June 2017

The Presidents Letter 

Screen Shot 2017-05-30 at 11.38.04 AMOne of the things that I love about our Surface Design Guild art shows, is that they encourage me to focus in a specific artistic direction that helps me to produce completed pieces of artwork. Now that we have come to the end of our 2017 show season, I can allow myself to loosen up artistically, play more in my studio, explore new techniques, and try out ideas for using familiar techniques in new ways. All of this is an important part of the process of growing as a fiber artist, and a great reason to be a part of an art guild such as the TBSDG.

As members of a guild, we are very fortunate to have the inspiration and encouragement of a talented group of fiber artists to keep us moving in a forward direction. Through sharing the art that we are working on individually, through guild workshops, and through the exchange of ideas in and out of our meetings, we provide a valuable resource for each other that none of us would have on our own.

I hope that all of you will share this experience with your artistic friends who are not currently members of a guild, by telling them about the TBSDG, and inviting them to come to our meetings and to follow us on Facebook. Art fulfills its greatest purpose when we share it with others.

Aida Sheets


It’s time to start working on your fiber art tote bags for Dana Maley’s design challenge due in July. Tote patterns are available from different sources it’s not necessary to buy a pattern,  be creative and use what you already have.  Bring your diversity and creativity to this challenge as you did to last year’s challenge. The tote bags will be submitted to Dunedin Arts Center and Florida Crafts as a fundraiser, in addition to the handmade ornaments later in the year. Over $600 ornaments was made last year.

Call for Action:

Laurie Dunham, the President of the Sarasota Surface Design Guild,20047050_1493824577.3046 has been diagnosed with Acute Myleoid Leukemia and will be hospitalized for a while.  Her daughter, Laura, has created a Go Fund Me account for her recovery and will be posting detailed updates about her treatment.  We have reached out to all of our members and are hoping you will reach out to your members, not only for a donation to help out, but for their prayers for Laurie and her family.  If you would do that for us, we would greatly appreciate it.  For information on Laurie’s story, please check out this link:  https://www.gofundme.com/3pxxuq0

Care packages
Angie Knowles to you:  Thanks to everyone who so graciously volunteered to send care packages to my daughter Ashley during her 1 year tour in Afghanistan. I know she will be very grateful, and so am I.                                                                                                           Here is a list of items she would appreciate.

Dial body wash
Starbucks double-shot espresso drink
coffee K cups (any flavor except hazelnut)
fruit cups
applesauce cups
Kraft mac-n-cheese microwave cups
oatmeal microwave cups
smaftfood white cheddar microwave popcorn
variety of cold cereal packs
variety of chip packs                                                                                                         Sara asked about sending home baked goods. The packages I’ve sent her has taken about two weeks to arrive, so not really sure how feasible that is. I’m sure there are some fresh baked items that travel well, but not sure what they are.

Right now she is good on personal hygiene products, but if you wish to send some, I’m sure she can share with others who may need them.

Thanks again for your generosity.


Not a request, just a wish…….Rhonda Kuntz….

Would love to get home made cards from our members.  She hopes to be released from rehab in 1 week because she broke the ends of both bones in her left leg.  Her address can be found on our website members page.



Refashion Renegades has a new location. Unitarian Universalist Church of St. Petersburg–Gilmore Hall, 100 Mirror Lake Drive North, (downtown St. Petersburg).  We meet on the fourth Friday of each month.10:30a.m. until.  Open to all Guild Members. Bring the supplies you need to work on, i.e sewing machine, extension cord, ironing board, etc. We are asking each person to give $2 to cover the cost of the room.  Detail driving directions are in the last 2 newsletters.>>>>>>>>>>>>>.

Our member, Melissa Nickelson, had a great product at Refashion Renegades. She was using Septic Tank Fabric for making patterns. It’s lightweight, sheer, doesn’t tear and it cuts and pins well. Better yet, it’s only 22 cents a foot, 66 cents a yard and can be bought at Home Depot.


MINI WORKSHOP:  Looking for volunteers to share a 15-20 minute technique. You all have something you can share, so don’t be shy.  Step up and show us what you do.  

June- Mary Ann Pickard, Tunisian crochet

July-Choosing Fabric for Collage June Colburn

Aug–Carol Bickford sewing with vintage fabrics

Workshops and Classes

June Program

LET’S SCRUMBLE! A Workshop in Free Form Crochet
Sunday, June 11, 2017
Time: 11:00 AM – 4:00 PMCrop FF Crochet
Location: Beach Art Center,  1515 Bay Palm Boulevard,  Indian Rocks Beach, FL 33785
Instructor: Elizabeth Neily Cell: 727-744-7051 or email: eneilydesigns@tampabay.rr.com
Fee: $35, includes a kit of 3 crochet hooks, darning needle, variety of yarn scraps, instructions for several crochet motifs, paper and pencil.
What to Bring: scissors, straight pins and any crochet hooks you may have. Fat quarter of cotton fabric.(Optional – scraps of yarn to use or swap,) You make also want to bring a drink and a snack.
What to expect: The first hour will concentrate on making a free-form sampler by learning basic crochet stitches and  their corresponding symbols.  Learn or refresh crochet stitches, how to change yarns, and how to choose yarns to make your pieces interesting. The rest of the class will be spent learning how to make motifs: circles, spirals, triangles, fans, etc. using contrasting yarns, textures, stitches and making the scrumbles grow. There will be several books on free-form crochet on hand to look at for inspiration. Let your imagination take you to some wild scrumbling

July Program

Mark Making: A workshop designed to help the artist make their mark on the world  by Linda Dawson 

July 16, 2017, 10:00 am – 4:00 pm Fee: $65.00

Indian Rocks Beach Art Center, 1515 Bay Palms Blvd., Indian Rocks Beach, Florida

The $65.00 fee includes the Art Center fee and the supplies provided by Linda

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThis workshop will concentrate on making marks with various tools. The marks can be use on fabric, paper, clay and many other media. You will be using brushes, pens, rollers, scribers and needles and you will be working mostly with fabric.

The first hour will be used to discuss the mark making tools followed by soy wax crayons,  paste, and thickened dyes on previously washed fabric soaked in Soda Ash These techniques will require steaming that will be done by Linda.

A supply list is available at the next two guild meetings or by contacting Linda Dawson at: (727) 894-3761, or email at fiberart2@verizon.net


FYI>>>>>>>>>>>>>Our secretary, Peggy Dauber, is in the process of creating a directory available to members only. If you would like to be included, please update your profile on the website in the Member Directory under Members Only.
Go to www.surfacedesignguild.com
Log in – if you don’t have or don’t know your password, click log in and then click Forgot Password. Follow the prompts to create a new password.
Once you are logged in, go to My Profile in the upper right corner. Click Edit profile. At this point you can input any information you wish to. Click Privacy. Check Show Profile to Others. Check all boxes in Details to Show that you wish other members to see. No one else but a member has access to your information.
If you have any problems or questions, contact Cindie Townley at: ctownley22@gmail.com



The CraftArt Festival is a two-day contemporary fine craft festival held before ThanksGiving, featuring over 100 nationwide artists. shot.jpeg Each Emerging Artist will receive a 10’ x 10’ tent, table and chairs, as well as a photography session with Brian James, business mentoring by renowned artist Duncan McClellan and a stipend for meals. Each artist work is judged by the show juror for an Emerging Artist ribbon. The ultimate benefit to the artists is to be able to professionally present their work to collectors and visitors and sell their work.
For information, email: Janie.Lorenz@FloridaCraftArt.org.

Take a Walking Mural Tour in the Central Arts District in St.Petersberg
Visitors will hear the inside stories of the making of over 30 murals.
Tours are scheduled on Saturday mornings from 10-11:30 a.m. Visitors walk a four-block loop, enjoying more than 30 murals. The cost for the tour is $19 for adults, $11 for children ages 6-18, and it is free for children under 5 years old9ac1914a-8610-447e-8366-956845a104faGroups can arrange for special tour times and pricing by calling FloridaArtCraft (727) 821-7391 or email: info@floridacraftart.org.   A portion of the proceeds from the tours supports educational programs and St. Pete Arts Alliance.
Tours meet at Florida CraftArt Gallery at 501 Central Avenue, St Petersberg.


LAST CHANCE TO SIGN UP! If you are an arts and cultural non-profit leader and would like come or designate someone from your shop, you may attend the Art Business Academy, beginning June 5, at NO CHARGE.  Thanks to Regions Bank for being a sponsor
Last date to register is May 31.7272b7bb-9db2-4cb1-bc79-84b2dab3246b

Cottonseed Casual Wear TM available at FAB Fiber.

100% pre-shrunk cotton in casual styles for men and women.  Available in white for dyeing and/or embellishing and in black for discharged designs. Great for indigo!Cotton seed logo-clothes

There are many different styles and if it is not available in our shop then it can be in a couple of days as a prepaid special order. 10% discount for Tampa Bay Surface Design Guild Members.
Elizabeth offers beginner weaving classes on the Rigid Heddle Loom and Triangle Looms. Classes begin at $125, which includes $35 worth of yarn.

Contact Elizabeth: mailto:fabfibergulfport@gmail.com or call her cell 727-744-7051.
Hours are 10 AM to 4 PM, Tuesday thru Saturday.
FAB Fiber, 5708 Gulfport Blvd., Gulfport, FL 33707


Greetings from the Aya Fiber Studio in Florida.!sda-ad

Thanks to all fiber artisans for a great season. AYA Fiber Studio still have some exciting things happening in the studio over the summer. We will be running a Fiber Arts Camp for kids ages 9-15. Four sessions, each concentrating on different techniques and ending with a sewing session so these young artists can use some of the fabrics they create to incorporate into a simple project.  Sewing is something the young people really want to learn.  It seems that sewing skills has skipped an entire generation of young people who are yearning to learn.  It is no longer a required Home Ec skill in the 7th grade.

Charity Van der Meer will be in the studio from June 8-11 with her workshop: Fashion Styling & Surface Design for Nuno Felted Garments. There are a few SDA members coming from the Tampa Area. This workshop will be exciting and there is still space available.

Irit Dulman will be at the studio from July 24- August 4th with (2) different workshops:  A 3 day Botanical Printing and a 5 day + 2 day: Natural dyes and Botanical Printing.
There is still space available in the 3 day workshop ( July 24-27) and a waitlist is being created for the 5 and 2 day classes.

A 2nd workshop with India Flint is added for March 2018.

Aya Fiber Studio is blessed to have all these amazing instructors coming to the studio.   Reserve your class space with a deposit and pay the balance 30 days before the class. Look for Olga Kazanskaya ( Medium Print and Nuno Felting), Jean Gauger (Nuno Felting), Susan Lenz, Esterita Austin, Jiyoung Chung (Joomchi), Lisa Binkley, Ana Lisa Headstrom, Alissa Allen, Donna Brown, Catharine Ellis, Jane Callendar, Anne Johnston, John Marshall, India Flint and Carol Soderlund.  Find out more at : http:// www.ayafiberstudio/coming-workshops


ASGJuly 27 to 30, 2017. ASG annual Conference  is in our backyard at the Hilton Lake Buena Vista Hotel in Lake Buena Vista, Florida. A once-a-year opportunity for sewing enthusiasts to gather and celebrate all things sewing, quilting and embroidery.  Come for one day only or all four days.  Shopping:  A vendor-packed Exhibit Hall full of businesses selling fabric, notions, patterns, sewing furniture, machines, threads, projects, DVD’s, books and more.
Education:  Daily workshops, seminars and lectures. Classes on surface design,  embellishment, couture sewing, stash management, fitting and alterations,  hand sewing and serger sewing for every skill level.
Fellowship:  Tours, get togethers, lunches, the annual Fashion Show and more!
Conference is open to ASG members and non-members. For more info, log on to www.asg.org and click on Annual Conference. Or call Carol Bickford at 727-781-0546

Dunedin Fine Art Center                                                                                                             1143 Michigan Blvd.Dunedin, FL 34698  Telephone #727 298-3322  Several exciting new exhibits June 9th to August 18.

-Fiber related Saturday demonstrations: at 11 am.  June 17, 24, July 8, 15, 29, and August 5, 12.  

Saturday Gallery Talks 11am.  June 24, July 15, 29 and August 12.

-Shirt Tales fiber collage workshop with Karol Kusmaul: Saturday August 5, from 10 to 3pm. Please contact DFAC for more information.

New Quilts from an Old Favorite

Screen Shot.jpegNew York BeautyQuilters around the world share innovative interpretations of a traditional pattern in this 23rd Annual Competition coordinated by The National Quilt Museum.

Shirt Tails:
Portraits by Karol Kusmaul – SAQA fiber artist, Karol Kusmaul presents a joyful and distinctive ‘body’ of work—i.e. figures + portraits—composed of upcycled fabrics, she calls her glad rags.

Studio Art Quilt Associates “GROWTH’ Exhibit    Opening Reception: June 9, from 6 to 9pm. We expect the GROWTScreen Shot 2017-04-27 at 9.18.33 AMH exhibit to be an outstanding display of art quilts made by central Florida quilters.  All SDG members are invited to the Opening Reception, exhibit and additional events.


Artquiltstextiles   All sorts of information on rusting and indigo dying.

Clothworks.com.   Clothworks has a extensive list of websites and reading materials.  If you go to this site look in their resource section and download a pdf copy of an old book titled: “Homedying with natural Dyes” by Margaret S. Furry & Bess M. Viemont.  It is well worth it.

HillcreekFiberStudio.com  Information and supplies for natural dying.

Maiwa.com is another site that I really like. There you can find information and formulas for indigo and other natural dyes.

wildcolors.co.uk  Information on Cochineal, Woad,  Indigo and other natural dyes.  Mail order from the U.K


May 8, 2017 Meeting minutes:   The meeting was brought to order at 6:31 p.m.

Guests – Dagmar Howe-arts, crafts, acrylic painter; Pamela Joy Trow – artist; Beverly Parker – artist; Jewly Youschak-artist

Treasurer’s Report – by Aida Sheets; we currently have 81 members renewed, and as of the end of April $7,738.15 in our account.

Shows – Sara Butz; the Clearwater Library show is fabulous, and encourages everyone to go and see it. Wednesday, May 31st is the pickup day. Please make arrangements for someone to pick up your work if you are not available to do so. The Contemporary Fiber Show at Florida CraftArt is a high quality and stunning show. LeeAnn Kroetsch sold some of her beautiful pieces to visiting Jane Seymour.  There are no more shows scheduled. A big thank you for all the volunteers.

Announcement – Shellee Wells husband has had a heart attack, please email her or send her a card for well wishes.

Workshops – Elizabeth Neily;  She will host a Freeform Crochet and Scrumble Crochet class for $35. She shared samples of her beautiful work. It may be located at IRBAC or her place of business, Fab Fiber in Gulf Port, on Sunday June 11, at 11:00 am.

Linda Dawson will host a Mark Making class, July 3 from 10-4:00 p.m. at IRBAC. Bring your pre-soaked soda ash fabric. The fee is TBD.

August 20th, time TBD, Emily Stehle will host a Zen Rock class. The fee is $35 for 5 rocks, this includes the $15 center fee. BYO Lunch and drinks.

Upon signing up for a workshop, please pay for the class at the time of sign-up or online.

Dana’s Challenge – A tote bag, to be approximately 12 x 18 or 20″. These are due at the July meeting. We will also be making holiday ornaments. The income received from these two will go to scholarships for Dunedin Arts Center, IRBAC, and Creative Clay. Perhaps, we could consider Picasso for Kids this time, or next year, to add into the scholarship program. Dana has some free tote bag patterns.

Raffle Tickets – Dana Maley – The last raffle was held tonight, as it has not made enough money for us to continue with this fundraiser.

Mini Workshops – Angie Knowles – Elizabeth Neily gave a lovely demonstration on how to weave a continuous strand of yarn on a triangular loom. She explained that it warps itself as you go, and that types of yarns matter.

Show-n-Tell – Elizabeth Neily – 5×5 challenge, Christmas items; Bonnie Bowman’s workshop basketry included JoAnn Baxter and Mei-Ling St. Leger; June Colburn’s workshop – members haven’t finished their projects; Rhonda Kuntz – Frida Doll and Marlene Glickman’s workshop – pin weaving; Carol Pickard – Tote Bags; Ann Thomas – Kathie Hays workshop eco dyed fabrics; Linda Dawson – 5×5 challenge; JoAnn Baxter-Beadwork class bracelet w/silk shibori; Dana Maley – Altered Couture with Blue jeans; Jennifer Baker – Indigo dyeing and mandala; Trish Sande – tiny hand stitching, felted flowers, water bottle canvas; Diane Rhoden Gardner – Indigo dress; Jewly Youschak – Quilt hanging, paper pieced; Sara Butz – Purse done with gelatin printing; Sharon  Danielson – Zen rocks. Awesome work!!

Raffle winners –  Ann Thomas, Angie Knowles, Peggy P Daubar, Cindy Townley, Mei-Ling St. Leger, Paula Walker, Rhonda Kuntz, Gayle Wells, Jill East, Trish Sande, Bonnie. A big thank you to Dana Maley & Cindy Townley for handling the raffles.

Announcements – Some members do not feel the meeting facility is satisfactory. We held a show of hands to stay where we are, and a majority raised their hands. Two members opposed. Because there is more support to stay, we will continue to meet at the Good Samaritan Church. Please take responsibility to cleanup after yourselves, including pushing your chairs back into the table, and checking for debris on your table and on the floor surrounding your table. The church would like us to sweep the floors, but this will not be necessary if everyone helps to clean up after the meetings.

Pat Grice suggested we need a better sound system, as voices are garbled. Aida Sheets, also suggested for members to sit as close to the front as possible. Angie Knowles said, since we have the money, we should invest into a new system, as they are not that costly. Sarah will look into using the existing sound system in the room before we buy a new sound system.

June Colburn has a brand new Rowenta iron valued at $260-$300, for sale for $50, it sold.

Mei-Ling St. Leger stated that the book sales are not for scholarships. We made $42.50 last month, and $18 this month.

Carol Bickford said Dunedin’s walking tour is June 15th. A fee of $19, and lunch at the Iberian Rooster.

Angie Knowles said that because the books in the book sale are heavy to load and unload at the meeting, if they do not sell after 3 months, they will be donated. She also asked members to support her daughter who is serving in Afghanistan, in any way they could. She does have a wish list, please email Angie, if you would like to participate. Care packages are always in great need.

Cindy Townley said Refashion Renegades will meet May 26th, at the Unitarian Universalist Church in St. Petersburg, at 100 Mirror Lake Drive N. Bring whatever you wish to work on. Hours 10:30-5:00 pm. A donation of $2-5 dollars is appreciated to defray the cost of the room.

The meeting was adjourned at 8:06 p.m.

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