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The Great State Fair of Texas will be here before you know it! It is time to sign up for the creative arts contests. The deadline to register online is July 24 and here’s how to do it.

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Sewing Podcasts

Stephanie Kendron

I love to chat with creatives in the sewing industry getting all of the latest trends, tips, and information for you! I love telling stories about sewing, fabric, quilting, business, and marketing.

Modern Sewciety Podcasts

Jacqui Blakemore

Tips, tricks and expert interviews to share everything you need to know to have fun making your own fabulous clothes.

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Weaving Fabric for Garments

by Margaret Montgomery

My journey – overcoming the fear of cutting into handwoven fabric and how the techniques used have evolved.

Weaving is great fun and it is so rewarding to sew using something I have woven. Concerns:  Will the woven fabric fall apart when I cut into it? Should the fabric be stabilized?… Read the rest

The World of Sewing Literature

Sundressed: Natural Fabrics and the Future of Clothing by Lucianne Tonti

For conscious consumers, buying clothes has never been more complicated. Even as fashion brands tout their sustainability, the industry is plagued by pollution, waste, and poor working conditions. In fact, fashion may account for as much as 10% of all greenhouse gas emissions.

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Sewing Podcasts

The Art of Refashioning with Mariana Kirova

If you love sewing and clothing, and want to save good textiles from landfill, The Art Of Refashioning will inspire you to create clothing in a new, eco way! Join fashion upcycler Mariana Kirova and discover how to upcycle/recycle ‘old’ clothes into beautiful new styles yourself.

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Continuous Thread Needle Case

by Jami Roux

Plano ASG neighborhood group meetings are full of inspiration and Wednesday’s Zoom meeting was no exception.  Lu Peters presented a wonderful program on “Things You Wish You Knew Years Ago”.  She gave hints on how to make your sewing projects easier and more efficient.

One of her hints inspired me to put it in practice right away. … Read the rest

Pattern Making Paper

Ever wonder what sewists use when tracing patterns or when they actually make patterns, whether it’s their own or a final copy of a favorite? We searched our membership and came up with these suggestions. Looks like there’s more choices out there than anyone knew! If you have another paper that you find works well for you, let us know.… Read the rest

The World of Sewing Literature

The Last Telegram by Liz Trenow. Decades ago, as Nazi planes dominated the sky, Lily Verner made a terrible choice. She’s tried to forget, but now an unexpected event pulls her back to the 1940s British countryside. She finds herself remembering the brilliant colors of the silk she helped to weave at her family’s mill, the relentless pressure of the worsening war, and the kind of heartbreaking loss that stops time.

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Designing Divas Field Trip to Illumination Fine Fabrics

We found last spring that Illumination is such a great fabric store we needed a repeat visit.  the weather cooperated, and the owner was excited for us to visit again.

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Plano ASG Annual Meeting

by Mary Jo Forbes

11:30 am, October 22, 2022
Heard-Craig Center for the Arts
205 W. Hunt St., McKinney, TX, 75069
(Note: not to be confused with the Heard Natural Science Museum)

We hope you will be as excited about participating in the 2022 annual meeting as we have been planning it.… Read the rest

Sewing Podcasts

There are so many interesting podcasts about sewing! Here are a few that might interest you.

The Quilting Life on the Written Page, as read to you by award-winning author Frances O’Roark Dowell (Birds in the Air, Margaret Goes Modern, Dovey Coe, Shooting the Moon).

The Quiltfiction Podcast begins with Friendship Album, 1933, a work of historical fiction by the podcaster, Frances O’Roark Dowell. … Read the rest