April 2020


President’s Message

                       By April, we are usually looking forward to a summer holiday, the end of school or travel plans. This year, we have a whole new set of challenges, which involve changing plans. As an introvert, I have never been very bothered by isolation but it can be very difficult for some people, especially when combined with worry. We need to look out for one another – from a distance – but still stay in touch. We need distractions from all the negative news and drama.

                      I am encouraged by all the snippets I see of people doing positive things. I have a friend sewing face masks for people in need (medical workers and high risk patients) who can’t find or afford them (see https://maskforce.org for ideas and resources). I have a nephew who works in a lab and they have decided to make gallons of hand sanitizer. Another friend is organizing neighborhood chalk art contests. Other Facebook friends are posting the cutest pictures of their kids or pets “helping” them work from home. As artists, we have all wished for more time to work on our projects so let’s share what we are working on. Maybe all this isolation will bring us together!

                     Please do your best to stay safe and healthy. We will have even more cause for excitement the next time we all meet!

Mary Ann

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Surface Design Guild

April 13th Meeting


Unfortunately, we need to cancel our April 13th meeting at the Good Samaritan because of the coronavirus. Our governor has set limits on group size for various meetings. Schools, churches, restaurants and many other businesses have been affected. The Beach Art Center is also closed until further notice so we will keep you posted as things change. Hopefully, this crisis will be over soon and we can resume our normal activities. If you know members who don’t normally see emails, please pass on the information.
In the meantime, stay connected through emails, phone calls and our FaceBook page. Virginia Szelest is working hard to get our newsletter out so send her some positive content and look forward to reading about a new art challenge.

Stay safe, healthy and happy.
Mary Ann Pickard, president


The Quarantine Art Challenge

Whether you are under official or self-imposed quarantine from the coronavirus, you are probably feeling a sense of extra time or even boredom. Our treasurer, Aida Sheets had a great idea to begin a challenge for our members. Let’s see what small art piece we can be inspired to create, no larger than 5×5, 6×6 or 5×7 (use materials you already have). I suggest we use the theme of our next member show, “Tribute to Planet Earth” since this virus has gone global. By the end of May, we could have a very interesting group display for the Clearwater library! Some of you may only want to share in our next Show and Tell, and that is okay too.




Truly a great Fair!!

State Fair 2020 – Best of Show Surface Design Guild – Mei-Ling St Leger

2 St Fair 2020 Best of SHow Surface design- Mei'Ling St Leger

State Fair 2020 – Best of Show

3 St Fair 2020 Best of Show

State Fair 2020 – MJ Baker Basket

6 St Fair 2020 MJ Baker basket

State Fair 2020 – Quilts

1 2020 St Fair Quilts


State Fair 2020 – Holiday Seasonal Display – Has two of Patrick Donovan’s cards: Witch & Bunny

4 St Fair 2020 Holiday and Seasonal display2

State Fair 2020 – Home Goods Display

5 St Fair 2020 Home Goods display



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Angie Knowles

Color – Uncommon Color Schemes/Color Harmonies

This month I want to take a look at some lesser known color schemes.


Double Split Complementary – This includes the hue family of your choice and two hue families on either side of the main color complement.

double split

Double Triad – two pair of hues that are equal distant on the color wheel


double triad

Tetrad – two pairs of complements that form a rectangle



Square Tetrad – 4 hue families that form a square. This is basically two pairs of complements.


square tetrad (002)

Hexad – three pairs of complements. Which is basically every other hue family.



Next time you are stuck for color inspiration and are wanting something a little out of the box, give some of the unusual color combinations a try.


Ann Mohan

Cider Press Café Landscape Exhibit

Ongoing  To

May 02, 2020

Ann’s # 2 Faces of Mother Earth piece is there!

VIEW ANN’S WEBSISTE:  Fiberspop.com


Susan Lumdsen’s

Deconstructive Screen Printing

Workshop: Enriching at Florida Craft Art

susan april


Mask Force

The MASK FORCE is a resource for manufacturing DIY emergency PPE supplies-mainly masks.  How many do we need? Millions of masks! Join the distributed assembly line   #maskforce

There are organizations like this one popping up that are coordinating the donation of excess and homemade masks, gowns, etc. to supplement the supplies in hospitals.

Mask Force image04


Facemask:  A picture tutorial.

Button Counter Link

mask Button Counter

Take care all,

Aida & Jodee

Links to:  Mask Force & Button Counter




Debra Rose

Fire Administrative Services Director

Pinellas Park fire Department


Hello all, here is both the website and the main text in case you have any difficulty with the link (reference email for the main text). We appreciate your help in getting the word out, our hospitals here in Pinellas County are beginning to ask for assistance.

Thank you,
Debra Rose
Fire Administrative Services Director
Pinellas Park Fire Department

Link Sewing-Surgical-Masks

COVID-19 Information

Where to Go for Care

COVID-19 Information

Sewing Face Masks

Download the Olson Mask Pattern

Questions & Answers


Shortage of Surgical Masks

I hope this finds you all healthy and safe in your homes.
As you are all aware, there is a big shortage of surgical masks everywhere and our Tampa Bay area is already experiencing some of it.
I have been approached by friends in the medical profession to make masks out of approved materials.
The material is the same used in Hospitals and Surgery Centers, by our health care providers.

If some of you are interested in helping out to make these masks, please get in touch with me directly via:
phone 727-488-8480
email: cradi20@gmail.com

Patterns, videos, photos and detailed instructions will be emailed to you.
Materials etc., will be mailed directly to you. Or, if you live in S. Pinellas, I could drop off and pick up.

Be well and stay safe,
Claude Barsa





Joe & Sam –  hello@textileartist.org


In the face of social distancing and self-isolation, it’s a sad fact that spending time in-person with others who share your passion for textiles has become an impossibility.

Maybe you’ve been looking forward to a stitch workshop that’s been cancelled? Or perhaps your local embroidery group is no longer able to meet?

And we know how disappointing that can be.

And without regular connections with your stitch sisters, it can be easy to become demotivated and lose your creative spark.

But we’ve been truly inspired by many stitchers like you and your determination to stay positive.

And that’s why we’re teaming up with some amazing embroidery artists to bring you the TextileArtist.org community stitch challenge.

What is the community stitch challenge?

The community stitch challenge is a 100% free way for you to connect with other passionate embroiderers within the TextileArtist.org community and take part in a shared stitch experience.

Every Monday for the next five weeks a different textile artist will deliver a burst of inspiration especially for you in the form of a short video workshop and a hand stitch challenge that you can do at home over the following few days.

But stitching at home doesn’t mean stitching alone. Because every day you can check-in and chat with your fellow stitchers in the special Facebook group we’re setting up.

What sort of stitching will be involved?

Each challenge will involve a creative hand stitch exercise developed by the artists in their in-person workshops. These exercises will be quick and simple enough for you to get involved with whether you’re a beginner or an experienced stitcher. And you won’t need any fancy materials – just some fabric, a needle and a few threads.

So far these amazing artists, all of whom are also in-demand textile tutors, have agreed to be challenge leaders:
• Creator of stunning nature-inspired pieces  Cas Holmes
• Award-winning figurative stitch artist Emily Tull
• Maker of beautiful minimalistic textile art  
• Embroidered portraiture artist  Emily Jo Gibbs
And this week, our mum and former Chair of the renowned 62 Group of Textile Artists   Sue Stone will be kicking things off.

What do I need to do to get involved?

• First of all join the private Facebook group for the challenge here. It’s 100% free to take part.
• Tomorrow once the first challenge video with Sue goes live we’ll send you an email to remind you to check it out and start stitching.
• As you progress through the stitch exercise, we’d love to see what you’re creating so we’ll be encouraging you to post images of the work you create in the group. But there’s no pressure if you’d prefer not to share your results. That’s entirely your call.
• Over the next few days, Sue will be in the Facebook group to get involved in conversations with you and your fellow stitchers and offer guidance when it’s needed.
• Then on Friday at 3pm Sue will be doing a 30 minute Facebook live Q&A to answer your questions about the challenge.

What if I’m not on Facebook?

To get the most out of the challenge over the coming weeks in terms of community we’d encourage you to be part of the Facebook group. You could even sign up temporarily?  Here’s a short video showing you how.

But if you really don’t want to join Facebook, no worries! We’ll post the challenge video on the website later in the week so you can check it out there.

A change in plans

We were planning on releasing a new and extended version of our course Exploring Texture & Pattern with Sue Stone pretty soon, but the timing just doesn’t feel right. We may open up registration again in a couple of months but we’re currently playing it by ear depending on how the current situation in the world progresses.

We’re only mentioning this because we want you to be assured that the Community Stitch Challenge is 100% free. There will be absolutely no pitch at all during the next few weeks.

We want to bring the community together whether you’ve taken part in one of our online courses or not. Our number one aim is to help to keep you motivated, happy, connected and stitching during this difficult time.

Business as usual

Apart from the exciting addition of the stitch challenge, it’s business as usual here at TextileArtist.org which means a new inspiring article over on the site.

This week…

From conception to creation

Wen Redmond:

From conception to creation

Wen Redmond describes herself as a Digital Fiber Artist. She is known for her boundary-pushing work merging photographic imagery into unique collaged textile art.

In this interview, Wen tells us all about the technical processes she used to create Drawing a Breath, from working with Photoshop to figuring out substrate media, printing and finishing methods.

She shares her tips for printing on a variety of substrates and making large works from smaller sections. She frees us from the fear of using technology, by encouraging an experimental approach of trial and error. You’ll discover how to make use of photo manipulation software and your home printer in your textile art, and you’ll find out how digital collage can inject added layers of interest into your work.

Learn how to print digital image compositions on fabric using your home printer.

That’s all for now.

Having this unexpected time where the world is being forced to slow down is an opportunity to seek out the positive and take time to stitch. We’d love you to join the community stitch challenge and we’re looking forward to connecting with you and seeing the work you create over the next few weeks.

Stay safe!
Joe & Sam


In this time of social distancing, here is a suggestion for our members to occupy their extra time at home.

Check out The Great British Sewing Bee, Britain’s answer to Project Runway.

Here is the link to their website, but if all the episodes are not available there, check for them on YouTube.

YouTube Link

Be forewarned, this show is addictive!


Marlene’s virtual workshop


Florida Craft Art

Florida Craft Art Link



To Save Landfill Space

Focus Shifts to Textile Recycling

The globe is awash in discarded clothing, carpets, tires, footwear, sheets and towels. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, the volume of textiles Americans send to landfills as municipal waste is skyrocketing — 11.15 million tons in 2017 compared with 1.7 million tons in 1960. The Council for Textile Recycling says the average consumer disposes of 70 pounds of textiles per person per year.
Those unwanted textiles, however, could be reused, upcycled or recycled.
If you have dropped off a bag of clothes at your local Goodwill or in a clothing bin operated by a nonprofit such as Planet Aid, you may not realize how important textile recycling is in keeping those items out of landfills. Recycling is different from simply reusing clothing; it’s about dealing with textiles that are torn, stained or otherwise unwearable. Large nonprofits have the capacity to send unusable textiles to either nonprofit or for-profit recyclers. The common goal is extending textiles’ useful lives, which means keeping them out of landfills.

Link to site:

To Save Landfill Space, Focus Shifts to Textile Recyclingl


10 Different Types of Fabric Dyes


Fabric dyeing usually happens during the textile production process, as fabric is made. But if you really want to change the color of garment or the fabric you already have, you can still do it easily at home. Fabric dyes, the magic ingredient of fabric dyeing is available at shops everywhere. But which dye to buy? Let us checkout the different fabric dyes available.

Link to: 10 Different Types of Fabric Dyes







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 youtu.be

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.

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.


Wanted – Table Top Loom

Linda Kiburz is looking for a table top loom. If anyone in the Guild can help her out with information, please email her at lmk-dogwood@yahoo.com



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 swellstyle@gmail.com Thanks! Shellee Wells

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 https://clothroads.us2.list-manage.com/track/click?u=80476b7a07d4ac6beef21d908&id=e61eaeb923&e=8ae30343f2

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

Section:  Special Views  www.reginabenson.com



Visit Our Collection of Natural Dyes Here

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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 – Cindie Townley

Social Media – Bonnie Bowman

Shows: Sarah Butz

Newsletter: Virginia Szelest

Mini Demos: Angie Knowles


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