Celebrate National Sewing Month!

National Sewing Month logoSeptember is here! On the one hand it means a melancholy feeling because summer is coming to an end and we’re heading to cooler temps. But on the other hand, September is a CELEBRATION OF SEWING! September is celebrated as National Sewing Month and is co-sponsored by the Sewing & Craft Alliance and the American Sewing Guild.

A Brief History of National Sewing Month

President Ronald Reagan signatureIn September 1982, President Ronald Reagan signed Proclamation #4976, declaring that September as National Sewing Month. The proclamation recognized the tens of millions of Americans home sewists and  “the skill and the self-reliance which are so characteristic of this Nation.” This was followed with successive annual proclamations by President Reagan during his terms. But in 2005, the request for a proclamation was not accommodated. However, even without a Presidential proclamation, September continued to be supported and promoted as National Sewing Month by various organizations.

In  2008, the American Sewing Guild joined forces with the Sewing & Craft Alliance to continue the promotion of National Sewing Month and provide a central location for the distribution of National Sewing Month information and materials to organizations, educators, sewing enthusiasts and anyone else interested in promoting and/or participating in activities for National Sewing Month.

Celebrate With Sewing: Sew For The Love Of It Contest

 Sew For the Love of It logoNational Sewing Month is celebrated with a contest to showcase and encourage sewing creativity and imagination. This year’s theme is “Sew For the LOVE of it!” 

The contest runs through September 30, 2011. Official rules and entry can be found on the National Sewing Month website. Here’s what you should be thinking:

“Show us what YOU love to sew! You choose the project, whether it’s an article of clothing, a toy, something for your home, an accessory, a quilt, or even an item for your car or boat. Whatever you decide to create, show your love with a within the project. It can be heart fabric, a pillow shaped like a heart, heart embroidery, heart-shaped pockets – it’s completely up to you. The item you enter must be hand-crafted and utilize fabric, thread and sewing machine and there MUST be a visible heart somewhere on the project itself. Whatever you choose to sew, just make sure we see the expression of your love of sewing!”

Think about using National Sewing Month in your neighborhood group challenge this month. If you have pictures, be sure to post them to the Members’ Projects album or email me to post them.

Follow National Sewing Month on Twitter

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The National Sewing Month is on Twitter, @sewingmonth. Watch their tweets for daily giveaways and tutorials posted to the National Sewing Month website.

Don’t forget to follow us on Twitter, @sewchicago. Watch for our special National Sewing Month tweets with the hashtag “#NatSewMo”. We and other sewists around the Twitter-sphere are using the hashtag to share our enthusiasm for sewing!

Play With Your Food!

Fold it, pinch it, dust it, fluff it, even felt it. It’s felted food..well, not just felted as you can see by this bee-yoo-tee-ful box of chocolates.

Candace King Ribbon Candy Box

Image source: CandaceKling.com

These are the best-est truffles in the world! Because they have zero calories…but you can’t eat them. They’re made from ribbon.

They are the creations of Candace Kling, a San Francisco textile sculptor and teacher. Marina at Soutache Ribbons told me about her. Candace Kling is the author of The Artful Ribbon and teaches around the country how to bring life to ribbon as embellishments. She has taken the embellishments beyond the ribbon flowers and has brought back the art of using ribbon as trim, with an vintage, but updated feel.

Candace Kling Ribbonwork

Image source: CandaceKling.com

Go to Candace Kling’s site to see the other luscious chocolates and A-MA-ZING sculptural art she created. You won’t believe that they are made from ribbon. I, for one, am going to keep my eyes peeled for any classes she might teach in our area.

Felted Food

Felt donut pincushion

Image source: weirdlywonderful.deviantart.com

Going to a different side of the spectrum…I won’t say “the opposite side” because I think these next items are just as gorgeous and creative as the Candace Kling’s ribbons.

Maybe you’ve seen someone in your group or local fabric shop make doughnut pincushions. These are practical as well as fun, but if you want to take felted food to a different level than softies for your youngest child to play with, take a look at these. I think I gained five pounds just looking at them. Come to think of it, this would still be fun toys for my niece and nephew to play house with.

Felt lemon cake Felt latte
Felt sushi Felt strawberry cake
Felt cinnamon rolls Felt pasta

Isn’t it amazing and inspiring what sewists are making with felt? Most of the books that I’ve found on felt food are in Japanese, but the instructions are filled with pictures that, after some studying, can surely be understood. Or, like me, you can just search the Internet for “felt food” images and appreciate the handwork. I can tell you that if you search on Flickr, there are several delicious examples of various felt foods.

Image source: Burdastyle.com

Image source: Burdastyle.com

How about trying something new for National Craft Month? Maybe the ribbon bon bons caught your eye or using ribbon as a beautiful edging or decoration as Candace Kline did. Whatever it is, try something new and HAVE FUN!

As always, we’d love to see pictures of what you’ve made, so please do send pictures to: Tinawong@asgchicago.org and I will post them for you or add them to our Flickr album.

BTW, here’s a link to the tute (tutorial) for a donut pincushion, not the same as above, but you can easily modify it.

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

Here’s a corned beef and cabbage that you don’t have to worry about fat and calories. It’s made from felt. Check out her Flickr album of all sorts of fun, felt food.

Felted food: corned beef and cabbage

Image source: estyivers.blogspot.com

Perfect for National Craft Month…make some felt play food. We’ll look at a few more softies this week…a short post today because my other computer is sick. Cheers!

Did you make felted food or softies? Send me your pictures!

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