CANTERBURY, NH – A new sewing guild met here at Riverland for the first time January 8th members shared their sewing journeys and planned programs of mutual interest.
The American Sewing Guild (ASG) is dedicated to advancing sewing as an art and life skill. Small groups of sewists meet once a month to teach each other about sewing, do community service projects, make friends, discuss our creative passions, and show off recent creations.
The Upper Merrimack Valley Neighborhood Group will meet the second Monday of the month at Riverland on the Merrimack from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Co-leaders are Lucy Nichols and Kimberly Lavoie. On Monday, February 12, Kimberly Lavoie, a professional seamstress, will offer a program on the basics of sewing with knits and how to alter a T-shirt pattern. ASG is a membership organization; newcomers will be asked to join after two meetings. This new group is the only active group in New Hampshire, at present, although NH groups have existed in the past. We are part of the Boston Chapter of ASG. The new group will cater to a wide variety of sewing interests. The ASG website describes the guild as “…an organization of sewing enthusiasts who connect with each other at local, national and web-based levels for activities, communication, and networking. At the grassroots level, there are, what we call Neighborhood Groups (NGs) and Special Interest Groups (SIGs), which meet monthly or on a schedule established by the group members. Participants enjoy sewing programs presented by one of the members, or by an outside educator/speaker…
On a wider scale, sewing events are organized by the local ASG chapter a few times a
year. These may be a seminar or a hands-on workshop, presented by well-known
sewing educators. Field Trips, sewing retreats, and fashion shows are also popular
chapter events. Nationally, we have an Annual Conference which is the highlight of the ASG year. All ASG members (and non-members for an additional cost) are invited to attend this event.Participants take classes taught by their favorite sewing celebrity or author, while also having the opportunity to meet sewing industry representatives and fellow guild members from other states. The exhibit and vendor hall are favorites among attendees.
In short, the ASG Annual Conference has everything related to sewing for our members
to enjoy. Additionally, domestic and international tours of special interest to sewing enthusiasts are sponsored each year with special pricing for ASG members – an
opportunity to travel with sewing friends!” Newcomers are welcome. Send an email of enquiry to firstname.lastname@example.org and more details will be sent to you.