The Story Behind the Notions Story-Winter 2014

by Ramona on February 7, 2014

Layout 1The Story Behind the Notions Story-Winter 2014

Guest post by Anne Marie Soto, editor of Notions, the ASG publication available with membership in the American Sewing Guild:

When I’m lucky, a cover story just drops into my lap! At ASG Conference 2012 in Houston (yes, almost two years ago—that’s how far ahead I sometimes have to be thinking), I was sitting at breakfast with Penny Muncaster-Jewell, a cheerleader for creative sewing if I ever met one. Peggy started to tell me about a project her Houston Chapter’s Neighborhood Group was just beginning. The Adventures in Wearables NG set a goal to create a collaborative wearable art ensemble. And they hoped to give it some runway exposure in a wearable art competition. Since Penny’s enthusiasm is irresistible, I asked her to keep me up to date on their progress. Over the next 12 months, I’d get occasional and very excited emails from Penny. We talked about how she could document their progress for Notions . . . and I couldn’t wait to see the results. If you attended ASG Conference 2013 in the Washington, D.C. area, you saw their multi-part ensemble live and in-person as part of our member/instructor/exhibitor fashion show. It was a big hit! To see it on the runway at ASG Conference 2013, go and click on Videos. Look for the one with the runway in the picture that is 10:26 minutes long. Their segment begins at the 3:02 mark.

But the layered art pieces were only the first part of this group’s sewing journey. After conference, the six participants went home and created “real world” garments that were inspired by their individual contributions to the art ensemble. In late September, Houston ASG chapter members got to see the results at the chapter’s annual fashion show. In October, attendees at the Stitch in Time Brunch and Fashion Show at the 2013 International Quilt Festival in Houston saw it, too. And now, in the Winter 2014 issue of Notions, ASG members across the country can follow the journey, too.

Our 2014 edition of the Anyone Can Win contest, built around the ASG Simplicity Pattern collection, is off and running. Details can be found on page 33 of this issue and by going into the Members Only section of and clicking on the Anyone Can Win box at the bottom of the right column. Enter as many ASG Simplicity Pattern garments as you want (one garment/one photo per entry). Since winners are selected electronically at random, any ASG member who enters, regardless of sewing expertise or experience, has an equal chance to win. The deadline to upload your entry is midnight, EDT, July 1, 2014.

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


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