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July Meeting
July 16, 2010
1:00 pm
Room 1
North DeKalb
Cultural Center
Southeast Fiber Arts Alliance
July 2010 E-newsletter
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Don't Delay, Sign up Today!
SEFAA's first class, In Living Color, is only two weeks from now.  Taught by Rebecca Ewing, a dynamic and informative speaker, this is a wonderful opportunity to make color your friend.  The class size is limited, so print out a registration form and mail it in today! 
When:  Sunday, July 25th from 2:30 pm – 5:30 pm
Where:  Sandy Springs Library, 395 Mt. Vernon Hwy.
Cost:  $40.50 (SEFAA members), $45.00 (non members)
Maximum number of participants:  25

Workshop:  A Taste of Fiber (Arts)
One Class - Three Techniques
When: Sunday, August 22nd from 10:00 am - 4:30 pm
Cost: $67.50 (SEFAA members), $75.00 (non members)
Instructors:  Ray Pierotti, Leisa Rich, and Jane Timmers
Maximum number of participants:  16
Registration Form:  Click here to download.

Start with:  1001230951 End with:  stitched sample
Make it into a pillow: Taster class pillow - small 2  
or a purse or the back of a vest or......
Need we say more?

SEFAA Has Furniture!

There's something to be said for being in the right place at the right time:  Through the Atlanta Knitting Guild, we learned that James Sibold & Associates was merging with another firm and might have furniture to donate.  That turned out to be true, and SEFAA is now the proud owner of two beautiful conference tables with chairs, three desks with chairs, and six filing cabinets.  Click here to see photos of our new acquisitions which will serve us well for many years to come.

SEFAA is very grateful for the donated furniture and would like to extend sincere thanks to Karen Sibold and James Sibold & Associates.  Thank you, too, to our movers from Jason Taylor Moving & Storage.  They did an excellent job on a tight schedule.

SEFAA also has a Blog!

Read all about Feeling Impowered and Marvelous Moments in Fiber and then add your entries to the Alphabet of Fiber Art Techniques.  This blog is for all of us, so join in and share your fiber beginnings, upcoming fiber events, sources for fiber goodies, and cool techniques.  Really, anything fiber-related is fair game.
E-mail your contributions and check in regularly so you don't miss a thing!


Come visit the SEFAA booth at the Georgia Quilt Show!

When:  October 15, 16, and 17, 2010
Hours:  Thurs. & Fri. 10am - 6pm, Sat. 10am - 5.30pm
Where:  Gwinnett Center

Cost:  General Admission is $10

Registration and class information will be posted on the Georgia Quilt Show website mid-Summer 2010.

SEFAA Prepares Application for
Social Venture Consulting Program

The SEFAA board is currently working on a proposal for the Social Venture Consulting program offered through and the Robert H. Smith School of Business at the University of Maryland.  If our project is selected, MBA students from Smith will help us prepare select portions of our business plan.  One of SEFAA's goals is to be a successful, vibrant, and highly-regarded regional fiber arts organization, and participation in this program will ensure that we are on the right path with a sound financial plan, effective and efficient fiscal processes, a practical staffing plan, and ethical and equitable employee/volunteer policies.

General Liability Insurance

SEFAA has purchased General Liability Insurance from Alliance of Nonprofits for Insurance (ANI).  Our insurance broker, Brett Cohrs, from Hamby and Aloisio, Inc. recommended ANI because they are a nonprofit whose mission is to provide coverage for 501(c)(3) organizations.

Fundraising Update

As you know, fundraising is our mantra for 2010.  Our goal is $30,000 and, to date, we have $2,200.  This is a slight drop from June because we purchased general liability insurance.

Here is what is in the works:

  • Continue membership drive.
  • Survey individuals, organizations, educators, and businesses to define and prioritize the services and programs that SEFAA offers.
  • Continue to apply for foundation grants.
  • Launch a donation campaign possibly through
  • Plan for 2011 fundraisers.  Ideas include a possible golf tournament, a garage sale, and a fiber challenge with entries sold or auctioned to benefit SEFAA.
  • Continue to network.

Help and ideas are always welcome.  Just email!


SEFAA programming is starting off with a bang this summer with In Living Color this month and A Taste of Fiber (Arts) in August.  In October, SEFAA will have a booth at the Georgia Quilt Show.

Nancy Williams, our program coordinator is working hard to put together future seminars, classes, and workshops.  Current suggestions include a one- or two-day conference, a seminar on ethnic textiles, and a presentation from the Service Core of Retired Executives on how to run a successful small business.  If you have any other ideas, suggestions, or would like to present a program, please email Nancy.

Possible Collaborative Project(s)

SEFAA is an alliance of all types of fiber artists and enthusiasts.  A collaborative project would be perfect to celebrate our diverse fiber techniques while promoting our common interest in fiber arts!  Here are two worth considering:

  • Quilts 4 London - An official 2012 Cultural Olympiad and nonprofit project whose goal is to collect 14,000 pennants - one for each Olympic athlete at the London games.  Pennants can be any shape, any design, made by anyone regardless of their level of ability or age (children welcome) and using any textile media. Express your support through the medium of fabric, fiber and stitch, and become part of the whole Olympic event in London 2012.

  • The Dream Rocket - The Dream Rocket is reaching out to students, teachers, schools, individuals, groups and organizations to create and submit over 8,000 "Dream Theme" or "Visionary" panels that will be sewn together in Huntsville, Alabama. This historical 30,467-square foot quilt will represent dreams from all over the world. For 60 days during May and June 2011 this quilt will completely wrap the 363-foot vertical Saturn V Rocket which stands in front of the  U.S. Space & Rocket Center® in Huntsville, Alabama.

What do you think?  Should SEFAA participate as an organization in one or both of these projects?  Would you be willing to coordinate or to help coordinate?  E-mail and let us know.

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Southeast Fiber Arts Alliance

4233 Glenforest Way NE

Roswell, GA  30075





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SEFAA Board of Directors

Suzi Gough, President

Linda Fetter, Secretary

Jane Timmers, Treasurer

Ray Pierotti, Board Member

Leisa Rich, Board Member



Organizational Members


chglogo for vertical responseChattahoochee Handweavers Guild

AKG logo for vertical responseAtlanta Knitting Guild

Dogwood Chapter of the Embroiderer's Guild of America

ECQGLogo for vertical responseEast Cobb Quilters' Guild

Gwinnett Basketweavers Guild

SPIN - Silk Painters International of Atlanta


Email information about your upcoming fiber events for inclusion in the August




July 2010 Thermometer

SEFAA Fundraising Status
(July 2010)


You can raise money for SEFAA every time you search the web or shop online.  Vist the GoodSearch website, enter "Southeast Fiber Arts Alliance" as the charity you search for, and click away.  You can also download the GoodSearch toolbar to search and shop directly from your browser.  The more people who GoodSearch for SEFAA, the more money we raise!  To date, SEFAA donations total $12.99.

Leisa Rich made these fantastic flowers from a variety of recycled elements for a wedding in California.  She made the bouquets, the table center pieces (in "book" vases) and the flower bookmarks which were wedding favors - all fiber art memories that will last a lifetime!  

Leisa's flowers 2 - small

Leisa's flowers 1 - small

Leisa's flowers 4 - small

Photographs by Lesley Lukens.

Interested in Studio Space?

We'd like to compile of list of fiber artists interested in renting studio space.  SEFAA doesn't have any space to offer yet, but will once we find a home.  Size, cost, and the number of studios available are all dependent on the size and configuration of the facilities leased.  Email if a studio is in your future and you'd like to be notified when SEFAA studio space is available.


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