Wow! The Blues Power show was a stunning success. Thanks to all our members who submitted such beautiful work. Special congratulations to our Viewer’s Choice winners; Karen Frank, First Place for “Things Left Behind;” Donna Isaac, Second Place for “Dreaming Blue,” and Edda Jule, Third Place for “Kustave Klimt Lady.” Congratulations also to Shellee Wells for selling her piece, “Reflections.”
The Florida State Fair competition was a great success for our artists who entered their pieces. Almost everything we entered won awards. Although this is not a typical venue for our art, it provides an opportunity to have our work shown to a wider audience, and it educates the public about the wonderful world of fiber art. If you didn’t enter this year, I hope that you will plan to enter next year. Brenda Gregory would love for some of our members to come and do demos next year, so plan ahead for that as well.
Our Clearwater Library show, ClothWorks!, will be opening on April 3. Be sure to get the important show dates on your calendar. I am looking forward to seeing all the challenge pieces and the variety of work submitted by our artists. Another great opportunity to have our work displayed to a wider audience is also opening in April. A call to artists has been made by Florida CraftArt for their show “Contemporary Fiber in Florida 2017,” to be curated by Cindy Bartosek. This show is right up our alley and includes 2D and 3D work, so there is opportunity for everyone.
I’d like to pass on a word of encouragement by Charlene Carnes, our host at the Clearwater UU Church. The show just prior to ours was a quilt show that contained mostly traditional quilts made from patterns. Charlene commented that, although the quilts were very well done, she was so much more impressed with our work because it is so creative, as well as being well done. People who see our work are always impressed with the variety of techniques, creativity, and skills with which we manipulate fiber to create stunning art. So keep the awesome art coming!
One final thank you to Diane Gardner-Rhoden for stepping up and taking over the monthly newsletter for the guild. This is a really important job. Members may send items to be included in the newsletter to Diane at email@example.com.
Approximately half of our guild members have not yet renewed their dues for 2017. All TBSDG membership dues are on a calendar year basis and are due for renewal on January 1st of each year. You may pay by cash, check, or through our website www.surfacedesignguild.com. Our bylaws stipulate that members who are not paid by March 1 are to be suspended from active membership, however, as a courtesy, we will extend this through April 1. Members who are not renewed by April 1 will not be permitted to enter shows, receive a newslettet or sign up for workshops. Please respect your guild and contribute to its vitality by renewing your membership on time.
Call To Artists
CONTEMPORARY FIBER IN FLORIDA 2017 Curated by Cindy Bartosek
ENTRY DATES: February 13 to March 19, 2017 EXHIBITION DATES: April 28 to June 17, 2017
LOCATION: Florida CraftArt, 501 Central Avenue, St. Petersburg, Florida
Florida CraftArt invites artists residing in Florida to submit work for a juried exhibition showcasing original artwork that represents contemporary approaches to fiber art and that pushes the boundaries and/or traditions in media and execution. Emerging, mid-career, and established artists are encouraged to apply.
Residents of Florida (full and part-time), 18 years of age and older, are eligible to submit recent work that is either fiber in content or executed in a fiber technique in the following categories:
Wall Works: Two and three-dimensional works that are intended for wall display.
Sculptural Works: Three-dimensional works that may be free-standing or suspended.
Vessel Forms/Basketry: Functional work and sculptural expressions of the vessel form.
Art to Wear: Body adornments, including clothing, accessories and jewelry.
The application is online at FloridaCraftArt.org
Email your images and application to: Exhibition@FloridaCraftArt.org
Non-refundable entry fees are:
• Florida CraftArt members: $25 for up to three works
• Nonmembers: $40 for up to three works
A jury panel will use digital images to select entries based on originality, creativity, quality and complexity of workmanship, artistry and impact as represented in the images submitted.
Cash prizes will be awarded.
Submission period opens: February 13, 2017
Submission deadline: March 19, 2017
Notification of acceptance via email: Week of March 23, 2017
Artist(s) bio, headshot and artist statement to FCA: March 30, 2017
Selected artwork due at Florida CraftArt: Monday, April 24, 2017
Opening reception and award announcements: Friday, April 28, 2017, 5:30 to 7 p.m.
Closing reception: Saturday, June 17, 2017, 5:30 to 7 p.m.
Unsold work picked up by artists by appointment: Sunday, June 18 and Monday, June 19; Noon. to 4:30 p.m.
1. Artists must be 18 years of age or older and reside in Florida. Both full- and part-time residents are eligible.
2. Up to three pieces completed after January 1, 2014 may be submitted.
3. All work must be primarily natural or synthetic fiber in content or executed using traditional fiber techniques. All formats of fiber art will be considered, including wall-hung, free-standing, suspended or pedestal mounted and art to wear.
4. All work must be original in concept, design and execution. Work created in a class, workshop, or from a kit or purchased pattern is not eligible.
5. Work must be for sale.
6. No substitutions for accepted art work will be allowed. All work must remain on display until the conclusion of the exhibit on June 17, 2017.
7. Submitted images may be used for marketing and promotional purposes directly related to this exhibition by the Florida CraftArt. Copyright and all other rights remain that of the artist.
8. All accepted entries must be received ready to install. Any mannequins for wearable art, hanging rods, armatures or other special installation equipment and/or instructions must be provided by artist. Suspended work may not exceed 50 pounds.
9. Shipped works requiring glazing must use Plexi-glass or equivalent. Glass may be used on hand-delivered pieces.
10. Each accepted work must arrive with proper labeling (artist name, title, category) and the completed consignment form securely attached to the back or bottom of the piece or on the hanging device.
11. Florida CraftArt reserves the right to reject work that is not represented accurately in the submitted images and description. Works that arrived damaged, are poorly constructed, poorly presented or not up to the specified hanging standards will be refused and returned to the artist.
12. Florida CraftArt will insure work in its possession during the exhibition. Artists are responsible for providing their own insurance while the work is in transit.
1. Download the entry form at: http://www.floridacraftart.org/artist-opportunities/contemporary-fiber-in-florida-2017/
2. Fill it out the entry form. Agree to conditions and apply to call.
3. Save the entry form as: Your last name, first name, Fiber 2017 Entry Form
4. Email the entry form to:
6. Email one full and one detail image of each work to: Exhibition@FloridaCraftArt.org
7. Label your image files with the title of the piece and view, e.g. Smith_Glory_full and Smith_Glory _detail.
8. Image files must be JPEG only; no smaller than 1920 pixels on the longest side; file resolution of 300 ppi/dpi; maximum file size 3 MB.
9. Pay the entry fee at www.FloridaCraftArt.org with Visa or MasterCard or mail a check to: Florida CraftArt, 501 Central Avenue, St. Petersburg, FL 33701. Make sure that you indicate the artist’s name on the account.
10. Write artist statement of 1,000 characters or less.
1. Shipping to and from Florida CraftArt is the responsibility of the artist. Detailed delivery and shipping instructions will be emailed with the notification of acceptance.
2. All work must be shipped in sturdy, reusable containers with NO PEANUTS in the package. The artist must provide credit card information for return shipping costs.
3. Florida CraftArt will handle sales transactions while work is on exhibit and ship work to buyer when the exhibition is over. Shipment of all sold objects will be paid by the purchaser.
4. All sold items must remain on display for the duration of the exhibition and will not be forwarded to the purchaser until the end of the show.
5. There is a 45% commission on sales and 55% goes to the artist. The price of a piece may not be changed after acceptance into the exhibition.
6. Payments to the artist for all sold pieces will be within 30 business days after the closing date of the exhibition. It is the Artist’s responsibility to contact the Florida CraftArt Gallery Manager with the correct mailing address for the check, if different from the consignment form. Florida CraftArt is a nonprofit organization founded in 1951 and headquartered in St. Petersburg. Its mission is to grow the statewide creative economy by engaging the community and advancing Florida’s fine craft artists and their work. Fine craft art is presented in its 2,000-square-foot retail gallery and a large gallery features curated exhibitions. Florida CraftArt is the only statewide organization offering artists a platform to show and sell their work. Florida CraftArt is located at 501 Central Avenue in St. Petersburg. For more information visit www.FloridaCraftArt.org or call (727) 821-7391.
See your work on display at International Quilt Festival in Houston, November 2-5 2017! – Surface design Guild members may enjoy placing their work in the exhibit called: IN FULL BLOOM- This exhibit features floral-themed quilts created in any style or technique! Registration is currently open, and the deadline to enter work is April 12. Enter here>> callforentriesbloom.com/Another category of interest is: TACTILE ARCHITECTURE –This juried exhibit challenges quilt makers to create works based on architectural inspirations or themes, and is open to artists working in any style. Registration opens March 14, and the deadline to enter is May 11. Enter here>> callforentriesarchitecture.com/ To learn more about the other categories of quilts to the International Quilt festival website. Prize money is given to the winning works of art.
From Angie Knowles
As Mini-Workshop coordinator for 2017 I am looking for volunteers to share a 15-20 minute technique. I know you all have something you can share, so don’t be shy. Step up and show us what you do
Mini Demo Schedule
March – Show Us YOUR Stuff
April–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 open months.
Lakeland Quilting and Sewing Expo – March 16,17, and 18th. $15 at the door, $8 online.
Marlene is again coordinating our efforts for the Expo this year. The Expo is very generous to our guild. See details below on how to volunteer.
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. Check over the classes they are offering and if you volunteer early you might be able to assist a teacher.
Guild Booth Volunteer: To sign up to help in our Surface Design Guild Booth 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. Set up time 11-2pm. and you get to see the vendors early.
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 the 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 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.
The private Tour of Frida Kahlo Exhibit at the Dali Museum on Friday, February 10, organized by Cindie Townley was a big hit. A great time was had by all.
We meet the 4th Friday of the month from 10am – 5pm….at Jay’s Fabrics, 801 Pasadena Avenue South, St. Petersburg, Florida 33707. Bring your own materials and an extension cord if needed. This month we will meet on March 24.
Tampa Bay Surface Design Guild Member Show April 3 – May 30, 2017
Opening Reception: Saturday, April 8, 2017 2:30 – 4:30 PM
Clearwater Main Library – 100 N Osceola Ave. Clearwater, FL 33755
– The entry fee is $10, up to 2 pieces of art. This can be 2D or 3D for this show.
Monday, March 20, 2017 – email label to firstname.lastname@example.org,- Artist Name, Name of Piece, Description of Piece, For Sale or Not For Sale, Price and contact information if it is for Sale 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
Saturday, April 8, 2017 – Opening Reception at Clearwater Library, 2:30 – 4:30 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 year’s Member Challenge will be hung as part of ClothWorks. Here’s a refresher on the year long challenge. Remember, the only hard and fast rule is that all separate pieces must be combined into a single piece for submission. All the rest of the “Rules” are just suggestions – including the month-by-month format.
Holiday Ornament Sales
The guild made $648.98 from holiday ornament sales at Dunedin Fine Arts Center and Florida CraftArt this past holiday season! This will allow us to again make scholarship donations to DFAC, IRBAC, and Creative Clay for their students who might otherwise not be able to attend summer classes. We will be deciding at our March meeting if we will increase the amount that we give to these three organizations, or if we want to add an additional organization to our scholarship donations. We had about a dozen members participating in making ornaments last year, and this year we would like to have more. Some members have already signed up to make ornaments and I hope that more of you will consider contributing to this worthy cause.
Workshops: Sunday February 26-Our members made quite a bit of Discharged Fabric at the workshop taught by Cindie Townley and Dana Manley. It took place in the Indian Rocks Beach Art Center
Show and Tell for February
Marlene Glickman is offering 2 workshops at her home studio:
Fabric & Foil Collage and Silk Dyeing the Easy Way
24 March, Friday from 10-4: Creative Fabric Collage. Fee is $70.00 for the workshop/$30.00 supplies Collage Kit (student chooses color of kit. See website shopping cart www.SilkDyes.com for a selection of colors to choose from and email me Marlene@123webmagic.com so I can reserve one for you. Each kit includes fabric for 15-20 collages, sheers, foil, fusibles, embellishments. Sewing Machine optional as we will be using fusing methods and hand sewing for details. Learn to manipulate and fuse fabric creating a free form design, a textural landscape, 3D floral image and working with foils for a sun or moon or abstract design. Techniques in addition to the above are funky fiber friends, layering sheers to create shadows and fog, hand dyeing small silk fabrics to incorporate into collage design using stencils. Class limited to 6 students. Workshop fee includes a light lunch.
25 March, Saturday from 10-3:30: Silk Dyeing with Color Hue instant set dyes. Fee is $70 and includes 3 silk scarves so you can learn how the dyes work or experiment with a new design you haven’t tried. The first scarf will be done in the baggie for soft and dynamic effects. The second one will be a sampler of over 6 techniques – floral images, zebra stripes or sunset lines, stencils, resist shapes, repeat shibori lines without arashi pole wrapping, tranferring stamp images, growing trees and abstract designs. The third scarf will be done in any design you choose. Lots of technique samples to view and choose the ones you want to do. There will also be a variety of silk scarves available for purchase and you can dye as many as you like for the price of the scarf. The silk scarves range in size from 11 x 60 on up to 22 x 90 and come in a variety of weights, including some satin devore silk scarves. The sheer silk grabs the silk dye color and the rayon satin design only grabs a bit of the dyes so the design really pops. Come play!!! Class limited to 6 students. Cost is $70 and includes the 3 silk scarves 11 x 72 of lightweight silk, as well as a light lunch.
To prepay go to www.SilkDyes.com, click Calendar. Type in the date of the workshop being paid for to be added to the reservations list.
Frida Dolls with Kim Sherrod
Sunday, March 26 Indian Rocks Beach Art Center from 1pm-4pm $40
The Frida Doll Workshop will teach you how to make an art doll using three different 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).The class is $25 plus a $15 fee to pay for the IRBAC rental. You can pay by cash, check or online through our website – surfacedesignguild.com
An Innovative Approach to Appalachian Basketry instructor Bonnie Bowman 2 Sessions to accommodate all – Limit 10 students per class Sunday, April 9, 2017 and Sunday, April 23 10am-4pm $45- includes all materials
Bonnie Bowman’s Studio – address sent after confirmation
You will create a beautiful Oriole style basket while learning the techniques early American Appalachian basket makers used to construct traditional ribbed baskets. But you’ll also have fun breaking from tradition as you choose from an abundance of natural materials, hand dyed reed, found objects, hand spun and dyed wool and novelty yarns available at Bonnie’s studio for you to combine colors and textures to create your own expressive and unique basket. You will create a beautiful Oriole style basket while learning the techniques early American Appalachian basket makers used to construct traditional ribbed baskets. But you’ll also have fun breaking from tradition as you choose from an abundance of natural materials, hand dyed reed, found objects, hand spun and dyed wool and novelty yarns available at Bonnie’s studio for you to combine colors and textures to create your own expressive and unique basket.
For more info go to AncientCraftStudio.com or contact the instructor email@example.com
Thinking Outside the Box, Go with the Flow
Instructor – Robert Di Marzo Sunday, May 7, 2017 12-6 pm – $45 + $15 for the Art Center = $60 Indian Rocks Beach Art Center, 1515 Bay Palm Boulevard Indian Rocks Beach, FL 33785 You will create a layered, textured, embellished, enriched and enhanced fabric surface which can be a work of art, a wall hanging or a quilt. This piece will not only have a visual appeal, it will have a physical and tactile texture created by stitching and embellishing. Even a beginner can do this technique as well as the experienced sewer. A supply list and information about the class will be sent by email after payment.
Workshop Fees: Workshop fees are required at the time a member signs up for a workshop, with the exception that members can sign up online after the monthly meeting. Our bylaws stipulate that payments are not refundable unless the participant’s place can be filled by another member. It is the responsibility of the participant of the workshop to find their replacement if they are unable to attend. We continue to have members sign up for workshops and not pay until the day of the workshop, or not show up for the workshop. This creates problems for our instructors as they must plan ahead for a given number of students. Please be respectful of our guild and of our workshop instructors, and only sign up for workshops you know you can attend, and pay in advance as per our guild bylaws.
You Go Girl: Check out this wonderful interview of our member, Leeann Kroetsch, in Naples last week.
Minutes: Submitted by Peggy Paramore
February 13, 2017 the meeting was brought together at 6:30 pm.
Our guests included: Natalie Tomkewich and Christy Juhasz from the Sarasota guild. A new member: Sue August who does weaving.
Mary Ann Pickard gave the treasury report; as of the end of January we have $4,805.12, with additional coming in from PayPal. Additional as of today $800. We have 113 members, 64 have yet to renew.
Aida announced we have a need for two more Committee Chairs; one to take over the newsletter, and another to take home and bring back our books/magazines for each meeting. Sharon Appler noted that the newsletter is like doing a blog.
Shows – Sarah Butz. She needs someone to partner with her to learn how to schedule shows. Mei-Ling St. Leger and Aida Sheets will pick up our work from the FL State Fair. Great show, we won some awards. Sarah asked that photos submitted for any show be 300 DPI.
Sunday, April 2 is the Clearwater Library show, work to be brought to Library on April 2, from 12-3 p.m. The opening is Saturday, April 8 from 2-4 p.m. Elizabeth Neily and Donna Isaac will be hosting the opening. This is also the Sharon Appler challenge.
Florida CraftArt is requesting entries to the Contemporary Fiber in Florida 2017 show, curated by Cindy Bartosek. You may enter between Feb. 13 and March 19, up to three pieces of work. Entry fee $25 for FCA members and non-members of Florida Craft Art is $40. 2D and 3D work including, baskets, vessels, and wearable art will be accepted. Enter online or print the application and send it in.
Summer show at Florida Craft Art is on animals/critters. Become a member and get the discount. There will be a member show later in the year.
Blues Power is over Thursday Feb. 23. Pick up your artwork by noon. Hours for viewing are Sunday 9:30-10:30 and again from 1-2pm. Tue, Wed, Thur, Fri 9-12. The viewer’s awards went to 1st – Karen Frank, 2nd – Donna Issac, 3rd – Eda Juhl. Congratulations to our artists.
A special photography workshop will be given to show you how to do your own photography, held at Florida CraftArt Sunday March 5 from 1-4. FL CraftArt members fee $10 and non-members $30. There are 12 spaces available, and is held on the 2nd floor of Florida Craft Art. The instructor requests that you limit yourself to 5 pieces. Brian James is available privately to shoot for you $50 per hour on the 2nd floor of the Florida Craft Arts center.
Mei-Ling St. Leger gave instructions and concepts of how to hang your wall art pieces. Framed work needs to have a wire, something stiff to hang from, soft wire droops. You can use a lucite tube, available from Farco Plastics located on 118th and U.S.19. You can use a piece of wood as an insert.
Barbara Kazanis, at the Carrollwood Art Center has unique ways of hanging your artwork, go and see other concepts. Marelene Glickman has offered to bring in lucite tubes and her cutter, depending on size, the cost could be $3-$6 each. Please notify her well before our next meeting.
Workshops: Elizabeth Neily, she asked for any members who would volunteer to be a class assistant, no fee, and no class participation, however you can observe.
Feb. 26th, Cindie Townley and Dana Maley will hold a class on Making Discharged Fabric. IRABC from 1-5pm, the fee is $40 which includes the $15 art center fee.
March 26th, Kim Sherrod will hold a class on Frida Art Dolls, with 3 doll options. The fee is $25 plus $15 for the center. It begins at 10am until they are done. There will be a material list online. She will also be demonstrating at the Lakeland Sewing Expo Thurs. March 16th. She’s doing a make-it-and-take-it for $5.
April 9th and April 23, Bonnie Bowman will hold a Basketry workshop using hand dyed items. One style rib basket; the fee is $45. Meet at her Studio 10-4 p.m.
May – Bob Di Marzo will hold an embellished art quilt session on “Thinking Outside the Box.” Bring a piece of fabric, scraps of fabric, selecting different shapes sewing and embellishing it with thread. Date to be determined.
Lakeland Sewing Expo – we now have a 10×20 booth in a primo location. Ambassadors, Carol, Gayle Wells, Shelley Wells. Greeters Aida -Thurs, Kim-Fri, Dana-Sat. We need more greeters. If you want your work to be sold, you need to be there to take their money.
Holiday Ornament sale, the remainder is on the table for 50% off, and or take yours home with you. We made $648.98. $150 scholarships to go to IRBAC, Creative Clay, DFAC. Discussed whether we should give to another group that offers classes to summer kids. Quick vote on doing the ornaments next year, at least 1 dozen.each member. A showing of approx. 16-17 members said yes. Soon there will be a donation link on the website.
Techniques Journal – Gayle Wells, explained how the system works. If 21 members signed up, there would be 21 different art skills, and each signee would produce kits up to 21 and one for our Guild book. The sign-up would extend through April, and is due in November.
Mini Workshop – Angie Knowles, needs someone for next month’s mini shop. Mary Ann Pickard volunteered to do March.
Mini workshop was given by Cindie Townley and Dana Maley on creating your own screens, stencils and stamps from various supplies and techniques . Great job.
Show-n-Tell: Kathy Hays workshop: Mary Ann Pickard, Gayle Wells, Ann Thomas, Leeann Kroetsch, Elizabeth Neily – amazing results.
Carol Gamel – wonderful artist designs, Linda Dawson – Quad tech discharging, Aida Sheets – Indigo Dyeing, Peggy Paramore Daubar – Collage wall art, Cathy Simms – Frida apron, Kelsey Sementa – Basket, Sharon Appler – her challenge piece, Bob Di Marzo – Shadow box, Elizabeth Neily – Weaving jacket and hat, Bonnie Ward – lace w/applique, wall hanging, Ann Thomas – dyed techniques from Nov. class, Leeann Kroetsch – Shades of blacks felted scarf, and jacket, Marlene Glickman – quilted chair covers, huge door wall hanging.
Announcements: Linda Dawson – Sara King’s husband is very ill; Angie Knowles – will be in Jane Dunewold’s next class next month; Cindie Townley – Winners from the State Fair were: Sharon Appler – Grand prize, Mei-Ling St. Leger – 2 first prizes, and Susan Lumsden – 1st, 2nd, and 2 honorable mentions.
There were three raffle prizes given tonight: Cathy Simms, Susan Lumsden, and Elizabeth Neily. Congrats!
Artwork brought in for the Sewing Expo is to be given to Marlene Glickman tonight. The meeting was adjourned at 8:41pm.
Meet your editor Diane Gardner-Rhoden. I am a new member of the Tampa Bay Surface Design Guild. One summer when I was about 10 years old my mother said to me ” your aunt has a sewing machine why don’t you learn to sew”. I bought a simplicity pattern and tried to make a pair of shorts out of terry cloth. Needless to say it looked horrible but that did not deter me. I have been sewing since then. Towards the end of the 1980’s I discovered the world of quilting. I made my first quilt, a log cabin and I joined a guild in NY. I was hooked. Since then I taught sewing and quilting until 1995 when my 3rd and last daughter was born. Working full time, commuting an hour and a half to work and taking care of 2 small children did not leave much time for sewing. I parked my Bernina 1630 sewing machine for 17 years and did not pick up sewing again until 2013 when I moved to the St. Petersburg area and joined our guild.