Judges’ Ravings of Garments Produced at the Great Halifax Sewing Bee, Part 1/3

With the sewing bee done and garments submitted, we take an overview of the garments produced before getting to the details as raved on by the judges!

First up is the Team Yellow.

These videos will be presented in the ordered in which they took place. In the next post, we will hear what the judges thought of Team Green’s and Team Purple’s garments.

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The Great Halifax Sewing Bee! April Meeting

ASG’s April meeting features The Great Halifax Sewing Bee, an evening inspired by the BBCTwo’s popular show, The Great British Sewing Bee. With three seasons under its belt, the British sewing show has a huge international fan-base. 

To pique your interest, I’ve provided links to two shows, the first from Series 1 (Season 1 in North American television speak) and and the second from Series 3. (You can find most episodes on the Internet by Googling The Great British Sewing Bee.)

Two women popular in the sewing world, Ann Rowley and Tilly Walnes (Tilly of Tilly and the Buttons), were contestants in Series 1.
Series 1, Episode One  

While every series/season has featured men sewists, Series 3 is outstanding for male representation.
Series 3, Episode One

From the spark of an idea to a full meeting’s program, the ASG Executive have worked hard to pull this event together. We hope our mini-adaption of the Great British Sewing Bee will make for a lively and entertaining evening. 

Please note: Due to time limitations, there will not be any Show and Tell, and the library will be closed, for this meeting only.

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Vancouver Sewing Drop-in Story

A former Guild member, Karen Newton, who had moved to Vancouver but who has now returned to Halifax, wanted to share this sewing story from the Vancouver Sun with everyone. Here’s an excerpt from the story that has its own video.

One day a month, Another Space, a creative arts therapy studio in East Vancouver, is opening its doors to anyone wanting to learn to sew. The idea of drop-in sewing classes came about after the Vancouver Tool Library was given an armload of old sewing machines. Nobody at the library knew quite how to use the devices, but in Sarah Peacock, manager Greg Stone found someone with the right knowledge and space.

Thank you very much, Karen! Welcome back and we hope to see you out at our next meeting!


8th Annual Nova Scotia Fibre Arts Festival October 13th -17th 2015

Kathleen wanted to let you all know about the 8th Annual Fibre Arts Festival in Amherst from October 13th -17th, 2015.

From their website:

The Nova Scotia Fibre Arts Festival is a 5 day celebration of all things fibre; knitting, quilting, rug hooking, and so much more. Featuring many creative workshops, exhibits, and hands-on demonstrations, the festival offers something for everyone! If you’re looking for a little fibre in your creative diet, then this is the festival for you!

Now in its 8th year this award winning festival features exciting creative workshops, stunning exhibits, hands-on demonstrations and some of the region’s most beautiful fibre work. This five day celebration of all things fibre: knitting, quilting, rug hooking, felting, weaving, crocheting, needle work and so much more!

Held in historic Amherst, beginning the Tuesday following Thanksgiving each year; the Fibre Arts Festival embraces all natural fibres and whether you are an experienced fibre artist, enthusiastic novice, or just appreciate fine quality arts and handwork, you will find something to enjoy among the wide range of activities and opportunities the Festival offers.

And check out these videos they have about the event!

Courses, Course Sales and Sewing Humour

NSCAD Continuing Studies just put out its list of Summer 2015 courses. Not too much on the fashion and textiles section except Beginner Sewing and Weaving, which could definitely be interesting. But lots of other interesting and artistic courses as well!

From Faye, Craftsy is having a class flash sale THIS WEEKEND ONLY. Up to 50% off on almost 700 classes. If you want to focus on sewing classes, please click here instead. THIS WEEKEND ONLY remember! (Apr 11 & 12).

And from Kathleen, a little humour… 🙂

Thanks Faye and Kathleen!

The Great British Sewing Bee, Season 3 in ON!

Faye wanted to share these new episodes of The Great British Sewing Bee, Season 3 with you from YouTube because most of us in Canada can’t get them any other way. Looks a bit like British Project Runway, but a lot of fun nonetheless!

The season is in progress, though, so to get notices of new episodes, you’ll need to subscribe to The Great British Sewing Bee YoutTube channel. It’s a free subscription if you either sign up for a free YouTube account, or give them your email.

Thanks, Faye!



Make Your Own Pressing Tool

Courtesy of Guild Member, Kathleen

If you would like to follow in the footsteps of our “Pressing Maven”, Sheila MacDonald (and who in their right minds would not want to emulate her?) by focusing the steaming of your seaming, this video should help:

It is a quick video of how to make your very own dauber.
For more information, click on this link to the Threads Magazine page.
Thanks, Kathleen!