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wearable arts show

Did you know that each year, there is a Wearable Arts Show in Ocean Shores? The OSWAS puts on a “one night only” extravaganza of art designed to be worn on the human body . All types of artists come to the runway to showcase their functional, and not so functional, pieces of wearable art.

Each year the show has a theme. Artists are encouraged to create their pieces in line with this theme, but they are not required to do so. All pieces are unique, one-of-a-kind, creations for the show. You can enter to wear your hand-crafted costume on stage or join the audience and see what other cosplayers are making.

Check it out at www.oswearableart.com. Due to SAR-CoV-2 global pandemic, the show was cancelled this year. Next year’s event is June 5, 2021. Mark your calendars now.

Ocean Shores Convention Center. Admission: $20-$25.

First Issue of Bent Fibers Available

The March/April Issue of Bent Threads Newsletter has posted!
Vol. 1; Issue 1

What’s Featured this month?

  • CAB Meeting Notes from the April meeting
  • Events
  • Mask Making Challenge
  • New Member/Membership Renewals
  • Poetry Corner
  • ASG Style Show

Ready to read the full newsletter?  Get it now on: ASG.org at https://www.asg.org/wp-content/members/newsletters/Cosplay_Pacific_Northwest_Bent_Fibers.pdf
Read on for step-by-step directions to access the newsletter….

  1. Log in by clicking the Member Login button, select Login First! from the drop-down list
    • Use YOUR EMAIL ADDRESS and PASSWORD to login. Your password is your MEMBER ID# (unless you’ve changed it).
    • If you cannot log in, click the Forgot Password link on the webpage
    • If you’re having problems, check the Website FAQ’s for more information
    • or, call June Scott at 253-891-1880 to find out your member ID number and what email is on file for you with National
    • or, email Jennifer@ASG.org.  Jennifer is in the National office and is usually quick to respond.
  1. Once in the Members Only area, expand  Offers, Newsletters, Notions & Videos by clicking the pink + sign
  2. Scroll down to the News & More section
  3. Click Chapter Newsletters to open the list of all the ASG newsletters organized by State
     Scroll way, way down to Washington
  4. Click on Bent Fibers next to Cosplay
    • While you are there, check out Seattle, South Puget Sound and Silverdale chapters!
  5. The Newsletter will automatically download to your computer as a PDF file
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  7. Please note that only the most recent issue of each Chapter’s Newsletter is available on the ASG National Website.
    Tip: If you are already logged in to the National website and click the newsletter link in your email, you will go directly to the Forever In Stitches newsletter.  https://www.asg.org/wp-content/members/newsletters/Cosplay_Pacific_Northwest_Bent_Fibers.pdf.  This is a permanent link that will always take you to the most recent Cosplay PNW newsletter!

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May Meeting

Thanks to all who attended our May meeting. It was our second month using Zoom. I like the idea of digital meeting rather than virtual meeting! We had seven members attending and one guest.

Everyone has been busy sewing during our stay-at-home time. Bryant showed his quilt that is ready for binding. Sue has made a variety of bags from easy to complicated and finished a cute little brown bear for some lucky child. Michelle has been painting flowers on fabric for a Cinderella dress and almost completed a Cosplay costume for her husband. The yoke on the costume needs to be molded. The group suggested heating up the foam and shaping it. Bryant jumped on the internet and found a short video for the heat treating of foam –

Laura has been working on two quilts and having fun making special face masks for herself with ideas for more.

Patricia has been making up bowl cozies with her leftover Marvel fabrics and is stepping up to the challenge of designing a see-through face mask to help people who communicate by lip reading. She wants to learn how to make shoes next. There was good interest on shoes from the group. One suggestion was to take doll shoes and enlarge the patterns to help with the learning process of making full-size shoes.

Melanie showed us a red velvet Cosplay Cape that she created for a cosplayer. It turned out great and she was creative with her finishing techniques. Cathy showed 18″ doll outfits she’s been making for charity and mentioned finding doll clothes patterns for cosplay outfits. Pixie Faire has a selection available at https://www.pixiefaire.com/. Search Cosplay or Steam to find fun patterns. A fun way to do smaller cosplay projects!

The Chapter tee shirts were popular and June will work with Sue to deliver them to everyone who has ordered. Thanks to all who ordered!

Our next meeting is June 20th at 10.00am. Until then, submit your photos to Laura for the Face Mask Challenge. If you like poetry, send Laura your sewing Haiku or other type of sewing poem for the next newsletter. Next month’s program is Sourcing: Products, Tools and more. Send June your favorite source, product or tool ahead of time to be compiled in a list that can be shared with the group. We will add to the list at the meeting.

Stay well and see you next month!

Saturday, May 16th Meeting – Zoom

Since we are  still in “stay-at-home” mode, we are going to continue using Zoom for our May meeting. 

Part One: Keeley will be teaching us about draping

Part Two is for announcements, socializing and showing the group what you have been working on since our last meeting.

Since our membership is spread out over a large area, Zoom is a great way for all of us to stay connected to each other.  If you haven’t used Zoom yet, the link below will prompt you to download the Zoom app.  Just click through and accept the prompts. 

Join Zoom Meeting:

https://us04web.zoom.us/j/74434110979?pwd=NDZiWFJSeHpwSURGbjhET1VaY29tdz09

Meeting ID: 744 3411 0979
Password: 3iKFHH

Hope to see you Saturday!

Sharing our love of sewing

Share our love of sewing by sewing masks

During this time of uncertainty and sheltering-in-place, many are wondering what we can do to help. With the shortage of masks causing problems in doctor’s offices, clinics, home care settings and hospitals, we can make a difference. Deaconess Health Systems has a page with information, pattern and a video for a fabric mask that can be made from tightly-woven cotton fabric.

American Sewing Guild is working with the Sewing & Craft Alliance (who administers and is ASG partner in National Sewing Month) on this effort. SCA is setting up a website that will contain the instructions and, additionally, will be developing a network of locations needing the masks so that we are not adding to an already overwhelmed health system with phone calls. The website will be fully operational within 48 hours and can be found at https://www.weneedmasks.org.


March Meeting Cancelled

The member consensus is to skip our March 21st meeting due to the on-going issues caused by COVID-19.  Our next meeting will be April 18th

The April program will be SewExpo:  sharing your finds and experiences. We will also have a recap of the ASG Style Show from the participants. The Style Show manager will be a guest at the meeting and has been asked to share her perspective of the show.  June will present a short slide show of Style Show images taken by our photographer, Dave.

Now that we have some extra time before the next meeting, we can actually make that great SewExpo find we purchased and bring it to the April meeting! I have the prefect thing to work on and I hope you have one too!

Take care everyone and see you in April.

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MEETING NOTES – Feb. 15, 2020

Six members were at the meeting today.  We enjoyed updating each other on what we’ve been working on, including progress on costumes for the ASG Style Show at SewExpo at the end of this month.

PROGRAM: 

“Fitting a Commercial Patterns 101.”  Keeley talked about commercial patterns (McCall’s, Simplicity, Kwik Sew, etc.), stating that patterns are really a general guideline because everyone’s body shape is unique.  She touched on methods for fitting commercial patterns.  For our notebooks everyone at the meeting received a written copy of today’s class.

SEW AND SHARE: 

Michelle brought the scrapbook she made when she was making her Fairy God Mother and Cinderella costumes.  She and her daughter will be wearing her beautiful creations in the ASG Style Show. Keeley passed around samples of lace stitch-outs she made using her new Embroidery Program (Standing Lace).  She plans to incorporate the pieces into her costume.  Cathy showed us a Sew Powerful Purse, one of two dozen she has been sewing for charity. Sue had pictures of costumes she’s been sewing for her community’s theatrical production of Hello Dolly in May this year. Laura disclosed her newest “find” of materials she bought to make a faux-fur lined cape.

UPCOMING EVENTS:

We are in the ASG Style Show on Saturday, which starts at 11:30 am.  We practiced the runway walk and tweaked our written descriptions.  June heard that we will be the grand finale of the Show!

There will be an ASG booth at SewExpo, sponsored by South Puget Sound ASG Chapter. Cosplay PNW members have been invited to spend some time monitoring the booth. This is a great opportunity for us to promote our chapter. A stack of reprinted CPNW-ASG membership applications were passed around for members to share. Let’s encourage prospective new members to sign up online. There will be more of these forms available for you at the ASG booth.

Greater Seattle ASG Chapter is sponsoring an After SewExpo Banquet on Saturday evening, February 29, 2020.  If interested in attending, June can direct you to the registration website.

WEBSITE:

https://cosplaypnwasg.org/ 

Content has been added and more is needed, especially costume photos.  Remember to include descriptions.  June will post your photos whenever possible.  Send to her at june@nwquad.com.

CHAPTER BUSINESS: 

The Chapter Advisory Board (CAB) will meet quarterly following the regular meeting (Feb/May/Aug/Nov).

We need a Newsletter Editor and a name for our newsletter!  Send your suggestions to June at june@nwquad.com. Our first newsletter is due April 1st – no joke!

NEXT MEETING: 

We look forward to seeing you at our next meeting on Saturday, March 21, 2020, 10:00 am, at the same location.