will help
on Pinterest as Edie Evans-Bisbee and follow my Sewing By the Sea Rocks!
inspiration board so you can come prepared for what you want to paint. You can
actually follow any of my boards and I'll follow yours!
DESCRIPTION:Learn a fun and fast technique for
decorating fabric with permanent markers.There are tons of variations on the theme.We’ll be exploring the basics in this class.
The sample shows shoes --- but you can do this in anything!
CLASS SIZE:Minimum 1, Maximum 15
KIT:No kit.Instructor will be supplying some markers and alcohol in spray bottles
1.Fabric suitable for technique.Can be anything – silk, cotton, wool, poly,
blends.Can be white, or a color.T-shirt, scarf, muslin, canvas.
2.Firm cardboard or plastic – you’ll need this if you are
doing a T-shirt and don’t want to have the front bleed through to the back.
3.Stencils – great if you are drawing-impaired, or want a
4.Blue painters tape – again, this is a neat masking agent to
5.Eyedropper – it’s just a way to apply alcohol in a
6.Permanent Sharpie markers – any colors you think go well
together.Wide tips make the work go
faster.Smaller tips allow for more
detail, just keep in mind that the details will be blurred once alcohol is
added. Note – Some markers, especially fabric markers, will not work for this
technique so be sure you get Sharpie brand.
A retreat for textile and mixed media arts enthusiasts who enjoy
design and wearable art
cloth doll making
paper arts (journaling, book arts, etc.)
knitting & crocheting
Tuesday March 6th (8 AM) thru Sunday March 11th
Tuesday & Wednesday
are BONUS DAYS for those who can come early. The retreat “officially” begins
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.
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
10:00 PM – 2 AM Studio
6:00 AM – 2 AM Studio time
6:00 AM – 10:00 AM
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
LODGING - FOOD - TRAVEL: You are responsible for
your lodging, meals, travel and things not specifically covered by the
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
Friday and Saturday
Ocean view & ocean front are $108 (plus taxes) per
Grand view (side) is $83 (plus taxes) per night.
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday Thursday
Ocean view & ocean front are $88 (plus taxes) per
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 thanFebruary 5thto 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.
find travel directions and information about the hotel, its policies, and
facilities at their web site: www.grandhoteloceancity.com. There is
a 24-hour coffee shop in the hotel and there are many restaurants and grocery
stores near by.
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
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.