Friday, September 16, 2011

Notes for Sewing Enthusiasts from The Sewing Tree






Associate Curator, Tara Vose with Sarah Kioski, The Sewing Tree

Lily Belle Folsom Ayres "Going Away Dress" with detachable train
Astrida Schaeffer, SchaefferArts
Sketch by Sarah Kioski for "Thread" 

Dear sewing enthusiasts,

Astrida's class last week was marvelous.   Oh sew much to learn. http://www.thesewingtree.com/classesHistoricalSewingSeries.php  Her next series will be on Saturday afternoons, Oct 29th and November 5th.   Sew many wonderful techniques to express our individuality and bump our garment sewing up a notch.  I was enjoying my coffee reviewing 'sewing news' and came upon the following wonderful seamstress and her  garment. There are some amazing things happening in the sewing world, http://www.mlive.com/business/jackson-lansing/index.ssf/2011/08/dressmaker_ellyn_painter_striv.html  Ellen remarked during our recent class that she would like to meet the people who do the sewing in the haute couture houses.  This woman has clearly mastered some great techniques.

Many of us were inspired by the garments we saw during a recent, private showing of the Strawbery Banke collection. Don't forget that this year's big event at Strawbery Banke is Civil War Era Event.  There is a lot going on this fall so check out the schedule at: http://www.strawberybanke.org/home.html  Do visithttp://silkbrocadepassionforfashion.blogspot.com/ for some wonderful and inspirational blogging.  

A few months ago The Sewing Tree started a Jacket Junkies group.  This group was formed because Annette 'dragged' me to the Western Avenue Studios in Lowell, http://www.westernavenuestudios.com/  We saw some jackets that we knew we could make, but the embellishment was incredible and thus started our desire to sew for ourselves.  To date Faith has accomplished the most taking what she learned from Kenneth King's class on Moulage (where I met a new NHASG member), using fabric she had purchased at a yard sale and creating a one of a kind Chanel style jacket complete with fabulous welt pockets--she informs us it was her first attempt (and they are perfect).

This message is to let you know that sewing is alive and we are having lots of fun.   


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