• 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.

We are having a new SLOW POKIE DAY on Saturday, June 15.

CUDDLY SLOTHS

WATCH THIS SPACE FOR DETAILS ON A SPECIAL EVENT WITH SEWLEBRITY EMMA SEABROOKE ON NOVEMBER 16.

THE CAB MEETING IS WEDNESDAY, JUNE 5 AT THE SAFETY HARBOR LIBRARY 1-3

KEEP ON STITCHIN’ IS MAKING THE THREAD CATCHER FROM SEW ‘N CRAFT DAY WITH ANDREA SHIELDS ON THURSDAY, JUNE 6

LOOSE THREADS IS HAVING AN END OF  SEASON LUNCH AT BENEDICTS WEDNESDAY,  JUNE 12

THE MATERIAL GALS’ PROGRAM IS WHAT YOU CAN DO WITH SCRAPS ON THURSDAY, JUNE 12

THERE WILL BE A REPEAT SLOTH SEW DAY AT THE SEWING HOPE ROOMS AT TRINITY PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH ON SATURDAY, JUNE 15

CREATIVE THREADS WILL DO EMBROIDERY ON CORK ON TUESDAY,  JUNE 18

HAPPY HOOPERS WILL DO EMBROIDERY ON BALSA WOOD AND PAPER ON WEDNESDAY, JUNE 19

THURSDAY’S THREADERS WILL HAVE A FIELD TRIP TO RAINBOW’S  END AND LUNCH ON THURSDAY JUNE, 20

SKIPPED STITCHES WILL HAVE A SLOTH DEMO ON WEDNESDAY, JUNE 26

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

THE MATERIAL GALS WILL HAVE A PATRIOTIC SURPRISE ON THURSDAY, JULY 11

CREATIVE THREADS WILL HAVE A CHRISTMAS/DECEMBER HOLIDAYS IN JULY ON TUESDAY JULY 16

HAPPY HOOPERS WILL DO BUTTON HOLES ON YOUR EMBROIDERY MACHINE ON WEDNESDAY, JULY 17

LUNCH WITH EMMA SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 16  WATCH THIS SPACE FOR A FABULOUS EVENT WITH SEWLEBRITY EMMA SEABROOKE

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.