March 2020

President’s Message

Change of Season 4seasons

Here in Florida, we don’t think much about the change in seasons but March is still the official start of spring. We may need to be more observant to see the natural signs but they are present in leaves budding, and birds nesting. Because of 48 years in the frozen north, I saw March as the hardest month to believe that light, color and warmth would ever return! Now, instead of watching for emerging Snowdrops (plants), we watch for the stirring of Snowbirds.

I have often thought that our goals and annual resolutions should happen in March, not in January when we are exhausted from the holiday season! Think about new goals you would like to set for yourself, or goals that you feel you missed 3 months ago. Don’t linger over that pile of unfinished projects that weigh you down. Find a workshop or technique that will pull you out of you comfort zone. That kind of stimulation can give you a new perspective on “old” work. Maybe it is time to submit a piece to one of our upcoming shows, or encourage a friend to do so. It doesn’t have to be award winning to be fulfilling! Other members are here to offer support and suggestions.

Just for good measure, I’ll add a “Happy St. Patrick’s Day” to you simply because I’m half Irish and my favorite color has always been green, 😉.

Think Spring,

Mary Ann

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March Mini-Workshop

Ellen Delntinis

Handmade Beads with Ellen Delntinis

Ellen will demonstrate how to make handmade beads using a variety of

materials–paper, Tyvek and much more.






Color Schemes

Angie Knowles

So far we have taken a look at some science behind color and the main attributes of color. This month we will explore some common color schemes or color harmonies.

What is a color scheme?

A color scheme, also called color harmonies is the group of colors chosen by the artist. Ideally, these colors are aesthetically pleasing and should appeal to the viewer.

Monochromatic Colors

A monochromatic color scheme uses a single hue with variations in the lightness and brightness only. Such a color scheme produces simple images with no discord. However, if you plan to use monochromatic colors, make sure that you have enough contrast necessary to make your design elements stand out.

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Analogous Colors

Analogous color schemes use colors that are adjacent on the color wheel and so have similar hues. For example, blues, blue-greens and greens are analogous. When using analogous colors in a presentation, make one color dominant to avoid confusion and use the other colors as accents.angie 4




Triadic color scheme

Triadic color schemes are combinations of three colors that are evenly spaced apart on the color wheel. The most common triadic scheme is the three primary colors—red, blue and yellow. Although any three colors evenly spaced around the wheel qualifies as a triadic, so experiment with other colors for some unusual combinations.

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Complementary Colors

Complementary colors lie opposite each other on the color wheel. They complete or enhance each other. When mixed together equally, complementary colors should theoretically produce black or gray. In practice, the result is a muddy brown instead.

Using complementary colors in an image is quite pleasing to the eye, as the colors seem to belong together. The most effective use of complements is to let one of them dominate by giving it a bigger area or a fuller saturation, while using the other as an accent.angie #1










Florida CraftArt

Textile Workshops

Will be offered during the Fiber Show in April & May

Please view the link for more details:

Contemporary Fiber Workshop flyer


Member MJ Baker

Has been accepted to Florida Craft Art on a

6 month basis.

She will sell rugs, baskets, totes and more.

Her studio was part of a studio tour in February sponsored by FCA to
educate art lovers about Public Art.

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In addition, her coiled rope basket won a blue ribbon at
the Florida State Fair in February.


Don’t forget to check out her art banner hanging at the corner of 28th Street and 1st Ave N in St Pete.

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Robert DiMarzo

Florida State Fair 2020

First Place Ribbon : Needlepoint


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First Place Ribbon: Abstract Watercolor


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Honorable Mention: Watercolor


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May 2 – June 26, 2020

Clearwater Main Library

100 N Osceola Ave, Clearwater, FL 33755

Opening Reception

Sunday, May 3, 2:00 – 4:00 p.m.

Call for SDG Artists:

This show will be a “Tribute to Planet Earth”. This is a challenge show for our members. Each piece of work should incorporate a recycled element. There are two galleries and one will be this “Tribute” and the other will be a “Member Show” featuring work from our members.

The Show Committee Will: 

  • Accept 2-D and 3-D work – Hang Show
  • All work will be hung at the discretion of the SDG Show Committee
  • Work cannot be taken down until show closes

SDG Members Will:

  • Sign contract (can be printed from SDG website)
  • Provide label text two weeks prior to delivery of artwork to the Clearwater Library by emailing info to Aida Sheets at no later than Friday, April 17, 2020
  • Pay a $20 entry fee for up to 3 pieces of 2-D or 3-D original artwork Pay online at
  • Deliver artwork to Clearwater Library on Thursday, April 30, 2020
  • Provide ready to hang artwork and take all packing material home with you
  • Send out Evites and invitations to your mailing lists
  • Volunteer to provide food for Opening Reception on Sunday, May 3, 2020
  • Pickup artwork at Clearwater Library on Saturday, June 27, 2020, 12-3.

If you would like your work to be considered for the invitation, submit a 300 dpi high resolution photo of your work by March 13, 2020 to Sarah Butz at

We Need:

  • 2 volunteers to sign-in work at Clearwater Library on Thursday, April 30, 2020
  • 4 volunteers to hang work at Clearwater Library on Friday, May 1, 2020
  • 2 volunteers to release work at Clearwater Library on Saturday, June 27, 2020

Exhibition Calendar:

March 13, 202………………..Invitation pictures submitted

Friday, April 17, 2020………Label text emailed to

Thursday, April 30, 2020..…Deliver work to Clearwater Library from 10-2

Friday, May 1, 2020…………… Hang artwork at Clearwater Library, 10:00 a.m. until finished

Sunday, May 3, 2020………….. Opening Reception at Clearwater Library, 2-4

Saturday, June 27, 2020………. Pickup work from Clearwater Library from 12 – 3

*If you are unable to pick up your artwork yourself, please arrange for another Guild member to do this for you.

Library Hours:

  • Mon 10-7
  • Tues and Wed 10- 8:30
  • Thurs 10-7 Fri Sat Sun 12-5

SDG Show Committee: Donna Isaac, Angie Knowles, Aida Sheets, Mei-Ling St. Leger, Sarah Butz, June Colburn, Cindie Townley, Pat Grice, Jodee Roberson and Bonnie Ward.



Playing With Breakdown Printing

by Susan Lumsden

Is quite addictive and much fun!

It involves the use of a thickened dye to become a temporary resist on a silkscreen. Then either clear print paste or thickened dyes are pulled through the screen. This dampens the resist on the screen which begins to breakdown and disappear. Each pull creates a slightly different image. The images created are fresh to your eyes as the process, though not new, have not been used extensively. I’ve been experimenting in creating certain textures that work with the nature themed work I am currently doing.

My 2 day workshop at Florida CraftArt covers the basics while giving you permission and the tools to play.

Only 12 spaces are allotted and filling fast.

Here is a link to register:



Machine Embroidered Art

Painting the Natural World with Needle and Thread

by Alison Holt

I am very excited about this new book which was just released last week! The title is Machine Embroidered Art, Painting the Natural World with Needle and Thread; and it was written by Alison Holt. She studied Fine Art, Textiles and Embroidery at Goldsmiths College in London (lucky girl!).

The 224 pages are full of colorful step by step examples of her techniques for painted backgrounds and embroidered foregrounds. She achieves these methods on a basic Bernina sewing machine with free motion stitching and a simple wooden embroidery hoop. Ms. Holt has written 4 books previously, all published in Great Britain by Search Press Ltd., but a bit hard to find and very expensive. I immediately pre-ordered because her style speaks to me. Even for anyone who is not drawn to this style, she devotes an entire chapter just to light and another just to color! Much of her inspiration comes from the Chelsea Flower Show and the nature around her.

I would love to meet her!

Mary Ann Pickard

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Request for Donations for Raffle Basket


Quilt Local


Quilt Local 2020 show will be selling raffle baskets put together by SQC members. In a gesture of appreciation for the opportunity to be part of their show I thought it would be nice if we made our own gift basket to give to SQC. The basket theme should be “Surface Design “related items. If you can contribute a fat quarter or fat eighth size piece of fabric you’ve created that would be great. (It doesn’t have to be dyed, could also be felted, embroidered, beaded, woven etc.) Any items related to surface design would also be great. Let’s make a fabulous surface design basket to thank them for what’s going to be a great show.

Please bring your items to the February and March meetings.

(Already have a donated basket.)

Thanks in advance.

Pat Grice & Mei-Ling St Leger


Refashion Renegades

March 27, 2020

Open to everyone, upcycles and creates…..

Art to Wear Clothing and Accessories


Come to Refashion Renegades, open to everyone, upcycles and creates Art to Wear Clothing and Accessories, or anything you want to work on. It will be held Friday, March 27, 11:30-3:30, at the Unitarian Universalist Church at 100 Mirror Lake Drive, St. Petersburg.

For questions, call Karen Frank at 727-612-4546


The Parking Lot is being repaved, so directions have changed.

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The entry is through the second gate, it’s the first door on the left.

Bring all materials that you need to sew or bring handwork. If you bring a machine, bring an extension cord.

We are asking for a donation of $2-5 to cover the cost of the room.


 New Refashion Group

I (Carol Gentry) so enjoy Refashion Renegades, because in a relatively small group  (a dozen?) you can get to know people and find your soul sisters. Also it’s easier than at the guild meetings to seek potential artistic mentors.

But Renegades meet just once a month, on the 4th Friday.

So I would like to volunteer my house as a meeting point on the Second Friday of the month, 11:30-3:30.

Let me know who’s interested, by phone or text.

Carol Gentry





Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum

Contemporary Muslim Fashions
February 28 – August 23, 2020
New York City, New York

This pioneering exhibition examines how Muslim women—those who cover and those who do not—have become arbiters of style within and beyond their communities. This exhibition, organized by the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, features approximately 80 ensembles drawn from established and emerging designers in high-end fashion, streetwear, sportswear and couture, as well as about 40 photographs to contextualize the garments on view.

Exhibition trailer

North Carolina Arboretum

Growing Color Symposium
March 11–12, 2020
Asheville, North Carolina

There is a growing demand for natural color for use in the textile, cosmetic, and food industries, but local sources for many of these dyes are scant. The symposium aims to focus awareness about issues and opportunities in plant dyes and encourage a sustainable natural dye industry in Western North Carolina. An added focus will be on growing naturally-colored fibers presented by Sally Fox. Designed for professionals in the farming, herb, and textile industries, as well as anyone interested in the fascinating history and potential of plant-based color; registration required.

Kunsthal Extra City Antwerp

Textiles as Resistance
March 21¬ – April 19, 2020
Antwerp, Belgium

Textiles have long been a powerful medium for the expression of identity, especially in times of war and crisis. This exhibit, sponsored by the MoMu Fashion Museum, raises important questions about refuge, resistance, hope, happiness, tradition, beauty, spirituality and decolonization thus stitching together a fuller picture of our modern societies and inspirational people that are beating the odds around the globe.

Mashid Mohadjerin created a series of impactful photos and Samira Bendadi wrote an equally exclusive collection of moving stories, crafting a tapestry of visual and written storylines for visitors to unravel.

International Quilt Study Center & Museum

Glasnost and Folk Culture: Russian Quilts of the 1990s
April 3 ¬– August 30, 2020
Lincoln, Nebraska

Even after the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991, Mikhail Gorbachev’s late-1980s emphasis on glasnost—“openness and transparency”—continued in politics and society. Increased dialogue with the West was a hallmark of 1990s glasnost, and groups of American and Russian quiltmakers embarked on some groundbreaking cultural exchange projects. The pieces in this exhibition were made by Russian women who were taught quiltmaking by a group of American teachers. The quilts are dominated by images of Russian fairy tales, folk objects, and traditional architecture made during an era when Russia-U.S. relations were quickly thawing.

Royal Ontario Museum

The Cloth that Changed the World: India’s Painted and Printed Cottons
April 4 ¬– September 27, 2020
Toronto, Ontario, Canada

The painted and printed cottons of India changed human history; they revolutionized art, fashion and science wherever they went around the globe. Featuring pieces from the Museum’s world-renowned collection, this ROM original exhibition explores how over thousands of years India’s artisans have created, perfected and innovated these printed and painted multicolored cotton fabrics to fashion the body, honor divinities, and beautify palaces and homes. Discover how through trade-routes, encounters, and exchange, these cloths connected cultures and, quite literally, changed the world.

University of Wisconsin, Madison, Lynn Mecklenburg Textile Gallery

Lace from the Helen Louise Allen Textile Collection
April 8 ¬¬– June 6, 2020
Madison, Wisconsin

Lace is the single largest category of objects in the Helen Louise Allen Textile Collection. How does one make sense of this ubiquitous yet enigmatic material? From fine art on the wall to intimate garments on the body, lace surrounds us yet often goes unnoticed. This exhibition will investigate the complex historical, cultural, technical, and aesthetic histories of lace, changing the ways visitors understand this strong, delicate and beautiful material.

Parsons, The Auditorium

Anti-Fashion Seminar
April 9–10, 2020
New York City, New York

Since 2014, Li Edelkoort’s Anti-Fashion Manifesto has reset the rules for the fashion industry, inspiring a new generation of brands and designers who disrupt old production and selling methods. Open to students, faculty and professionals (registration required), the conference is a meeting place for new ideas and creative solutions, bringing together the most talented and diverse minds in the fields of fashion, textiles, retail and product design. With a particular focus on sustainable ethics and circular practice, the dynamic conference features both local and international speakers and is a vector for innovation, dialogue and inspiration.

Yale University Art Gallery

Place, Nations, Generations, Beings: 200 Years of Indigenous North American Art
Through June 21, 2020
New Haven, Connecticut

Place, Nations, Generations, Beings: 200 Years of Indigenous North American Art presents a wide variety of Indigenous voices and experiences through more than 75 artworks of basketry, beadwork, drawings, photography, pottery, textiles, and wood carvings. This student-curated exhibition investigates the connections that Indigenous peoples have to their lands; the power of objects as expressions of sovereignty; the passing on of artistic practices and traditions; and the relationships that artists and nations have to animals, plants, and cosmological beings.

Textile Tour of Bhutan

November 18 – December 8, 2020

This magical journey will wind through fertile valleys and villages, traversing the country to reach the little-visited textile heartland of kushutara, the Bhutanese handwoven brocaded dress, in Eastern Bhutan. This tour has been crafted especially for people who love textiles, craft and local culture and who seek the immersive experience of travelling with Wendy Garrity, who has lived and breathed Bhutan and is passionate about the Bhutanese people, their culture, and particularly their weaving. Experience this fascinating country with a focus on Bhutanese textiles and opportunities to visit major sights alongside an immersive three-night stay in a rural village.




Please view the previous newsletters for details.

Quilt Local 2020

Celebrating Quilts and Community
March 20 -21, 2020
THE COLISEUM, 535 Fourth Ave North, St Petersburg, FL.
Suncoast Quilting Circle quilt show

Original Sewing & Quilt Expo

Guarantee your class schedule – Register Now
Register to save your seat…
Original Sewing & Quilt Expo returns to the RP Funding Center in Lakeland, FL on March 19, 20 & 21, 2020. REGISTER NOW for the best selection of classes!

The Florida Tropical Weavers

Annual Conference
March 19-22
Eustis, Florida

Click to access 2019.12-1-ftwg-brochure.pdf

Click to access 2019.12-1-ftwg-brochure.pdf

Creative Fiber Collage & Dyeing

Instructor: Marlene Glickman
Workshop 18 April 2020 from 10am-4pm at: Florida Craft Art

Australian Rachaeldaisy

She makes a stop in Stuart, Florida.
(March 31st – April 6th, 2020).

Yours in stitching, Jen
Jennifer Lee


It is time to start planning for this exciting event. Looking for eager helpers to organize and execute the retreat for the guild.
Please send me an e-mail to Thanks! Norma

Please view the previous newsletters for details.



Additional Links of interest for:


Ethical Shopping & living :
10 Golden Tenets for buying clothes

At The Factory, Natalie Chanin and her team of 30 run Alabama Chanin

Womenswear brand specializing in flowing organic-cotton dresses and smart tailoring, all hand produced in the region.


BOOK SALE BY: DRAGON THREADS – Owner is retiring and most of the books are 1/2 off.

Partial list of some of the books available: Link to List by Dragon Threads

  • Color My Garden as well as Patchwork Sassaman Style by Jane Sassaman
  • Applique Martery by Phillippa Naylor
  • Silk Unraveled by Loran Moffat
  • Koos & Couture by Linda Chang Teufel
  • Fabric Etching by Iris Lee

Hibulb Cultural Center & Natural History Preserve
Interwoven History: Coast Salish Wool
No closing date set
Tulalip, Washington

Regina V. Benson – Textile Artist – A MUST SEE – Check out her Gallery

Section:  Special Views



Visit Our Collection of Natural Dyes Here

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A community service bringing art fair news and patrons to art fairs across the nation: 


Tampa Bay Surface Design Guild

Officers / Committee Chairs 2020

Board members:

President – Mary Ann Pickard

VP Program/Workshops –  Sarah Snyder & June Colburn

Treasurer- Aida Sheets

Secretary- Carol Gentry

Committee Chairs:

Public Relations – Jody Roberson,

Photographer – Linda Livingston

Website/Membership Management/Social Media – Cynthia Townley

Shows: Sarah Butz

Newsletter: Virginia Szelest

Mini Demos: Angie Knowles


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