Monday, March 2, 2015

Neighborhood Group Plans

Upcoming meeting plans for our Neighborhood Groups:

Sew and Go Falls Church Neighborhood Group

Meets on the 1st Thursday of the month from 7-9PM at G Street Fabrics 6250 Seven Corners Center in Falls Church.
March 5th, group leader Sherri Bertrand will talk about manipulating fabric. Further details will be available on the Yahoo Group site. April 2nd, Lynn Berry will explain bias making techniques.
May 7th, Robert Hines from Sun and Sew Vac will discuss basic sewing machine care and maintenance. Please let Sherri know if you would like to attend this meeting before April 30th
June 4th, Marianne Dunn will demonstrate making fabric and acetate book covers. This will be our second challenge. Sherri Bertrand
ASG Falls Church Sew and Go leader

Alexandria Seamsters Spring / Summer 2015 Program Plans

In the next few months, the Alexandria Seamsters have some interesting programs planned. Please join us as you have the time or a particular interest in one of them. We normally meet at 7 pm, on the third Monday of the month, at the Burke Branch of the Alexandria Library. Note that we will be meeting at Artistic Artifacts in May.
The dates, times and locations for our next five meetings are listed below.

Date & Time
Mar 16, 2015
7:00 to 9:00 p.m.
Creating Calla Lily Trim
Sherry Bertrand
Burke Branch Library, 4701 Seminary Rd,
Alexandria , Conf Room
Apr 20, 2015
7:00 to 9:00p.m.
Braided Fabric Scarf / Necklace
Diana Warmann
Burke Branch Library, 4701 Seminary Rd,
Alexandria , Conf Room
May 18, 2015
6:30 to 9:00 p.m.
Paint Stenciling on Fabric Workshop cost - about $10
Jennifer Wollschlager/ Judy Gula
Artistic Artifacts, 4750 Eisenhower Ave,
Alexandria (in the Electrodyne Bldg.)
June 15, 2015
7:00 to 9:00 p.m.
Neckline Techniques knit and woven
Dorie Waddick & Mary Ann Duff
Burke Branch Library, 4701 Seminary Rd,
Alexandria , Conf Room
July 20, 2015
7:00 to 9:00 p.m.
Choosing programs for 2015-2016
Burke Branch Library, 4701 Seminary Rd,
Alexandria , Conf Room

Manassas Sew & Tails Neighborhood Group Schedule:

19 Feb..Finger Scarf..
19 March..Triangle bags..overnight bags..
16 April...Scarf made into Poncho..
21 May...Inter-changeable Purse...
18 June...Finish purse...
16 July...Crochet Flowers...
20 Aug...Table Runner...Fall leaf...
17 Sept...Finish Table Runner...
15 Oct...Jacket...Simp.# 1318....
19 Nov...Finish Jacket...
17 Dec...Party and Ideas for next year...

2015 Fredericksburg Notion to Sew Upcoming Meeting Topics

March 1410 minute block with Cathy Aldous
April 11Pillow Case Charity Sew or Library Tote Charity Sew
May 9Bodice fitting demo
All meetings at Hobby Lobby in Central Park Fredericksburg. Sewing meetings start at 9:00/Demo meetings start at 10:00.

Shenandoah Valley Group Schedule

February 25th-Share your favorite book or magazine
March 25th-UFO's-Bring your machine and unfinished projects
April 22th-Charity Sew In-Quilts and/or tote bags for Boulder Crest Military Respite Center
*May 27th-I81South Road Trip to Harrisonburg area, fabric stores, lunch & Shenandoah Valley Quilt Museum
June 24th-Charity Sew In-Doll Clothes for the Evans Home Auction
July 22nd-Share Christmas Ideas & Projects
*August 24th (Monday) Road Trip I81 North to Hagerstown, fabric stores, lunch & surprise tour
*September 23rd-Fabric Dying-Silk Scarves @ Kathryn's in Stephens City
October 28th-Fabric Post Cards-Johanna
November-No meeting-Happy Thanksgiving
*December 9th-Holiday Luncheon

Sterling Sew n' Sews

The February meeting of the Sterling Sew n' Sews was held at the Leesburg JoAnn Fabrics. Bev Baker presented the program, which involved the application of magnetic closures to purses.

The process involves a number of steps, utilizing products and equipment not included with the magnet set, which came as a surprise to many of us. The finished product is both attractive and functional.

Bev exhibits and sells her lovely purses at The Torpedo Factory in Alexandria.

Our show & tells featured several varied items started or completed at the recent ASG retreat in Winchester, and spurred discussion of the charming George Washington hotel, its food and other amenities. (OK--this was a thinly disguised advertisement for our retreats!)

We are still exploring possible sites for our meetings, so anyone planning to visit should probably contact either Bobbie Cippel or Barb Howes for specifics.

See everyone at the Spring Fling next month!

Couture Group 2015 Programs

  • Feb 6     Tell us your favorite storage/organizing tips for the sewing space
  • March  Joyce Jones Buttons
  • April 3    Debbie Tollin Useful handsewing stitches
  • May 1    Cheryl Huckerby TShirt fitting
  • June 5    Sherri Bertrand Fabric Manipulation
  • July 10    To be determined (note this is the 2nd Friday iJuly due to the holiday)
  • August    No meeting - Taste of Retreat
  • Sept. 4   Tammy Miller How to make a pleating board, and a Lind pleating & tuck tips
  • Oct. 2     Sheila Bohanan Matching patterns/plaids
  • Nov. 6     Chapter challenge  Embellishments - EmbellisAnything you Want
  • Dec.        Holiday Party

Wearable Arts Group

by Adrienne Bennett

Please note that we have changed the meeting day and time. We will be meeting on the Second Friday of the month in Jan 2015. We will still be meeting at Ashton Diner at 11:30 for lunch and socializing. We will then go to Oaks at Wellington for our meeting from 1:00 -3:00.

Our major project will be making a Cardigan Jacket like a Classic Channel Jacket. At our December meeting, we talked about fabrics and the different treatments that they will require, i.e., serging the edges before shrinking due to fraying of boucle wool. We looked at several books and techniques the various authors present in the books. I am using the Claire Shaffer Couture Sewing techniques and her newer book The Couture Cardigan Jacket. Other books were mentioned Roberta C. Carr Couture Techniques (DVD) , and Fitting And Pattern Alterations: A multi Method Approach by Liechty, Pottsberg and Rasband;.and Classic Tailoring Techniques by Cabrera/Meyers. There is also an online class sponsored by Craftsy and some of the members took advantage of the Black Friday discount and registered for this class. We talked about having this jacket done for the Fall Fashion Show Oct 2015, a good goal to encourage us to finish.

Some members may be using the Claire Shaffer patterns, including V 8804,V 8991, V 8295 (an older out of print pattern), and V 8369 which is also out of print. I’m using Simplicity 2284 pattern.

The timeline below is tentative due to inclement weather, etc.

March 13, 2015: We can trouble shoot the Chanel Jacket to discuss issues anyone is having and a discussion on pockets and sleeve treatments.
April 10, 2015: We could talk about button holes and techniques and finishing jackets and trims Pants Program, Part 1. Talk about starting the pants project someone suggested.
May 8, 2015: pants, Part 2. Tissue fit the pattern and pattern layout issues. Is the fact that a lot of fabric is not 44/45 inches wide annoying anyone else but me????
June 12, 2015: Chanel Jacket; finish up and discuss any remaining issues
July 10, 2015: Left open in case any meetings were cancelled due to weather, or if more time is needed for the Chanel Jacket or pants project. We can also do the one remaining Superior threads project course 213.
August 14, 2015: Field trip or Left open in case more time is needed for the Chanel Jacket or pants project.
September 11, 2015: Anniversary of the Wearable Art Group and program planning for 2015-2016

Please let me know if you have any questions or concerns.

Woodbridge Loose Threads
By Sherry Roe
The Woodbridge Loose Threads did not meet in January due to the weather and school closings.
However, In February, Julie Witham led the program and gave us a very informative history on Kumihima before teaching us how to make a necklace with the rattail cord. She had lots of samples of things she had made and explained the differences as well as the numbers of cords that are used for the various styles. She ordered the kits, cut the rattail, and had the bobbins all set up for us so we could be productive! What a great prograand many, many thanks to Julie for the time and effort she put in preparing for the program. It was well received by all.


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