Indigo Dyeing Seen Wandering a Museum in Budapest

Submitted by Markita Hall-Gumble

Plano ASG member Markita, recently had the opportunity to spend some time in Budapest, Hungary.  And in typical ASG fashion, she found “all things fiber” the city had to offer!  Enjoy a virtual walk through history of indigo dyeing as Markita takes us on a tour of the Goldberger Textile Museum. 

The Goldberger Textile Museum pays homage to the more than 200 years of industrial and social history of the previous Goldberger textile factory and surrounding area in Óbuda.  The Goldberger business was started by Ferenc Goldberg in 1784 and run by six subsequent generations. 

The largest section of the museum is devoted to the process of indigo vat dyeing.  Indigo (which is derived from one of the species of the indigo plant) was initially purchased from India until synthetic Indigo was developed.  And since this process requires a lot of water, banks of the Danube in Budapest was an ideal location.… Read the rest

Dallas Fort Worth Area Fabric and Fiber Shopping Map



We are excited to announce the first ever Dallas/Fort Worth Fabric and Fiber Shopping Map!!!

Susan Annand from  in conjunction with the Plano TX Chapter of the American Sewing Guild invites you to enjoy all of the shopping opportunities in our North Texas Area!!!  Please feel free to link to our map, be sure you credit and !  … Read the rest

Preparing to Sew – What you need to know

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It is January a new year, I am sure you have lots of sewing projects planned for 2016.  Before you sew here are a few tips of preparation.

When shopping and you fall in love with a fabric but you are not exactly sure what you will create.  Here is a general guideline that several of our members use when buying fabric for misses sizing (especially for coordinates) :   3 yards for 1 garment; 5 yards for 2 garments  and 7 yards for 3 garments.… 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We’re familiar with preserving famous paintings, architecture, furniture, and historical documents, but where do textiles fit when you think of history?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

Podcast with Folk Fibers

Sheryl sent me a follow up on our previous blog about Thread Cult podcasts.

The creator of the Thread Cult podcasts and the Daughter Fish blog, Christine, just had a baby, but she’s back with new podcasts.

Thread Cult’s January podcast is with Maura Grace Ambrose:

“Maura Grace Ambrose is an Austin-based artist and founder of Folk Fibers.Read the rest

January Group Schedule Online

The new Neighborhood Group Schedule for January is online and can be downloaded from this page.

Our special events committee has been working hard organizing many exciting events for 2014! Read more about it in the newsletter and keep an eye on this blog.

Scheduled are the Annual Retreat January 16 -19, A Sew Along and Show Off in March (more info soon!), Linda Lee’s Sewing with Knits Workshop in April and many more events that will be revealed at a later stage.… Read the rest

An Unexpected Gem in the Wilds of the Pacific Northwest

(Sheryl sent me this to share with you all:)

I just got home from a wonderful trip British Columbia.  While we were wandering the area we bumped into this awesome studio/gallery/workshop housed in a cluster of yurts!  The owners were so friendly and loved showing us and telling us about all the work both in progress and displayed. … Read the rest

Art Under The Microscope

The University of Michigan Health System and Fiber Artists@Loose Ends have partnered to show artistic interpretations of scientific images. Online they’ve teamed up with to show a selection from the traveling exhibit Art Under the Microscope.

“The exhibition Art Under the Microscope presents impressive scientific imagery interpreted through textile arts, a perfect blending of art and science.… Read the rest

2nd annual DFW Yarn Crawl

Saddle up for the 2013 DFW Yarn Crawl, Y’all!

October 4-13

“The best thing to happen to DFW Yarnies since Ravelry!”


If you’ve never been on a yarn crawl before, the goal is simple – visit as many of our amazing local yarn shops as possible to find new treasures, break out of your well worn trails, and have a great time with your knitting and crocheting pals.

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DAFA’s ‘The Mind’s Eye’

cache_4084521511Dallas Area Fiber Artists (DAFA) has joined with members of the Lovers Lane United Methodist Church Foundation and the Alzheimer’s Association, Greater Dallas Chapter to commemorate World Alzheimer’s Month with an exhibit and sale of fiber art.

‘Let’s Make Alzheimer’s a Distant Memory: The Mind’s Eye’ will showcase fine fiber art that explores the impact of Alzheimer’s Disease while raising funds for Alzheimer’s research and caregiver support.… Read the rest

A Handbook of Lettering for Stitchers

tumblr_kzpvdursay1qa53iwo1_500Public Collectors is founded upon the concern that there are many types of cultural artifacts that public libraries, museums and other institutions and archives either do not collect or do not make freely accessible. Public Collectors asks individuals that have had the luxury to amass, organize, and inventory these materials to help reverse this lack by making their collections public.Read the rest

International FreeForm Fiberarts Guild 2013 Challenge

The International FreeForm Fiberarts Guild is hosting an online challenge every year. This year the theme was Mother Earth.

Click here to see all the entries. You can click each picture to read about the artist’s idea and to leave a comment.

You can also check the galleries from the previous annual challenges;



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