Monday, February 18, 2019

Upcoming Sewing Events in NoVA!

 SPRING FLING. Save the date Saturday, April 13.
This event will be held mid-day at the Springfield Golf and Country Club.  More details will be shared in a flyer soon.   

  • FIFTH SATURDAY. Saturday, March 30. Couture Embroidered Buttons.
    Adrienne Bennett will share ideas for making couture embroidered buttons using hand embroidery with a covered button kit. This is a follow-up from the annual meeting last fall.
    Time and Location: 2-4 pm, Montclair Library 5049 Waterway Drive, Dumfries.  More details in the upcoming NOVA ASG newsletter. 


    If you are not receiving emails from GroupWorks, it may be because your preferences are set to receive notifications on M, W, F only. Currently, there are programming issues with this setting, so change your preferences to Daily or Weekly. 

Sunday, February 3, 2019

28 Days of Threaduary!

For you needle artists out there, Marna Lunt (Thread Therapy) in northern UK created a unique challenge for the month of February. #Threaduary was created because February, for her, has traditionally been a difficult month to get through. By focusing on a project each day during what is historically a dreary month (at least in the Western Hemisphere), she has sustained her emotional well-being and resilience. She writes, "The message of making to help ease mental health is very important to me. It has been my savior on many occasions."

The first year, Marna created a series of embroidered flowers. This year, she has chosen to complete a mini portrait of a great writer each day. As this is a visual endeavor, use the hashtag #threaduary on Instagram to view and support the thread artists, to "encourage each other and send lovely positive vibes out into the world."

If you have no experience in hand embroidery, Marna offers a free 30-day online embroidery course if you sign up for her newsletters. She also offers sewing retreats and workshops. She holds an exquisite collage lampshade course!

Thread artist, Elizabeth, "Sew In Love Stitch Art," has some recommendations for those eager to create: "You don’t have to be highly gifted or talented in design to be able to produce worthwhile stitched projects and you don’t need any special abilities or ‘leanings’.  Anyone with the manual dexterity to hold a needle can embroider, but it does make sense to start small and simple.  Try a few stitches on some scrap fabric, a small kit or a taught workshop.  Have a look in your local library for books and online for other sources of basic information.  By all means visit any specialist shops or retail shows you can get to, but don’t invest a lot of money in expensive materials and equipment until you’re sure this is an art form for you."

What you need to do to survive February:
  1. Follow #threaduary on Instagram
  2. Commit to a regular creative practice (I love this one!)
  3. Try a few stitches on some scrap fabric
  4. Enroll in an online stitch course or workshop
  5. Check out embroidery or stitch books in your public library
  6. Investigate and visit local specialty shops where you live
  7. Attend a neighborhood group and discuss your ideas and show off your creations!

Saturday, December 29, 2018

Happy Sew Year! Are You Ready for The Make Nine Challenge?

The Make Nine photo collage is an Instagram phenomenon which posted users' "Best Nine" photos that received responses on Instagram. A group of yarn and fabric bloggers spearheaded by Rochelle of Home Row Fiber adapted this to become the "Make Nine Challenge" in 2016. 

The intent of the "Make Nine Challenge" is to move you to complete projects over an entire year. The Make Nine Challenge officially begins on January 1, 2019! 

Rochelle has some good advice for you:

This is a gentle challenge. It’s not one that you can fail. It’s meant to be flexible, a tool you can use to evaluate your motivations and needs for working towards specific things as the year goes on. This is meant to be a challenge focused on learning more about yourself and your making habits while achieving goals. Work at your own pace and join in at any time. – That’s it!

Questions to consider when you choose your projects: 

  1. What do you want or need? Be forgiving about pattern choice, but get specific about what you want or need to make this year.
  2. What is important to you on this sewing journey? There are many ways to categorize your nine projects: specific patterns from your stash; techniques you want to practice or incorporate into your projects; Craftsy classes you've purchased but haven't watched, let alone do sew-alongs; maybe even new sewing books you haven't read....This can be an adventure or it can be something more practical. It's all up to you. 
  3. What do you love making? What do you hate making? There's no point in creating something that doesn't give you pleasure (even if it's a #failure in the end----it's still learning!).   
  4.  Is there a technique, sewing niche, or style you'd like to explore? If you have the time and patience to explore, knowing it may not be something you like or wear in the end, this is a wonderful opportunity to grow and improve.

If you're up for this challenge, which begins officially on January 1, 2019, tag Rochelle on Instagram (@makeninechallenge) and remember your hashtag: #MakeNine so we can see all the wonderful projects everyone is working on!

Friday, November 23, 2018

5th Saturday Event - Ellen's Esplanade Bucket Bag Class

Karen Hill of Cute Monkey Fabrics will deliver the 5th Saturday Program for the Northern Virginia ASG on Saturday, December 29th, from 10:30am - 4:30pm at Suzzie's Quilt Shop, 10404 Portsmouth Rd., Manassas, VA. The project is Ellen's Esplanade Bucket Bag by Chris W Designs. (Suzzie's Quilt Shop is only providing a location for the workshop and is not affiliated with the class. It does, however, make a great location for buying fabrics for this project!)

The Ellen's Esplanade Bucket Bag features two handy exterior side slip pockets with the main compartment closing with a recessed zipper. Inside you will find a spacious interior which includes a zipper pocket and a slip pocket. Make your bag completely fabric or create a combination of fabric and "vegan" leather vinyl or cork. Have a special fabric you've been dying to use? Feature it on this bag! Use fleece for the "slouchy" look or foam for a sturdier look. What about a brocade from G Street's upholstery remnants table? This bag will be one that you will want to make for family and friends for years to come.

All attendees must purchase their own copy of Ellen's Esplanade Bucket Bag, which is available for $6.95. It is a PDF pattern you download and print from home or your local print shop. You can also purchase it from Craftsy, which has the benefit of storage in your library, or through Chris W Designs

Supplies for sewing the bag are available on the Cute Monkey Fabrics website; use the code "ASG" to order some of the specialty and hard-to-find items (like hardware) and you can pick them up at the workshop, avoiding additional shipping charges. Even if you can't make this class, you might want to keep this site handy to order hardware and other bag supplies for future projects!

The class fee is $40. This is a great day project or gift, and if making a bag is on your to-do list, but you've been putting it off, this is a wonderful opportunity to learn tips and tricks that will make sewing future bags a breeze!

Need more convincing? Here's a review of sewing Ellen's Esplanade Bag: Review

Monday, September 3, 2018

Halloween Costume Consulting Service - Sunday, September 9 at the Pohick Regional Public Library

The Northern Virginia Chapter of the American Sewing Guild is partnering with the Fairfax County Public Library for National Sewing Month

*** Halloween Costume Consulting Service ***
Have a great idea for a costume but need help sewing it?
Learn basic stitches that take you from concept to reality!
Have a costume but it doesn't fit?
Learn how to lengthen or shorten sleeves, pants, or dresses.
Have a costume, but it needs embellishment to bring it back to life?
Learn how to securely sew on decorations with minimal effort and maximum effect!

The expert sewists of the Northern Virginia Chapter of the American Sewing Guild are ready to help you have a ghoulishly good time practicing sewing skills to take your costume from an ordinary get-up to sartorial splendor suitable for any Halloween Ball!

BONUS! You'll learn techniques that will last longer than the Halloween candy in your secret stash.

Details: Sunday, September 9, 2018 from 1-5pm at the Pohick Regional Public Library, 6450 Sydenstricker Rd, Burke, VA

What to bring: Your costumes or even regular garments that need hemming, buttons, or repairs! If you have sewing tools or notions, please feel free to bring them and we'll help you learn to use them better.

Monday, July 30, 2018

Last Call for Summer Sewing Retreat!

Who: Northern Virginia American Sewing Guild Members and Friends

What: A fabulous, fun and popular sewing getaway with sewistas!
Time to work on independent projects at your leisure. No cooking, cleaning, spouses, kids, interruptions or obligations.

Where: The National Conference Center - North Building
• Same venue as last year but different space.
• Large, windowed retreat space!
• 2 tables per workstation and rolling conference chairs.
18980 Upper Belmont Place, Leesburg, VA 20176

When: August 10 – 12, 2018 (9 AM Friday – 4 PM Sunday)

Meals: Full hot breakfast buffet included with room reservations. Other meals are on your own or with your friends. Delicious award-wining onsite dining is available.

Lodging: A web link will be made available to make your own room reservations. $109/room or $129/suite. Rooms are small but clean, and include a double/queen bed. Suites include a pull-out sleep sofa.

Book a room or commute from home!

Only $50 to reserve your retreat space for 3 packed days of sewing fun!!
*Non-ASG Members* pay $100 (plus lodging if staying overnight)

Included in your cost is *unlimited sewing time in the retreat space* from Friday morning at 9:00 AM until Sunday afternoon at 4:00 PM. The room will be locked when it is unattended, so you may bring your supplies and machines and leave them without having to pack up daily.

For those wishing to stay the weekend, please book directly using the weblink provided (will be sent separately). Rooms are available with a queen or double bed. Suites include a pull-out sleeper sofa. Accommodations include high-speed Internet, fitness center access and a complimentary full hot breakfast.

Don’t delay your registration for this popular event! Checks must be received in order to hold your spot. An e-mail will be sent as receipt of your check and registration.

Deadline is August 1; please use the "contact us" form to request a form for submission.

Monday, July 2, 2018

Class Registration is OPEN in Fredericksburg!

Grab your tablet or computer and check out our NEW CLASS SCHEDULE!
Looking for NEW classes to discover? Want to meet NEW faculty to inspire you? How about some NEW techniques to add to your toolbox? You'll find all of that and more when Original Sewing & Quilt Expo returns September 27, 28 & 29, 2018 to the Fredericksburg Expo Center.

Class Registration is OPEN. When you register for a class value package, you'll save with discounted class fees, FREE general admission and shopping bag. Complete pricing and class details online at

Discover what's new in Fredericksburg!
Click for all the details.

It's a creative world inside Expo classrooms. Spend time with a talented teacher and experience something new. For the best selection of classes and special pricing, register now! 

From cute boutiques to your favorite manufacturers – get your creative juices flowing...and sewing! Shop all the latest tools and supplies for sewing, quilting, embroidery and more.

Fredericksburg Expo Center

2371 Carl D. Silver Parkway

Fredericksburg, VA 22401

September 27, 28 & 29, 2018

Thursday & Friday: 10:00am - 6:00pm

Saturday: 10:00am - 5:00pm

Stay at a host hotel
Take a break from your day-to-day routine and stay at a host hotel with special rates for a mini-vacation, all for YOU! 

Parking is FREE!

Immerse yourself in a one day or two day workshop before the Expo opens! Share in the guidance, artistry, technical advice and inspiration these experts bring.

Your registration automatically qualifies you for a Value Package, which includes discounted pricing on your MDB class AND any additional Expo class sessions, 3 free General Admission tickets and a free shopping bag! Lunch is included.
Click here for details and to register.

Two-Day Workshops
September 25 & 26 | 9am-5pm

Kathy McMakin & Alicia Welcher
One-Day Workshops
September 26 | 9am-5pm

Cynthia Guffey

Karen Benke

Jill McCloy

Connie Palmer