They come from all walks of life, from all over the area, including Apollo Beach, Ruskin, Riverview, Sun City Center and Brandon. They unite to pursue one common obsession: Functional Fabrics.
Their projects range from making adult garments, fashion pieces, purses, doll clothes, pillowcases, baby clothes, woolly dolls and infant blankets to art quilts honoring veteran soldiers.
Who are they? They are the talented women of The American Sewing Guild, a national non-profit organization dedicated to supporting sewing enthusiasts all over the U.S.
With more than 125 chapters and nearly 1,000 neighborhood groups that sponsor sewing activities in local communities, ASG has something to offer anyone with a yen for needle and thread.
Standing, from left: Dorothy Sparks, Martha Collins. Seated: Cindy Falck and Delores Lines.
“It’s a lifelong interest that we love to share,” said Martha Collins of MiraBay, president of the ASG local chapter, East Bay/Brandon, which, with a current membership of 130, is a spinoff from the growing Tampa Bay chapter.
“Our members love the camaraderie and friendship they get through ASG,” she said. “There’s just nothing else like it.”
“We’re like a bunch of little girls all grown up,” said Cindy Falck of Apollo Beach, who loves sewing doll and baby clothes. “I just recently had the joy of making an Easter dress for my new grandbaby, and nothing could have made me happier.”
Dorothy Sparks, a winter resident of Kings Point in Sun City Center, agreed. “Many of us started out in 4-H, and now we’re like grown-up 4-H-ers,” she said. She loves the sense of community that being a member of ASG gives her. “I started sewing as a need,” she said, “because I was short and could never find clothes to fit me. Now it’s no longer a need, it’s my passion.”
ASG chapters come in all sizes — larger chapters often sponsor quarterly chapterwide special events that may feature local or national speakers, member fashion shows or specialty workshops.
Smaller chapters may form because they share a specific interest, like quilting or doll clothes.
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