• 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.

UPCOMING EVENTS ARE POSTPONED, CANCELLED OR ARE TAKING PLACE VIRTUALLY

FOR MORE SPECIFICS CHECK WITH THE NEIGHBORHOOD LEADERS ON THE  “CONTACT US” PAGE.  

PLEASE CHECK OUT FIBER FUN.  NEW TO FIBER FUN IS A ZOOM VIDEO OF A SEPARATING ZIPPER CLASS. 

OCTOBER MEETINGS

Keep on Stitchin’: Thursday, October 1, 6:30-8:30 PM, Zoom, check with leader

CHAPTER ANNUAL MEETING: Saturday October 3, Noon via Zoom

Chapter Advisory Board (CAB) Meeting: Saturday, October 3, following annual meeting,  via Zoom

The Material Gals:  Thursday,  October 8,  7-9 PM, Upcycled Shirts, via Zoom

Loose Threads:  Wednesday, October 14, 10-12, check with leader, via Zoom

Thursday’s Threaders: Thursday, October 15, 10-12, Check with leader

Creative Threads:  Tuesday, October 20, 10-12, check with leader, via Zoom

Happy Hoopers: Wednesday, October 21, 10-12, check with leader

Designing Ladies:  Tuesday, October 27, 10-12, check with leader, via Zoom

Skipped Stitches:  October 28, 10-12, check with leader, Back at The Curch!

 

NOVEMBER MEETINGS

Chapter Advisory Board (CAB) Meeting: Wednesday, November 4, 10:00-Noon, via ZOOM

Keep on Stitchin’: Thursday, November 5, 6:30-8:30 PM, check with leader, via Zoom

Loose Threads:  Wednesday, November 11, 10-12, check with leader, via Zoom

The Material Gals:  Thursday, November 12,  7-9 PM, Men’s Tie Projects, via Zoom

Creative Threads:  Tuesday, November 17, 10-12, check with leader, via Zoom

Happy Hoopers: Wednesday, November  18, 10-12, check with leader, via Zoom

Thursday’s Threaders: Thursday, November 19, 10-12, Check with leader,via Zoom

Designing Ladies:  Tuesday, November 24, 10-12, check with leader, via Zoom

Skipped Stitches: November 25, 10-12, check with leader,  Back at the church!

 

OUR MEMBERS HAVE NOT BEEN  SITTING IDLE: 

WE HAVE BEEN MAKING MASKS!!!!!!!!!!!!  OVER 5,780 AS OF SEPTEMBER 8, 2020

THE MASKS HAVE GONE TO BAYCARE, THE HOMELESS EMPOWERMENT PROJECT (HEP), ASSORTED NURSING HOMES, THE VA, FRIENDS AND FAMILY.

WE HAVE BEEN SEWING CLOTHING AND PILLOWS FOR FOSTER CHILDREN

THE MATERIAL GALS HAD A MARKET TOTE BAG CHALLENGE

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

 

At our Annual Chapter meeting in November 2019, we had special “sewlebrity” Emma Seabrooke, who shared her secrets and know-how in making your own trim to add to existing clothing

We had fun making SLOW POKIE SLOTHS in June 2019

CUDDLY SLOTHS

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

We had a great time learning sewing techniques in February 2018.  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 they tell you they travel by Unicorn.  Its going to be a fun ride. We had so much fun in January 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.