Chapters
In 1960, the first formal Bishop Method organization was incorporated and formed in the Washington D.C. area and designated as the Bishop Method of Clothing Construction Council, Inc., Charter Chapter.

As it had been prescribed by Edna Bryte Bishop, a Councils’ purpose was to endorse and promote the authentic Bishop Method of Clothing Construction, to develop a greater interest in continuing to improve education in clothing construction, maintain uniformity in the teaching, and to sponsor workshops, classes or seminars conducted only by a Certified Bishop Instructor.

Eventually, the Washington D.C. Chapter ceased their activities and celebrated their 40th year anniversary on April 29, 2000.

Meanwhile, a number of Bishop sewing groups and Bishop subgroups had developed in the United States and Canada in response to the Washington D.C. chapter.

The Michigan Bishop Sewing Council established in 1967, a still dynamic group of sewing enthusiasts.

Members enjoy a newsletter with articles of interest to home-sewers on clothing construction techniques, project information, meetings of the Council and various subgroups. Activities include annual educational events featuring well-known sewing educators.

To join a Bishop Method Sewing Group, please complete the MEMBERSHIP REQUEST FORM to receive a membership application.

If you have any questions or comments, please complete the CONTACT FORM.


In 1960 the first formal Bishop Method organization was incorporated and formed in the Washington D.C. area and designated as the Bishop Method of Clothing Construction Council, Inc. Charter Chapter.

As it had been prescribed by Edna Bryte Bishop, the Councils' purpose was to endorse and promote the authentic Bishop Method of Clothing Construction, to develop a greater interest in continuing to improve education in clothing construction, to develop uniformity in the teaching, to sponsor workshops conducted by a Certified Bishop instructor, and for the further training of Certified Teachers.

A number of Bishop sewing groups soon developed in the United States and Canada under the Washington D.C. Chapter in response to the organization. On April 29th, 2000, in Bethesda, Maryland, the Charter Chapter of the Bishop Method of Clothing Construction celebrated their 40 year anniversary.

By 1967, an affiliate Chapter the Michigan Bishop Sewing Council was established. Today, the Michigan Bishop Sewing Council is still a dynamic, well organized group of sewing enthusiasts with experienced Bishop Sewing instructors and a dedicated Bishop Method membership.