"The purpose of the Smocking Arts Guild of America is to preserve and foster the art of smocking and related needlework for future generations through education, service, communication and quality workmanship."

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Smocking Arts Guild of America

Lesson 1

This week's project is to smock four rows for the insert.

Lesson 2 Rotary Bag Smock Along

Here is Lesson 2: Trellis Stitch and Bars

Rotary Bag Smock Along Construction

Download the instructions for constructing your rotary bag.  Discuss on the Facebook Smock Along Page.  Finish the project and post a picture or send it to Vaune to earn two Artisan Points.

Zipped Bag Smock Along

Vaune Pierce will be leading a new smock along.  The project is a zippered bag with smocked inset.  The bag is designed for rotary cutters, but it could be multi-purpose.  Supply list is posted.  There are three lessons, which will be posted weekly.  Two Artisan points may be earned for participation in this activity.  In order to be awarded the points, you must post a picture of your completed bag on the SAGA Smock Along page, or send a photo to Vaune ( by November 1.

Please post a photograph of your supplies on the Smock Along Facebook Page, and participate in the discussion there.

Catch the Stitching Spirit!

We hope you will Catch the Stitching Spirit at the St. Louis St. Charles Embassy Suites in St. Charles, MO. Our retreat opens with a Wee Care Sit and Stitch on Thursday, October 12, and continues with a dessert reception. We will have a stitching contest and great classes, held Friday, Saturday, and Sunday morning. The Market will be held Friday, October 13, from 6-9 PM. This retreat will also include the SAGA Annual Meeting. What a fabulous opportunity to gather with your SAGA friends! We are looking forward to seeing you there!  

Learn from the new SAGA Videos!

Saga has its first You Tube Videos! Click below to learn to pleat with Judith Adams and smock with Vaune Pierce!

Volunteer for SAGA!

SAGA needs volunteers for tasks, committees, and the Board of Directors.

Members are the most important part of SAGA, and we all need to work for its success.  We share our passions about the sewing and needlearts and we are all intent on preserving these arts for future generations to enjoy.   The SAGA Board of Directors would like every member to think about how she might volunteer to help SAGA thrive.  It might be in your local chapter.  But volunteering for SAGA national is a terrific opportunity for members to make a valuable contribution to the mission of the organization. You will meet new people, gain experience in managing an organization, and maybe get some insider insights.


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Our Mission and Purpose

Founded 1979

The purpose of the Smocking Arts Guild of America is to preserve and foster the art of smocking and related needlework for future generations through education, service, communication and quality workmanship.


What is Smocking?

Smocking fundamentally is the manipulation of fabric using needle and thread. In its simplest form, smocking is decorative needlework stitched over pleats to embellish the item. However this does not define its limitlessness. Smocking can be used to create texture, design or flexibility in fabrics. When a more sophisticated technique is employed the color and weight of the fabric can be influenced and the folds of the fabric become the focus rather than the embroidered stitches. SAGA is your resource to over 20 different forms of smocking.


Kathy's Smocked Pin Cushion

Kathy Awender has created this darling pin cushion just for SAGA. There are variations for a chatelaine piece and a tooth fairy pillow. This will be a lovely addition to your sewing accessories or a special gift. The kit includes everything needed to complete the project: excellent directions, pleated batiste, lining fabric, backing fabric (which differs from Kathy's sample piece in the photo), piping and bias strip, floss to coordinate with the back, lace, needles. Please note: the stuffing/fiberfill is not included. Kathy is a loyal SAGA member and teaches extensively. Her business is 'Kathy Awender Designs', The kit cost is $18.00 which includes US postage (for foreign postage please contact SAGA Sales). This kit and the other SAGA Signature Collection kits and SAGA merchandise can be ordered from SAGA Sales at 1-817-350-4883 or
Price: $18.00

2014 Orlando, FL National SAGA Convention Photo CD

Enjoy over 180 photographs from the 2014 National SAGA Convention held in Orlando, FL. This CD is $6.00, which includes shipping within the USA (for foreign postage please contact SAGA Sales). This CD and the other SAGA merchandise can be ordered also from SAGA Sales at 1-817-350-4883 or
Price: $6.00
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