March 11, 2017

March, 2017

Our monthly meeting will be Tuesday, March 14 at 7:00 pm. All are welcome! Please join us! Bring a friend! We will meet at Holiday Ham for dinner at 5:30.

VaP (Vivian and Phyllis) Vibes

March already?  This year is flying by!  Although it seems as though quite a lot has happened – all of the grandchildren and great-grandchildren we were expecting have all been born.  Congratulations to all! I know everyone is working on projects to dress our little ones.  Easter is just around the corner. 
Thanks to Virginia for all her hard work on the tea last month- the food was beautiful and tasty! … and the cake...BEAUTIFUL!  Thanks to everyone for their support and to those who brought food- great new recipes! We should have something like that more often. 
Spring is just around the corner.  I love Daylight Savings time coming this weekend- maybe I can get more accomplished with the extra hours of daylight. Not that I am working outside, but at least I may not want to go directly to bed when I get home.  Vivian and I are challenging each other to get more sewing accomplished. 
If anyone has Easter outfits they have made – bring them Tuesday so we can get some ideas!
See you Tuesday!
Phyllis Knose

Wee Care Gowns Workday– 4th Tuesday of Each Month from  January – October
Mark your calendar! Our next Wee Care Workday (9:30 – 2:00) will be March 28, 2017 at Lord of Life Lutheran Church (Poplar Pike). Please make plans to come for all or part of the day -  it would be a great help. We need folks to bring sewing machines to sew the outfits that have been pinned. Many kudos to those working at our last workday –  Amy Johnson, Connie Scott, Regina Sanford, Jane Gross, Sara Schwab, Jane Soffos and Susan Batson.

A Wee Care delivery for The Medl!




Show and Share:
A Great Membership Tea planned by Virginia Goodwyn-Gray! Thank you for everyone’s effort!










Mark you calendar – Saturday, May 20th
5th Annual How-To Festival
Germantown Community Library

Planning has begun for the 2017 How-To Festival. As an alumni presenter, we have been extended a special early invitation for the 2017 event. Just like last year, we’ll be helping people to learn new skills in a friendly, free, hands-on environment.

The community will be invited to the library to rotate between tables and decide what they would like to learn. To enhance the learner's experience, we are encouraged to make our presentation as hands-on as possible.

Last year's fun!




Birthdays
Phyllis - 2nd
Dianne Morris - 17th
Glynda - 24th
Vicky - 29th

Media Reminders:

Memphis Area Smocking Guild Group - Facebook.  Be sure to Join and follow the latest news from our members and other interested smockers and sewers!
Lace Cottage – Join and Share on Facebook! Classes are available at a variety of days/times!
(901) 308-1964

Sew Classic For Children – Facebook - Sew Classic for Children is a group for all levels of sewing children's clothing. We love classic, tailored and heirloom designs. Share your Children's Corner Pattern creations along with your comments. In addition we are delighted to answer questions.

Classic Sewing Magazine Group - Facebook…..Classic Sewing has 132 pages of glorious sewing ideas, patterns, tips, techniques and will include at least two full size patterns in each quarterly issue. The magazine will feature heirloom and everyday sewing projects to delight the most discriminating sewist. Patterns will come in a separate envelope along with the magazine. No more tearing out pattern sections……all of the patterns will be easy to read and store! Unlike anything you have seen before, Classic Sewing will feature designs from top designers in the industry. There is something fabulous for everyone in the magazine.

Subscriptions now available.
See you Tuesday!
Susan



February 9, 2017

February, 2017

Our monthly meeting will be Tuesday, February 14th at 7:00 pm. All are welcome! Please join us! Bring a friend! We will meet at Holiday Ham for dinner at 5:30. Our program will be getting ready for our Smocking Tea on February 18th – a fun night is planned!

VaP (Vivian and Phyllis) Vibes

February is National Smocking Month!  If you haven’t checked out the National SAGA Facebook page – you should!  There is a wonderful picture and story of a piece of history. 

February will be busy with our members’ grandchildren and great nieces and nephews arriving throughout the month.  Vivian, Kittie and I all have little ones arriving shortly. 

Our Tea is set for February 18th from 3:30 - 5:30 pm at Lace Cottage. I hope you all saw the invitation online – thank you to Virginia for the beautiful invitation!  (I want to just hang around her for a whole day – I would learn so much!)   We will demonstrate smocking items, have smocked articles displayed, and have refreshments.  I hope everyone has it on their calendar! 

I don’t know how many of you were ‘filled in’ about our January meeting but there were some great ideas for this year- one being to work on our Wee Care Gowns at our meeting.  Regina is working on this for us. 

In the meantime, I am working on several items for my new grandson coming February 17th!

See you Tuesday!
Phyllis Knose

Program: Preparing kits for the Smocking Tea on February 18th (3:30 - 5:30 pm)

Wee Care Gowns Workday– 4th Tuesday of Each Month from  January – October
Mark your calendar! Our next Wee Care Workday (9:30 – 2:00) will be February 28th at Lord of Life Lutheran Church (Poplar Pike). Please make plans to come for all or part of the day -  it would be a great help. We need folks to bring sewing machines to sew the outfits that have been pinned. Many kudos to those working at our last workday –  Connie Scott, Regina Sanford, Glynda Whitlow, Jane Gross, Jane Soffos and Susan Batson.

Our Librarian, Glynda

Germantown UMC has requested that our library cabinet be removed from the kitchen to the alcove in the meeting room for safety issues. Sara Schwab and I will unload it. We need Guild members on Tuesday night, Feb 14 to help decide what should be kept and what should be discarded. This can be worked on along with putting together the kits for the tea. Thank you for your help.

Show and Share:

Virginia:
  Invitation lovingly designed for our February 18th tea!





Kit:
Here is my newest granddaughters (due Feb. 20) coming home dress! White dotted Swiss, pink slip. Jeannie Baumeister smocked daygown pattern.



Media Reminders:

Memphis Area Smocking Guild Group - Facebook.  Be sure to Join and follow the latest news from our members and other interested smockers and sewers!

Lace Cottage – Join and Share on Facebook! Classes are available at a variety of days/times!
(901) 308-1964

Sew Classic For Children – Facebook - Sew Classic for Children is a group for all levels of sewing children's clothing. We love classic, tailored and heirloom designs. Share your Children's Corner Pattern creations along with your comments. In addition we are delighted to answer questions.

Classic Sewing Magazine Group - Facebook…..Classic Sewing has 132 pages of glorious sewing ideas, patterns, tips, techniques and will include at least two full size patterns in each quarterly issue. The magazine will feature heirloom and everyday sewing projects to delight the most discriminating sewist. Patterns will come in a separate envelope along with the magazine. No more tearing out pattern sections……all of the patterns will be easy to read and store! Unlike anything you have seen before, Classic Sewing will feature designs from top designers in the industry. There is something fabulous for everyone in the magazine.
Subscriptions now available.

See you Tuesday!
Susan


January 5, 2017

January, 2017

Our monthly meeting will be Tuesday, January 10th at 7:00 pm. All are welcome! Please join us! Bring a friend! We will meet at Panera’s for dinner at 5:30.

VaP (Vivian and Phyllis) Vibes

Happy New Year!  I hope everyone had a wonderful holiday.  Thanks to Sara for opening up her beautiful home to us for our Christmas dinner.  We had a great time!

I am ready for the New Year to begin!  I have cleaned up after the holidays and am now ready to get started on some new sewing projects.  I have a new grandson coming in February and need to get working on some clothes and blankets for him.  Kittie has a granddaughter coming in February as well.  Any ideas on what to make would be welcome!
 
Everyone should bring their calendars for signing up for one of our meetings!  I can’t wait to see what is in store for us this year! 

See you Tuesday!
Phyllis Knose

Check out this great New Year’s resolution – SAGA and MASG membership!

Have you renewed your national SAGA membership?

  Online (www.smocking.org)
     or
 By mail

If you don't want to join online, you can download the form from the SAGA website. Complete and mail it with your payment to SAGA at:
Smocking Arts Guild of America , P.O. Box 150917, Nashville, TN 37215-9998     Volunteer for SAGA!
Have you renewed your MASG membership? 

Please send your $15 check for local dues to Susan Batson or bring your cash/check to our next meeting.


Program

General sharing and sign up for monthly programs

Wee Care Gowns Workday– 4th Tuesday of Each Month from  January – October
Mark your calendar! Our next Wee Care Workday (9:30 – 2:00) will be January 24, 2017 at Lord of Life Lutheran Church (Poplar Pike). Please make plans to come for all or part of the day -  it would be a great help. We need folks to bring sewing machines to sew the outfits that have been pinned.

Show and Share

From Amy:
I made this for someone at our church. Janis Mynatt  (the lady from my church who smocks for us did the Smocking). It is for a special situation. It is times like this that make me realize how important Wee Care is. Everyone that helps needs a big Thank You.




The blue top is Sissy Katina - Children's Corner, pink top is Lee - Children's Corner, and ants are Parker - Children's Corner. Just made a few adjustments.




From Susan: 

Book idea - Have you read The Dressmaker’s War by Mary Chamberlain? A historical fiction set in WWII with a dressmaker who is a prisoner in Germany and her struggles to stay alive.

http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-dressmakers-war-mary-chamberlain/1121726800

Birthdays
Jan 23 – Vivian

Media Reminders:
Memphis Area Smocking Guild Group - Facebook.  Be sure to Join and follow the latest news from our members and other interested smockers and sewers!
Lace Cottage – Join and Share on Facebook! Classes are available at a variety of days/times!

(901) 308-1964

Sew Classic For Children – Facebook - Sew Classic for Children is a group for all levels of sewing children's clothing. We love classic, tailored and heirloom designs. Share your Children's Corner Pattern creations along with your comments. In addition we are delighted to answer questions.
Classic Sewing Magazine Group - Facebook…..Classic Sewing has 132 pages of glorious sewing ideas, patterns, tips, techniques and will include at least two full size patterns in each quarterly issue. The magazine will feature heirloom and everyday sewing projects to delight the most discriminating sewing person. Patterns will come in a separate envelope along with the magazine. No more tearing out pattern sections……all of the patterns will be easy to read and store! Unlike anything you have seen before, Classic Sewing will feature designs from top designers in the industry. There is something fabulous for everyone in the magazine.

Subscriptions now available.

See you Tuesday!

Susan

December 10, 2016

December, 2016


Our monthly meeting will be Tuesday, December 13th at 6:00 pm. (Please note time change for our Christmas Party.)  All are welcome! Please join us! We will meet at Sarah Schwab’s home (2670 Brook Bridge Cove, Gtn, 38138)
for a fun evening! Please check the food list below.

VaP (Vivian and Phyllis) Vibes

As I decorate my home for Christmas, I pull out all of the ‘old’ decorations and always add some ‘new’ things I have found.  I love looking at the ornaments I made as a child, the ones my children made and now the ones my grandson has made – and YES – they are on the main tree.  I love looking at the memories and reflect on the time and love that went into making them.  When people ask me if I have a ‘theme’ tree I say “Yes – the theme is…old”.   

It is this time of year that I think, as hand-crafters, we reflect on what we can give, make, or do for someone else.  It is not always about the buying – but the giving. The Christmas dresses, boy outfits, towels, even decorations that I have seen from all of the ladies in the guild gives me such joy to know that each of you is very talented and appreciates the time and love that goes into your work.  My children are older now and have their own homes to decorate.  I just love it when they ask where they can ‘buy’ something I made!  I like it even better when they ask me to make them one!
 
I hope this holiday season brings each of you joy and peace!
See you Tuesday!
Phyllis 

Program:

Christmas dinner party fun with sharing gifts
Food List

DiAnne- ham and appetizer
Teresa- side
Laurabeth- appetizer
Regina-
Kristen- dessert
Sarah- drinks &  coffee
Kit- green side
Debbie- salad
Judy- dessert
Glynda- carrot soufflé
Cheryl- bread
Phyllis- vegetable

Wee Care Gowns Workday– 4th Tuesday of Each Month from  January – October
Mark your calendar! Our next Wee Care Workday (9:30 – 2:00) will be January 24, 2017 at Lord of Life Lutheran Church (Poplar Pike). Please make plans to come for all or part of the day -  it would be a great help. We need folks to bring sewing machines to sew the outfits that have been pinned.

Show and Share:

Susan:The Dressmaker of Khair Khana – a wonderful read! 
I found this at the Germantown Community Library and couldn’t put it down! Inspirational and true!
The life Kamila Sidiqi had known changed overnight when the Taliban seized control of the city of Kabul. After receiving a teaching degree during the civil war—a rare achievement for any Afghan woman—Kamila was subsequently banned from school and confined to her home. When her father and brother were forced to flee the city, Kamila became the sole breadwinner for her five siblings. Armed only with grit and determination, she picked up a needle and thread and created a thriving business of her own. 

The Dressmaker of Khair Khana tells the incredible true story of this unlikely entrepreneur who mobilized her community under the Taliban. Former ABC News reporter Gayle Tzemach Lemmon spent years on the ground reporting Kamila's story, and the result is an unusually intimate and unsanitized look at the daily lives of women in Afghanistan. These women are not victims; they are the glue that holds families together; they are the backbone and the heart of their nation. 
https://www.bookbrowse.com/bb_briefs/detail/index.cfm/ezine_preview_number/6055/the-dressmaker-of-khair-khana

Birthdays
None in December

Media Reminders:
Memphis Area Smocking Guild Group - Facebook.  Be sure to Join and follow the latest news from our members and other interested smockers and sewers!
Lace Cottage – Join and Share on Facebook! Classes are available at a variety of days/times!
(901) 308-1964

Sew Classic For Children – Facebook - Sew Classic for Children is a group for all levels of sewing children's clothing. We love classic, tailored and heirloom designs. Share your Children's Corner Pattern creations along with your comments. In addition we are delighted to answer questions.
Classic Sewing Magazine Group - Facebook…..Classic Sewing has 132 pages of glorious sewing ideas, patterns, tips, techniques and will include at least two full size patterns in each quarterly issue. The magazine will feature heirloom and everyday sewing projects to delight the most discriminating sewist. Patterns will come in a separate envelope along with the magazine. No more tearing out pattern sections……all of the patterns will be easy to read and store! Unlike anything you have seen before, Classic Sewing will feature designs from top designers in the industry. There is something fabulous for everyone in the magazine.
Subscriptions now available.
See you Tuesday!

Susan

November 4, 2016

November, 2016

November, 2016

Our monthly meeting will be Tuesday, November 8th at 7:00 pm. All are welcome! Please join us! Bring a friend! We will meet at Panera’s for dinner at 5:30. Our program will be given by Kristen Benjamin – a fun night is planned!

Calling all 2ET and 3ET Wee Care Gowns!

 If you are an Extra Extra Tiny or an Extra, Extra, Extra Tiny gown and have been patiently waiting for your smocker to finish you – take heart! There is motivation for her smocking in this urgent message. We have recently filled a hospital order and have sent almost all of our gowns to our littlest angels. So.o.o.o.o we need to quickly replenish our supply of our tiniest gowns. (Our larger gowns would love some company also!) Please let your smocker know that she can either leave you at Lace Cottage or bring you to our next MASG meeting. It will be such fun to join your other 2ET and 3ET gown “friends” again! Thank you so much!

VaP (Vivian and Phyllis) Vibes

Wow!  We just got home from our trip to Houston for the International Quilt Market last weekend.  What a fun and exhausting trip!  We found some new vendors for fabric and notions as well as new products we will be carrying in Lace Cottage. Just so you know- this handcrafted work is alive and well!  There were well over 500 vendors in the Exhibit Hall and we saw every one of them. 
As we enter November I reflect on what I am thankful for before I get too busy cooking and cleaning for Thanksgiving Day.  I am very thankful for getting to know each of you in the Smocking Guild, thankful for always learning new sewing/smocking tips and tricks, and thankful for your friendship.  I hope that each of you has a very happy and healthy Thanksgiving.  God bless. 
See you Tuesday!
Phyllis Knose
P. S. We need to nominate and elect officers for 2017 at our meeting since our December meeting will be our annual Christmas party. Come ready with suggestions for a great slate of 2017 officers!

Program: Kristen Benjamin  Huck towel Swedish needle weaving.

Scissors, 1 skein of DMC floss, tapestry needle. You could use the same color or several complementary colors to make your towel. 


Wee Care Gowns Workday– 4th Tuesday of Each Month (January – October)
Many kudos to those working at our last workday of this year –  Amy Johnson, Laurel Andersen, DiAnne Drennan, Jane Soffos, Regina Sanford, Jane Gross, Glynda Whitlow, Connie Scott and Susan Batson.
Remember to mark your calendar for our next workday – Tuesday, January 24th. It will be here before we know it!

Show and Share:

Regina shares this Dedication gown that she lovingly made for a special 9 week old premie!


Virginia shares Tips for Dolls

1. Repurpose those stray adult knee socks to make a pair of tights for your 18" doll!

2. Have a pair of doll shoes with a colored insole that stains your pretty white doll socks? Draw around the sole on card stock and insert into the shoe to check for fit. Cover front and back of the card stock with clear packaging tape and trim off the excess. Slip into the doll shoe and, VoilĂ , no more stained socks!

Birthdays
November 23 – Susan Batson
November 26 – Amy Johnson

Media Reminders:

Memphis Area Smocking Guild Group - Facebook.  Be sure to Join and follow the latest news from our members and other interested smockers and sewers!
Lace Cottage – Join and Share on Facebook! Classes are available at a variety of days/times!

(901) 308-1964

Sew Classic For Children – Facebook - Sew Classic for Children is a group for all levels of sewing children's clothing. We love classic, tailored and heirloom designs. Share your Children's Corner Pattern creations along with your comments. In addition we are delighted to answer questions.

Classic Sewing Magazine Group - Facebook…..Classic Sewing has 132 pages of glorious sewing ideas, patterns, tips, techniques and will include at least two full size patterns in each quarterly issue. The magazine will feature heirloom and everyday sewing projects to delight the most discriminating sewist. Patterns will come in a separate envelope along with the magazine. No more tearing out pattern sections……all of the patterns will be easy to read and store! Unlike anything you have seen before, Classic Sewing will feature designs from top designers in the industry. There is something fabulous for everyone in the magazine.
Subscriptions now available.
See you Tuesday!

Susan