Needle Felting Basics Workshop

Needle felting has been described as painting with wool. Learn about the colorful possibilities dry felting offers while creating with others in a great space.

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You’ll learn how to make a pin, ring or cuff and will leave with one or two of your own creations as well as ideas for many more. We will focus primarily on flat forms in this workshop but examples of more sculptural forms will be shown.

Needle felting involves stabbing wool roving with a special barbed needle to make dense felt fabric or forms. All you need is wool roving, a foam pad, a special felting needle and the creative spirit.

Class fee includes all materials. Feel free to bring beads or charms to incorporate in your designs.

Diane Tchakirides is a mixed media artist who has been obsessively needle felting for over six years. She blogs about art, crafts and life at:

Date: March 10, 2013  1:00pm – 4:00pm

Cost: $45 includes all materials

Location: Space to Create (Ballard)
    1414 NW 70th St.
    Seattle, WA 98117

Questions about the event:
contact Diane Tchakirides
Or call 206.391.4019

To register: email
Or call 206.784.0401

“Lucid: Sculpture, Installation & Painting” at the Hanson Scott Gallery

Artist Reception Feb. 23, 5-7 PM



Suffused with light, Barbara De Pirro’s exhibit spans all dimensions including Sculpture, Installation & Painting. Submerged in the interplay between light & shadow, she translates each, interconnecting her inner world into reality.

February- March 2013
Artist Reception Feb. 23, 5-7 PM

Hanson Scott Gallery
121 Prefontaine Pl South
Seattle, WA
(Pioneer Square/ Tashiro Kaplan Building)

De Pirro’s Website

Congratulations to Whidbey Island SDA member Marianne Burr!

Marianne’s quilt, Thru the Lens was chosen to grace the cover of the catalog for the Quilt National 2013.

Quilt National has built a reputation as one of the most competitive and compelling art quilt exhibitions in the world. Surface design techniques of all kinds have been used by the talented fiber artists who have used their talents to create the quilts juried into this event.

The exibit opens on May 24 and continues until September 2
 at Dairy Barn Arts Center in Athens, Ohio.  Even if a trip to the exhibition is not in the cards, the catalog illustrates some of the most innovative techniques and excellent designs to be found anywhere in the world of surface design for fiber.

The Catalog can be preordered in April at either the or at

2013 Cover copyApostcard back 300 copy

Cameron Anne Mason’s Show “Madrone” Opens March 7th

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March 7 – 30, 2013
Foster/White Gallery
220 3rd Ave S #100
Seattle, WA 98104

Cameron Anne Mason’s relationship with nature is as much a part of her life as the artwork it inspires. Where we see stone and trees, Mason sees history and strength. Her latest series, Madrone, honors the Madrone trees which line Puget Sound’s shores. Their vibrant colors and layered depth are captured in carefully dyed, stitched and constructed textile sculptures.

Mason is fascinated not only by the strength of these trees, but their fragility, and the way in which both of those characteristics relate to fabric and her work. “Fabric is strong, its threads interwoven to create the cloth that swaddles us from birth to death, much like the roots of the Madrones bind the rocky soil together. And yet, cut just one thread and a weak point is created in the whole cloth.” The structure in her work is self-sustaining, through the layering of her hand dyed fabrics. Mason builds her landscapes up, and tells their stories with stitch.

Mason has been exhibiting her sculptures with Foster/White Gallery for several years. Her background in theater arts has also encouraged several installation projects throughout Seattle, including SAM Set the Table, MAD Arts, COCA’s Rootbound and the Bellevue Art Museum. Mason was most recently honored with a solo exhibition at the Oregon State University’s Fairbanks Art Gallery.

Masterclass with Els van Baarle, Batik Artist from The Netherlands

Many of you have had the opportunity to work with Els at previous workshops at FibreWorks or other venues. Els is a highly respected international artist and teacher and this masterclass provides a great opportunity to explore in depth, the techniques of working with wax on cloth and on paper, incorporating various dye/wax/print techniques to create unique art pieces.

Els is available to return to FibreWorks in May 2013 to provide a “master class” in the art of batik.  This would be a 3-day session. Els has given us a general description of how she would structure the class:

  • Masterclass working with wax and dye

  • Each student will work on her own theme.

  • Participants will  be encouraged to develop a design from inspiration.

  • There will be exercises  on color and design: these exercises will take one hour each day.

  • Subjects are: focal point, balance, picture frame, foreground/background , complimentary colors.

  • We will look at the contrasts of colors as in the color theory from Johannes Itten.

Contact for the Event: Yvonne Stowell,

Website: www.elsvanbaarle.com

Location : FibreWorks Studio and Gallery, Pender Harbour, BC, Canada

Time: May 2013 – Exact Dates TBA

Cost: TBA -Preliminary calculations appear that the class would cost approx. $500 for the 3 days.

If you are interested, could you please contact Yvonne asap at There are various nearby accommodations available in Pender Harbour – Yvonne can help you with that.

Call For Art: “Talking Heads, a Contemporary Take on Headdresses”

This is courtesy of our fellow SDA members from BC!

This exhibition is open to all SDA members – you don’t have to reside in BC! The CFE, Submission Guidelines and Entry Form can all be found on our website and our blog (see below).

Talking Heads, a Contemporary Take on Headdresses

The North Van Community Arts Council, in partnership with The Surface Design Association, BC, will present Talking Heads, a Contemporary Take on Headdresses, at the Cityscape Community Art Gallery, North Vancouver, from July 26 to Sept 7, 2013. The exhibition opening will be July 25th from 7-9pm.

This juried exhibition will showcase works inspired by historical and/or cultural headdresses.
Photo Credit: Jennifer Love

Photo Credit: Jennifer Love

Headdresses, whether practical or ceremonial, have traditionally made a statement about the wearer and their cultural community. Our contemporary take on these historical artifacts will similarly make a statement about ourselves and our own cultural environments, while exploring an exciting diversity of techniques and media, as well as innovative approaches to the theme.

We are interested in your contemporary headdress which uses a cultural artifact as inspiration – it doesn’t have to be wearable, and it can be a two-dimensional interpretation.

The exhibition is open to all fibre artists who are members of the Surface Design Association. Membership information can be found on the SDA website.

If you have any questions you may also contact Jennifer Love.

Location: North Vancouver, British Columbia
Deadline: Submissions must be received by May 4, 2013
Cost: See Call for Submissions –

February Evening SDA Topic: Thermofax Screen Printing

Have you ever wanted to try Thermofax screen printing?  If you have, here is your chance.  Thermofax screen printing is a way of creating a re-useable screen that can be used to print an image onto fabric and a variety of other surfaces. To make the screen you need a Thermofax machine, screen material and a carbon photocopy. You can also order custom screens from a number of online sources.  I have quite a few screens that I will bring so everyone can try printing with them.  I will also try to bring my Thermofax machine and we might be able to make some new screens.

Date: Monday, February 18, 2013
Time: 6:00 to 8:00
Location: 1600 E Olive Way, Seattle, WA  – Easy to find with a small parking lot.
Bring: fabric or paper to test out the screens
RSVP: Deb Taylor at . Please let me know if you plan to join us.  The space we use at this Starbucks limited.

Sharon Rowley’s to show at Lila Yoga Studio

We are excited to announce that
SDA member Sharon Rowley has an exhibit of fiber art
at Lila Yoga Studio February through April, 2013.

"Bearing Fruit" - detail, fiber

“Bearing Fruit” – detail, fiber

Opening reception is Sunday, February 10, 2pm – 4pm.

Contact Sharon for additional viewing opportunities at:
To see more of Sharon’s work, please go to her website at

Lila Yoga Studio: 2812 E. Madison, Seattle, 98112