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

More news from ASG Conference

Becky Bieri, Debby Bowles and Brenda Toub all wrote a little review of their experience attending the ASG conference in Houston:

We absolutely loved the conference, and wished everyone could have experienced the great sessions on how to improve our sewing expertise. It was inspirational to spend a whole day learning couture techniques live and in person with Susan Khalje. … Read the rest

Threads Magazine subscription

Threads Magazine offers a discount subscription to ASG groups when they order 10 or more subscriptions, new or renewals, in one order. This offer is open to ASG members only. If you are interested, please see the information in our October newsletter or contact Donna Simpson.

The deadline for the subscription through ASG is Nov 1, 2012.  … Read the rest

Sorbetto Top Pattern

This free Sorbetto top pattern (multi-sized for 0 to 18) by Colette Patterns is a perfect one-night-sewing-project. It’s a really simple top, great for beginners, but with lots of potential for variation for the more advanced seamstresses.

Colette says: “You could use a patterned bias tape, or just use a contrasting color.… Read the rest

SA Curve Templates

During the ASG Annual Conference in Houston (August 16-20), Plano ASG will be selling SA Curve Pocket templates and Cuff & Collar templates.

The Pocket template is used for making repeated exact sewing details by molding fabric around its shapes or tracing the shapes. It is approximately 9 inches by 9 inches and made of a thin but sturdy aluminum.… Read the rest

DAFA Fiberart: Threads of Change

The Dallas Area Fiber ARTists (DAFA) summer show runs from July 20 through Sept. 6 at the Watson Hall Gallery in the Lovers Lane United Methodist Church, 9200 Inwood Road, Dallas 75220.

Showcased are the winners of the 2012 Annual Show and members who have work representing the many new directions in 21st century fiberart, such as mixed-media, recycled elements, hand-dyed and shibori-dyed fabrics, unique materials, and embellishments.… Read the rest

Finger puppets for Children’s

During the Plano ASG Chapter meeting of July, Jami showed us how to make finger puppets. She has been making the finger puppets for Children’s Medical Center for years and comes up with new designs every time. It is easy to make a variety of finger puppets, all beginning with the same base pattern.… Read the rest