The Story Behind the Notions Story-Winter 2017

by Ramona on February 10, 2017

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

ASG Conference is always full of inspiration! Last summer I had the opportunity to take a Sustainable Sewing class with Mary Ray. Her inspiring collection of ideas included the rust dyeing technique. This intriguing concept was the impetus for this issue’s “Fabric to Dye For” cover story. Thanks goes to Mary Ray, Dianne Giancola, Director of Education for The Rit Studio, and Lorel Maple and her fellow Madison, Wisc. Chapter members for sharing a dye-pot full of interesting techniques.

Notions strives to provide sewing inspiration to ASG members . . . so it is particularly gratifying to receive contributions like Inspired by Notions: Is It a Seam, a Trim, or a Binding by Joi Bostic who is an Atlanta, Ga. Chapter member and serves on the ASG National Board of Directors. Joi’s journey to create a reversible coat is a wonderful follow-up to the Spring 2016 cover story, Sew . . . You’re Traveling, which included information on creating reversible garments.

If your collection of sewing “stuff” is taking over your space, leaving little room for acquiring new treasures, check out Selling on eBay by North Jersey Chapter member Virginia Wentworth. Her article is full of excellent advice, covering everything from choosing and describing the items to pricing, shipping, and communicating with buyers.

Our Chapter News sections is full of activities from chapters all around the country. A special shout-out goes to the Corpus Christi, Texas Chapter. This is the third year they have partnered with the local Ronald McDonald House to create a special quilt that is auctioned off to raise money to assist the families of sick children. This year’s quilt, which was autographed by Tony Parker (#9 of the San Antonio Spurs), was sold for a record-breaking $25,000!!!

And we used this issue as an opportunity to wish our sewing sisters from Down Under a happy 20th anniversary. The Australian Sewing Guild, which was inspired by our own American Sewing Guild, has thrived and grown over the past 20 years. We are happy to share their history and join in the congratulations. When it comes to a love of sewing, we are truly one world! 

If you have comments about what appears in Notions, topics you would like to see covered, were inspired on your sewing journey by something you read in our magazine, or have an idea for an article you might like to write, I’d love to hear from you. E-mail me at

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