Saturday, August 16, 2014


There are still a few spots left in the Mystery Workshop on September 10th, 9:30-4 p.m. It requires $15, paid to Susie Krage, to hold a spot. The supply list is minimal (fabric) and you should be able to go home with a decent sized work that will be ready to back and hang, or quilt. The workshop is open to all SDA-Michigan members and will be held in Susie's Detroit Studio. For more information:

Susie Krage

Monday, July 21, 2014

Mystery Class

Hi All,

Recently I sent a request for feedback about how to use the monies we collected for use toward an exhibit. Of course, by now you know that isn't going to happen in the near future. Many of you felt the money should go toward a workshop, so that is what we will do.

Since only a small number of you have participated in previous workshops and contributed to the fund, you will be the ones first invited. I no longer have the lists of those who attended, so if you have done so where you were asked to pay an extra $5 toward the exhibit fund and want to take  the workshop, keep reading.

This will be a Mystery Workshop. It will be held in my studio in Detroit, Wednesday, September 10, 9:30-4 p.m. There will be a supply list and a supply fee of $15. The content of the workshop is a secret, so please don't ask about it. This is one of those things that requires stepping out in faith that it will be fun and informative.

If you meet the requirement of contributing to the fund AND you are interested in the workshop, please send me an e-mail ASAP. The size of the workshop must be limited due to available space. Acceptance will be on a first come first served basis.

To participate:

1. Send  an e-mail to me at <> stating your interest.

2. Send a check for the $15 supply fee (there will be no other costs) to be received within one week of my confirmation e-mail. Send to:

Susie Krage
1731 Seminole St.
Detroit, MI 48214

Have a great summer! I look forward to seeing some of you in September.

Susie Krage

Tuesday, May 20, 2014


                                                The Thick and Thin of Dye

The mx fiber reactive dyes are versatile and easy to use, but adding thickeners creates a whole new way to use them. Come play and experiment for a creative and exciting five days. This is a class packed with techniques such as hand painting, mono-printing, silk screening, multi-colored interfacing screening, improvisational work and more. Take the opportunity to experiment with a variety of fabrics. We will make many smaller pieces and some yardage.
June 28-Aug.1, 2010
  Susie's Studio in Detroit
$375 plus a supply fee

Space is limited to six. If interested, please send a check for the class fee to :
Susie Krage
1731 Seminole St.
Detroit  48214

In progress student pieces from previous workshop:


Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Last Meeting

Last Sunday was the most recent meeting of SDA Michigan. There were four of us in attendance. Xia Gao came all of the way from Lansing to participate. We had a lovely visit, snacks and show and tell. We were all fascinated with Xia's latest work which was made from lutradur and cut with a cricut machine. She had two delicate lace like bowls, one dense black and the other white. Kay Lister had two toss pillows made from yardage she discharged on her driveway using the purchased thickened bleach as well as a very large and colorful snow dyed piece. Kay says the bleach left "crop circles" type marks on the drive!  Terrie Voight was wearing a silk and wool hand printed shrug in blues and purples. The fabric was very soft and draped beautifully. She also showed us a long jacket she made from black discharged cotton. I (Susie) showed two garments from the Ann Arbor Fiber Feast as well as an indigo dyed shibori sampler.

I had expected to discuss another offer from The Edsel Ford House Gallery for an exhibit in November. However, I learned that there had been a personnel change. I tracked down the new exhibitions coordinator and they have once again withdrawn the offer. They say there has been too great a turn-over in personnel to even consider an exhibit at this time. I do not intend to pursue this venue again.

Diane Nunez was unable to attend the meeting. I do hope that she will, as she hopes, be able to take up her responsibilities as your representative in the very near future. She has assured me that she intends to do so as soon as she is able. Please hang in there with her. If anyone would like to volunteer to help her get started by proposing a workshop or speaker, I am sure she would be happy to accept that sort of help.

Meanwhile, please keep in touch. I am still in the same place, same e-mail, and look forward to hearing from you. I will be teaching classes and trying to produce some new work. I would love to hear what you are doing and would also love to see more smiling faces on Michigan's section of the SDA website!


Susie Krage

Wednesday, April 16, 2014


The next general meeting of SDA-Michigan is coming soon. The Sunday after Easter, April 27, at 2 p.m. We will meet at Susie Krage's home at 1731 Seminole St., Detroit, 48214. Diane Nunez, our new Representative is doing better and may be able to come. Please come and support the group. As usual, do not come empty handed...we'll have show and tell. I am sure you must have something new to share as we haven't met in quite some time. We would all like to hear what members have been up to over the winter.

It is wonderful to me to go out and see tulips poking their leaves out of the ground and crocuses in bloom! Can spring really be here?

See you all soon. Please also bring a snack to share as well as a beverage.

Susie Krage

1731 Seminole St.
Detroit, MI 48214

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Hi Everyone,

Please share the following news from the Needlework and Textile Guild of Michigan (NTGM) by distributing to your friends and group members via email, publishing in your organizations’ bulletins, or adding to your organization’s calendars. We’d love to see you at one of our meetings.

NTGM is a multidisciplinary fiber-art guild with members whose interests range from quilting and embroidery to weaving, beading, wearable art, and fiber sculptures. NTGM sponsors locally and nationally recognized speakers and monthly member workshops.

Meetings are held on the 2nd Tuesday of the month, starting at 9:30 AM, at our new location - St. Stephen's Episcopal Church, 5500 N. Adams Rd., Troy, MI 48098.  Our website with a link to a Google map showing the location of our meeting is:  For information on membership and attending our programs, please call Barbara Gash - 248-338-3011.  Ask Barb about our reduced membership rates at this time of year!

Think spring everyone - it was a beautiful day today!
Julie Blair

April 8 & 9, 2014
April 8 Morning Speaker – KATHIE BRIGGS - is an award winning artist exhibiting quilts in galleries, art centers and at national and international quilt shows; and has been featured at the Fiber Artists Coalition, Loose Threads, and in books and magazines. She is a member of, the Jordan River Arts Council, Crooked Tree Art Council, Charlevoix Circle of Arts, and a professional artist member of the Studio Art Quilt Associates.

Kathie is fascinated by the interplay of color, form and texture. Her realistic to abstract art quilts sometimes include tactile elements like beading and layering as well as dimensional components such as wired leaves. She enjoys combining her own hand-dyed and painted fabric with a wide variety of commercial fabrics. She will speak on “Dancing With Your Muse”.          

April 8 Afternoon and April 9 Workshop - KATHIE BRIGGS – “Driven to Abstraction”
Kathie will provide lessons on creating the quilt as abstract art.  She will help attendees explore the continuum between realism and total abstraction with a series of exercises. Attendees will work quickly to create several small fabric and/or mixed media compositions.
May 13 & 14, 2014
May 13 Morning Speaker – JUDY PETROVICH – is a designer, seamstress, and fiber artist from Holly, Michigan. She aspires to create truly wearable art that's unique and elegant, but flattering to all, regardless of size.  She spent the majority of her working career in the technical illustration field of the automotive industry. Her precision drawing skills and appreciation for structure drove her to always look for that "extra something" to make her creations truly different. She found her unique niche when she used a newly designed dry felting machine called the FeltLOOM together with alpaca fiber to produce custom high quality non-woven fabric as yardage. She won the 2009 Adult division of the Michigan Make It With Wool Contest. Today she has expanded her line of custom designs to include blends of silks, wools, cottons and bamboo. The FeltLOOM sparks creativity and new ideas in her mind, and Judy loves to share the knowledge, as well as her passion for sewing, with others.

May 13 Afternoon and May 14 Workshop - KATHY JACOBI – “Fine Art Felting”
Kathy will lead workshop attendees in felting by machine and by hand, incorporating a variety of gorgeous wools, fibers, yarns, beads, and embroidery, and any other art related materials that will make their work individual and out-standing fiber art pieces.
June 10, 2014
Another great Annual Luncheon, Fashion Show, and Member Exhibit


Monday, March 31, 2014

Special Concert

This is an off-topic subject, but such a special event, I thought some of you would appreciate knowing about it.

The Community Chorus of Detroit will be presenting a grand concert:  Giuseppi Verdi's Requiem.  This is a tour de force in and of itself.  It will be sung with three choirs, 4 top notch soloists, and a large orchestra.  It will be performed only once:  at the Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament on Woodward Avenue, in Detroit, on Sunday, 18 May at 4:30 PM.

 What many do not know is that this Requiem was taught from a single score to dozens of Jews who were rounded up and taken to a camp called Terezin in what I believe was Czechoslovakia at the time.  It was not in Germany. The conductor was Jewish and he used this music to keep the hopes alive for the captives. The Nazis used it as a way of showing the Red Cross how humanely they treated the Jews. The Requiem was sung over a dozen times at the internment camp.  Many of the singers did not make it. Some survived, and some of those who did will be in attendance at this presentation.  [There may be other holocaust survivors present as well].

This concert is attracting lots of interest and we suspect it will be a sell-put performance.   Tickets are $35.00 each.

Tickets available at after mid-April


Friday, March 28, 2014

Quilting Arts T.V.

I'd like to share my latest news and hope you will tune in. I returned from Cleveland last night after taping an episode for Quilting Arts T.V. I did a demo of stitched shibori on a fabric that has the dye fixative (a secret formula) embedded into the threads. It works for all of the dyes and speeds the entire dyeing process. The episode will air in July. I have to tell you all what a marvelous experience it was.  Susan Brubaker Knapp just started as the new host. She is warm and engaging and does a great job. The entire crew made me feel welcome and comfortable and their calm and caring did a lot to calm the jitters!

QATV is carried by Public Television. Unfortunately the Detroit PBS station doesn't. If enough people let PBS Detroit (or maybe Michigan) know that they are interested, they may be willing to pick up the program.

Here we are, just before taping.
Susie Krage

Call for Entries

Forward this Call for Entry to an artist you know!

Entries for Fiber Fever, an exhibition highlighting the use of fiber arts as media and process toward artistic expression, are now being accepted at the Foundry Art Centre. Dyeing, stitching, surface design, weaving, embroidery, quilting, batik, felting, basketry, textile manipulation, soft sculpture and other mixed media artworks, two- or three-dimensional, utilizing fibers as their primary material will be considered for this exhibition. Traditional and contemporary techniques and materials are welcome, as well as any themes the artist explores through fiber arts. Works may be two- or three-dimensional and must be original artworks conceived of and made by the artist. Pieces may be mixed-media, but must be primarily fiber; no photography or videos will be exhibited.  
Michigan-based artist and educator Mark Newport will jury the exhibition and award one $1000 Best In Show Award and three Group 3 Awards. All entries are due by Wednesday, June 25, 2014. Artists may submit up to three works for a non-refundable processing fee of $35. Foundry Art Centre members may submit up to three works for a non-refundable fee of $24. 

The exhibition runs from August 8 – September 19, 2014 with an opening reception on Friday, August 8, 2014 from 6pm-8pm. Award winners will be announced at the opening reception.
MARK NEWPORT is an artist & educator living in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan. Newport’s work has been exhibited in the U.S., Canada, and Europe, including solo exhibitions at The Chicago Cultural Center, and Laumeier Sculpture Park in St. Louis, MO. His work is included in the collections of The Whitney Museum of American Art; The Renwick Gallery of the Smithsonian American Art Museum; The Detroit Institute of Arts, The Cranbrook Art Museum; The Arizona State University Art Museum, Microsoft, and Progressive Insurance. Newport’s work will be exhibited in the Duane Reed Gallery in St. Louis this April 2014. Newport is the Artist-in-Residence and Head of Fiber at the Cranbrook Academy of Art. He earned his BFA at the Kansas City Art Institute in 1986 & his MFA at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 1991.To view his work and for more information, visit
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St. Charles, MO 63301

Workshop and Call for Entry

In conjunction with the opening of her solo exhibit August 14, 2014, renowned quilt artist Nancy Crow will teach a five-day workshop at the Muskegon Museum of Art this summer.  


Instructor: Nancy Crow
5 days, August 11-15, 2014 – 9:00 am-noon, 2:00-5:00 pm
(classroom with be open from 7:30 am to 10:00 pm each day)
Level: Intermediate to Advanced (sewing machine used)
Class Fee: $650 ($350 is non-refundable)
Location: Century Club Ballroom (downtown Muskegon,

The museum will email an updated description and material list to participants.  An old description of the workshop can be found on Nancy’s webpage ( is in the midst of clarifying and reworking the description for this workshop.
To register and secure your spot we are asking for the full payment of $650 (credit card or check payment).  To register please call at 231.720.2571.

Call for Entries: Extreme Fibers: Textile Icons and the New Edge

The Muskegon Museum of Art announces a call for entries for Extreme Fibers: Textile Icons and the New Edge, a two-part exhibition that will feature artwork from established and emerging textile artists from around the world. An illustrated publication, as the budget allows, will accompany the exhibition. The deadline for entries is November 14, 2014; the exhibit will be held Aug 20-Nov 1, 2015.
  1. Part one of the exhibition is comprised of the artwork of some of the world’s top fiber artists, to include: Luis Acosta, Kyoung Ae Cho, Kate Anderson, Ewa Bartosz-Mazus, Lia Cook, Thomas Cronenberg, Nancy Crow, Patricia Hickman, Jan Hopkins, Wolfgang Horn, Ferne Jacobs, David Johnson, Gerhardt Knodel, Gyöngy Laky, Maximo Laura, Tom Lundberg, Libby Mijanovich, Laura Foster Nicholson, Krystyna Sadej, Arturo Alonzo Sandoval, Chizu Sekiguchi, Sherri Smith, Ixchel Suarez, Yoshiko Wada, Dawn Walden, Carole Weller, and Bhakti Ziek.
  2. Part two of the exhibition will feature artwork selected by a 3-juror panel (Ferne Jacobs, Gyöngy Laky, Namita Gupta Wiggers). Entry in this section is open to artists, 18 years and older, from any country. 
  3. Artists are invited to enter up to two works of fiber and textile based art for consideration. Entry is $50 for one or two artworks.  
Please find complete details at the museum's website:

Sunday, March 9, 2014

Hello again,

Silly me, I looked at the March calendar to schedule our April meeting. Please make a note that the SDA Michigan meeting will be Sunday, 2 p.m., APRIL 27th.


Saturday, March 8, 2014

Hello again, SDA-Michigan members,

Many of you responded to my recent e-mail about getting together again, so, lets do it. We will have a gathering at 2 p.m. at my home on Sunday, April 30th. (Address below) Please bring some recent work for a show and tell,  a snack to share as well as your own beverage. Adult beverages are o.k. I look forward to seeing all of you who are able to come as it has been a while. So mark your calendar, pull out your newest work, find a great recipe and be prepared for a lively afternoon.

Please respond to me at :

Susie Krage
1731 Seminole St.
Detroit, MI 48214

Thursday, March 6, 2014

To SDA Michigan Members from Susie Krage,

I spoke with our new rep, Diane Nunez today. Unfortunately she is not well and has not been able to work as our rep. She has been suffering from a chronic inner ear imbalance which has incapacitated her. She has tried a number of treatment modalities and continues to search for a solution. In the meantime, there are two things I would like to ask. Is there anyone who would be willing to help out in the meantime and how would you feel about a Sunday afternoon meeting at my home in April? I thought it might be a chance to reconnect, and have a show and tell as well as to make some important decisions about the future of our group.

Pleas e-mail me <> with your thoughts by the end of the week, March 8.

I hope you are all using this cold weather to get lots of fiber work done. I know I have wanted to stay home and stay warm!