Monday, September 24, 2012

More photos of the Arashi Shibori Class

Here are a few more photos from the shibori class taught by Mary Valerie Richter. Mary is thinking about a follow-up class on  Itajime  Shibori (shape resist). If you are interested, please leave a comment or e-mail me (Susie) with suggested dates, and we will see what can be done. Mary says she has a few Itajime tricks up her sleeves to teach us. 


(L-R) Lisa Jaros, Aislinn Scofield, Mary Valerie Richter, Sandra O'Brien, Jeanne Sarna
Mary is reviewing the procedure.

L-R0 Susan Trovillion, Sandra O'Brien, Lisa Jaros, Mary Valerie Richter
Preparing the buckets, poles ready

Sunday, September 23, 2012

NEW!! SDA-Michigan in Kalamazoo!

Hello Michigan SDA Members! I hope you have had a productive summer and are enjoying the cooer weather. I always feel invigorated as the lazy summer days turn cooler. I am less tempted to be outside, so tend to get back to business in my studio.

You may remember that I recently announced the we have a new SDA-Michigan Ambassador to the west side of the state.  Karin Larsen has graciously volunteered to fill  that position. I am enclosing a note from her about the first gathering in Kalamazoo. I encourage you to attend if you from the area and are able. These smaller groups are a perk of your larger SDA membership and allow you the opportunity to meet other fiber enthusiasts from your part of Michigan. Each of the regional groups will develop their own format under the leadership of the Ambassador for that area. 

The Detroit metro area group has been meeting regularly for about two years and lots of new friendships and sharing have occurred. An initial survey showed that members wanted to learn new techniques and share experiences. To that end, we have had a series of workshops. Members with an area of expertise have been willing to offer low cost one day workshops that have been excellent in quality and exciting in content. 

If you are not in an area of the state where a local group meets, but would like to be, please contact me. There is no limit to the number of state level groups that can be formed. We just need a willing volunteer to step up and start a group. As you volunteer Sate Representative, I am here to assist. 

With that in mind, Karin volunteered to host in the Kalamazoo-Grand Rapids area. Here is her notice of the fist meeting in that area.


It is time that West Michigan got on the map with a Surface Design Group.  Take a look at your calendar and see if you might be available on Saturday October 13th or Sunday the 14th at 2:00 pm.  Our first meeting in Kalamazoo, would allow us to get together, share a little about ourselves, and begin to dream about how we can support each other.  Come to create the vision to broaden the art of Surface Design.  

Reply by email to karinlarsen@mediopic.comThank you, I look forward to working with you.


Arashi Shibori Workshop Success

The Arashi Shibori workshop was a smashing success! Mary Valerie Richter, out instructor,  was well prepared, organized and very clear in her directions and instructions. She was prepared to make us successful.

Many of the participants had some experience in pole wrapping. Mary's class wasn't about the basics, although there were lots of tips to speed up and make the wrapping process easier. She taught more variations than we each could do in one day, however, between all of us, I think we covered most of them, including a bead wrapped technique!  Take a look at the photos and you will see nothing but success.

Many thanks to Mary for her thorough preparation and excellent teaching skills. I, for one, learned a LOT and had fun in the process. I can't wait to get back to the studio to  do more!


Mary Valerie Richter

L-R, Jennifer Gould, Diane Nunez, Susan Trovillion

A tried but happy group at the end of the day
L-R, Lisa Jaros, Terri Voight, Aislinn Scofield, Diane Nunez, Jennifer Gould, Mary Valerie Riichter, Susan Trovillion, Jeanne Sarna, Sandra O'Brien (Susie was behind the camera)


Chevron over pre-dyed fabric


Saturday, September 22, 2012

"Innovators & Legends" exhibit & workshops

design workshop with Judi Warren Blaydon

Judi Warren Blaydon is leading a one day workshop on design in Ann Arbor on Saturday, October 6, 2012.

Students will work with their own photographs to create paper collages that can later be interpreted in quilts or other fiber techniques.  Cost for this workshop sponsored by the Ann Arbor Fiber Arts Guild is $60 for members and $95 for non members.  Email to register or for more information.

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Workshop with Katie Pasquini Massopust in Grand Rapids


We are still working  with   Katie  Pasquini Massopust to see if we can
have a workshop.  Ghost Layers and Color Layers  is the class chosen.
Please read below for the class information and visit her website if you want
more information. In order to have the class with Katie, we will need
a firm comittment  up front from all of the students. The workshop will be two 
days, Monday and Tuesday, approximate time from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., 
October 8th and 9th, 2012. The price will be $90 per person and must be
paid up front with no refunds. We need 25 people to meet the cost.Please call 
anyone you know who may want to take the class. I will have to get people
and money by the middle of next week. 

Please e-mail Ginny back ASAP if you are still in or want to attend. 
witheyg@sbcglobal,net or 365-9084  and I will get back to you.
Thanks, Ginny

Ghost Layers and Color Washes
(1. A photograph is used for the base design.
2. Add a Ghost layer or floating design, (transparency) 
complimentary or in opposition to the first layer.
3. Add additional colors by following painted water color wash 
(a painting on paper)These three layers combined will create 
an in-depth and illusionary design.A small quilt sample will be 
created the first day and then a larger masterpiece will be started
for the balance of the class.

Supplies:I will supply the paper products needed for a 
materials fee of $11.00.
2" brush, 3" foam brush (art supply or hardware store)
 a small plate, (can be foam meat trays or white picnic plates),
container for water
 3 small tubes of watercolor paint from these colors, 
(choose 3) red, yellow, orange, blue, green and purple. 
3 colored pencils to match the colors you choose.
Pencil for drawing -
pencils for marking on fabric - 
ruler - compass - 
fabric and paper scissors -
rags and/or paper towels - 
tape - 
spray starch 
iron and ironing surface and extension cords
(workshop coordinators, we need one iron for every two
Stiletto, also available in class.
Standard stapler that opens up flat and lots of extra staples, 
.01 fine point pigma pen.
Optional: Sewing Machine, we only need 5 or 6
machines for a whole class to share; if you would prefer to
use your own machine, bring it. If you are traveling by
airplane, plan to borrow someone for the small amount of
time we use machines.
Fabrics in the colors you want to use,
(3 different colors that match the 3 tubes of paint you have
chosen for the water color layer) sorted into 7 different
values of each. Make separate piles of each of the steps,
step 1 being white and very pale shades of the color, step
2 being a little darker, on through all of the steps to step
7 which will be black and very dark shades of the color.
Have several pieces in each of the steps for each of the
different colors you choose to work with. That would be a
minimum of 3 in each step times 7 steps for at least 21
different pieces for each of the different colors times 3
different colors for at least 63 fabrics. The more fabrics
you have to choose from the easier it will be. You will not
need very much of any one color fat eighties or thirds of a
yard should be enough. Keep these in the separate steps by
putting a paper spacer between them in a shoebox or
transport them in zip lock bags. Sorting is the most
time consuming, please bring them sorted and I will help
fine tune the steps in class. If you like working with black
and white prints bring them in the seven steps as well.For
the two-day class brings photographs that you would like to
make into a Ghost Layer and Color Wash quilt.

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Arashi Shibori Class has Openings

The deadline for signing up for Mary Valerie Richter's Arashi Shibori class was August 31. After that date, we opened registration to non-members. BUT, there are still spaces available for anyone, member or not. The class has enough people to make it a "go", but there is room for more.

If you forgot to register, or weren't sure you could come, here is your chance to grab your best friend and spend a great day together.

There is an optional homework assignment and a supply list that will be sent by e-mail once you have registered.

Date:             Saturday, September 22, 2012,   10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Location:       Susie Krage’s Studio – 1731 Seminole St, Detroit, 48214
Class Fee:      $50
 Materials:     $10 materials fee (due to instructor at class to cover cost of handout, and use of dyes and auxiliaries.
 Instructor:    Mary Valerie Richter

Pole Wrap or Arashi Shibori is a Japanese fabric dyeing technique that creates a pattern that resembles driving rain; the word Arashi means “storm” in Japanese. The patterning can appear architectural or organic depending on how the fabric is manipulated around the pole.  Beautiful colors and textural surprises are revealed as the poles are unwrapped.

This hands-on workshop will cover many pole-wrapping techniques.  We will use small cotton pieces of cloth (think fat quarters), and fiber reactive dyes in immersion baths.  Please note: This is not an opportunity to make personal yardage.  Supply list will be sent upon enrollment.

 To sign up:    Please send your check for $50 to Susie Krage.  There will be no refunds after the sign-up deadline of August 31st.  If you are unable to attend, you may find a substitute. (Note: $10 has been added to the workshop fee to help fund future SDA Michigan expenses and exhibition costs.)  No one will be considered enrolled until their check has arrived.

Make checks out to Susie Krage with "Arashi Workshop" in the memo line.  Include your e-mail address and telephone number with your payment. Send to: Susie Krage, 1731 Seminole St., Detroit, MI  48214

Exhibits to See

Yesterday I spent an exciting day seeing two exhibits that
will end soon so I encourage you to see them right away.

Studio Art Quilt exhibit (first 2 images attached) at the
Ford Museum ends on this Sunday the 16th.

Ann Keister's exhibit of collaborative textiles and jewelery
is on show until the 21st at the GVSU's Allendale campus in
the Performing Arts Center.  It includes heavily beaded
work, reverse applique using old Japanese kimono fabrics,
indigo dyed shibori fabrics from Japanese, and her
collaborative jewelry pieces.

If you can find the time to see these two exhibits, you
won't regret taking the time!

Jennifer Gould

435 Woodburn, SW
Byron Center MI 49315

Please visit my website at and
art dolls, handprinted jackets and fabric.

Monday, September 10, 2012

Judi Warren Workshop

The Ann Arbor Fiber Arts Guild is sponsoring a workshop by art quilter, Judi Warren Blaydon on Saturday, October 6, 2012.  This one day workshop is all about DESIGN and building a portfolio of ideas inspired by a group of your own photographs chosen for their content, color, pattern and textural details.

The process Judi will teach will produce unexpected and inventive design compositions and may create new directions in your artistic journey. Sign up soon to receive the extensive directions in time to actually produce the photographs you are to take to the workshop.

Judi Warren Blaydon is an internationally recognized art quilter, author and magazine contributor. She will also give a lecture on Monday, October 8 at 7pm. Please email Sandy Kunkle ( for more information about the lecture location.

Workshop fees:  Member of AAFG:  $60, non member $95.
Limit of 20 participants.
Materials fee of $20 is payable to the instructor at the workshop.  

A check,( payable to Ann Arbor Fiber Arts Guild),  for the workshop fee should be mailed to Sandy Kunkle, 1201 Minglewood Way, Ann Arbor, MI  48103. Include a note with your name, address, telephone and email address.

Jacqueline Sullivan Offers Classes

Jacqueline Sullivan Announces
Coming In September
her newest workshops

I am pleased to announce my upcoming art workshops. Follow the link in each class description to register for that class. Registration is open NOW !  

Sept 18 - Discovering the Magic of Acrylics - a 4 week online art workshop presented by the Artist Network University.  Whether you are new to the world of acrylic paints or wishing to reacquaint yourself with the medium, you'll find the guidance you need in my online course to discover the magic of acrylics.  As a unique and special feature of this course ~ I will provide every student with direct and personalized feedback on their individual work as they progress through the 4 week class. Course registration includes a digital download of Painting Acrylic - the First Steps Series  and full 24 hour online access to the BlackBoard course web page for the duration of the course. In addition you will receive my personal course handouts, web based video instruction and a complete course syllabus. Please see the ANU website for further information and course registration.

Sept 27 - 28 - 29 - 30 Whispering Woodlands Artist Retreat, Verona Wisconsin - I will be presenting 3 workshops at the end of the month at this lovely peaceful artist retreat just minutes from Madison WI.
Whispering Woodlands website has full workshop descriptions and course registration information

My workshops @ Whispering Woodlands include: 
  • Paste & Patina Papers 
  • Simple Metal Etching
  • Build A Better Collage

For further information, call Whispering Woodlands @ 608-848-9761
Please feel free to share THIS INFORMATION with your colleagues and other artist friends who may be interested in these classes.

Happy Fall !!!
Jacqueline Sullivan

Sunday, September 9, 2012

Quilting Connections

Swords Into Plowshares Peace Center and Gallery
33 East Adams  Detroit 48226     313-963-7575
Free parking in the rear

Saturday, September 15 – Saturday October 27, 2012
In the past, quilting was viewed as “women’s work” and indeed is was done as a necessity to produce needed household items. When we look at quilts from a different perspective, we see that they have always embodied the creativity of the maker along with their functionality.  Quilting embodies the connections which we hope for in our lives.  Quilters take disparate scraps of fabric and sew them into a unified whole creating a work of art. The works of these needle artists are as varied as their interests and inspirations. The exhibit features over thirty quilts fashioned by local artists. Colorful, inspiring, intricate or bold – the quilts proclaim the feats possible with patience, time and skill.

Quilting Connections
Opening Reception: Saturday, September 15 from 1:00 to 3:00. 
Refreshments, All are welcome.

Quilting Workshop: Saturday, October 20th from 1:00 – 3:00pm
A master quilter will walk us through the basics and you will have a quilted piece to take home! This is a great opportunity to try your hand at this time honored art. 
Reservations are requested.

Swords into Plowshares Peace Center and Gallery hours are Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays from 10 am to 3 pm or by appointment. 
For more information, please contact  Wendy Hamilton, Director at 313.963.7575 or at

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

            The deadline to be a vendor is Friday. Check out their website for specifics.