January 2015 Newsletter



For this, the first newsletter of the New Year 2015, I’ve decided to try a Blog format.  I do this primarily so we can include more interactive things you can link directly to more information.  The blog will be public.  In an attempt to keep our private lives somewhat private, I will not include phone numbers or addresses in Blog articles for individuals.  Businesses will continue to have both published.  We all have access to the online directory and if I remove a phone number, I’ll try to add a link to help you look it up on the web site.  If you don’t mind having that information published, please let me know when you send me an article.    If you subscribe to the posts (right over there-->), you will get a feed automatically.  If you would like to print out the newsletter, use your browsers print function.  Thanks for your support in this new endeavor…   

Sharon Appler, multimedia committee 


First up, here’s a letter from Cindie Townley.  Don’t forget to check out her handi-work around her neck.

"I am very excited to start working with the new board and members of our guild for the next year. As artists inspiring artists, we are a very unique organization full of creative women and men who are as diverse in their media as their skill levels. We help each other develop our resources and our creative vision. By participating in shows, our group contributes to the cultural landscape of our area.
I am very committed to contributing my time and resources to a very active year in the Tampa Bay Surface Design Guild. I’m hoping that my previous experience as president of other organizations, which gave me a wide range of skills, will assist all of you in a smooth year.
I am very open to all ideas, more enrichment through classes and mini workshops, more show and tell, more challenges that will push us individually, and more art installations that show the community our diverse talent. My hope is that each member will participate in some way to help all of us develop ourselves as artists. I look forward to getting to know each one of you this coming year."    
                                                                                 Cindie Townley


  • At our January meeting (Jan 12th), our mini workshop is brought to us by Alena Hennessy, artist and author or The Painting Workbook and Cultivating Your Creative Life.  She will lead a quick painting demo and talk about the intuitive process of art-making and forming an abundant art career. She will also lead a quick creative exercise for the group. She is also the niece of Ann Thomas, our guild treasurer.  Remember the second Monday sneaks up on us quickly this month so mark your calendar now. 
  • At our February Meeting, Gail Crotty will lead mini-workshop.  She sent the following writeup for us. 
Did you love opening a new box of “Crayola Crayons”?  When I was a kid I think the number of crayons in the box was 12 and later if you were lucky it was 24. Now it is a box filled with 120 delightful colors. One constant though is that smell when you open the new box. I think it unleashes enjoyable memories of childhood.

In this mini workshop you will learn how you can to “paint/color” your quilt with melted crayons and prismacolor pencils. For me it has become a fun new technique to add to my “art quilt toolbox” and I hope for you it will be a fun new mixed medium trick to learn.  The mini workshop will include a demonstration of the technique, a handout and a list of support resources. You may want to stay in the lines, but the original drawing is completely up to you.
  • Sara King, sent this note to the group asking for support for her endeavors this year. 
"This year I am going to sew quilts for children in foster care every Monday at my apt party room in Clearwater. I would love to have you join me.  But, if you can't, I will bring fabric to the meeting and you might want to take it home and cut it into 5 1/2" strips or sew the strips together.  Any help would be appreciated.  I have the fabric, I just need helpers.  Contact Sara King for more information."
  • Diane Gardner Rhoden sends us a lead to check out if we’re in the Gulfport area:
“I discover a new Fabric store in Gulfport.  Fabric Smart 5136 Gulfport Blvd. phone# 727 914-8850  The owner's name is Karen Donnelly.  There are a variety of unusual fabric and discontinued prints.  I found myself buying some silks.” 
  • And it seems that close by you will now find Fab Fiber who sent us the following…

Welcome to our NEW location now conveniently located on "The Strip" at 5401 Gulfport Blvd., Gulfport.  We have a place to sit and stitch with a nice refreshment center. Look for our signs designed by artist, Hermann Trappman.  Plenty of parking in front and at rear of shop.  FAB Fiber is your local dealer for Ashford Spinning Wheels,  Spriggs Tri-Looms and Schacht Looms.


Tampa Bay Surface Design Guild Workshops are held on the third Sunday of the month at the Indian Rocks Beach Art Center (unless otherwise announced). Please be sure to pay for a workshop on the day that you sign up. Pay by cash or check made out to the Surface Design Guild. Workshops are available to paid SDG members only and one-time visitors accompanied by a member for an additional $15.
January 18 РDorothy Boynton/Paper Maché Trees; Learn how to make trees from brown paper bags and rocks; the workshop has room for 20 students; 1:00-4:00 p.m. at IRBAC; $25 includes fee for art center. All supplies will be provided.
February 14-16 - Kim Sherrod/Cut Up Your Closet II; Learn to repurpose items in your closet or from thrift stores to make a spectacular new dress or skirt. Saturday and Sunday from 9:00 a.m. –  5:00 p.m. at the IRBAC. Monday the class will meet at Jay’s Fabrics from 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. $75 covers all three days including art center fees. There is a maximum of 15 people for this class.  
March 15 - Brenda Ambrosino - Rusty Treasurers.  Stand by for more information.

Quilters Crossing Quilt Guild in Palm Harbor presents National Quilting Teacher RaNae Merrill from New York City.  She is offering two workshops in March.


Wednesday, March 18th  Spirals Bootcamp Workshop from 8:30-4:00 PM.  Cost is $62 for non-members.
Thursday, March 19th  Magic Mirror Mandala Workshop from 8:30-4:00PM.  Cost is $68 for non-members. 
Thursday, March 19th  7PM she will be hosting a Trunk Show of Magnificent Sprial Mandala QuiltsCost is $10 pp.  
The location for all the events is at Harbor Hall, 1190 Georgia Ave, Palm Harbor, FL.  Seating is very limited for the workshops but the trunk show is open to all.  For more details, contact Kim Kelley at krmkelley@gmail.com.





































Fab Fiber Classes.  All Fab Fiber Classes are held at the Fab Fiber location at 5401 Gulfport Blvd, Gulfport.

Let’s Scrumble!  Create motifs using free form crochet. Every Wednesday, January 7th, 14th, 21st at 10:00 AM-NOON. Learn new motifs each week to assemble into a bag, a hat, or a cushion. FEE: $20 per session. 

Tri-Loom Weaving - Continuous Strand Method. 
Introduction to an ancient weaving method of using a single ball of yarn on a 2-ft. loom or 7-ft adjustable loom. Classes taught by appointment.  FEES: One day (6 hours) - $90 per class plus yarn supply. Two day (12 hours) - $170 per class. Loom Rental is $20 which can be applied toward purchase of loom.

Cricket Loom Weaving - Warp and Weft Method.  Introduction to how to warp a loom and to learn basic weaving skills on a 15-inch Schacht Cricket Loom. (rigid and variable heddles). Weave a gorgeous scarf using Mango Moon yarns or choose from any of our novelty yarns. Class by appointment.

Get Spinning! Learn the basics of spinning fiber into novelty yarns. Start by carding multiple colors of roving together on our drum carder. Next, spin yards of luscious yarn and ply it with a selection of beads.  FEES: Two-days (6 hours).  $70 + supplies. Spinning Wheel Rental is $20, which can be applied toward purchase of wheel. Class by appointment.

Public Service:  We are starting a Chemo and Preemie Hat Group as a service to our community. Thursdays, beginning January 8th at 10 AM. We're are looking for volunteers to knit or crochet hats and hope you will consider donating supplies of soft, light-weight yarns.
For more information contact Elizabeth Neily at FAB FIBER Cell: 727-744-7051. info@fabfibergulfport.com

Dunedin Fine Arts Center will be curating a Show in the Spring of 2015 that will feature the Tampa Bay Surface Design Guild. The show begins May 22 and runs through August 16th.  This will be a juried fiber arts show so begin now to collect/make your best work to display.

Christine Ravish sent the following info:  

 


Cindie Townley let us know about “Focus on Fiber Florida Style!”  Focus on Fiber 2015 provides a seven-day retreat and a three-day workshop period during which three exciting programs will challenge artists./
Sara Butz invites us check out the story of Lesley Dill in On-View Magazine, an online magazine focused on Florida art.  Follow the link to read the story on pg. 56.

Florida Quilters may wish to enjoy the latest newsletter from from the Florida Quilt Network .  This newsletter is a pretty comprehensive look at what's going on in Florida quilting.
Purpose of the Guild
The purpose of the Guild is to increase community awareness of surface design and its value in our lives while offering educational and experimental venues, thus supporting individual artistic creativity while promoting an attitude of mutual respect and exchange in all areas of surface design.
Membership to the Surface Design Guild is open to anyone with an interest in surface design of any variety. All levels of interest and expertise are welcome. If you or someone you know would like to join please contact surface.design.guild@gmail.com.  Bring your registration form to the next meeting or send a check made out to the Surface Design Guild to:
Surface Design Guild
Attention: Ann Thomas
5905 Suwanee Ave
Tampa , FL 33604

Board & Committee Members 2015
President - Cindie Townley
Co-Vice Presidents/Programs – Dana Maley & Brenda Schlecter
Secretary – Angelea Carpenter
Treasurer/Membership – Anne Thomas
Multi-Media Committee – Sharon Appler/Bonnie Bowman
Mini-workshop Committee – Angie Knowles
Show Committee - Sarah Butz, Bonnie Bowman, Davida Milne, Aida Sheets, Brenda Schlechter
MEETINGS
We meet the second Monday of every month at 6:30. We meet at:

Suncoast Hospice
5771 Roosevelt Boulevard
Clearwater, FL 33760


We are in Building 10 which is immediately to the right of the Welcome Center as you face the building. 

Submitted by Aida Sheets, Secretary
Meeting Call to Order: 6:46 p.m. by Dana Maley
Location: Hospice Center
Guests and New Members: Pat Grice, Kasia Case, Mary Anne Pickard
Upcoming Workshops:
Workshops are held on the third Sunday of the month at the Indian Rocks Beach Art Center (unless otherwise announced). Please be sure to pay for a workshop on the day that you sign up. Pay by cash or check made out to the Surface Design Guild. Workshops are available to paid SDG members only and one-time visitors accompanied by a member for an additional $15.
January 18 РDorothy Boynton/Paper Maché Trees; Learn how to make trees from brown paper bags and rocks; the workshop has room for 20 students; 1:00-4:00 p.m. at IRBAC; $25 includes fee for art center. All supplies will be provided.
February 14-16 - Kim Sherrod/Cut Up Your Closet II; Learn to repurpose items in your closet or from thrift stores to make a spectacular new dress or skirt. Saturday and Sunday from 9:00 a.m. –  5:00 p.m. at the IRBAC. Monday the class will meet at Jay’s Fabrics from 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. $75 covers all three days including art center fees. There is a maximum of 15 people for this class.

Introduction of New Officers:

Cindie Townley, President; Dana Maley and Brenda Schlechter, Vice Presidents responsible for workshops; Ann Thomas, Treasurer; Angelea Carpenter, Secretary; Sharon Appler (with help from Bonnie Bowman), Newsletter; Angie Knowles, Mini-Workshops; Sarah Butz, Show Chair.
Upcoming Shows:
Dunedin Fine Arts Center Show in the Spring of 2015. This will be a juried show. Entries must be in the fiber art medium. This is a chance to show off your best work. More information coming soon.
Show and Tell: Angie – leggings that she purchased and then scrunched on a manikin and dyed; Eugenia – quilted tablet cover and passport covers.
New Business and Announcements:
Kathy Hayes will be having an Eco Dying Workshop on January 11, from 12:30 to 4:30 p.m. at the Life Enrichment Center in Tampa at 9704 N Boulevard, Tampa , FL 33612. Contact Kathy Hayes for more information.
Brenda Schlecter is having an open house at her new studio on Saturday, December 13 from 11:00 – 4:00 p.m. Brenda will have work in progress, quilts on the wall, demonstrations, class samples for her January classes, and gift items for last minute Holiday needs. Brenda’s studio is located at 11630 Hamlin Blvd., #103, Largo;in the Starlite Mobile Home Park, opposite the silver Airstream trailer.

Meeting adjourned at 8:21 p.m. for food, fun and a holiday gift exchange. 
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