May 2020

May PIck Pres Note

President’s Message

Greetings to all our members,

I sincerely hope you are all safe and healthy. It was so wonderful to see many of your faces on our Zoom meeting last Tuesday! Unless things change rapidly for the better, I will plan another virtual meeting for our regular Monday night on May 11th. I will send an invitation to all members and that email will have the link or call in number to join us. Keep it handy or flag it or print it out as a reminder. Hopefully, it will be easier for people who have tried it once and can share their experience with others. If you use your smartphone, you can move around but see a smaller screen. If you use your computer or tablet, you will see more but you will want to think about what is behind you including any glare from windows or mirrors. You may even want to display your “show and tell” items on a blank wall or door behind you or have somebody hold them up for you as you talk.

Let’s take a moment to focus on some positives! What have you been able to notice and enjoy during this home time? I choose the beauty of nature which does not stop, or hide or wait. I enjoy my garden and the photos I take there. I have identified some birds I have never noticed before, see to help you see and HEAR them. I have been thinking of my Nana Ross (an extraordinary Irish knitter), whose birthday I share this month. I was supposed to go to Ireland to celebrate my 65th year, but instead I notice all the emerald green around me and in my birthstone.

I look forward to seeing what you all share in the newsletter this month.

Wishing you health and happiness,

Mary Ann

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April 20, 2020



Zoom Meeting 3

Looking forward to our meeting in May, date and time to be announced.


May Day




Presented by: Jodee Roberson

As another way to keep everyone connected I thought it might be fun for everyone to look back at some past photos, a sort of a TBSDG Throwback Show and Tell.

Here is a link to a short video I compiled.

LINK Throwback


STATE FAIR 2020 Continued….

In addition to all the wonderful submissions and prizes mentioned in last month’s Newsletter, here are a few more awards for the Tampa Bay Surface Design Guild in the needle-felting and wet-felting categories, all of which were submitted by Barbara Williams.


best of show 1


second place 2


State Fair 3



Felted Purse with card case



In addition to all the other TBSDG members’ efforts to make and donate masks, Barbara Williams has been busy making and donating masks to healthcare workers, friends and family.

To date, she has made and donated more than 130 masks with no end in sight. If there are any members in need of masks, please let her know and she’ll find a way to get one to you.




I have started a FB group called Abstract Artists Merging Paint and Textiles….my goal is to bridge the gap of Artists and embrace the nontraditional.

Learning, sharing , coaching , networking and having fun across the globe!

Ann Mohan Administrator


The next exhibit at the Dunedin Fine Art Center which is open to everyone is:

Wish You Were Here: Mail Art Exhibition

Entries should be in postcard-size format and in any medium.
Entries are due by mail by May 27, 2020

Exhibition will be up from June 1 to July 1

Details and entry form are available at: Click on Exhibits and then Coming Soon.

So spend your at home time remembering a past vacation or dreaming of a future one.

Carol Bickford


Angie Knowles

Color Part 5

Mixing Color

So far in this series we’ve taken a look at what exactly is color, the attributes of color-hue, value and intensity and different types of color schemes.

This month I want to take all that dry, unexciting information and pull it together and show you how you can use it in your art by learning to mix your own colors. Color mixing can be intimidating; it was for me when I started. But economics forced me into it because I didn’t have the funds to purchase all the paint colors I wanted when I started marbling fabric. And it wasn’t as difficult as I had imagined. Over time I learned a few rules that helped me to achieve the results I wanted.

When starting to mix a new color ask yourself these questions:

  • What hue family does the color belong to? Any color you want to mix will belong to one of the 13 hues on the color wheel. By determining what hue family that your color belongs to you now know what colors you should start with.
  • What is the value of the color you are trying to mix? Is it pure and unaltered? Has it been lightened by adding white? Or darkened by adding black?
  • What is the intensity of the color you are trying to mix? Is it bright? A little muted? Dull?

Once you know the answers to these questions you have a direction to go in. You can choose your primary colors you need and start modifying them. I recommend when mixing your own colors, use mostly primary colors if possible. If you use secondary colors, try to make sure they are as close to the secondary color as possible, with any color casts.

Another thing that is helpful is to describe a color in technical terms. Color names are very subjective and what is burgundy, teal, or burnt orange to one person is not the same to someone else. So lets describe burnt orange in technical terms:

Burnt orange

= a hue of orange with a reddish cast
= a hue of orange with black added to create a shade
= a hue of orange that has been dulled by adding gray or the complementary                          color blue to create a muted intensity

By using a technical description as this you have taken the un-measurable factors out of describing a color. This technical description tells you exactly what you need to do to achieve this color. In order to duplicate a color, you need to be able to see and analyze the properties of that color in an objective way.

I want to close with a few more tips that will help                                                             you when mixing colors.bright green (002)

  • To mix a bright color: start with bright colors.

                    ◊To mix a bright green—start with a bright yellow and    a bright blue

  • To mix a muted color: start with a bright color and a muted color

    ◊To mix a moss or olive green—start with a bright yellow and  add a muted blue

muted green (002)

  • To mix a dull low intensity color: start with dull low intensity colors

◊To mix a forest green color—start with a yellow such as golden yellow and add a blue such as navy                             dull green (002)

  • Always start with the lighter color and add the darker color a little at a time

Remember you can easily lower the intensity of a bright color but it is next to impossible to brighten a low intensity color without using tones of product. And you can never take a low intensity color back to intense brightness.

So give it a try. Mix some color and have fun!


The Quarantine Art Challenge

‘Tis May 1st

‘Tis very close to the end of May!

Are you possibly ready for show and tell at our

May ZOOM meeting?

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”

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.


Specialty Mask-Making for Doctors

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The Corona Virus pandemic has impacted us all in different ways.

During the first week of confinement, I learned of the passing of a member of my book club.
At the same time, we were told about the shortage of masks for healthcare providers and first responders.
That led to research and more research. YouTube and the internet started putting out videos on how to make masks of various shapes and fabrics. Old sheets, pillowcases and fabric remnants to the rescue! Elastic became a rare commodity. Suddenly, it seemed a Rosie-the-Riveter style sewing brigade could be found in many communities. Sewers of all ages, were stepping up to contribute their skills.
Then… I received an email with a link to the University of Florida Mask Alternative!

See the story:

These masks are made from a material that is highly impermeable to viruses.
Doctor friends provided me with this specialized two-ply fabric, H600, made by Halyard.
I made some samples following the instructions on the website. Demands started pouring in.
This is when I contacted Mary Ann and she put out a call to the Membership. The response was amazing!
So many of you want to help. The doctors and clinics are so grateful.

So far we have made more then 300 masks. None of it would have been possible without the brilliant idea from one of our members, Martha Maunder.
Martha contacted a local business who made a cutting die for the masks. And, at no cost when he found out what it was for.
Cutting the mask shapes (on her accuquilt cutter) went so much faster than cutting by hand. Angie had the great idea and equipment for making the ties with her commercial binder, which is also a lot faster and more efficient!

An added bonus is that this material can be sterilized again and again, so the masks are reusable many times, not discarded after one use.

Our special masks are going to Surgical Centers and Doctor’s offices

(who are affiliated with BayCare and All Children’s Hospitals).

The demand is there and will be there for quite some time in the near future.

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Our core crew will continue to cut parts, which I put together into kits of 25 sets – containing the mask pieces, a template for positioning the ties, the (now also die cut and machine bound, ready-to-sew-on) ties, and the wire for the nose area.

I am very happy and honored to have found the right people and resources to join together, to use our talents for this collective effort!

Please let me know if you, or someone you know would like to participate so
we can continue to support the people who truly need these masks, to keep them healthy, and to help them save others.

Claude Barsa

phone 727-488-8480




It has great info on how to clean and disinfect and how the virus can spread as well as a video on handling the dangerous environment. Info booklets are also downloadable as are signs. It is super helpful and not scary but just gives a person the right information to being at cause over the situation. It has been put out by my church where I was recently on a course. Boy, did they keep things clean and orderly, people 6 feet apart. I had my temperature taken every day I arrived for course outside the building as well as answered a two page questionnaire letting them know how I was cleaning according to the booklets as well as contacts I had that might have been sick or with symptoms. What an example of control and care.

Best Wishes

Marlene Glickman


Hyde Park Tampa Florida

April 18, 2020

So…. taking everyone on a stroll through Hyde Park Tampa Florida…this was a very surrealistic surrounding at 8:30a.m. on Saturday April 18th…window shopping is the only way you can shop in Hyde Park at this time…but the beauty of Hyde Park still shines…flowers are in bloom…the water fountain is flowing…Buddy Brew is brewing coffee and the aroma of coffee can be smelled from afar…have walked this path on several occasions going to work at Sur La Table…but…never…only smelled the coffee…because of al the other aromas from all of the famous and wonderful restaurants such as…Meat Market…Forbici Modern Italian…On Swann…Goody Goody Burgers…Timpano Italian Chophouse…and Bartaco…to name a few…

So…soon the stores and streets will be filled once again with local shoppers…tourists…and the teenagers using the beauty of the park as backdrops for photos of themselves…everyone will be searching for an available parking spot…have faith…will keep y’all… posted…to be continued… 

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Virginia Szelest


We all need to smile:

I am sure you know the Publix stores have senior shopping hours in the morning. Anyway Saturday morning at 7:45 a young man got out of his car and tried to cut in front of the line. An old woman beat him back to the parking lot with her cane.
He came back and cut in front of the line again. A senior man punched him in the gut and rolled him back to the parking lot.
The third time he tried to get in line, another senior tripped him with his cane.
The young man got up and said, “If you people don’t stop trying to keep me from unlocking the door ain’t nobody going to shop today.”


And I leave you with this thought:

I heard a doctor on TV say to get through the boredom of isolation, we should finish things we started and thus have more calm in our lives.
So I looked around the house to find all the things I started and not finished…so I finished off a bottle of Merlot, a bottle of Chardonnay, a bodle of Baileys, a butle of wum, the mainder of valumum scriptums, an a box ef chocletz.
Yu hef no idr how hekin fablus I feel rite now.
Send this to all wo need inner pece. An telum yu luv em. Yuppers.

Pat Grice




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

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




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! Shellee Wells

Please view the previous newsletters for details.

Additional Links of interest for:


10 Different Types of Fabric Dyes

Link to: 10 Different Types of Fabric Dyes

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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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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