Is a sewing subscription service for you?

Subscription services – They used to be book of the month club, fruit baskets, etc.  Then came the beauty product clubs, and the popular clothing club, stitch fix.

There have been crafting clubs, quilting and embroidery clubs, knitting clubs, well now there is a new subscription sewing club.

 

 

Needle Sharp is the brain child of Mary Grabenstatter. … Read the rest

DAFA (Dallas Area Fiber Artists) Lace program

The general meeting for DAFA on Monday, April 23, will begin at 6:45 PM. Mini Workshop starts at 5:30PM  Guests welcome


Mini Workshop  Member Carrie Noess will teach the mini workshop at 5:30-6:30 on The Basics of Needlelace. The kit fee is $5. Please bring your Go-Kit with basic sewing supplies.

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Clutch and other handbag sewing advise

Marie B’s adventures with clutches :
What worked and what not to do!
I might not be remembering the specifics of what got me started making these bags and not sure why I didn’t attend, but think Markita was holding a Handbag NG suggesting this pattern (free download).  The bags appealed to me and I wanted to try sewing with cork so thought these might be a good introduction to purse making along with cork sewing.
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Fringe! Make your own decorative accent

Discovering How to Make Fringe

 

I recently wanted to add colorful fringe to a plain stole I was making for the pastor of our church.  I tried a few ideas before finding a few video tutorials that gave me the idea that finally worked.  It turned out to be very easy! … Read the rest

IT TAKES A BIONIC BRAIN TO MAKE A BIONIC BAG

10 Plano Chapter ASG members signed up for a day class at the Best Little Retreat Center in Dallas.  We all wanted guidance to make the Bionic Bag…the instructions on Craftsy are 84 pages long!  And there’s a video that the creator keeps on referring the sewer to.  She goes on and on, actually not making much sense. … 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

Mary Ray at Plano chapter of American Sewing Guild

The Plano chapter of the American Sewing Guild hosted Mary Ray (http://www.maryraydesigns.com) on September 29th and 30th, 2017. Mary Ray is a contributing editor at Threads Magazine (http://www.threadsmagazine.com/). She is currently teaching Apparel Construction and Flat Pattern Design part-time at Appalachian State University in Boone, North Carolina.… Read the rest

Website accolades

 

Thanks to all who contributed to this award.  Especially Nienke W. for the initial creation.

This message came with the award:

Greetings Sheryl & Markita:  It was no surprise to me that the Plano Chapter was selected for this year’s Website of the Year Award by the ASG Board of Directors – the Plano Chapter has been outstanding in every category since it began.  … Read the rest

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