"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."


Dogwood Chapter

Charlotte NC

Contact: Sharon Finch
Phone: 704-400-5290
President: Helene Cox
VP: Gail Benson (VP Programs)
Treasurer: Virginia Martin
Secretary: Marcy Odom

Chapter News & Workshops

Dogwood Chapter hosts Kathy Dykstra

Join the Dogwood Chapter May 5-6, 2017, as they host Kathy Dykstra for Stephanie's Scallop Dress.
See flyer for more infor!

Questions or to register contact: Gail Benson (

Dogwood Chapter Hosts Cindy Foose

Join the Dogwood Chapter as they host Cindy Foose for 3 days of classes, October 20 - 22, 2016.

Segmented Construction:  Concentrate on Concepts (15 hours)
Decorative Edges (3 hours)

Click on Brochure or email Renee Infinger at for more information.

Dogwood Chapter Hosts Phyllis Brown

Join the Dogwood Chapter on June 24-25, 2016 as they host Phyllis Brown for 2 days of classes. 

Smocked Diaper Shirt  (6 hours)

Beginning Drawn Thread:  Notebook Class (3 hours, am)
Boy's Button Cap  (3 hours, PM)

For more information or registration, please click on the link below, or contact Renee Infinger at 


Wee Care Challenging Project for Conjoined Twins

The Dogwood Chapter of SAGA makes Wee-Care gowns for the local hospital as well as for a group which supports families who have been given a poor pre-natal diagnosis.  The poor pre-natal diagnosis does not necessarily mean death,  although that often happens.  It can be mental retardation, downs syndrome, heart defect, whatever.  We recently received a call from them requesting a gown for conjoined twins.  There is no such thing as a pattern for conjoined twins, as the joining can be anywhere.  Kathy Dykstra of our group took on the task of trying to make a gown.  She researched conjoined twins on the computer and found nothing that would help her in making a pattern--the different cases were just too different.  In this case, the twins were conjoined in the abdomen area.  There were two heads, four arms, four legs, but only one heart.  Kathy took a basic yoke dress and cut an upside down "U" shape out of the front, beginning a couple of inches below the neckline and flaring out towards the side seams.  A ribbon sash was added at the side seams that could tie on both sides to bring in any fullness.
Although the girls did not live long, they were presented to the family in the lovely dress made by Kathy and were able to have their picture made, giving the family a lasting memory of the beautiful girls dressed in a beautiful dress that was made with love.  The spirit of Wee-Care extends to all corners of the world and in many different ways, but most importantly, it spreads love.
Please visit the blog site to see recent activities of this chapter.

Meeting Info:

1st Thursday night, Monthly, 7:00pm
Keller Williams Realty-Ballantyne Area