Keep up with fiber related happenings around North Texas

There are so many events related to sewing, crafts, and all things fiber.   How to keep up?   We post happenings in 2 places.  First there is the monthly calendar of Plano American Sewing Guild neighborhood group meetings.  These are also listed on our calendar (on the right sidebar) and on meetup.com.  … Read the rest

Who is going to be traveling this summer?

Me !   Yes, I love my life of world wide travel.   I also love the community of PatternReview.com.   I volunteered to be a first time Pattern Review contest manager.  And the contest is “Travel Wardrobe”.

For those of you not familiar with this site, it functions on a Freemium structure.  … Read the rest

Spring Stash Sale time !!!

This is just a small, small sample of the goodies we will have for sale on our next date of May 27th from 9:00 AM – 2 PM (weather permitting) at Four Season Market  677 W Campbell Rd, Richardson, TX 75080  close to University of Texas Dallas.    This is the first time in this location and we welcome your feedback.… Read the rest

Fabric knowledge : Twills

What I learned today – contributed by Sheryl Belson 

There are many things I love about being a part of the American Sewing Guild.  I was reminded of one of them just today.  In the Sewing With a Plan meeting we focused on incorporating more denim into our wardrobe.  When it was my turn to show my project idea I told the group that I was having a horrible time trying to get the fabric on grain. … Read the rest

Beader’s Workshop – New Neighborhood Group for ASG members

Announcing a New Neighborhood Group

Beader’s Workshop

First Meeting Thursday, January 5, 2017, 1:00-3:00

Please RSVP by Monday, January 2, 2017

bead@planoasgsews.org

Dear ASG Sewing Friends,

We are delighted to announce the beginning of another Neighborhood Group: Beader’s Workshop. If you have been wanting to learn off-loom beading techniques to create embellishments for your garments or design wearable objects, Beader’s Workshop is an opportunity you cannot miss.… Read the rest

Adventures of a traveling sewist

I count myself very lucky that I have been able to travel about North and South America and Europe.  Soon my travels will take me farther afield, but for now, I would like to share with you my recent adventures in Europe.

In early November, I spent 5 days in London.  … Read the rest

Sewing and Designing Resources

stack-clipart-cat-sleeping-on-stack-of-booksI just wanted to share  some of my favorite resources for fashion design and sewing.  I love books, maybe it is my age or desired learning style.

Books

Our local chapter has collected a great many books that are available to check out for a month at a time to any member of ASG.  … Read the rest

Couture exhibit and talk at Houston Museum of Fine Art

High Society: The Portraits of Franz X. Winterhalter, featured exhibit at the Fine Art Museum of Houston through August 12th, 2016.

Franz Xaver Winterhalter, the 19th century’s most renowned portraitist of European aristocracy, captured the elegance and opulence of his distinguished sitters with an unrivaled brilliance. The worth dresscomprehensive exhibition High Society: The Portraits of Franz X.Read the rest

Gathering in Chicago – Pattern Review Weekend 2016

accessory contestPattern Review Weekend 2016 – Chicago
I just returned home from an amazing 3 day weekend with my sewing people.   15 years ago, a new sewer, computer programmer decided to create a gathering space for sewing folk.  Today the site has over 400,000 members across the world.   I will admit I am not an every day user of the website, sometimes I think I go months or years at one point without using the site.  … Read the rest

A Visit to Stetson Hat Factory

The more you know about how something is created, the more you can appreciate the craftsmanship.  This applies to not only garments, but also hats.  Recently, members of Plano ASG along with members of the Dallas Millinery Society toured the HatCo Stetson/Resistol factory in Garland, TX.    John Stetson first marketed the iconic cowboy hat over 150 years ago.  … Read the rest

Cross Country Quilting Adventures

by Sandie Gregio

Maggpic 1ie Tinnin and I attended a three day class at Quilting by the Bay in Panama City, Florida given by Nancy Mahoney.  It took us two days to drive to Florida since flying with a sewing machine is difficult, and we took our husbands.  After checking into our hotel, I drove to the quilt shop to scope it out. … Read the rest

Clothing Memories

Musings on Memories and Clothing

Love,_Loss_and_What_I_WoreNow showing at Contemporary Theatre of Dallas through March 6, 2016  “Love, Loss and What I Wore by by Nora Ephron and Delia Ephron ”

Superstar sisters Delia Ephron and the late, great Nora wrote some of the most popular romantic comedies in history, including Sleepless in Seattle and When Harry Met Sally.… Read the rest