Week 1 - Set-up: pleating, pattern lay-out and thread prep.
Week 2 - Smocking: how to read a plate, the mechanics of stacked cables, changing colors and half spaces.
Week 3 - Non-Smocking Stitches: fly stitch, padded satin and granitos
Week 4 - Construction: snaps, neck bias, placket, french seams, sleeve and bottom hem.
You won't want to miss this fabulous class with Tess! Add to your expertise and techniques while creating something special for a worthy cause! You can join our Facebook group page, share your progress and get your questions answered by Tess here!
March 13, 2016 - Join Region Rep Lindsay Carroll for lunch and a tour of the Maryland Historical Society's Exhibit "Elizabeth Patternson Bonaparte, a Women of Two Worlds". Barbara Meger, a talented teacher of SAGA classes, will lead the tour.
April 10, 2016 - Join Region Rep Becky Horton and President-Elect Kate Westlake in Chicago for lunch and a tour of the Dreihaus Museum's Exhibit "Dressing Downton."
The 2016 Designer’s Challenge is “Jacket.” You may use an original or commercial pattern with sleeves; with or without collar; child or adult sizes. However, the stitching technique design must be your own as per stated by the Design Show Handbook. All the details are in the upcoming SAGANews. The Design Show Handbook can be found on the convention information page. Just click on the Hampton logo.
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.
Join SAGA on Facebook! go to www.facebook.com, log in (you can get a free facebook account) and search for Smocking Arts Guild of America, and join! See you there!
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.
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.