Fireside Chat with Kimberly Jolly of the Fat Quarter Shop

We recently had the pleasure of doing this 20 minute interview with Kimberly Jolly. Kimberly is the owner of the Fat Quarter Shop and It’s Sew Emma. Between those two companies, she covers all sorts of quilting and cross stitching fabrics, supplies, and patterns. It was great fun to hear how this accountant turned creative and made her journey to where she is today.… Read the rest

What’s on Your Bookshelf?

We asked our members to share their favorite sewing books and it was so much fun to see what they had to say.  Some sent reference books and some novels about sewing.  Regardless of what you are in the mood to read or learn, there just might be some new ideas for you in the list.… Read the rest

Fireside Chat with Suzy Furrer of Apparel Arts

Suzy Furrer is the star of our next fireside chat and she is another delight you won’t want to miss. Suzy is the founder/director of the Bay area fashion design school, Apparel Arts where she teaches classes on pattern making, textiles, sewing, design principles and tailoring.  In addition to teaching at her own school, Suzy teaches at conferences, guilds, and schools around the country, online on Blueprint, and has even taught for big name companies like GAP, Pixar, and Lucas Films.… Read the rest

Fireside Chat with Gail Yellen and her Serge Magic

Join me for a 25 minute fireside chat with Gail Yellen of Gail Patrice Designs and hear all about her serger magic. Gail offers a collection of patterns, teaches a wide range of classes and workshops, authored the book, Serger Essentials, and has a YouTube channel where she offers a wide range of videos called Serger Tip Clips.… Read the rest

How to Be Online Fabric Shopping Savvy

The Plano ASG Chapter met on Saturday, Oct 27. If you missed the annual luncheon, you missed a wonderful event! We were fortunate to have Rosalind Gaither of Sew Much Fabric (www.smfabric.com,) Katy, Texas, as our speaker. She has been in business since 1987.

Rosalind shared four important things to know when “Online Fabric Shopping.”… Read the rest

Sheryl’s Creative Journey into the land of Koos

In 2017 I decided to set a goal of growing my creative skills.  These do not come naturally to me.  I am a process/rows-and-columns kind of thinker by nature.  As I set out to look for way to achieve that goal, I decided to sign up for Marla Kazell’s Koos coat workshop. … 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

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

ASG National Conference Highlights

ASGConf16_logo-160pxAs your chapter President, I attended the 2016 national conference.  The first evening and 2nd day of the conference have separate track for Presidents or their delegates.  Thursday was the annual meeting of the corporate members.   Chapter awards were as follows:  Newsletter: Houston  Website: Indianapolis         Chapter Growth:  West Oakland Michigan .    … Read the rest

Interview Project Runway Junior Winner Maya Ramirez

 

Last yeProject+Runway+Juniorar we posted the request from Lifetime looking for young creative clothing designers for a new format of the Project Runway competition series.  This new format selected 12 designers from ages 13 to 17 to compete in weekly clothing design challenges.   While there were no contests from our local area, Maya Rameriz, the inaugural season winner’s aunt does live here.… Read the rest

Textile Conservation

TPST bannerWhat comes to mind when you think about preserving our history?

We’re familiar with preserving famous paintings, architecture, furniture, and historical documents, but where do textiles fit when you think of history?

Because textiles are thought of as utilitarian, they rank at the bottom when conserving history comes to mind.

But, how can you think about your personal history without including memories of your wedding dress or your child’s christening gown?… Read the rest