Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Sew Expo is Coming to Fredericksburg

By Kathleen Saladino
Sew Expo is Coming to Fredericksburg on October 1, 2, and 3rd. The Chapter needs volunteers. Kathleen Saladino is again coordinating our volunteer efforts, so please consider helping out with one of the following.

1. Sign up at Sew Expo website to be an Ambassador You can hear a class while you are an assistant in a classroom, admit people into the Expo, be a greeter, help at the information desk, or be a white glove sitter for the exhibit, any number of ways. For each half day of service you give (we need 24 half days), we get our ASG booth for free (a $1200 value!).
On the website for Sew Expo “Fredericksburg” you will see Ambassador in the purple column. Click it and fill out the form. Someone will call you and together you will decide what task you will perform. After that, please e-mail me at Kathleenand let me know what you are doing!! It’s the only way I have of tallying how many hours we have signed up for! (Last year I thought we only had 18 when in fact we had 28, so please let me know so I don’t get any more gray hairs with worry.) Your ambassador badge will get you in to the Expo if you do not register for classes on the day you serve.

2. Spend one or more hours in the ASG booth in the exhibit area to sing the praises of why you love ASG! In the booth we will have a display of the “made with Muslin” Challenge projects from NOVA, a map of where the neighborhood groups meet, and MD will have a video presentation. All this to interest new members to come to our neighborhood groups. Sylvia Gould has created the signup sheet; when you know when you are going to have some free time, please select a time slot or two to sit in this booth and visit with perspective members. See: You do not get free admission to Sew Expo with this job. 

Sew Expo Offers Even More This Year 

Did you see that Fredericksburg Sew Expo has a three day retreat before the official expo begins? Six classes over are on tap to kick off the event this year, with topics that include embroidery, tailoring, sewing-on- knits, serger school, and heirloom sewing. Then plan to attend Sew Expo Oct 1, 2 and 3rd ! Martha Pullen herself will make some guest appearances! Registration has been open for a while so if interested, act immediately to secure your spot.
During the Expo, classes this year are offered on dress forms, embroidery software, long arm quilting, and many others that are new. Previous instructors are back along with many new ones. With Maryland not having an Expo this year, it appears to me that Expo has even more classes than other years. So explore the class offerings and find some that interest you, and register.
Remember, it’s a reverse commute for those of you from Northern VA, so traffic shouldn’t be too bad. The convention center is immediately off I-95 with many restaurants and lodging facilities close by. So treat yourself to a special mini-vacation. And don’t forget to volunteer. See you at the Expo. 

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