"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

Boston Stitch Party

Boston Stitch Party March 30-April 2, 2017
Join us at our Boston Stitch Party Retreat.

Registration is now open!  Log into your member area and click on the Registration link!


Retreat Registration includes 15 hours of classes, dessert reception Thursday, Lunch Friday and Saturday, and Banquet Saturday evening.  Total cost: $450.  Kit fees are not included.

Argyle in Perle Smock A Long

Argyle in Perle

Maggie Bunch presents Argyle in Perle, a smocked ball project using Perle cotton.

Lesson 1 - 4 can be found Under Forms and Documents - Smock-a-Long

You can post photos of your materials and questions on the SAGA Smock A Long Group Page on Facebook.  

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!

Nominations Needed for 2017


If you are interested in making a commitment to the SAGA community, consider serving on the Board of Directors. The following positions require candidates for the 2017-2018 year:



Vice President of Membership

Vice President of Operations

Treasurer [two year term]

Region II Representative [two year term]

Region V Representative [two year term]


These positions can provide you with the opportunity to meet others who share your interest

and love for the needle arts and an opportunity to participate in guiding the future of SAGA.

Please consider submitting a nominating packet. Or if you know of someone who would be a possible candidate you may submit their name. Your suggestions will remain anonymous.


To submit a nomination (please include the name, address, phone and email address of the

person you are nominating), request a nomination packet, or obtain additional information

about any of the positions, please contact:


Nominating Chair

Kim Gimblette 

3 Dawnwinds Court 

Lakewood, NJ 08701



Packets need to be completed and received by January 31, 2017.

Help us keep SAGA a premier needle arts organization well into the 21st Century.


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.


Spirit of St. Louis Smockers hosts Gail Doane

Chapter: Spirit of St. Louis Smockers
Tartan Trim Raglan Sleeve Twill Jacket and Dress

Spirit of St. Louis Smockers would like to invite you to join us for our next chapter class in March with Gail Doane.  We will be making Gail's Tartan Trim Raglan Sleeve Twill Jacket and Dress.  The class will be held Thursday through Saturday, March 23-25, 2017.  We will be meeting at Todd Hall, a retreat center just across the river in Illinois and lodging & meals are available at the center.  E-mail Martha Broyles at or Diane Brinker at for more information.  We hope to see you there.

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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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