November and Finishing Ornaments

The Dogwood chapter met last Thursday, Nov. 5th and had 2 great demonstrations on different ways to finish the smocked ornaments that were started at the October meeting.  A lot of members were in attendance and enjoyed both demonstration!

Beth showed the group how to finish the ornaments with ribbon treatment at the top and bottom of the ornament.  This was the quicker way to finish them and didn't require any embroidery skills.

As you can see - nobody wanted to miss the demo!!!

After Beth finished her demonstration, Virginia showed how to do a spider web embroidered finish to the top and bottom of the ornaments.  Again, their was a captive audience.  

How fortunate to have such talented ladies that are willing to share their skills with the group!  I'm sure that there will be some pretty ornaments decking the trees this year with the newly acquired skills.

While the demonstrations were going on at the front of the classroom, 2 of the newer members of the guild were getting some sewing/construction help at the back of the classroom.  Rebekah and Kathy were helping with some of the instructions that seemed confusing to the ladies and demonstrated an easy way to finish a placket.  With the extra help, both of these members should be able to finish up their projects!

Several members of the group brought along some beautiful things to show/share as well. Rebekah brought some bigger girl Christmas dresses that she'd made for her girls several years ago.  One was machine embroidered and the other was smocked and twinkled with beads in the smockin - unfortunately, the sparkle in the beads doesn't show up in the picture..  Both were quite stunning!

Rebekah also brought in a bigger girl smocked top.  This had to have been a favorite!  It also included beads in the smocking.

Janice brought some beautiful ornaments that she had made.  The technique is called Temari and is a Japanese art of thread wrapping to create beautiful designs.  Janice is a lady of many talents!

Janice also brought in the most delightful baby dress.  The picture just does't do it justice. The embroidery on the dress was beautiful.

The guild is looking forward to our last meeting of the year in December and will enjoy dining together at the Red Rocks Restaurant on Thursday, Dec. 3rd.  If you didn't have the chance to sign up at the meeting, be sure and contact Sharon to let her know that you plan to attend.

This has been an exciting year for the guild.  We've gone from 10 members to 30 members, have enjoyed some great programs, had lots of fun workshops, enjoyed a 3-day workshop weekend with Gail Doane, donated many gowns to the Camp LeJeune as well as to Be Not Afraid, and we're looking forward to another great year next year!  

If you are in the area and would like to visit and/or join our guild, we'd love to see you!

October Meeting and Upcoming Workshop

The October meeting of the Dogwood group was held on 10/1.  Chris and Renee lead the program on smocking ornaments.  It was an industrious group all working on their ornaments!   The November meeting we will learn how to finish off the ends of the ornaments so that they are ready for the tree!

Virginia worked with our left handed visitor at the meeting - we're so thankful to have her expertise and willingness to help out whenever we have a leftie needing help!

Wee Care News and Workshop

We've had a lot of participation with our Wee Care gowns this year and were able to donate 6 gowns recently to Be Not Afraid as well as 15 gowns to Camp LeJeune  Naval Hospital.  Both organizations are so thankful for our donations.

A Wee Care workshop is going to be held on Saturday, 10/24 from 9am - 12pm at the Keller Williams teaching classroom.  We have many members that are in the process of working on a gown and are "stuck", so this workshop will be a general workshop that will offer hands on help for everyone needing help in different areas.

New members that haven't yet worked on a gown are encouraged to attend the workshop.  For those that don't have a "kit", they will be available along with help to get started.  Members should bring all their usual sewing supplies (scissors, pins, blue wash out markers, etc.) along with their sewing machine, 60 wt. sewing thread, pleater, dowel, pleating thread, etc.

If you have any questions regarding what to bring, please contact kathy:

Because members have had difficulty locating and identifying the 60 wt. thread, pictures will follow.  The Mettler/metrosene thread is the one with the green writing on it (the black writing is 40 wt.).  It is available at Creative Sewing and Vacuum Shop at Stonecrest  Shopping Center and probably other machine dealers as well.

The other 60 wt. thread is the Dual Duty fine thread.  It has the purple plastic and is with the specialty threads at some of the chain shops.  If it doesn't look like the picture, then it isn't the fine thread needed.

Members should also go to the SAGA website and download and print the Wee Care pattern and instructions and bring them to the meeting as well.

We will be working on the Wee Care gown #1, as shown with the pink gown on the website.

Hope to see lots of members at the workshop.  It's always a fun time of sewing and fellowship!

Wonderful Workshop with Gail Doane

This post is rather overdue since the workshop with Gail was a couple weeks ago.  The 3 day workshop was wonderful.  Participants came from as far away as Texas to New Jersey!  We also had the pleasure of having our past SAGA president, Tawn Hunka in attendance.  She brought along some out of print books from the organization that were won in a drawing by member, Janice Stokes.

All different ages and levels of seamstresses participated in this workshop, and Gail was able to keep things running smoothly.  She clearly demonstrated techniques, including her hand stitching on the jacket as well as pleating of the bishop dress.

Participants stayed on task, working on their projects.

While nobody went home with a finished project (does anyone ever finish projects at workshops?), I think it's safe to say that everyone enjoyed the workshop.

A big thank you to Gail for a wonderful workshop and also to MaryJo's for allowing us to use their wonderful classroom for our workshop!!!

Hopefully there will be pictures of some finished bishop dresses and matching jackets in future posts!

Our Generous and Giving Members...

While it is common knowledge that women who sew are usually friendly and giving women, the Charlotte Dogwood chapter has been blessed by some of the most giving women.  The Wee Care gowns have been embraced by our newer members and we continue to get so many of the gowns turned in.  There is such talent in the group and we are seeing it displayed on the little gowns.

Kathy keeps a Pinterest page updated with the new gowns that are turned in and there's lots of inspiration and ideas for gowns on that page.  However, with so many new gowns being turned in, it seemed appropriate to showcase not only the gowns, but some of the clever ideas as well.

Janice has been busy and turned in this sweet mint green gown, smocked with pearl beads.  The beads add so much.

Janice also turned in this long sleeved version, with pretty Swiss lace insertion at the hem.

This was another gown that Janice completed.  So many pretty details on this gown - featherstitching on the bias, great use of tiny buttons in the smocking and the lace oval that was done at a recent workshop.  Beautiful!

Janice has raised the bar on this sweet gown - look at the pretty bullion flowers covering the few stitches on the back where the snaps are sewn!  So sweet!

Beth turned in a beautiful gown with beautiful details as well.  The perfectly spaced tucks have been embellished with a running stitch in the blue to compliment the smocking.

Beth always has her signature sleeve treatment (shown on a previously submitted gown), which is so pretty!

This is another pretty gown by Beth that includes a pretty hand stitched cross at the hem.

Kathy turned in 2 gowns that have the magic madeira hem treatment that Barbara O'Brien taught at the latest Saturday workshop.  The pin-stitching detail on the blue hem is so pretty!

Rebecca turned in a pretty gown that features beautiful featherstitching around the hem!

Kathy turned in 2 more gowns as well.

Kathy used the sleeve treatment shared by Sandra - bullion rose embroidered over tucked sleeve - for this gown.

We even had a guest at our meeting that had joined us several months ago for a workshop and she had 2 gowns to turn in - that's so special!  Thank you Diane!

I do hope that I haven't missed any of our recently turned in gowns.  There have been so many of them, which is wonderful!  We plan to get a number of them sent off to one of our military hospitals soon.   Hopefully this has inspired readers to try some new techniques and different ideas for their Wee Care gowns.  This is such a wonderful service project to participate in and we've had outstanding participation from our members!  

Thank you to all of our members that continue to produce the prettiest gowns for these families and babies!