This year 2021 will mark the 25th anniversary of the Atlantic Sewing Guild. To honour this milestone I would like to share some early history of the Guild and how it started so many years ago.
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For our monthly meeting in March, we did a small pivot to have our guest speaker not just speak, but deliver a class! Over 90 minutes, Pamela Leggett of Pamela’s Patterns showed us the Palmer/Pletsch tissue paper fitting method for the upper body, where paper is used in place of fabric and a muslin, to alter a pattern to a body. Specifically, due to time limitations, Pamela focused on the upper body.
Our Past President Lorna McKillip recently found a lovely and humorous poem called Thirteen Ways of Looking a Pattern, from the Dress a Day blog by Erin McKean, and wanted to share it with our members. As a poet and sewist sharing Lorna’s story on her behalf, I have to agree, though I don’t think you have to be either to draw the same conclusions.
Recently, our Guild was sent a lovely thank you letter from a Mother of a girl in a Girl Scout troop, thanking us for how useful our blog was to her daughter Michelle and other girls working on the Textile Artist Badge. The Textile Artist Badge is an at home program that requires the girls to choose their textile method of choice, find tools, materials and patterns online to learn the basics. Our site and links led them to some great needlework and quilting websites to check out, and they wanted to thank us.