Wednesday, February 7, 2024

February Meeting: Discovery Fabrics - ONLINE ONLY

Our February meeting is an ONLINE ONLY meeting -- it will be held on Tuesday Feb 13, at 7 pm. We will be so lucky to have Discovery Fabrics joining us all the way from BC to share their vast knowledge of technical and performance fabrics. Have you ever wondered what in the world to use for outdoor or activewear? Questions about how exactly to sew technical fabrics? Well, join us on the 13th for illumination!

Paid up members will receive the Zoom link prior to the meeting. Guests are welcome, at the $5 drop in rate, which can be e-transferred to membershipsgg[at] with an additional note with your name so that a link can be sent.

Looking forward to learning something new in February 🙂

And don't forget about our January challenge to make something upcycled or with vintage materials - you can share during our Sew & Tell portion!

Saturday, January 6, 2024

January Meeting: Upcycling Fashion!


Our next meeting is Tuesday Jan 9, 7 pm, at the River Gardens Retirement Residence Community Room. As always, all welcome, non-members $5/door. Masks are appreciated. 

Our speaker this month is Joseph Hisey, who will be sharing his experiences with upcycled fashion (and the flaws of fast fashion). Joseph was one of the winners of the Upcycling Challenge put on by the Fashion Museum in Cambridge a while back, and will share his award winning piece with us. Be ready for lots of creative ideas and an engaging presenter!

Wednesday, November 29, 2023

December Meeting: Holiday Social!


Our December meeting is coming quickly! We will be have a holiday get together, with Potluck and Penny Auction 🙂 So far we are good to go with our regular space, the River Gardens Community Room. 

This means, please bring some finger food with you (we do not have places to heat things up etc so make it buffet style) and also bring along a small gift (unwrapped) of something nice that you might like to receive (not expensive). It doesn't have to be sewing related - wine is always a hit 😉 We will be putting all the gifts out on a table and you can buy 5 tickets for $2 and put a ticket in each bag for the gift you would like to win. You can buy as many tickets as you like! 

We will have a short business meeting, our regular Sew & Tell, and our 50-50, and then enjoy some socializing, snacking, and auctioning. Everyone welcome, guests too, $5 at the door.

Saturday, November 4, 2023

Dorset Button Making Workshop


This workshop will now be held at the Stratford Public Library in the Auditorium

The Guild is pleased to announce our first ever workshop! We will be learning about Dorset Buttons (and other kinds of thread wrapped buttons) from Margaret Cheesman from the London Embroidery Guild. This is a hands-on workshop and the materials fee is included in the class cost. 

You'll leave with an understanding of the history of Dorset buttons as well as some samples you've made in class. Hope to see anyone interested in this fascinating art at the workshop!

To register please email with your full name - you can also e-transfer the class cost to that email (but please include your name in a note so we know it's you!) 

Wednesday, October 25, 2023

November Meeting!


This meeting will now take place at Jobsite Brewing Co., 45 Cambria St. (enter off West Gore). Many thanks to the Jobsite staff for making this happen! (restaurant closed, no food service, fyi)

Our November meeting is something different for us... Join us to learn about theatrical headwear with renowned milliner Monica Viani, who also (luckily for us) is a Stratford resident! 

She will be sharing some of her work with us, and taking us from idea to finished item. Find out how her creative process works, and how she brings those ideas to life. 

Tuesday Nov 14, 7 pm
Jobsite Brewing Co., 45 Cambria St, Stratford ON (enter off West Gore St.)

Everyone welcome, non-members $5 at the door. 

Thursday, September 28, 2023

October Meeting is a Road Trip!


October's meeting will be a little different -- instead of meeting on the 2nd Tuesday of the month, we will be taking a road trip!
On Saturday Oct 14, we will be visiting the Fashion History Museum in Cambridge.
We will meet up at the Museum at 11 am when it opens, and the self-directed tour of the galleries takes about an hour. Because we have a group booking, it is only $8/person.
Then we will be having lunch nearby at Ernie's Roadhouse ( and perhaps even making a stop at the nearbyish Len's Mills before heading home.
If you are interested in joining us for this outing, please email us at membershipsgg(gmail) or add your name to our Facebook post (if you haven't already signed up at our recent meeting). And if you are willing to be a driver, please note that as well so we can arrange transportation for everyone.
Looking forward to our first Guild group outing!

Saturday, September 2, 2023

September launch of our New Season!


We look forward to the beginning of a new season, starting on Tuesday Sept 12, 7-9 pm! There are a couple of changes to be aware of this year:

  • Memberships have increased slightly to cover rising costs (see membership page for full details

  • We have a new location! We will be meeting at the River Gardens Retirement Residence, in the Community Room. This is inside and down the hall to the left. It is three steps up, but there is an elevator beside the room for anyone who needs it. There is a large parking lot on the corner of Romeo and Delamere, plus a couple of spots down near the entrance for anyone with mobility issues (please only use these if you need them). You will need to sign in and out at the front desk, due to Health & Safety regulations. Masks are currently optional in this location. 

  • Please try to wear a nametag at meetings this year! It will make it easier for everyone to get to know new people, as well as helping those of us with terrible memories ;) 

September's Meeting is a time to reconnect after our summer apart. We will be introducing some of the upcoming speakers and events as well as new additions to the Guild like outings and workshops. There will be sign ups available for some of those right at the meeting. 

Don't forget to bring your Relaxed Summer Style projects from our Summer POM Challenge for Sew & Tell! 

We'll also have a quick Sewing Pep Talk from our special virtual visitor, Deepika Prakash of, who we like to think of as an honourary member ;) Have any questions about PatternReview? Now's the time to ask them! 

Looking forward to seeing all of you again, and hoping to see some new faces too.