• 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.

LUNCH WITH EMMMA

KEEP ON STITCHIN’ IS DOING COOL TECHNIQUES AND FAVORITE NOTIONS ON THURSDAY OCTOBER 3

THE CAB MEETING IS WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 9 AT ROBIN ELDER’S HOUSE

THE MATERIAL GALS’ JANET  JOHNSON IS PRESENTING A MYSTERY ITEM ON THURSDAY OCTOBER 10

CREATIVE THREADS WILL REVIEW CUTTING MACHINES TUESDAY OCTOBER 15

HAPPY HOOPERS WILL DO PAINTING INSIDE OUTLINE EMBROIDERIES ON WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 16

FIT ‘N SEW WILL DO NECKLINE ADJUSTMENTS ON WEDNESDAY OCTOBER 16

SKIPPED STITCHES WILL DEMONSTRATE BAGS FROM CANDY WRAPERS ON WEDNESDAY OCTOBER 23

THE MATERIAL GALS WILL HAVE A FIELD TRIP ON SATURDAY, NOVEMBER  2

THE CAB MEETING IS WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 6 AT THE SAFETY HARBOR LIBRARY 1-3

KEEP ON STITCHIN’ IS DOING MORE COOL TECHNIQUES AND FAVORITE NOTIONS ON THURSDAY NOVEMBER 7

LUNCH WITH EMMA SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 16  

FABULOUS SEWLEBRITY EMMA SEABROOKE AT BANQUET MASTERS 10:30-3:00

CREATIVE THREADS WILL DO EMBROIDERY WITH HEAT & SHRINK MATERIAL & PUFFY FOAM ON TUESDAY NOVEMBER 19

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.

We had another SLOW POKIE DAY on Saturday, June 15.

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 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.