"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

Smock-Along with Tess Ellenwood

Join us for the Wee Care Smock-Along with Tess Ellenwood

Everyone, please join Tess Ellenwood as she leads you through the smocking, construction and embroidery of this adorable gown! The supply list and the gown pattern will be posted on February 15th. The first lesson will be posted on March 1st. There will be a total of 4 lessons, one posted each week. The lessons will include :

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!


Upcoming Meet-Ups!

Meet-Up with your SAGA friends and have a fun day together!

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."

SAGA Design Show Challenge

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.

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.


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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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