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"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."

Education

In order to achieve its mission of preserving and fostering the art of smocking and other needlearts for future generations, SAGA provides several avenues for members to expand their skills and knowledge. 

Correspondence Courses offer individuals or groups the chance to work independently and receive constructive feedback from a SAGA approved teacher.

SAGA Stitches are designed to share the resources of SAGA with members, by providing members at large and chapters with pre-planned programs that can be used individually or adapted for regular chapter meetings. Some SAGA Programs also earn points towards the Artisan Program. Each SAGA program comes complete with detailed teaching instructions, supply lists and handouts to photocopy for each participant. The goal of each program is educational -- process or project oriented, just for fun or for individual or chapter growth and development.

Kids Can Stitch programs are designed to assist members and chapters to teach the next generation the joys of stitching. The programs are specifically designed to appeal to chidren, and provide the SAGA member with the resources needed to successfully teach the program.

SAGA Trunk Show and Wee Care Trunk Show are a collection of items showcasing the various needlearts that travels to chapters. A chapter can book the show by contacting trunkshow@smocking.org and weecaretrunkshow@smocking.org.

Teachers of SAGA Approved Classes  are listed as a convenience for chapters who would like to plan a workshop. 

SAGA Bibliographies have been compiled by the Board of Directors, teachers, and artisan achievers to assist members in finding resources as they strive to learn and grow as needleartists.