"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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SAGA National Retreat in Chicago!

Come join us for the SAGA National Retreat in Chicago, July 16-20, 2015!

Registration opens April 1st! 

Make Hotel Reservations here!

Chicago Brochure is Available - Get all the Details!

Smock Across America Contest

  Do you see White? White is the color for the Chicago Smock Across America Contest! Get those creative juices flowing and stitch up your entry for the contest. Click on the file below for the complete rules. The winner will receive a puff iron!


Regional Meet-Ups

Come join your SAGA friends for the day! See a needlework exhibit, tour an historic home, or have fun fabric shopping! 


Biltmore and Downton Abbey Exhibit - April 24, 2015  - click on file for all the details!

FIT Museum - June 18, 2015
 - and more are being planned!

Mystery Smock-Along!

Fourth Clue is Posted Below!


If you haven't joined our Facebook Smock-Along group, you can do so here. Details will also be posted here on our website each week, click on the smock-along button on the upper right hand side of the website.

SAGA Smocked Bib - Prep work, all clues and construction.




SAGA Board Announces Smock Across America!

View the details for all 3 Retreats!


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.


Smock Across America Facebook Group

Our Smock Across America Facebook Group has gone live!


Go to our facebook group page (not our regular facebook page), upload a picture of you or your group with your smocking and our Smock Across America logo! Click on the map link and place your marker on our map. Do we smock in all 50 states, how many countries can we cover?

SAGA Mystery Smock-Along

Join us the the SAGA Mystery Smock-Along!


If you are still looking for the directions for the ornament Smock-Along, click on the link below. We will leave the directions up until the end of March.

SAGA Calendar

You'll find the latest info about upcoming events and programs including Education Programs, Grant Workshops, and more.

See SAGA on Facebook!


Join SAGA on Facebook! go to, log in (you can get a free facebook account) and search for Smocking Arts Guild of America, and join! See you there!

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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