Our New Facebook Group!

We are excited to share with you that the Atlantic Sewing Guild now has a Facebook Group!

The group is open for anyone who shares our sewing related interests to join, Guild Member or not. It will be our way of interacting with not only other Guild members, but also the rest of the world who share our passion.

If being part of our group is something you think you would like to do, or try, please head over to the group and request to join. Thank you and we hope to see you there!

We Have Our Own Domain – AtlanticSewingGuild.ORG

After almost 300 posts over the past two years, over 33,000 views and 140 followers, we have decided our site deserved its own domain! 🙂

If you look up in your address bar, you will see that the domain is no longer a WordPress domain, through which this site is based. Anybody continuing to use the old address, or any old links to our past posts, will have no problem accessing the same content. It will automatically redirect as if someone substituted the old domain with the new one for you.

Thank you to all those that have viewed, followed, commented and contributed in other ways in the past. We look forward to continuing to do so with you and others who will find us in the future!

We have an exciting year coming up in the Guild, including online content for those of you not able to join us in Halifax. We will do this our site here, and expanding social media presence that will allow for even more interaction. We will share that news within weeks when we are ready! I hope you’ll join us for the ride!

Minh, webmaster

Welcome to the New ASG Online Library!

Hello ladies and gentle men,

I don’t know how excited you ever get about reading a blog post, or writing one, but I’m about as excited to write this one as I’ve ever been for a blog post… and this isn’t even my blog! 🙂

May I introduce to you our new Atlantic Sewing Guild online library!

That’s right. I said “library”. This is a free collection of books, magazines and other digital press content I have started to aggregate on the ISSUU site that is also available as an app for Apple and Android.

What is ISSUU, you ask?

In short, it’s Pinterest where the “pins” are digital “books”!

If that doesn’t raise any addiction concerns, let me just say now this is your first and only warning about it.

On ISSUU, you can find normally paper content in digital format, as well as digital only content. There’s over 15 million documents. It’s easy to read and scan through. Most of it is high quality such that you can zoom in quite a bit and not be limited to a tablet, phone or even desktop monitor screen rendition of the content. You can collect these documents in “stacks” the way you pin on “boards” on Pinterest, to organize them. You can “follow” people who collect documents as you do, or just some stacks they have, to have them find new documents you might be interested in. You can scan documents in to post, or find a digital copy somewhere to post. You can “Like” documents, comment on them and do other things as well. But that’s all for the account owners.

What I’m here to tell you about is the collection I started for us and all the content you can start going through already.

There are 15 stacks of books and magazines on various fashion and sewing related content. Some will take a while to read, while others you might just want to skim through. And if nothing is of interest to you, just wait. More will be added. Perhaps in the near future, we could get group contributors, a feature not yet available unlike on Pinterest, I don’t believe. I just discovered this site 24 hours ago and had the idea for this library to share with you and others who learn of it. It’s gotten big acclaim from sources such as TIME magazine and the Webby awards!

You do not need an ISSUU account to read any content or access our library. However, you will if you want to collect your own “books”, or follow our library and/or others’ to see what’s newly found and/or published, organize things in your own way, and so on. A free account can be had which has all the features a general reader might care for, but it is up to you if you want to sign up.

So without further delay, could someone please hand me the duck-billed scissors and I will cut this ribbon.

(snap, snap, snap photo-op)

Ladies and gentle men… our

ASG Fashion and Sewing Online Library

(there is now a link under the Library tab at upper right of our site to jump to our online library should you need to find it again in the future, or just bookmark it on your browser)

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Who wants to be our digital librarian?

This ISSUU site and library I started is a vast and wonderful resource. Unfortunately, I neither have the time nor the knowledge of all the good resources out there to try and track down (if it were on ISSUU, like Threads magazine is not) over time aside from a bit here and there.

So does anybody in the Guild want to take on this role? I’ll give first offer to our current librarians should they want to do this. Otherwise, email the ASG address and maybe we can set up an arrangement where more than one person can contribute.

Start your own organization’s online library

This idea to pool online resources for an organization can be repeated by others, of course. Specifically thinking of some of our Guild members who are in other “guilds” or organizations like quilting, lace, crochet, knitting, crafts, etc. they might want to start a similar library, or show someone this post and get them to start their own library (or find someone who can). Same goes for any readers of this post, too, of course.

I love it when I get an idea that can be spread and be useful to many others. 🙂

Enjoy!

Minh

Retreat! Retreat!

Sew Long!!!

I’m Gone…

To The
Atlantic Sewing Guild Retreat!
March 26-30, 2014
Who should come? Anyone who enjoys working with thread and fabric in the company of like minded people. We are expecting lots of garment sewers, but quilters, lace makers – all are welcome.

What is it? Four days of glorious time to work at your craft while enjoying the company of others. Workshops are not planned. Bring your own projects and work along side others. Tables and space will be provided.

  • Opportunities to work with others on similar projects. Handbags? Chanel jacket? Undies? Tell us what you want to work on and we’ll partner you up.
  • Lots of space to spread out and just sew. The site will be secure and you don’t need to pack up at the end of the day.
  • Time set aside daily to discuss fitting issues, techniques, styling – whatever comes up.
  • A Tools of the Trade table where you can try out tools or check out items you’ve wondered about.
  • Pressing and cutting area provided.
  • Books and DVD’s to curl up with.
  • Someone else to cook and clean.
  • Social evenings.
  • An opportunity to visit the local Guy Frenchies
  • Smiles and surprises daily

2013-14 Guild Meeting Schedule

Below is what the Atlantic Sewing Guild has planned for the 2013-14 year. We meet once a month on the second Tuesday, at St Theresa’s Rectory on the corner of Dublin and North in Halifax (see map below). If you are in the area, we hope you will come out to join us! Please feel free to bring a friend or two as well!

Our meetings often feature guest speakers, workshops and/or special event. This is in addition to these more regular activities:

  • “Sew and Tell” of what we made
  • Guild news and operations discussion
  • Time to browse through our library
  • Time to socializing about sewing and related matters
  • Among other items.

Special Events Planned for Meetings

For 2013-14, these are the special events the Executive has planned for our meetings, with much input from members last year. Thank you! Please check back on our ABOUT page for updates. Meeting agenda changes will sometimes be updated here with a separate post. You can check back here at your convenience, or subscribe by email or RSS feed via the menu on the right of the page.

Sept. 10th, 2013

  • Membership drive
  • Guest Speaker: Linda Martin – Textile Painting

Oct. 8th, 2013

  • Membership drive
  • Fashion Show:
  • Challenge Sew & Tell
  • Summer Sew & Tell

Nov. 12th, 2013

  • Show & Tell – Sew It Now (SIN) group (a subgroup of the Guild)
  • Guest Speaker: Genny Killin – “Hats”

Dec. 10th, 2013

  • Silent Auction for Food Bank
  • Christmas Quickies

Jan. 14th, 2014

  • Guest Speaker: (to be confirmed)

Feb. 11th, 2014

March 11th, 2014

  • Guest Speaker: Sheila MacDonald – “Ironing essentials including leather”

April 8th, 2014

  • Mini workshops Merry-Go Round

May 13th, 2014

  • Guest Speaker: Cindy Heulin – “Organizing a Sewing Room”

June 10th, 2014

  • Elections
  • Extended Sew and Tell for all

Cost / Membership

$5 per meeting or $30 for a one year membership

FREE for students with active student ID card!

Contact Information

Please contact us for more information at atlanticsewingguild@gmail.com or leave a question or comment below.

Where we meet

Class — Textile Painting

THIS CLASS HAS BEEN COMPLETED

Learn the uses of and the methods for painting on fabric. This information may be used to decorate a simple canvas tote or an article of clothing for a child or adult. Fabrics should be hand washable and previously washed cottons or cotton blends are recommended.

Excellent examples of suitable fabrics include denim, cotton canvas, and any medium to heavy weight cotton /polyester blends. Other lighter weight fabrics can be used but are not recommended for the beginner. A photo or drawing of your design should be available for reference. Designs using freehand strokes rather than geometric patterns are also encouraged. Themes/ subjects for your designs could be animal studies, flowers, simple scenes or even abstract designs with free flowing brushwork. Each attendee should discuss their fabric chosen and design to be used a minimum of one week before the class to be assured that all is suitable for a successful, completed project. Projects completed will be hand washable. Those in attendance can choose to complete a tote with some or all supplied (kit) or bring some or all supplies for such projects as a decorated jacket or shirt, apron or skirt, etc.

Teacher: Linda Martin

The teacher for the class is Linda Martin who has taught fine arts for over 35 years and has experience with teaching adults ( evening classes) and children from 5 to 18 years old ( public school ) . She had also taught family studies, textiles and foods to children ages 12 to 16 years. Examples of completed work plus a questions and answers session can be done at the September Meeting using about 15 minutes of the evenings time.

Date: September 28, 2013

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