• Welcome to the Suncoast Tampa Bay Chapter of the American Sewing Guild.  
  • Details of our chapter and the American Sewing Guild are on our About page .
  • On this page are some upcoming and past events. 
  • See more details of neighborhood groups  here,  meeting times and programs here.

SEW ‘N CRAFT DAY

Saturday April 13, 2019 PROJECTS, PROJECTS, PROJECTS.  You can choose 3 projects to make from 6 options.  To see descriptions and sign-up sheet click the button. A day of community sewing with lunch included.

WE HAVE BE HAVING SOME SEWING FUN

 Our chapter  has been busy making sloths and embroidering sloth faces. At the Annual Meeting we gave 75 + sloth blankets to SunStar ambulance service representatives, Joseph and Amy Powell to have in the SunStar ambulances. An additional fifty sloths left the week of October 25th for Peru with the East Lake Fire department humanitarian trip with doctors who performed cleft pallet surgery there.

Well that is not the end. It seems that SunStar is in LOVE with the sloths and have  requested more! Besides the fact that they are “adorable” they like that they are easy to store – taking up little space in the rig.

We are working with them to get fleece fabric donations, location(s) for possible sew-ins and at my last Happy Hoopers meeting I asked my fellow embroiders to keep on making faces.

We are having a new SLOW POKIE DAY on Saturday, June 8.

CUDDLY SLOTHS

 

LOOSE THREADS IS DOING A REBECCA PITTS PURSE PATTERN ON APRIL 10

A STITCH IN TIME IS DOING  SWEATSHIRT CONVERSIONS ON APRIL 10

OUR SEW ‘N CRAFT DAY IS SATURDAY, APRIL 13

HAPPY HOOPERS IS DOING COMBINING AND REMOVING OVERLAP ON APRIL 17

DESIGNING LADIES  ARE TWEAKING PANTS SLOPERS AND FINALIZING BODICE SLOPER ON APRIL 23

SKIPPED STITCHES IS MAKING A GIRL’S DRESS FROM A MAN’S SHIRT ON APRIL 24

CREATIVE THREADS IS MAKING AND ASSEMBLING 3D EMBROIDERIES ON MAY 14

DESIGNING LADIES IS MAKING A LEGGINGS PATTERN FROM A PANTS SLOPER ON MAY 21

SKIPPED STITCHES IS MAKING A MAGIC PILLOW CASE ON MAY 22

HERE ARE SOME OF THE FUN THINGS WE HAVE DONE RECENTLY. IF YOU ARE NOT A MEMBER YET COME JOIN US FOR MORE GREAT EVENTS.

IF YOU LIKE TO SEW, AFTER YOU LEARN OUR TECHNIQUES YOU WILL LOVE TO SEW.

We had a great time learning sewing techniques on Saturday, February 17th.  Margaret Islander was known for sewing techniques she learned from her work in the garment industry.  Karen Pieczonka, a Certified Island Sewing Systems Instructor  wowed us with the Island Sewing Systesm Sew Better, Sew Faster program.  She e showed us tips and trick for seam allowances, cutting, marking, interfacing, preserving a pattern, bundling, operating the sewing machine, sewing efficiently, easing sewing curves, crimping, and sew finishes.  Even expert sewists will learned something.  Members reported going straight home to try them out.  

WORLD OF WHIMSY TRUNK SHOW

Sisters Celeste Beck and Merri McKenzie are living “The Dream.”   Their Goatfeathers Studio is a mixed media and fiber arts space dedicated to the love to textiles.  They have loads of  fun exploring fabric manipulations.  They include their redesigned fabrics into purses, jewelry, dolls, quilts, wearable art and much, more. Their enthusiasm is infectious.  Their ideas are unbridled!   You will believe them when the tell you they travel by Unicorn.  Its going to be a fun ride. We had so much fun January 13, 2018!                                                                                             Check out their Facebook page.

 

A VISIT TO THE DALI MUSEUM TO VIEW THE ELSA SCHIAPARELLI EXHIBIT

Elsa Schiaparelli was regarded as the most prominent figure in fashion between the two World Wars. Her designs deliberately subverted traditional notions of women’s roles and beauty, embracing and exaggerating the transgressive nature of fashion. Schiaparelli explored bold Surrealistic themes in her designs, heavily influenced by artists, especially Dali, with whom she often collaborated. The vibrant colors, experimental fabrics and elegant handmade decorations set her apart from other designers of the 1920s and 1930s. Some of the most notable clients for Schiaparelli’s haute couture designs included the Duchess of Windsor, Wallis Simpson; heiress Daisy Fellowes; and actresses Mae West and Marlene Dietrich.

Schiaparelli wrote that she “invented” her dresses, and the designs were known for their elegant and daring aesthetic combined with exquisite craftsmanship – a marriage of new ideas with traditional craft. Her designs were like the paintings of Dali in that they combined renaissance precision with wild imagination and dreamlike visions. Their fashion and art both delighted and shocked the senses and that approach was a trademark of their collaborations; their works embodied a sense of freedom and possibility that enlivened popular culture during a tumultuous time.