ByrdCall Studio
Greetings, Friends!

It's been a tough month for me so far.  Getting this newsletter out to you is a major accomplishment.  During the same storm that so terribly flooded nearby Ellicott City on July 30th, a lightening strike near my house killed my computer.  Totally.  CPR didn't help.  So I bought a new one--a Mac, not a PC.  I'm not a computer geek, and learning new techniques and downloading all my files of ten years from Carbonite (Thanks, Carbonite!) is very stressful.
Click photo to learn more about the Y'Art Sale

In any case I took advantage of the time away from the computer to clean out some corners of the studio with donations for the Carroll County Art Center's Y'Art Sale.  I plumped up a couple of baskets of hand printed shirts, painted some piggy banks, ordered a lot of rya supplies including many kits from Norway.  In the next newsletter I'll share the designs that I have "on hand" for you.

Three Custom Piggies for my friends at Kairos Wealth Advisors.

In this issue: 
  • Last Studio Drop-In Day of the summer and Rya Sewing  Circle  Tuesday, August 23.
  • First Completed rya from this year's Common Ground class
  • Tax-free Shirts available through Saturday!
  • Free Great Blue Heron shirt for $25 donation to Alzheimer's Association
  • Mark Dec. 3-4, 2016 on your calendars for the Studio Tour


Last Studio Drop-In D ay of the Summer is Tuesday, August 23!
Noon - 6 PM

I'm late reminding you of this date because I was helpless with out my computer, but do take note:

If you have been wanting to see what goes on in the Studio, or want to see what rya yarn looks like, or need to buy a hand-printed shirt as a gift...what ever... this is open drop in day from noon - 6 PM.  (Note that I am closing up at 6:00 instead of 8:00 as previously posted.)  
This day also serves as a Rya Sewing Circle day.  If you have one you want to get started on, or if you are in progress and want the comraderie of knotting in a group, or you just want to peek over others' shoulders to see how they do it, please come.  Last month was SO MUCH FUN!  

One lady, Kim, came all the way from McLean, Virginia with a very old Finnish rya started by her mother decades ago.  Her mother now has Alzheimer's Disease and doesn't recall how to do it.  Kim wanted to finish it, but had no idea how to make the knot or read the graph.  Within a half hour of arriving, Kim was delighted to realize that she can do this and will complete her mother's project!

A third aspect of Studio Drop In Day is to have a day in the studio with my friends who help me keep the yarn sample cards prepared and assist with preparing kits and custom orders.  Hope to see as many of you as possible here onTuesday, Aug.  23rd.  Please let me know if you can make it so I can have your projects ready for you.

The  address is 1103 Hoods Mill Road, Woodbine, MD.

Park in the driveway, walk up the gravel drive to the building in the back--Byrdcall Studio. If the gate is closed, come in and close the gate behind you.  I need to keep the friendly dogs in the fenced back yard. 


First Student From 
 Common Ground on the Hill
 Rya Class to complete his rya!

I suspect other students are done or almost done, but Bryan Clapp was the first from my rya designing class to send me a photo of his original design COMPLETED!  

Bryan is a math teacher who was interested in designing a rya for the math-learning skills the technique could impart to students who might be introduced to this craft.  I gave him lots of math possibilities for application with students!

Come on, the rest of you!  It feels so good to make the last knot.

I will soon be submitting my proposal ideas to Common Ground on the Hill for next year's class.  Watch for more information in coming newsletters.  
Here is a hint:  Start looking at other "art" you have done for how it might transpose into a rya rug:  
Think m osaics, quilts, collage, abstract paintings, weavings...


Buy Shirts This Week TAX FREE!

For Maryland residents only:  Usually 6% sales tax is added to your bill when you buy clothing.  In preparation for "back to school," the state of Maryland waives the tax this week until Saturday, August 20th.
I currently have 59 listings for shirts on etsy. Click and see.

Here's how I can sell you shirts with NO TAX.  
Buy any shirt from my etsy shop.   Click here to see all available shirts in my etsy shop.  

Buy what ever you want.  Tax will be added, but for all Maryland orders, I will immediately refund your tax paid in full with a click of my mouse.  Also if you buy shirts on or before Saturday, and promise to stop to pick them up on Studio Drop-In day, I will refund your tax AND postage paid for your shirts.  


A Free Silkscreened 
Great Blue Heron T-shirt can be yours for a $25+ contribution 
Towards my Goal for 
The Walk to End Alzheimer's 
I've made some great friends this year with a small group of women who call themselves the Boozum Buddies. 
Every year they work towards fundraising for causes near and dear to their hearts. 

I have participated in the 2016 fundraising to help fight Alzheimers (by auctioning a Wine Glass Painting class for a party, and donating these t-shirts for donations) but I realize that I still have a zero next to my name on the "chart" because I have not asked people to go there to click "donate" by my name.

If you are inclined to do so, you can support this cause here.   Click here, and scroll down to my name.
If you donate $25 or more, let me know, and I will mail you a ladies or a men's style organic cotton shirt as shown here.   Tell me which style and what size: S, M, L, and XL. You can pick it up or I'll pay the postage.  If you want to donate, but you do not need the shirt, that is wonderful.  I thank you.

You know I don't promote "causes" in this newsletter very often, but I thought I could spend more time working on the book and other things you will like if I can take care of this commitment with a newsletter blurb.  Thanks.


Mark Calendars for the
Carroll County Artists Studio Tour
First weekend in December

As I mentioned, August 20 is the last day to drop in unannounced, but remember the Studio Tour:  Dec. 3-4 this year from 10 AM - 5 PM.

You could spend all day both days touring around the county to visit these amazing creative artists.  Hope you'll put me on your tour plan.

Click on image to go to web site.


Keeping it Short and Sweet this time so I can catch up on life!

Thanks again for reading to the end.  I actually had a lot more to show and tell, but since I'm a newbie on the computer and don't seem to know how to find files, it has taken forever to get this much done! 
New beginnings for us all!

Big and wonderful things are happening as we speak.  I look forward to sharing them soon.  I will get back to The Byrdcall Blog just as soon as I get a handle on this computer.  

T hanks for sharing this time with me.

That's all, folks!  See you next month!



Melinda Byrd

Byrdcall Studio
Woodbine, MD


Save the Dates!

Byrdcall Studio
 Drop-In days
Noon - 6 PM

Tuesday, August 23
(No Appointment Required)

December 3 & 4
10 AM- 5 PM

(Note:  I will not be at Hot August Music Festival this year.  Sorry!)
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