July 2017


The President’s Letter

When you head to your studio to create fiber art, what are you actually doing? Is it just a fun activity that produces something tangible in the end, or is there a deeper meaning, something that you are consciously or unconsciously trying to tease out of your art? DB1A9CFF-208D-4A7A-9FB7-A21AB9456010

I’ve never been a “woo-woo” kind of person, looking for meaning at every turn, but what started out for me as something I simply enjoyed doing that was separate from the daily tasks of life, is becoming a journey to understand myself and express that understanding visually to others. I have a difficult time verbally telling others about myself, but my fiber art is opening a window for me to the workings of my mind. I’m not certain when this transition took place, but I have made a conscious decision to nurture this process and see where it will take me.13DBAF61-2650-4BAC-A43F-A99A9EF3EBB2 (1)

I hope that all of you find meaning in your artistic pursuits, no matter what that meaning may be. If it is just fun and relaxing for you to work with fiber in your hands, or if you have something to tell the world and are searching for your true artistic voice, art nourishes the deeper parts of ourselves, and can allow us to relate to others in ways that we would not otherwise be able to do. As Calvin, of Calvin & Hobbes, has said, “As my artist’s statement explains, my work is utterly incomprehensible and is therefore full of deep significance.” Aida Sheets


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.

July-Choosing Fabric for Collage June Colburn

Aug–Carol Bickford sewing with vintage fabrics


Workshops and Classes

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 

August Program

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$35 includes the Art Center Fee.  August 20, 2017. 10 to 4pm.  Bring Lunch.

Indian Rocks Beach Art Center, 1515 Bay Palm Blvd.  Indian Rocks Beach, FL 33785

Zen Rocks (wrapped rocks) are designs inspired by decorative knots on Japanese flower baskets.  In Japanese, musubi means to connect or bind together as well as to pledge or promise.  It is believed that when you tie things, a heavenly spirit will dwell within the knot to protect people.

In this class, you will receive instructions to do the following knots that you can select to use on your rocks:

Intlocking V, -Girdled interlocking “V”, -Butterfly and double butterfly,

Cross knot,-Cross knot with spiral, -Cross knot with double spiral

Turtle knot, -Cross-hatch designs, -Japanese eye,  -Snake coil

Stick wrap, – Stick wrap with spiral, -Stick wrap with wheat stitch or braid

Loop the loop lace up

Here’s the items we will provide for the class –

.5 rocks,14 page instruction set with pictures and strands of each of the following weaving materials: cane,reed, bamboo skewers, cording, faux leather and suede lashing glue and work mat.

Samples of completed rocks as well as pictures of the wrapped rocks can use for ideas and inspiration.  Attendees may bring yarn, beads, charms, shells, decorative items as well as additional rocks>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

Refashion Renegades has a new location. Unitarian Universalist Church of St. Petersburg We will meet on Friday, July 14, at 10:30. It’s early this month because the church is not available.  It’s open to all Guild Members. We are asking each person to give $2-$5 to cover the cost of the room.

–Gilmore Hall, 100 Mirror Lake Drive North, (downtown St. Petersburg).   Detail driving directions are in April and May newsletters.  Call or text Karen Frank  (727) 612-4546 >>>>>>>>>>.


Worth looking into:

sda-adLast minute cancellation just left space in 3 day Botannical Print Workshop with Irit Dulman.  Call Suzanne at 336-693-4606 if you have questions

.Stitcher Paradise
Grand Hyatt of Tampa Bay, 2900 Bayport Drive.  Tampa, FL 33607
August 17th – 19th, 2017.  Thursday, Friday & Saturday.  Marketplace 10am to 5pm each day.  www.StitcherParadise.com   A fabulous Grand Door Prize is a Martelli table with many accessories. $15 individual $8 group rate .  Even if the guild doesn’t do an official trip, any group of 8 or more signing up together gets the group rate. Better yet, admission to Marketplace is free with a class registration or evening trunk show. 

.Check out Jane Dunnewold website and Join a Workshop or take a look at her new blog post-Threads of Resistance.  She will be doing several workshops outside of her studio this year.

. FAB Fiber, 5708 Gulfport Blvd., Gulfport, FL 33707
http://www.fabfibergulfport.com  has 100% pre-shrunk cotton garments in casual styles for men and women.  Available in white for dyeing and/or embellishing and in black for discharged designs. Great for indigo dying.  
10% discount for Tampa Bay Surface Design Guild Member.   

.Marlene Glickman has put out a new newsletter and she will be teaching classes in her studio.  Check out her web site and blog post. http://silkdyes.com/blog/workshop-events-calendar/.

 Dunedin Fine Art Center                                                                                                            1143 Michigan Blvd.Dunedin, FL 34698  Telephone #727 298-3322  Several exciting new exhibits and Fiber related Saturday demonstrations July 15, 29, and August 5, 12.   * you will find more information in last month newsletter.

In our backyard- ASG  – July 27 to 30, 2017.  Annual Conference 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.  You will find more information in June newsletter.
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

 –Florida CraftArt makes a difference in the lives of artists and the community statewide!  Sign up for there newsletter and take the time to view their exhibits.

The Annual CraftArt Festival takes place November 18th and 19th.  The gallery is looking for entries by artist who express their art in jewelry, clay, glass, paper, wood, metal, fiber and mixed-media   Artists apply online at www.zapplication.org/ by September 5, 2017.   

Take a Walking Mural Tour in the Central Arts District in St.Petersberg  *detail information is in our June newsletter>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

You ask for it:

There has been a request to put the names of officers and committee chairs in the Newsletter.   
President- Aida Sheets
Vice Presidents/Programs- Elizabeth Neily and Shellee Wells
Treasurer- Mary Ann Pickard
Secretary- Peggy Dauber
Website- Cindie Townley
Newsletter- Diane Gardner-Rhoden
Mini-Demos- Angie Knowles
Shows- Sarah Butz

June Minutes…………………………………June 12, 2017 The meeting was brought to order at 6:30 pm.
We have one new member, Pat Peak who owns a small sewing and
embroidery business. Our guests were Elleen DeIntin, who enjoys doll making,
Yasmin Gonzalez, and Barbara Saylor.
Mary Ann Pickard gave the Treasurer’s report. As of the end of May we have
$7,106.09. We currently have 84 paid members.
Aida Sheets announced a show of hands for those interested in having a
member directory. Peggy Paramore Daubar will work on this over the summer.
Shows – Sarah Butz is not here tonight, however, we have no upcoming
scheduled shows.
Dana Maley, chair of the challenge on tote bags as a fundraiser, asked the
bags be brought to her in July. The proceeds are to bbenefit children’s
scholarship camps. The camps are quite costly. Carol Bickford suggested adding
additional moneys into the fund. Angie Knowles said, give it to the same groups,
and perhaps one additional group next year. Linda Dawson motioned not to
exceed an additional $600, and Angie Knowles, 2nd it. The motion was approved
by those in attendance.
Workshops – Elizabeth Neily
Her workshops on Freeform Crochet and Scrumbling went great and were a
lot of fun.
July 16th – Linda Dawson will teach a class on Making Your Mark. The fee is
$65 which includes the $15 fee to IRABC. Pay tonight or online. She will teach
different types of marking, including stitching. A supply list is online. Be sure to
bring PFD fabrics. Hours 10:00 a.m.-4:40-5 pm.
August 20th – Zen Rocks. The fee is $35. More information available in our
July meeting.
September – MeiLing St. Leger will hold a class, and the techniques TBC.
No other classes have been scheduled. An interest for polymer clay has been
offered by Kim Hale from our sister guild in Sarasota. Feb 4 & 5 of 2019, we
could have Wen Redmond for $850 plus a $20 kit, we need to commit and send
in a contract.
Technical Journal – Bonnie Ward
Please review the current book, and sign up if you’re interested. Pages are due in
Mini Workshop – Mary Ann Pickard gave a unique demonstration on Tunisian
Crochet, as well as some interesting background on herself.
Angie Knowles announced that she will not be chairing the mini workshops
next year, and the guild needs a volunteer to chair this function next year.
Elizabeth Neily’s Scrumbling class – Gail Crotty and Elizabeth Neily showed off
their beautiful wares; Barbara Taylor, June Colburn’s Class showed their beautiful
wall hangings, Pat Grice – Bonnie’s Basket Class, Linda Dawson – Mark making
samples in black/white; Dana Maley – Freida Doll, Carol Bickford – Tote Bags,
Sharon Appler – Leeann’s Class of felting with pine needles, Mei Ling St. Leger –
tapestry dyed yarns, Edda Juhl – Ice Dyeing, Peggy Paramore Daubar – Dana’s
tote challenge
Announcements: We need new chairs for both the Treasurer and MiniWorkshop
Refashion Renegades – Cindy Townley announced we will meet June 23,
generally on the 3rd Friday of each month.
Dana Maley has Antique beads – small $5, and large $20.
Aida Sheets has TBSDG business cards to pass out to new interested
members, and encourages us to include younger ladies.
The meeting was adjourned at 7:42 pm.>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>.


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