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.

For all the posts related to this event, past and future, please click here.

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

A Breath of Inspiration at the Anna Leonowens Gallery

By Faye Morrison

meisen kimono2I wandered down to NSCAD last evening at the behest of my daughter who wanted me to check out the latest exhibit at the Anna Leonowens Gallery. My daughter attended the Asian Studies Program at Saint Mary’s University and spent a year attending Sapporo University, Hokkaido, Japan to perfect her Japanese language abilities. As with most youth today, she moved elsewhere to find employment.  As I have an interest in textiles she felt I would have an appreciation for this exhibit and describe it to her as she couldn’t attend.

The exhibit includes silk kimonos made from a fabric silk that is hand stamped on both sides and was made in family homes as a source of outside income. Only about 4 or 5 families remain who can do this type of work.  This type of kimono uses a method of applying the dye directly to the warf and weft threads prior to weaving and makes use of synthetic dyes for brighter vibrant colors using a method called Meisen. The textiles were less expensive to make and durable. They could be worn for more than one generation and refashioned for more than one person.

meisen kimono1This silk textile was made popular between 1910 and 1950 and textile artists went to Lyon, France to learn how to do the Meisen technique. Many of the designs chosen were selected from competitions of art students held throughout the various prefectures of Japan.  The influence of such artists of the early twentieth century and abstract Cubism  can be clearly visualized although the designs are clearly Japanese. The abstract designs are bold and colorful, just the thing to start off a new student year while the hint of fall with the last warmth of summer prevails.

This exhibit was brought to the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design from the personal collection of Haruko Watanabe and organized by Naoko Furue and Nancy Price. Below is a sample of a poster of a wonderful kimono that was worn during the opening reception and I encourage you to view this exhibit which is being held from Sept 16-27, 2014 at NSCAD University, Halifax located in the Anna Leonowens Gallery, Granville Mall, Halifax, NS

Class and Learning Options Outside the Guild

Courtesy of research by Tory and Marcia…

Guild Classes

The Guild had just announced our classes for 2014-15. These two are guaranteed, plus other potential ones to be determined.

  1. Pocket Techniques, with Anneke Henderson (Oct 4, 2014)
  2. Making a Body Double, with Josée (Nov 15, 2014)

However, there are many other options for classes around the Halifax area, as well as online. There are also many other learning resources besides classes, where there is no interaction involved but just instructions. The following list of sewing related resources might interest you.

Local Classes (Halifax area)

You might consider these local options for classes in the Halifax Regional Municipality and Nova Scotia area:

Continental Classes

If you were willing to travel for some classes, treating it as either a serious trip or vacation, you might want to consider these options:

Online Classes and General Instructions

These sites offer classes and/or general instructions online:

There are also plenty of other YouTube channels you may want to search for to find instructional videos. For video instruction, you might actually be better off searching from the YouTube site, rather than using a search engine like Google, Yahoo or Bing.

Blogs

Blogs tend to be are more personally produced instruction, compared to business or professional like instruction, although some blogs are quite phenomenal. They also tend to be more a mish mash of topics and may not be as well organized to find specific items like sewing instruction videos. But those things can add a personal touch and connection business sites tend not to have, and be more entertaining with a real life touch to them. It really depends on what you like. Here are some Guild Members like a lot:

When you read blogs, be sure to look around, often on the side, for links to the authors’ favourite sites, blogs and such. Some will likely be related to sewing and they can serve as your lead to find out more of what is out there! If you liked the authors’ blog, chances are, you’ll like his/her taste for other enjoyable and/or useful blogs, too!

Share Your Favourite Sewing Resources with Us!

If you know of great class and/or instructional resources not mentioned here, please do let us know. We will update this post, as well as our Classes page on this site. Thank you.

Patch Fabric Store Review

PATCH is a relatively new fabric store in Halifax at the time of writing (Aug 15 2014). This detailed review is from one of our Guild members, Faye M. who visited the store Thursday. Thank you Faye!

I visited Patch this morning. It is located on the east side of Robie St. On street 2 hour parking is found across from the store on the west side of Willow.

Sewing classes will be geared towards beginners and no longer than 3 hours. They will be project based to teach varied skills. However, the objective is to teach how to sew, not to fit.  Class lists are supposed to be ready soon and to start in Sept.

Patterns are intriguing with lots of independents coming. I bought a Liberty pattern myself, which is a British brand.  Sewholic patterns and Oliver (children’s) were displayed. Colette patterns are enroute and will be carried.

Some limited but quality books i.e. Colette Handbook, and some on quilting, and dyeing fabrics, are available in addition to a few basic quilting rulers primarily to be used for classes to be held. I purchased some black twill tape which I had been unable to purchase elsewhere.

Half the store is a classroom setting with Bernina sewing machines and serger ready for rentals.  Want to try out this brand – here’s your chance. Test drive a pattern and see how you like sewing with them.  Have your machine break down or need servicing and need a project completed yesterday – this store will come to the rescue. Lots of possibilities including space constraints in your living quarters or temporary housing, and this store can come to your rescue.

Lovely cotton by Liberty is available as are some pretty chambrays. The selection is limited but that is to be expected with a new fledgling store. I noticed some good quality solid white cotton which is hard to find.

I did mention that I was from the Guild but did not receive a discount upon purchase – Perhaps that may come later when the store is more established and financially sound.

All in all the store has a good start.  The hours are limited as only the owner is there 10 to 5, Tues to Sat, but is open on Sun, 12 to 5 for the worker bees.

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As with all individual reviews shared on a group platform,
it needs to be stated that this review represents the opinion
of the reviewing member and not necessarily that of the Guild.

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Store info

Patch is owned by Christina Pasquet, who came to visit us at the Guild early this year.

The store is at 2571 Robie Street at Willow.

Their website, patchhalifax.com, is not yet up at time writing.

They are on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/ patchhalifax/info

Phone (902) 423-0303

Email​ ​ hello@patchhalifax.com

Class — What Goes in Your Purse?

This will be a class on what goes into your purse. There will be 3 possibilities, and you can pick which one you want to complete. All require the same techniques and can be personalized. The first option is a purse organizer pattern that the teacher, Nancy McKenzie, developed. She will email you that pattern if you like for a $5 donation to the Grandmothers to Grandmothers project. The other two options are organizer wallets that can be purchased on the internet. They are from PoldaPop.

Teacher: Nancy McKenzie

Dates: March 15, 2014

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Class — Rain Wear – FULL

This class is now full. Should a spot becomes open, Guild Members will be notified.

In this class you will be working with rain wear material. The pattern is McCall’s #6517.  This will be an unlined rain jacket.  Class will cover seam finishes, fabric types, making seams waterproof, and care of water proof garments.

Teacher: Fay Gunter

Dates: March 1, 2014

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Class — Beginner Serging

This will be a half-day class of basic serger, so if you are new to serging or looking for a refresher course, this is the class for you. We will go over all the parts of the serger, threading for 4 thread basic serging, 3 thread wide, and 3 thread narrow.  This will give you most of the basic threading you will need. If we cover this in time we can do a very simple project with our stitches. Questions and answers about what your serger can and can’t do and how to do it.  Please bring your serger, in good working order, serger thread that matches the threading on your machine, (for example my machine has pink, yellow, green and blue) and 4 cones of whatever basic color you want to rethread your serger with before you go home so you are ready to sew when you get back to your sewing room.  Also bring your serger manual and all accessories that go with your machine, pen and paper for taking notes, and some scissors.

Teacher: Pat Nicholson

Dates: February 15, 2014 (half day)

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Class — Christmas Quickies

Here are the quick things that will be done in the class.
  1. Denim Basket made out of a jeans pant leg and some cotton fabric.  Great little storage item.
  2. Embroidery Hoop sewing Kit. Colourful cotton scraps and a small wooden hoop come together to create this kit.
  3. Facecloth Travel Kit…turn a facecloth into a storage for your toiletries when travelling.
  4. Roll-up Chalkboard. New chalkboard fabric is used to make a great take along for the kids.
  5. Car caddy or Chair caddy… great for travel or keeping things close at home
  6. Mesh Christmas.. work with mesh ribbon to create a simple centerpiece or wreath of your choice.

Teacher: Carmen Faber

Dates: December 7, 2013

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