Sunday, March 4, 2018

Smocking Neighborhood Goup Meeting March 7, 2018

This group is for anyone who enjoys smocking, or any type of handwork, or who is interested in learning. Or wants to help with making the angel gowns for our area hospitals.

Date: Our next meeting will be this coming Wednesday,  March 7, 2018
Time:  1 - 3 pm.

Place:  Sally Rodgers’ home
            6454 Corntassel Lane
            Roanoke VA 24018

If you would like to join some in the group for lunch,  come any time after 11:30 am .  Just bring your lunch or a snack and we will provide drinks.

Welcome new members:
We hope to welcome some or all of our new guild members to this meeting.  Please come even if you are just interested in seeing what we do at this neighborhood group.

We will continue to work on the Italian smocked pillow project, Object d’ Art, at this  meeting.  Sally will review centering your designs and Marcia will be on hand to answer questions and help with stitching.  You will need to bring the following items
  • Silk straight pins
  • Your instruction hand outs
  • Pillow panel one, pleated
  • OR bring a practice piece
Handouts will be provided to anyone who has not already received them

Show and Tell:
We all love to see what you are working on or the things you have already finished.   Bring any type of projects not just smocking projects.  This is often a very informative and fun time, leading to lively discussions of what works well  and what sometimes does not work so well!

Thursday, January 11, 2018

Mad Hatters Group Meeting Jan 17, 2918 Program Details

January 17, 2018
1:00 PM
Cave Spring United Methodist Church

Ann Sylvest & Marcia Albert are so excited about leading the Mad Hatters group for 2018!  We’ve got a fun lineup of programs for you to enjoy!  We have a couple of months that aren’t filled, however, so if you have an idea or want to give a program please talk to one of us.  We all have specific talents and we’d love for you to share yours with us!

Starting off the new year one of our members will be leading us in dyeing a piece of fabric using shaving cream!  If you’ve seen the pillow that she made you’ll not want to miss this demo!  Even if you haven’t this is going to be a fun creative meeting!

The Red Cross is using the room at the church that we ordinarily use so we’ll be in the Fellowship Hall upstairs.  Go to the side handicapped entrance and someone will be there to instruct you as to where to go.  This probably works better for us since we’ll have access to the kitchen. 

A pre-class prep and supply list is shown below.  If you have questions please contact
We’ll be gathering for lunch at the Brambleton Deli at 11:30 AM.  Please RSVP to if you plan to attend so that the restaurant can prepare for us.

Looking forward to seeing you!

Mad Hatters Group Meeting Jan 17, 2018 Supply List

January 17, 2017
Supply List:
The following items will be provided:
a.       Freezer paper – available from Claire Hightower at the general meeting on Jan. 11th if you need it.  
b.      Unscented Barbasol shaving cream (not gel!)
c.       Acrylic ink (Tsukineko & FM brands)
d.      Brushes & sponge paint daubers (you may bring your own if you have them)
e.       Iron & ironing board

Supplies that you need to bring:
a.       Pencil or pen & paper scissors to cut out your stencil
b.      Stapler to hold folded paper in place for cutting if you are using a Hawaiian design
c.       Light colored printed cotton (batik or cotton) prepared for dye by pre-washing & pressing – choose your fabric size according to the design that you have chosen
d.      Small mixing containers & plastic stirrers to mix ink into shaving cream
e.       Apron, smock, or other garment to protect your clothing

Pre-Class Prep:
a.       Freezer paper has a shiny wax coated side & a plain paper side.  Choose a design, trace or draw it onto the plain side of the freezer paper & cut it out.  The “background” of the design is the freezer paper stencil you will iron, shiny side down, onto the right side of your fabric.  You will paint the area not covered by the freezer paper. 
b.      Hawaiian appliqué designs are particularly suited to this technique because they are somewhat complex designs, but the design is a single piece & its symmetry makes it easy to draw & cut out:  The paper is folded into eighths, one-eight of the design is drawn onto the folded paper & the complete design is cut from the folded paper.  There are books of Hawaiian quilt patterns & you can find some free online or you can create your own.
c.       Your design does not need to be Hawaiian or symmetrical.  For example, since Valentine’s Day and St. Patrick’s Day are coming up soon, you might want to draw & cut out hearts or shamrocks from your freezer paper. 
d.      When creating your design consider that freezer paper is 18” wide & you will need an inch or more on all sides of the design to manipulate the stencil.  Your fabric should be at least as large as your design plus one inch on all sides.  A fat quarter of fabric will be enough for a reasonable size pillow top.
*  To create the “paint” we will start with old-fashioned white, unscented shaving cream (Barbasol, not gel) & add acrylic ink to get the color we want.  We will use sponge daubers or brushes to apply the paint, let it dry (takes only a few minutes), then set the design by pressing it.     

Friday, January 5, 2018

The latest newsletter is hot off the press - members, check your email

Members, the first newsletter of 2018 was issued today, direct to your inbox. After you've finished reading it, please take a moment to leave feedback below as a comment or email the newsletter editor direct.   This issue contains all the 'required' sections, some articles by the current president and newsletter editor, and memorials for Vivian Harper-Jones and Tam McBride.

Thursday, January 4, 2018

Remembering Vivian Harper-Jones (2016)

Submitted by Lois M. Atkins

Remembering Vivian Harper-Jones (2016)

Vivian was a long time active and supportive member of the Roanoke Virginia Chapter of the American Sewing Guild.  Her participation included the Mad Haters, the Fashion Designer, and the Smocking Neighborhood Groups.  She served on the Chapter Advisory Board as chairperson of the community service activities under the leadership of Marquita Brown, past president.  She dressed more dolls for the Salvation Army in a variety of outfits than anyone I knew.  Plus, she always added her creative touches to garments that she made for herself and her grandchildren and was good at making pattern instructions fit her understanding of sewing. Family, sewing, and grandchildren were her passions.  Vivian has been missed by the Sewing Guild.  We share these words of comfort.

"Eternal Light"
Author unkown

Those We Love Must Someday Pass
beyond our present sight...
Must leave us and the world
we know without their radiant light.
But we know that like a candle
their lovely light will surely shine
to brighten up another place
more perfect... more divine.
And in the realm of Heaven where
they shine so warm and bright.
Our loved ones live forevermore
in God’s eternal light.