Cactus Needles has been the official newsletter of the Southwest
Costumers Guild since 1994.
Here are all of the issues as Adobe Acrobat .pdf files. Feature
articles are noted.
Click the link to view the issue or right-click to download the file
to your computer.
The oldest five volumes are contained in one file each. Since these
files are quite large, it will probably work best to download them
Pix from Dala's Viking Dress demo. Reynolds Advanced Materials class
Winter Range Brings Out My Green. Estrella War is Going to the Dogs.
Molding Workshop and Demos at Reynolds Advanced Materials.
Masquerade Repair Kit Wish List. Tiger mask & doggie pix.
Pix and thank-you letter from Tempe Library Con. Prepping for
Estrella War. Quilt Show review. Class list from Reynolds Advanced
Materials in Tempe.
Eulogy for SWCG founder Patti Cook. Interesting purchases at
Photos from Baroness Dalla's Viking Apron Dress tutorial.
Oh what a tangled web we weave when we try to get yarn from Sharan's
More pix from Westercon 70 masquerade. Tasha schools to be a
mermaid. (or is it pods?)
"Costume Trek" is Nola's costuming Youtube channel.
Paula's hair wreaths. Pic from LepreCon 2016 masquerade.
Prescription dive mask.
23.07 July 2016
Link to images of 14th Century statuary at the Church of San Fermo
Maggiore in Verona, Italy. Folded Business Card Display Stand. The
Evil Hanger (reverse-engineer that hanger from "Raiders.")
Link to Clare Danes illuminated gown. Intro to LibCon West.
Flying Spaghetti Monster mash-up mask. Advice from 1949 sewing
machine manual. Follow-up information from boot moccasin talk,
Huntsman: The Winter War review.
Tasha reviews Barony of Twin Moons' Mideast Drum & Dance
Symposium with pictures.
News (with photos) from your Estrella War correspondent. "Gods of
Egypt" movie review. Pix from Mardi Gras social.
18.10 October 2011
Steampunk Tophat Fascinator Hat Pattern, Preview of Silk Painting
Workshop, AZ Centennial Quilt Revealed, CopperCon Costume Show
reviewed, Make your own pre-loaded coffee filters for camping, local
haunted house attractions for Halloween
18.9 September 2011
New Bookmark Flyer, Sister Organizations proposed standing rule,
CopperCon Masquerade group picture, Fabric World new location,
Mike's Renovation (WorldCon) pictures
18.8 August 2011
CopperCon Costume Show Preview, Second North American Discworld
Convention reviewed, Duffel Bag pattern
17.10 October 2010
Materials and Advice for Plastic Painting workshop, Membership
Cards, Prescott Western Heritage Days reviewed, Fezzes are Cool!
(with pattern), Man-Bra?
17.9 September 2010
Jewish History Museum reviewed, iPod Origami (fold a display stand
from cardboard), Pool party pix, Bits and Pieces from Costume
17.8 August 2010
Confirmation (Pasadena WesterCon) reviewed, Vintage Clothing Fashion
Show at Matilda's Closet, Save Your Sole (hint for comfy historical
faire shoes), Grand Canyon Renaissance Faire and Medieval Mayhem
reviewed, Begin The Biggin (medieval skullcap pattern), Trek-Themed
Wedding, Grand Canyon University Costume Shop Rebuild
17.7 July 2010
Stand for Duct Tape Dummy (reprint), Steampunk Style Jewelry book
review, The Function of the Masquerade Repair Table
17.6 June 2010
Duct tape sock and boot pattern, Review of the new Musical
Instrument Museum, SWCG Incorporation announcement, Costume-Con 28
review, Pix from Apache-Style Beading Workshop, Fry Bread Recipe,
Phoenix ComiCon reviewed
17.5 May 2010
A Bolt from the Past (Reviewing SWCG's first newsletter from 1987),
Lep 36 stage plan, Meeting minutes become a regular column
17.4 April 2010
Duane & Kathryn Elms Museum Exhibit, Photo EZ Stencil reprint,
LepreCon 36 Masq Preview, New Jester Cap pattern
16.11 November 2009
Nightfall at Old Tucson Studios Halloween event reviewed, Yipe! is a
new online costume magazine!, Cherry Frequency store review (now
closed), inexpensive chef jacket as base for costume?
16.10 October 2009
Fantasy Fete Fantastique reviewed, The Pause (restarted), Kayak
Rack, Water Jug Cover
16.9 September 2009
North American Discworld Convention Maskerade reviewed, A Quick
Rolled Hem, Molas - A Turista in Panama
13.4 April 2006
A History of the Parasol, Language of the Fan, Glove References
13.3 March 2006
Estrella War 2006 reviewed, The Cadys do February, Hobbyist's
Paradise web site reviewed, Resources for Glove Making
13.2 February 2006
Choosing a Pattern Size for a Woman's Garment, How to Find the Bra
Size You Should be Wearing, Glendale Glitters and Glows reviewed,
Spectacles Through the Ages reviewed, Parasols are Period! , Diane
Ribbon & Notion Company reviewed
13.1 January 2006
"Of Kilts and Yardage" online article reviewed, Working with Silk
Taffeta, Beads: Vintage vs Contemporary, Get Medieval on Your Popup
(altering a modern tent for medieval/renaissance events)
12.12 December 2005
Mike's Photo Art (artfully doctored costume photos), Antiquing Silks
12.11 November 2005
The Pause (Make your costume presentation more friendly to
photographers), Truly Victorian French Vest Bodice pattern reviewed
12.10 October 2005
CopperCon 25 Masquerade Wrapup, The Jedi Belt Project, Barry Bard
12.6 June 2005
Cosplay Cosplay Revolution one-day convention reviewed, Thrift Store
Costuming, The Finished Costume: How to Accessorize for the Complete
Look, Valley of the Moon: Tucson's Historic Fantasy Land, LepreCon
12.4 April 2005
Lessons I Learned from Sewing, First AniZona Anime convention
reviewed, 5th Texas civil war reenactors
12.3 March 2005
Optimo Custom Hat Works reviewed, Hat Stretcher, Stretch Glove
pattern reviewed, Duct Tape Dummies, Stand for Duct Tape Dummy,
Cosplay Comes to Arizona -- Cosplay: The Illegitmate Child of SF
Masquerades, Costuming a World Apart: Cosplay in America and Japan
Volume 5 1998
Official Guild Cloak Pattern reprinted, Cloaks Provide a Dramatic
Volume 4 1997
War!,The Official Guild Cloak Pattern, Quick Tip on Shoes, Victorian
Beaded Hat Pin Workshop, Kumi Himo Braid Workshop, Silk Ribbon
Emroidery Workshop, Hall Costumes and Atmosphere
Volume 3 1996
Victorian Corsets workshop reviewed, Working with Stretch and
Metallic Thread, Some Hints on Trains, Ribbon Embroidery at the
Quilt Club, Sewing with Glued-On Sequin Fabric, Scalloped Ruffle,
Short Button History, Gores, You May Be a Costumer If, Costumes for
Fun & Profit, Estrella War, The Fang Master, Working with
Feathers, Get On With It (costume presentation), The Business of
Costuming, Beads & Buckskin, Quick Alterations for Rounded
Shoulders, The Adrian Empire
Volume 2 1995
Silk Dyeing and Undyeing, Costuming by Simplicity (pattern buying
guide), Suggestions for Better Masquerades, Victorian Bathing
Costume, Keep it Simple (3-part article on lighting and sound for
stage costume presentations), 12-Step Program for Beginning
Costumers, Making Beaded Appliques, Proper Care of Weapons, Sewing
Through the Ages (inventions timeline 1100-1992), Disneyland Costume
Shop Tour, Hunting Costumes.
Volume 1 1994
Randwulf's Quick & Dirty Cavalier Gloves, Making Tassels,
Slipping Shoulders Solved, Costume Accessories of the Sharp Pointy
Kind (knife and sword etiquette)