Friday, August 31, 2012

The Maine Event

Just two weeks til the Maine Event. I want to remind you (and myself) of a few important things.
The schedule of events now looks like this. Please note the times and events.


Schedule of Events

Friday Sept 14th
Til 6:30 pm Tour Belfast shops and Galleries
6:30 pm Dinner at The Mermaid Pub, 121 East Main St Searsport
8pm Wine, Cheese, and Hors D'oeuvres reception at the Capt. Nickels Inn (with registration)

Saturday Sept 15th
Captain AV Nickels Inn
10am Zendoodles with Sandra Betts, New Brunswick, Canada
Noon  Lunch at the Inn(w/registration)
1 pm Extreme Texture, with Michele O’Neil Kincaid
3pm Unique Framing Technique with Beth Berman
7pm Dinner Banquet
8pm Show and Tell

Sunday Sept 16th
10am Chasing Inspiration with Lois Hooper, New Brunswick, Canada

One room AT THE INN has opened up so feel free to grab it at 207-548-1104

  • The registration fee is payable when you arrive - no need to send any checks.
  • Make sure you let me know if you need vegetarian or vegan meals IF you haven't done so yet.
  • There will be some sewing machines and a few ironing boards at the Inn. If you have a light weight, easy to carry machine bring it. If not, don't worry.
  • Your registration fees includes the wine reception Friday night and the Saturday lunch between the workshops.
  • The dinner at the Mermaid Tavern will include three choices plus one vegan choice because of the size of our group.
Materials lists:

Extreme Texture

One or more pieces of whole cloth or simply pieced backgrounds aprox. 20 x 20”.
Cotton batting and backings to fit though the finished piece will be smaller
Hand and machine quilting threads of your choice
Fibers and beads to embellish
Sewing machine with piping (edge stitch) and free motion feet
Basic sewing supplies (for hand and machine)

Zentangles requirement list

6 to 8 sheets of regular copy paper
Fine black Sharpie pen
Coloured pencils/ watercolour pencils/inktense/colour markers- whichever colouring tools you prefer
If you want to carry this further to using on fabric you can add the following but I am not asking you to bring these supplies due to the limited amount of time for the presentation. This is generally a full day workshop.
12inch x 12 inch square white cotton and similar in black
Black permanent marker pen
Black and white thread
2 bobbins (one wound with white, one with black)
Flat dense batting such as thermolam
Sewing machine –clean, good working condition, new needle
Regular sewing supplies
Free motion foot
Halo, slider or hoop
Decorative threads such as metallics, rayon
Extra fabric for sashing, borders, backing and binding- your preference for finishing


 Chasing Inspiration /  Lois Hooper /  Sunday morning

Exercises in developing new designs. Lois will be using various exercises to help participants mine their creativity and spark new ideas. Please bring pencils and paper.

If you need to contact me email me at beth dot from dot maine at gmail dot com

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Date Correction for VTICA Fiber Exhibit

The Uncommon Thread - Opening Reception August 25, 2012


Sunday, August 5, 2012

Meadow's Edge 20" x 32"

August 1 - 31, 2012

Peterborough Town Library
2 Concord St.
Peterborough, NH

Hours are M-W-F 10 AM to 6 PM
Tues & Thurs 10 AM to 8 PM
Sat 10 AM to 4 PM
Closed on Sunday

Nancy is new to SAQA and this is her first show. Welcome, Nancy, and congratulations!

Friday, August 3, 2012

An Interesting and Affordable Class in Newport, NH

Nancy Graham is a good friend of mine. She is very talented and quite knowledgeable about stamping and surface design techniques. I highly recommend her! She was a Brown Bag Lunch Speaker at the New England Quilt Museum in June. If you live close enough to Newport, NH and are around... stop in to see her!  ~ Margaret

Go to: to find out more information

Nancy Graham, a New Hampshire fiber artisan has been quilting for over twenty years. She also dyes, stamps, pieces and machine quilts her projects. Nancy will be discussing her printing and stamping techniques and secrets. Her style involves using found objects and making stamps from recycled materials.

Instructor: Nancy Graham
Dates/Times: Thurs. Aug. 9. 6-8:30pm
Tuition: $35.00
Description: Be inspired by the gallery exhibit The Written Word & learn to create your own fabric design with text.  This workshop will provide you with countless techniques, methods and ideas to inspire you. Nancy will share simple stamping and stenciling techniques with which you can design and create a multitude of one-of-a-kind creations.  Explore fast and fun ways to personalize all sorts of fabric items with artful text – fabric postcards, handbags, linens, tee-shirts & baby onesies, quilts and more.  Nancy will provide each student with all the paints and supplies needed as well as a ½ yard of PDF (prepared for dyeing) fabric.  Additional fabric will be available for purchase should you like more.  Participants are welcome to bring their own additional fabric should they like (PDF not necessary, but pre wash before class & no perma-press fabrics) feel free to bring a pre-washed t-shirt or onesie to work with as well.  Bring an apron, as the studio will be filled with paints, inks & wet, colorful creations. 
Innovative Fabric Painting
Instructor: Nancy Graham
Dates/Times: Wed. Aug. 15, 10am – 2pm
Tuition: $35
Description: Design your own gorgeous hand painted fabrics.  Using brushes, fabric paints and simple techniques create your own beautifully hand painted fabrics including silk scarves, materials for sewing & Quilting & fabrics for decoration.  We will explore sun painting, using salt for special effects, scrunching and tying techniques and many more fun ways to achieve various design elements by painting of fabric.  Paints & supplies, along with 1 silk scarf & a ½ yard of white PDF (prepared for dyeing) cotton fabric will be provided.  Additional fabric and silk scarves will be available for purchase, or feel free to bring your own fabrics (pre-washed and non-perma-pressed are recommended).  Bring an apron, as the studio will be filled with paints, inks &wet, colorful creations.