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. 

Wednesday, August 9, 2023

Our Upcoming 2023-2024 Season!


Our next season is coming fast -- get your memberships now! If you have ever been a member in the past, you can take advantage of our returning member rates. You can send an etransfer to along with a note with your name so we know who's sending it! You can also download and fill out our membership form and send that along to the same email, or print it and bring it to the first meeting. 

Please note that we have had to increase our membership rates slightly this year to accommodate rising rental and speaker costs. We hope that you will enjoy what we have to offer with these upgrades. 

Our other big change is that we have moved our venue to River Gardens Retirement Residence, the Community Room -- 10 Romeo St, Stratford. This has a large parking lot at the corner of Romeo & Delamere, with a few spots in front of the building itself for anyone with mobility issues. The room is accessible, with an elevator for those who need it. 

We will be continuing to meet on the 2nd Tuesday of every month, from 7-9 pm, with a few special events planned. More information will be coming soon! 

Wednesday, May 17, 2023

June 2023: Summer Celebration!


Calling all Stratford area sewists! June is our last meeting before our summer break - and we'll be having a summer celebration!

There will be the chance to take some photos of yourself in the church gardens - come early to take advantage of the light & other members around to take a pic! And we'll be having a pattern/fabric swap - same rules as always, please bring things in good repair and be ready to take home anything you brought that wasn't claimed by end of night. 

We'll also be sharing a survey that you can do in person or online, looking forward to next season. We'll have lots of time for regular Sew & Tell and lots of chatting before we disperse for the summer.

Looking forward to seeing you all there! 

Tuesday June 13, 2023,  7 pm.
St James Anglican Church, 41 Mornington St, Stratford ON

All welcome, guests $5 at the door
Masks encouraged and appreciated!

Tuesday, April 18, 2023

May Member's Corner!


Join us on May 9 as four of our members demonstrate skills and techniques that will make your sewing life easier and more fun! We'll be having 15 min. demos of each technique, with our regular Sew & Tell time in the second half of the meeting. Come and learn from one another in May! 

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

Masks encouraged and appreciated.

Tuesday, March 28, 2023

April 2023: Custom Fabric Design with Wellington Fabrics


Please join us for an illuminating discussion on the world of custom fabric design and preorders, by Andrea of Wellington Fabrics in Elora. 

She will be sharing the process with us, and explaining substrates and colours and how to know what you'll get when you order. Discover a whole new world of fabric!

Tuesday Apr 11, 7 pm at St James Anglican Church - 41 Mornington St, Stratford, Upper Hall (side door on Hamilton St)

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

Masks appreciated!

Monday, March 6, 2023

March 2023: Mend It March! With Elysha of


Since it's Mend It March we are so happy that Elysha from Worth Mending in KW has offered to come present to us on a variety of mending techniques!

They will also have demos on the Swift darning looms which they make & sell. Check out their website for info on the mending supplies they offer -- because they will also be bringing looms & various mending kits & supplies for sale at the meeting, too. Bring a friend who is curious about mending & spread the love of wardrobe maintenance!

Tuesday March 14 at 7 pm
St James Anglican Church (41 Mornington St, Upper Hall)

Visitors welcome, $5 at the door. Masks appreciated!

Monday, January 30, 2023

February 2023: A Virtual Meeting with Ruth Collins, aka @IthacaMaven


Have you been putting off sewing pants because of fear of fitting? This meeting is for you!

We are so lucky to have Ruth Collins, creator of the Top Down Center Out Pants Fitting Method speaking to us in February! We are hosting this meeting as A VIRTUAL ONLY MEETING to allow for a distance guest.
Members will be sent the Zoom link prior to the meeting. If you are a member and you're not sure we have your contact info, you can email to give it to us prior to Feb. 14. If you are not a paid up member but would like to attend, you can email the same email with your name and a $5 e-transfer to join us. Invite others to do the same if you know they'd also be interested in this timely topic!

It will be Tues Feb 14, 7 pm - 9 pm-ish on Zoom. All welcome, as noted above. Hope you see you all there!

Monday, January 2, 2023

January 2023: Leila Kelleher of Muna & Broad


Our next meeting is already next week! How time flies!
Join us for a wonderful visit by Leila Kelleher, of Muna & Broad. She'll be sharing how she started Muna & Broad, as well as some of the exciting things she's been getting up to lately 🙂
Tues Jan 10, 2023, 7 pm
St James Anglican, 41 Mornington, Upper Hall at top of ramp
All welcome, non-members $5 at door, masks are appreciated