Member Paula Smith-Danell to be Keynote Speaker at Sewing Guild Conference

Member Paula Smith-Danell to be Keynote Speaker at Sewing Guild Conference

Sequoia member and wearable art designer, Paula Smith-Danell, will be the keynote speaker at the 30th anniversary meeting of the Portland Chapter of the American Sewing Guild to be held June 24th at the  Greater Portland Bible Church, 2374 SW Vermont St., Portland, OR 97219.  The event is free to the public, no registration is necessary.  Paula will be giving both a morning and afternoon presentation.

The format for the event will be:

9:30-10 coffee, tea, and treats

10-10:20 Guild meeting, introductions, etc.

10:20-12 Silk presentation

12-1 Pot Luck Lunch

1-3:30 African textiles


Paula Smith-Danell
Elephant Print Tunic

Sewing with Recycled Sari

Have you ever wanted to learn about sewing with the iconic East Indian sari?  In this presentation, we will look at the design considerations and sewing techniques associated with sewing garments from these luscious fabrics.  The focus of this talk will be on working with “recycled” sari.  These saris are sold as craft fabric for reasonable prices, both at thrift shops and on-line.  We can give these gorgeous fabrics new life, with the proper repair and construction techniques.  Please join us for a morning of diving into the delicious fabrics of India and Southeast Asia.  Some sari fabrics will be available for purchase.

Intro to African Textiles

Have you ever seen an African Mud Cloth and wondered how it was made?  From Bark Cloth to Batik, in this lecture we will look at many of the iconic fabrics of Central Africa.  Come learn the history and construction techniques of Central African textiles.  Over 90 African textiles will be presented.

AfrIcan Mud Cloth


Paula graduated with her BA in Apparel Design from The American College for Applied Arts in London, Eng.  She has owned her own business, Fletcher Artworks, LLC for over 25 years, where she offers design services to the Apparel Industry (Norm Thompson, Sahalie, Pendleton and Columbia Sportswear).  She creates one-of-a-kind wearable art in her studio in Hillsboro, OR that can be found at Sequoia Gallery and on her Etsy site.  She also writes articles for nationally published sewing magazines (Threads and Sewing Savvy).