"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 Annual Convention 2016

SAGANews, Volume 36 - Issue 4 is now posted!

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Normandy Lace Stitch-Along!

It is time for the next Smock-Along that isn't a Smock-Along! Join us for the Normandy Lace Ornament Stitch-Along. Here is Clue 2! The template is a separate download that you can access below. You can join the Facebook group here.

SAGA's Stitcher's Circle

A Tiered Giving Program for Individuals and Chapters

Cable Stitch - up to $99
Feather Stitch - up to $499
Granito Stitch - up to $999
Van Dyke Stitch - $1000 and up


Normandy Lace Stitch-Along!

Here is the template for the Normandy Lace Stitch-Along! Make sure to set your printer to landscape mode when you print.

Program Ideas for Chapters!

Many chapters are gearing up for a new year of programs. We want to share some program ideas with you over the next few weeks. 

Here is our next program idea: a UFO Sit and Stitch Challenge! You all have several of those unfinished objects in your closet, so for your next chapter meeting, each person bring one that they would like to finish. Is there something that has you stuck? I bet a fellow chapter member has the answer. Do you need encouragement to just get it done? Challenge each other to have it done for the next meeting's show and share! Free up some closet space and encourage each other to finish one of those projects!

Pillow Kit for Smocking a Bishop

Kits will be available for purchase through Barb Scappaticci.  Please contact her at 

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.


Mystery of the Five Diamonds Smock-Along

The Mystery of the Five Diamonds Smock-Along with Barbara Meger has finished but you can sitll make the project! All the clues are listed under the Tips section once you log in as a member. You can join our Facebook Group by clicking here.  Barbara will be available to answer your questions about the project between now and the Valley Forge Retreat, October 8-11. The smocking must be finished and your picture submitted by October 15th to receive your points!

To receive your artisan points:

1. Bring your finished project to Valley Forge to let everyone see your creativity! Barbara will sign your Artisan card in hospitality.

2. If you can't make it to Valley Forge, post you picture of your finished smocking to the Facebook page and make sure Barbara responds, or email a picture to Pat D'Orazio, our Artisan chair at You will receive an email with your points at the end of October!

SAGA Calendar

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

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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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