February NewsBlog

Presidents Letter


One of the great things about being a member of the Tampa Bay Surface Design Guild is the number of opportunities to have your work shown at a variety of venues in the area. This isn’t just a good thing for our artists, it’s also a great way to promote fiber as a valued art medium. We are fortunate to be in an area where art is appreciated. St. Petersburg is the #1 arts destination for mid-size cities in the U.S. since 2010. That’s a pretty big deal for the art community, and it spills over to surrounding cities and communities. We currently have our Blues Power show hung at the UU Church of Clearwater. There are a variety of fiber techniques represented by these pieces, and if you haven’t already viewed the show, I hope that you will do so. For the first time in our history, we will have pieces displayed at the FL State Fair. Again we have a variety of fiber techniques represented, and it is my hope that we will gain some new members from this exhibition. I hope that all of you are working on pieces for our upcoming member show, ClothWorks!!!, at the Clearwater Library beginning April 3. This show will include any recent work of your choice, as well as the pieces that you create for Sharon Appler’s art challenge. If you have never shown anything in public before, I would encourage you to take that step and enter our member show. This is a perk of membership that you really shouldn’t miss!

Aida Sheets

New Business and Announcements

Helen Hornaday…

Cindie Townley shared the following with us on Facebook.

Our member, Helen Hornaday, got her Angel Wings a little before midnight with her son and daughter by her side. She was my friend, artist, and minister who encouraged me with a constant smile on her face and a twinkle in her eye. Many of you were blessed to have known her. There will be a Celebration of Life at First Unity Church very soon. She will be missed.


Show and Tell:  

It is wonderful that the membership continues to grow!  However, because of the group size and time allowed for our meeting,  please limit your Show and Tell to three(3) items in the coming year.  Thanks for your support in this.

Dali Tour

For those who bought tickets to the Frida Tour at the Dali on Friday, February 10, Please arrive by 12:45. We will begin at 1PM sharply. Leave yourself enough time to find parking.

The Original Sewing and Quilt Expo March 16, 17, & 18 the Lakeland Center


Marlene is again coordinating our efforts for the Expo this year.  The Expo is very generous and gives us a 10 x 10 foot booth. They usually have booths for sewing and quilting people so our surface design is a big attraction and unique for their show. See details below on how to volunteer for the show, for our Surface Design Guild Booth and to have your artwork in the booth display (bring to the Feb or March guild meeting).

  • Expo Volunteer: To sign up to be an Expo Ambassador (which is our exchange for having an expensive booth)  Go online to: http://www.sewingexpo.com/Events/Lakeland,FL.aspx    click Volunteer,  read the instructions and options for being an ambassador, (free passes, parking and classes).  Check over the classes they are offering and if you volunteer early you might be able to help that teacher. Just let me know you have signed up to help them.
  • Guild Booth Volunteer: To sign up to help in our Surface Design Guild Booth either as a greeter or do a demonstration or offer a Make it Take it contact Marlene@123webmagic.com or call her directly. If you are available to help set up the guild booth on 15 March, it would be greatly appreciated. Contact Marlene. Set up time 11-2pm. (plus you get to see the vendors early).  The slots open for greeters are Thursday, Friday and Saturday Early slot 10-2 and afternoon slot 2-5.  The slots open for demonstrations or Make it Take its are Friday and Saturday afternoons 2:30-4:30 (bring things to sell during your demo time
  • Art Work for Display:  Our guild booth attracts a lot of interest because of the artwork we have on display from our members: dyed/painted fabrics, wearables, small art quilts, jewelry, felted items, paper, journals, mixed media, woven items (baskets, clothing, homegoods), spun art yarn, etc. All work submitted can be brought to the February and March guild meeting. Each work must include the artists name, phone number, price if for sale (note: Items for sale are sold by the artist only so volunteer to help in the booth to sell your work). Items will be returned to artists on Saturday, the last day of the show, if they are there at breakdown time 5:30pm (right after the big sewing machine and prizes giveaway in the auditorium) or at the April guild meeting. You can also pick up your artwork directly from Marlene at her home in Clearwater. Just call to arrange a time after the Expo.
  • DIRECTIONS:  From Tampa/St. Pete area to Lakeland Center (701 West Lime St., Lakeland, FL 33815  Phone: 863-834-8100).  Take Interstate 275 East to Interstate 4 East to exit 31 (Kathleen Road).  Turn right on Kathleen Road and continue to  Sikes Boulevard (stay straight). Turn right at Lime Street.  The Lakeland Center will be on your right.  (estimated 60 miles from Clearwater to Lakeland.  Drive time is 1 hour+ depending on where in Tampa/St. Pete you are located.

Refashion Renegades

We will meet at Jay’s Fabrics, Friday, February 24, 10-5. Bring your own materials and an extension cord if needed. 801 Pasadena Avenue South, St. Petersburg, Florida 33707


February Guild Workshop – Fabric Discharge

Sunday, Feb 26    Indian Rocks Beach Art Center 1-4 pm $40

Cindie Townley and Dana Maley will hold a class on “Fabric Discharging” utilizing thrift store t-shirts. Request members bring in their stencils, thermofax screens, etc. A Supply list will be sent to each student. The class is $25 plus $15 for the IRABC center.

March Guild Workshop – Frida Dolls with Kim Sherrod

Sunday, March 26 Indian Rocks Beach Art Center 1-4pm $40

The Frida Doll Workshop will teach you how to make an art doll using three dfferent methods to make the face. Students may choose from 1) using a stencil of frida to use fabric paint to create the face of their doll or 2) an Alexander Henry commercial fabric to raw edge appliqué on to their doll or 3) embroider and needle sculpt a face. Different surface design methods such as embroidery, couching, and beading will add color and texture to your doll. Each doll has a different style arm- one is made using metal paint brushes covered with embossed metal tape and colored with alcohol inks. The other dolls have either sewn and stuffed arms or oak twig arms. Kim will have material lists for each doll when you sign up -and will supply most tools and materials (like metal tape, arm materials, alcohol inks, fixative and embossing tools at the class).

Kim will be at the February meeting to show examples of all three types of dolls and you can sign up for the one you would like to create during the workshop.  She has  invited Karen Donnelly who owns the Fabric Smart Shop in Gulf Port to come to the meeting and show her Frida themed fabric and introduce her to the guild.  If students want to make all three dolls there will be kits available at the workshop with instructions included for a small fee. The class is $25 plus a $15 fee to pay for the IRBAC rental.

If you have any questions before Feb’s meeting email me at calamitykimdolls@yahoo.com

Images from January’s workshop

Here are Just a few images from January’s workshop on Fabric Resists with natural material.  Check the full complement of photos on our Facebook Post.

Leeann Kroetsch is hosting a felt artist workshop


Other Workshops:

Check out the Upcoming  Art Quilts Unlimited workshop in Ft Meyers.  http://www.quiltsbyvalerie.com/teaching-schedule/

Mini Demo’s

Mini Demo Schedule
Feb–Making Screens for Printing        Cindie Townley/Dana Maley
March – Show us YOUR stuff
Apr–Paper Piecing                               Diane Gardner-Rhoden
May–Continuous Strand Weaving        Elizabeth Neily
Aug–Choosing Fabric for Collage        June Colburn

As you can see, we still have lots of open months.  Angie wants you to share what you know.




An exploration of textile design
Tampa Bay Surface Design Guild Member’s Show
April 3 – May 30, 2017
Clearwater Main Library
100 N Osceola Ave, Clearwater, FL 33755

The show prospectus is available at the following link: CLOTH WORKS Library Show Prospectus


Wednesday, February 1, 2017 Invitation pictures submitted to sarahdesign@yahoo.com
Monday, March 20, 2017 Label text emailed to aida@tampabay.rr.com
Sunday, April 2, 2017 Deliver work to Clearwater Library by 3:00 p.m.
Monday, April 3, 2017 Hang artwork at Clearwater Library, 10:00 a.m. until finished
Sunday, April 9, 2017 Opening Reception at Clearwater Library, 2:00 – 4:00 p.m.
Wednesday, May 31, 2017 Pick up work from Clearwater Library by 12:00 p.m. *
*If you are unable to pick up your artwork yourself, please arrange for another Guild member to do this for you.

This years Member Challenge will be hung as part of ClothWorks. Visit last month’s NewsBlog for a refresher on what the challenge is about.  Have your pieces ready for “Show and Tell” at the February or March meeting.

Images from the ongoing Blues Power show

Here are just some of the images from our Blues Power show.

To see more, visit the exhibit which is hanging until Feb 22 at the UU Church in Clearwater or check out our Facebook Post #1  and Post #2


Links and Other Interesting Things

From Carol Bickford…

GIANT FABRIC SALE:  The Sewing Guild has lots of donated fabric that has been in a free storage space no longer available to them.  Everything is now in SDG member Karen Weiss’s garage and on Saturday, February 11 from 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. the Sewing Guild is having a GIANT FABRIC SALE.

Lots of fabric of all types including whole bolts of Imperial batiste, zippers and MILES of laces, trims and ribbon.  Prices are 50¢ to $1.  Karen’s home (and garage) is at 1339 Tenby Way, Palm Harbor.  Phone:  727-480-7192.  Everyone is welcome – Come and see the bargains.

From Marlene Glickman…

My friend who writes a wonderful newsletter shared a designer’s sight who sells jackets, accessories, etc. made from kantha fabric (all that stitching in big stitches). She sells scraps from the cuttings of her jackets, etc. Visit her site here.


From Trish Sande


Carolyn Kossar let us know about the new Show at HCC Ybor Art Gallery


Photos from the January Meeting Show and Tell




























Minutes from the January Meeting

January 9, 2017- The meeting was brought together at 6:29 pm in our new location, Good Samaritan Church.
Cindie Townley and Dana Maley have 4 raffle prizes to give out tonight. Raffle tickets are 1 for $1 or 3 for $2.
Mary Ann Pickard gave the ending balance of December, 2016 of $5,156.39. With an additional $250 being transferred from PayPal. She asked renewed members to come up and get their new membership card, which entitles them to discounts at participating fabric centers. Only paid members can attend classes and shows.
New members and guests were:
Bob DiMarzo – professor of textiles, Carol Gamel – Spoonflower, Rebecca Avrin-silk painting, Donna Rose Winchester – marketing and public relations for the Guild, Karen Boch – silk painter, Pauline Saulman – quilting arts editor, Trudy Williams- quilter/fiber artist, Jordan Sparks-thread painting.
Shows: Sara Butz
Thursday, January 12,2017, bring your art cloth to the U.U. Church on Nursery Road. If you haven’t paid, bring your $10, and if by check, make it out to the Guild. June Colburn and Mei-Ling St. Leger will be the attendees. The Grand Opening is January 20, 2017 from 6-8 p.m. Bring wine and no more than 5 members to bring appetizers. Donna Issac and Joanne Baxter will hostess this event. Voting will take place at the opening, as well as UU congregation members will be allowed to vote. Sara will bring a beautiful certificate of excellence to the winners during our February meeting.
Florida State Fair, the last day to register was January 6th. Bring your work, with the appropriate category to Aida Sheets and she will transport them to Brenda Gregory at the fairgrounds. Be sure she is made aware of what is to be brought back to the next meeting. Brenda is requesting anyone to do mini demos. Current brochures about the guild are being made available at the fair, and Cindie Townley will refurbish additional brochures around the 14th or 15th of February.
April 3,2017 is the Clearwater Library show including Sharon Appler’s Challenge.
Workshops: Shellee Wells and Elizabeth Neily
January 15, 2017, Kathy Hays “Resist Printing with Acid Dyes” from 12-4 p.m. Fee is $70, which includes the center’s $15 fee. She brought in examples, and explained supplies needed for the class. Also requested members bring in soft plant materials.
February 26, 2017    Cindie Townley and Dana Maley will hold a class on “Fabric Discharging” utilizing thrift store t-shirts. Request members bring in their stencils, thermofax screens, etc. The class is $25 plus $15 for the IRABC center.
March 12, 2017    Kim Sherrod will hold a class on making Frida Khalo dolls. The class is $40, which includes the $15 IRABC center’s fee and it will be from 1-5 p.m. She will have a list of supplies on the website.
Cindie Townley , are arranging a private tour to the Dali Museum and Frida Khalo’s exhibit. The fee is $21 and $19 for 65 and older, includes the docent fee. Parking is free for members of the Dali museum. There is an additional parking charge for non-members or you can park on adjoining streets. She needs to know by January 21st.
Budget Review:
Aida Sheets presented each member with a 2016-2017 budget approved by the board. She explained each line item, and asked for questions at the end. The budget will not include the show committee, as it is self-sustaining. The Lakeland Sewing Expo has not and likely will not charge us for insurance, not the booth, due to our participation. Mei- Ling St. Leger motioned to accept the 2017 budget and Susan Lumsden 2nd it. Motion carried.
Lakeland Sewing Expo – Marlene Glickman. The public wants to see art cloth, as well as mini demos. They are requesting as much participation from our guild as possible. In return, the $1200 booth fee, parking fee, and entrance fees, are waived. In addition, some classes may be free to the ambassadors that are class monitors. She needs to fill more spots for demos. Thursday is the busiest day with busloads coming in for the show. If you wish to sell your art, you must be present to take the money. Reminded members to bring their business cards. Bring in your work to be put on display for our booth in the February meeting.
We need to have two members signed up for each monthly meeting to be our greeters, to welcome everyone, sign in members and guests, give out name tags, and a warm smile. You are to be present by 6 p.m.
Books/Magazine new chair will be Mei-Ling St. Leger, however Angie Knowles will assist her in the transportation of the books/magazines.
Table Rentals:
Tables will not be available for use, however, a member may bring her/his own and setup their wares for no fee.
Technique and Journal Notebook:  We have enough interest to go forward with it in 2017, a mini technique tool guide in a book. Gayle Wells will be in charge of the sign-up sheet.
2017 Show Challenge: Members are to bring their ideas to the February meeting.
Mini Demos:      Angie Knowles
She needs to fill three more months for 2017. From now on, we will be video taping the demos. Tonight she gave us a superb demo on making your own circle tool. Genius!
Diane Gardner Rhoden – Blues Power linen wall hanging, Cathy Simms – Sharon’s Challenge, Elizabeth Neily – Blues Power wall hanging, Peggy Paramore Daubar – Blues Power wall hanging, round robin dyeing, 5×5, Sharon Appler – silk scarf, Donna Isaac – Blues Power wall hanging, Joanne Baxter – 5×5, Bob DiMarzo – wall hanging, and mini quilts, Cathy Simms – map, layered, Dana Maley – Blues Power wall hangings, Angie Knowles – tray dyeing, quilt blocks, Kathy Hays – silk eco scarf, Susan Lumsden – pillow.
Please wear your hand made name tag or a paper tag (available at the greeter’s table)
Our new location – WE are responsible for maintaining a clean room, look around prior to leaving.
Refashion Renegades meets the 4th Friday of each month at Jays Fabrics, Pasadena Ave. South, from 10-5pm
Holiday ornaments are on the table to be purchased at 50%, and or take yours home
Bring your Florida State Fair artwork to Aida Sheets for transport
Susan Lumsden is the featured artist at Brooksville City Hall Gallery, 201 Howell Ave, Brooksville, this Friday the 13th, from 5:30-7:30 p.m. They are going to dinner afterwards, all are welcome to join. Exhibit runs through end of February
Marlene Glickman has silk scarves available for Kathy Hays’ class
Sara Butz Florida Craft Art is having their soda pop can art opening Friday 13th from 5:30-8:30
Sara Butz -the Buddhist Monks are doing Sand Mandala Art from January 30-February 5
Sharon Appler -bring your challenge artwork pieces to the February meeting.
Elizabeth Neily -Fab Fiber is hosting Carol Leigh Brach-Kaiser on Dyeing with Nature Plants, and creating the dyes
Elizabeth also said the Florida Frontiersman Alafia River Rendezvous Pre 1840’s celebration is Saturday Jan. 21st.
Shellee Wells reminded members of the need for workshop monitors.
The meeting was adjourned at 8:17 pm

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