Story Behind Stories in Notions, Fall 2012 Issue

by Ramona on December 11, 2012

Anne Marie Soto, editor of the ASG publication Notions, has graciously written today’s guest post again. Its about the thoughts and ideas behind the stories our members have read in the Fall 2012 issue. Enjoy, and please put forward your ideas in the comments section below. If you want to access all the information mentioned by Anne Marie, you’ll have to join ASG!  Might as well do it this Holiday Season.  Samina


If you haven’t started to sew something glittery for this holiday season, it’s not too late! Our cover story, “All That Glitters,” includes tips on how to handle sparkly fabrics and metallic threads from more than a dozen sewing experts. And although we’ve concentrated on holiday wear, all those tips are equally useful for sewing festive tree skirts, stockings, placemats, and more. But speaking of holiday wear, the lavishly embroidered jacket on the cover was inspired by a design from Ralph Lauren. His version, called the Blake Jacket, retails for a mere $6,500. Aren’t you glad you sew????

Although I live in Northern New Jersey, I make several trips a year to Washington, D.C. to hang out with a sewing buddy. One of our favorite haunts is The Textile Museum, located in Washington’s historic Kalorama neighborhood, just off Embassy Row. Every time I go, I think what a wonderful article it would make for NOTIONS. Fortunately, Gary Sharpe, husband of ASG member Donna Dye, thought so, too, and generously shares his impressions with NOTIONS’ readers. The Textile Museum is currently housed in two historic buildings, one of which is the former home of the Museum’s founding family. The facilities are charming, with a grand foyer and beautifully landscaped gardens. Plans are underway for a new home for the museum, scheduled to open in mid-2014 on The George Washington University’s campus in Foggy Bottom. I’m sure it will be beautiful, but if you have a chance to visit the current quarters, you won’t regret it. And for anyone who can’t travel to D.C., The Textile Museum has wonderful online information. Visit

On page 18 of the Fall issue, we salute the winners of our Anyone Can Win contest. It’s no accident that the two adult winners are both from the Wichita, Kan. Chapter. To make entering easy, the chapter organized one of their meetings around taking digital photos and uploading members’ entries on the spot. Look to the Winter ’13 issue of NOTIONS to learn more about how they did it. That issue will also include information on the 2013 Anyone Can Win contest. In the meantime, visit the ASG website to see more of the 2012 entries. It’s exciting to see so many young faces in the photo gallery!

 And speaking of photo galleries, take a few minutes to peruse the photos on pages 32 and 33 of the Fall issue, from ASG Conference 2012 in Houston. If you’ve never been to conference, this will give you a visual overview of what you’ve been missing. ASG Conference 2013 is scheduled for August 1-5 in the Washington, D.C. area. Whether you come alone (you won’t be alone for long – there’s a conference-full of sewing friends waiting for you) or make it part of a family vacation, you’ll have a fabulous time. 

If you have comments about what appears in NOTIONS, topics you would like to see covered, or even an article you might like to write, I’d love to hear from you. You can either leave a comment on this blog or e-mail me at

Anne Marie Soto, Editor, Notions.


Samina December 12, 2012 at 10:01 pm

Thanks for the write-up Anne Marie! Since the glitzy, baroque look is on-trend this season, your cover story was really fun to read. I have my (shiny) thinking cap on to see how to include some glitter and shine in my sewing.

Michele Brakewood December 12, 2012 at 10:34 pm

The jacket on the cover of the Notions magazine looks very Bobbi Bullard to me.

Anne Marie Soto December 13, 2012 at 6:24 am

There’s a short review of Bobbi’s new book, “Artful Machine Embroidery,” in the spring issue of NOTIONS. Her book is wonderful!

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