• 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 ARE MOSTLY TAKING PLACE VIRTUALLY.  CHECK THE MONTHLY LISTINGS FOR SPECIAL ZOOM EVENTS.

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

PLEASE CHECK OUT FIBER FUN.  SEE VIDEOS OF CLASSES MEMBERS HAVE TAUGHT

MAY 2021 MEETINGS

Chapter Advisory Board (CAB) Meeting: Wednesday, May 5, 10:00-Noon, Zoom

Keep on Stitchin’: Thursday, May 6 , 1:00-3:00 Tops Vacuum & Sewing, New 1/2 1/2 square triangle technique*

Loose Threads:  Wednesday, May 12, check with leader,  Smart Phone/Tablet Stand with Sandy wood

Saturday May 15, Community Service Sew-Together at St. John’s Church Hall  10 AM to 3 PM

Happy Hoopers: Wednesday, May 19, 10-12, How to put multiple hooped items together without seams,  Zoom & in person 

Thursday’s Threaders: Thursday May 20, 10-12, Check with leader

The Material Gals:  Thursday, May 20, 10-12, At Tops & Zoom-Completion of Community Service

Designing Ladies:  Tuesday, May 25, 10-12, check with leader

Skipped Stitches, May 26, 10-12, Program Is on Collars,  Back at the Church!

*May 6,202

Learn a new technique to make half square triangles where no two are alike.  Andrea will demonstrate this technique and give you printed directions to follow when you get home.  Once you give this a try you will use it all the time.  We will also be Cutting out Adult Bibs, Neck Pillows and Bone Pillows to contribute to the May 15th Sew in Service Day

JUNE 2021 MEETINGS

Chapter Advisory Board (CAB) Meeting: Wednesday, June 2, 10:00-Noon, Zoom

Keep on Stitchin’: Thursday, June 3 , 1:00-3:00 Miracle Fancy Tray with Ellen Osten**

Loose Threads:  Wednesday, June 9,  T-shirt techniques with Pat Taylor

Happy Hoopers: Wednesday, June 16, 10-12,  Zoom & in person 

Thursday’s Threaders: Thursday May 20, 10-12, Check with leader, Zoom

The Material Gals:  Thursday, May 20, 10-12, Field trip on a Saturday to Plant City

Designing Ladies:  Tuesday, June 22, 10-12, check with leader

Skipped Stitches: June 23, 10-12, Bring Your Favorite Notion,  Back at the Church!

**June 3, 2021

Ellen Osten will teach you how to make a “Miracle Fancy Tray”.  An instructional handout will also be provided so you can make several to give as gifts, If you wish to participate at the meeting, supply list is  below.   You are also welcome watch the demo and receive the insruction to make later at home ].  Supplies: sewing machine, sewing essentials, 2 fat quarter (coordinating), 1 fat quarter of thin batting (18″ X 22″), coordinating thread.

OUR MEMBERS HAVE NOT BEEN SITTING IDLE

The following article by Karen Bishea appeared in our Jan/Feb 2021 newsletter

Skipped Stitches has recently picked up a new organization for the donation of the beautifully created children’s clothing sewn by many of its members (see masks and clothing below):  Homeless Empowerment Program (HEP), Clearwater Florida.  Founder Barbra Green graciously came to Skipped Stitches September 23, 2020 meeting to fill us in on the organization, mission, and volunteer opportunities.  Barb enthusiastically shared with the group about HEP and the various programs.  It started humbly as part of a church outreach. Overtime it became clear of the enormous need for services for homeless in the Clearwater area and the church and the outreach part of the organization split.

HEP serves veterans, children, families, and individuals. The scope of help is broad, starting with basic needs of food and shelters, but also covers mental and physical health, community resources to help with assistance and self-sufficiency programs. The donated children’s outfits, made by our members, will be used to help children who come to the shelter in need.

There is a range of volunteer opportunities including a thrift store that help fund many of the programs. Vicki Bishop, a Skipped Stitches member, is one of the many volunteers that generously donates her time weekly.

From the website: “HEP is the only social-services agency of its kind in Florida, offering shelter care and supportive services for the entire homeless population.”Here is the link to their website:  https://www.hepempowers.org

About Barb Green, Founder

Barb has dedicated her entire life to going above and beyond for those less fortunate. From serving meals out of her home (still located on campus) before HEP’s kitchen was established, to cleaning the bathrooms of HEP’s very first dorms. Today, because of her hard work, HEP spans a beautiful 8-acre campus.

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.