Annual Luncheon pictures

We had a wonderful time at the Annual Luncheon on Saturday. Shirley Cunningham gave a great presentation on how to use the elements of art in our sewing. Elements like canvas, lines, curves and angles, proportion, balance and color.

She showed us some of the amazing garments she has made in recent years.… Read the rest

The Eye Has To Travel

The documentary Diana Vreeland: The Eye Has To Travel is an intimate portrait and a vibrant celebration of one of the most influential women of the 20th century, an enduring icon whose influence changed the face of fashion, beauty, art, publishing and culture forever.

During her fifty year reign as the “Empress of Fashion,” she launched Twiggy, advised Jackie O and coined some of fashion’s most eloquent proverbs such as “the bikini is the biggest thing since the atom bomb.”… Read the rest

‘Adinkra: Transforming Tradition’ Exhibition

The Arts gallery at Collin College’s Spring Creek Campus (SCC) is scheduled to present the “Adinkra: Transforming Tradition” exhibition.

The exhibition will feature textiles created primarily by Gabriel Kwaku Boakye, a member of the internationally acclaimed family of adinkra printers in Ntonso, Ghana, West Africa. Ntonso is one of the historical and contemporary centers of Adinkra cloth, which has long been associated with funerals, kingships and wealth in traditional Ashanti culture.… Read the rest

First ever DFW Yarn Crawl

It’s here! The first ever DFW Yarn Crawl!

From Van Alstyne to Grandview – Farmersville to Fort Worth, fourteen of your favorite yarn (and bead) destinations have circled up to bring you an unequaled yarn adventure – grab your yarn-y buddies and hit the road for fun!

The Crawl runs Friday, October 5 through Friday, October 19, 2012.… Read the rest

All about buttonholes

This morning’s Toujour Couture meeting was all about buttonholes.

A buttonhole by definition is a small slit in a garment or piece of fabric for fastening a button, but we all know a buttonhole is much more than a slit in cloth!

It can be either utilitarian or a design element depending on the garment being created.… Read the rest

Annual Luncheon and Election – October 27th

Just a reminder that our Annual Luncheon and Election of Officers is Saturday, October 27th, 11:30-3:00pm.

Please join us for a fantastic lunch served family style in the Venucci room at Maggiano’s, Willow Bend.

Guest Speaker will be Shirley Cunningham talking to us about Fabric and Fibers as Art.… Read the rest

Art from the Loom

The Mesquite Arts Council presents an exhibit by the White Rock Weaving Center. “Art From the Loom” is an exhibition featuring the artwork of twenty weavers using textile techniques as well as some innovative contemporary materials such as bamboo.

Stopping in at the White Rock Weaving Center is like stepping into a long-gone era filled with craftspeople.… Read the rest

The Secret Strength of Silk Organza

If you envision frilly little girls’ dresses, crisp sheer collars, or a translucent evening concoction when you hear the name “silk organza,” reconsider.

In this Threads Magazine article (download here) Marla Kazell, teacher of fine-sewing techniques, will show you several ways silk organza can greatly improve the results of your sewing.… Read the rest

ASG Sewing Hall of Fame 2012

Each year the National ASG picks a Hall of Fame Honoree. Induction into the Sewing Hall of Fame recognizes individuals who have had a lasting impact on the home sewing industry with unique and innovative contributions through sewing education, product development, media or other sewing industry related endeavors.

Claire Shaeffer was the 2012 Inductee into the ASG Sewing Hall of Fame.… Read the rest

TAG – Teach Another Generation

One of the biggest news items from ASG Headquarters is a new program called TAG – Teach Another Generation. The program is just starting out, but the focus is on teaching young people to sew.

ASG now offers a junior membership for ages up to 17 and also from 17-22 years of age for those with a student ID.… Read the rest