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Monday, 28 March 2016

Vicky's first impressions of the Guild

Hi, my name is Vicki Burns and I am a new member of the Australian Sewing Guild Inc.

I was introduced to the organisation two weeks ago when I was looking for a sewing course to do in my local area, Hornsby, NSW.  I Googled sewing teachers and a few names popped up so I chose one and made a phone call to a lovely lady by the name of Wendy. She explained to me that she was not doing classes at the moment but would I like to come along and join in with some of the ladies from the Australian Sewing Guild, Cherrybrook group?  Well, I jumped at the chance and thought this would be a great way to meet people and talk about everything sewing.

I met the Cherrybrook ladies the very next day and they were delightful and welcomed me with open arms, there were all different age groups there but there was one thing we all had in common, sewing!!

Wendy told me all about the Aussew website and all the different activities the Guild holds, so after my morning with the ladies I went home and got online and had a look at the the website and I found it so easy to use and everything she said was there, dates, days and times of activities, projects, newsletters and much more.  It was then I decided to join the Australian Sewing Guild.  I feel the Guild is a great organisation.

I am looking forward to joining in and having fun with my new sewing family, the Australian Sewing Guild and have already volunteered to go on the morning tea roster and to help at the upcoming NSW Industry Day as a volunteer.

Thanks for sharing your experience, Vicky! 
If you're interested in finding a sewing group in your local area, visit the ASG website to search for groups  or get in touch with the State Liaison Officer nearest you!

Saturday, 12 March 2016

Tasmania sews for Goroka Hospital, PNG

During 2015, the Tasmanian Region undertook a charity project to assist the Neo Natal Nurses Inc in their quest to support Goroka Hospital and the Eastern Highlands Province in Papua New Guinea.

In the Province, women have often walked many kilometres to get to hospital for the birth of their baby, often bringing only a rug and one nightie for their babies and a nightie for themselves. Nights can be cold and generators unreliable and babies, particularly premature ones, need warmth.

The aim was to make sheets, bunny rights and nighties for the babies and to send some pants for the mothers. All Groups undertook to get behind the project. Logistics prevented one day where the whole Region joined together and so each Group worked individually and the result of their efforts were brought together at our Annual General Meeting.  

Nighties had to be made to a pattern provided by the Neo Natal Nurses Inc, with ties on one shoulder to allow easy access for tubes etc. in these little people and flannelette was the fabric of choice.

Everyone beavered away at their various tasks, with some Groups using a production line method and all having a fabulous time. Not only was it fun to get together for a common goal, it was rewarding to feel we were providing help where it was needed. Support was also given by some knitting friends who contributed colourful singlets and hats.

The count is in - the end result was 22 singlets, 126 nighties, 136 sheets/bunny rugs and 11 hats. Well done to everyone concerned!!

Fiji Cyclone Appeal

Echidna Sewing (ASG Industry Partner) have put out the call.

Help Us Fundraise For This Worthy Cause!

We are all aware of the devastating category 5 cyclone that struck Fiji on the 20th February, causing severe damage across the islands, forcing over 50,000 people to shelter in evacuation centres. On that day, more than 90% of structures were destroyed in some of the hardest hit areas, with approximately 10,000 people left homeless and requiring urgent shelter and assistance.

When we think of Fiji we see images of white sandy beaches, palm trees and beautiful resorts.  There's no doubt that Fiji will recover back to it's full glory in time, but for now the people of Fiji desperately need our help.

In partnership with our good friend John Deer from Adorable Ideas, we would like to help fundraising efforts by offering this lovely Vintage Beach Embroidery Design Pack for only $10 (normally $59) with 100% of the sale (excluding GST) donated to the Bartercard Charity Foundation's Fiji Cyclone Appeal. It's a small way for us to help a very worthy cause.

If you would like to join in, simply purchase this downloadable design pack today.

Monday, 7 March 2016

Introducing the Locals: Southern Suburbs Neighbourhood Group (WA)

The Southern Suburbs Neighbourhood Group was formed approximately 12 years ago with the assistance of the WA Regional Organiser.  Our initial meetings were held at Bullcreek Primary School until we moved to our current venue, Farrington House in Leeming.  We are thankful that many of our foundation members are still with the group! 

Our group has been able to develop support systems that encourage all members of the group to share in determining programs for the year.  All members are encouraged to either organise an event for group members e.g. a visit to the local Polytechnic to have lunch and buy fabric, or to participate in charity sewing.  Other members opt to present a topic or strategy related to sewing.  Every second month we have sewing Saturday when we bring in our machines and participate in a workshop. 

One of the most enjoyed and enjoyable aspects of our meetings is Show and Tell – over the years this has been a source of laughter, admiration and inspiration.  This year we have added What’s Your Problem to this so that members can bring items in when they need help, perhaps with fitting or adjustments to ensure quality garments.  We take pride in our sewing and several members have entered our local agricultural show with great success.

We enjoy the opportunity to socialise and members can be relied upon to support others when necessary.  Members from other groups are always welcomed and new members are encouraged to be part of our group.

Thanks to Helen Hawthorne for taking the time to introduce us to the Southern Suburbs Neighbourhood Group!  

 To find more information about the Southern Suburbs Neighbourhood Group, or to attend an upcoming meet, email, or find the group on the ASG website -

Tuesday, 1 March 2016

Sewing in Victoria - Join Us!

The state of Victoria has a number of Neighbourhood groups divided into three regions:- Northern Melbourne; South East Melbourne and South Western Victoria. The largest concentration of groups is in metropolitan Melbourne but there are groups in Geelong, Werribee and Bendigo.

An advantage of belonging to a group is the “hands-on” help one can receive in skill building and solving fitting and construction questions or problems. New techniques can be trialled, discussed and enhanced. Members are always willing to assist others with any question or problem. The wide skill base within a group is invaluable for support and help.

Groups cover any number of sewing related activities: dressmaking, machine embroidery, other forms of embellishment, and charity sewing for various organisations. Many charities require assistance with sewing items and groups are willing to volunteer to fill the need. Many groups have sewn for the children’s hospital, breast cancer support groups and for premature babies in intensive care, just to name a few. Some groups also hold fundraising activities to support charities.

Outside the square - a Melbourne based member who also belongs to a Doll Making organisation has used her needle skills, both hand and machine, to make some outstanding dolls. Her work has won her “Doll of the Year” for 2015. Just an example of where your skills can take you if you have the desire to focus outside what is considered “normal” sewing activities.

Sewing covers a wide spectrum of needle work and every genre is catered for within the guild. Along with learning new skills you will also form new friendships and enjoy the comradery that exists in all groups, each meeting is “social” as well as working.

Annual retreats are organised and members love to get away for two or three days to sew without the interruptions of daily home-life. Who could not love not worrying about meals and washing dishes, etc., a great way to produce as much (or little) as you wish.

More information about the ASG (including how to join) is available on the ASG website
To find a sewing group in your state, visit the Find Us page on the ASG website