Twenty years ago, a dozen women got together to form the Bangor Area Chapter of the American Sewing Guild. Since then, members have met to sew positioning pillows for residents of the Levinson Center in Bangor, wardrobes for premature infants, Christmas stockings and “bags of love” for foster children programs, table coverings for an event to raise funds for cancer research and education, to work on sewing projects with area Girl Scout troops and 4-H groups, to make bags for U.S. military members serving overseas, to make scarves, hats and mittens for area schools and shelters, and much more sewing for many more worthy causes.
The guild currently has approximately 24 members.
Chapter officers are Stacey Hughes, president; Mary Sanstrom, first vice president; Nancy Truhel, second vice president; Susan Hein, treasurer; and Norma Binan, secretary.
The guild’s annual community service project for 2012 was The Blanket Project, an effort to sew lap blankets for hospice patients, and veterans at VA hospitals or in other VA programs, and baby receiving blankets for families in need.
The chapter also offers sewing aid to the public the first Saturday of each month in the Viking Sewing Gallery at Joann Fabrics and Crafts, Stillwater Avenue, in Bangor.
The guild meets the second Saturday of each month except July and August, usually at 9:30 a.m., at the Hampden Municipal Center, 106 Western Ave. One month is devoted to community projects, and next month to a class. The next class will be a lesson on learning to sew four-patch aprons at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, March 9. The class is open to anyone in the community. Participants should bring their own materials and machines, said Norma Binan of Hampden, one of the guild’s founding members.
The guild offers two neighborhood work groups. The Hampden Hems and Haws meet 7-9 p.m. the second Wednesday of each month at the home of Norma Binan. Call her at 862-4367 for information and directions to her house. Items the group made and donated throughout the year were bags of love to the state foster care program, pillowcases to the Ronald McDonald House and Anne’s House at Manna, both in Bangor, and cat blankets and beds to the Bangor Area Humane Society.
The Clifton Eddington Community Stitchers meet 6:30-8:30 p.m. the fourth Thursday of each month at the Eddington Elementary School, Route 9. Call guild president Stacey Hughes at 843-7662 for information. The group’s 2012 holiday project was the Adopt a Child program, which distributed blankets, throws, pajamas and hats to those in need through the Holbrook School. The group also made and sent hats to other area schools for distribution to students in need.
For information about classes and the cost to attend, call Norma Binan at 862-4367. For information about the guild and membership, go to www.bangormeasg.com.
Linda Cortright, editor of Wild Fibers magazine, will give a talk on villagers in Myanmar who spin lotus stalks into fiber once used for monk’s robes and now used by Italian fashion designers, 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, March 20, at Quarry Hill in Camden. The event is free, but registration is required by calling 230-6114 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Abbe Museum educator and Passamaquoddy master basketmaker George Neptune will conduct a basket making workshop for children 9 a.m.- noon, Saturday, March 16, at the museum in Bar Harbor. Participants will learn how to create a candy basket to take home. The workshop is free and open to the public, but space and materials are limited so reservations are required. Contact Neptune at email@example.com or 288-3519 to register in advance.
Amanda Foye, activity assistant at Dirigo Pines Inn in Orono, recently presented Animal Orphanage volunteer Debbie Leland with handmade knitted blankets for the cats at the shelter. Dirigo Pines residents spent several weeks knitting the blankets and collecting paper towels, bleach and cat food. They also donated $300.
Call Ardeana Hamlin at 990-8153 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Don’t forget to visit her blog at byhand.bangordailynews.com.