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The Dogwood Chapter hosts Cindy Foose

03/02/2018 - 03/03/2018

Chapter: Dogwood Chapter

Join the Dogwood Chapter as they host Cindy Foose, March 2-3, 2018 for Hello Dolly, a 2 day class.

Please see Brochure for more info and registration information.

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French Handsewers & Greater New Orleans Host Kathy Dykstra

03/09/2018 - 03/10/2018

Project is "Stephanie". Workshop is in Baton Rouge, LA.

Ozark Foothills Hosts Judith Adams

03/23/2018 - 03/24/2018

Chapter: Ozark Foothills Chapter
The project is the Pretty Pink Possum Dress. We are accepting registration at this time. Cost of the workshop is $200.00 +kit fee($75-$80). This includes two days of class with Judith, dinner Thursday evening and lunches Friday and Saturday. Carol Kick has the registration forms which she can email to interested ladies. Her email is and her phone number is 479 790-4080. You may learn about the chapter at Northwest Arkansas is a beautiful area, with an airport and Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art.

Three Days of Handwork Classes with Judith Adams

04/05/2018 - 04/07/2018

Chapter: Chesapeake Treasures

Princess Bonnet

Use delicate scallped lace tapes shaped to form leaves and rings resembling handmade lace. Bonnet is sized 3-6 months. This beautiful baby bonnet is using the same heirloom techniquest for Princess Lace – basting then stitching the tape, leaves and rings in place to create an exquisite “handmade” lace. Students will be surprised how quickly this lace works up.

Beautiful Bow Bishop

Learn to adorn with lovely rounded flowers and beads. In this class you will expand your skill of stitching a wave stitch to include rounded beaded flowers, floating bows and, curved ribbon streamers plus show you how to get firm and wrinkle free neck binding. The design is worked in one color with pearl seed beads however you can choose to use more colors if you prefer.

Smocked Patchwork Bag

This is a pleating and smocking class. Liberty fabric with a dash of smocking, mixed up in patchwork squares. Learn to pleat without seams before smocking the center four squares for the front of the bag to create a smocked patchwork diamond. Stitch using Stair-step Waves in one or two colors, maybe some Four Step Wave Diamonds or try Triple surface Honeycomb on the back to a subtle, textural look. Bag can be made with 4” and 6” squares. In class students will lay out fabric squares and pin the seams for the correct stitching order. Actual construction will be done at home.


Judith travels from Australia to the United States several times a year to share her needlework talents. Judith is known for her use of netting, silk fabrics and silk threads in her needlework as well as her pleating techniques. Her favorite forms of embroidery are smocking and heirloom techniques with shaped lace. A regular teacher at the SAGA conventions, we are fortunate to host such a creative and talented needle artist.


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Spirit of St. Louis hosts Vaune Pierce

04/06/2018 - 04/07/2018

Chapter: Spirit of St. Louis Smockers

Join the Spirit of St. Louis Smockers as they host Vaune Pierce for 2 days of classes, April 6-7, 2018,

Sam / Samantha Bubble on Friday, April 6, 2018.
Blissful Blouses onSaturday, April 7, 2018

For more information and registration form, click on the brochure link below!

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Low Country Chapter Hosts Kathy Dykstra, April 13-14, 2018

04/13/2018 - 04/14/2018

Chapter: Low Country

Ella's Easter Dress is the subject of this two day class.  Contact Patti Capell at for more information.   Registration opens Feb. 1, 2018 for non- Low Country members.

Show Me Stitchers host Barbara Meger

04/21/2018 - 04/22/2018

Chapter: Show Me Stitchers

The Show Me Stitchers Chapter of the Smocking Arts Guild of America is hosting a workshop with Barbara Meger April 21-22, 2018 in Boonville, MO.  She will be teaching her Drawn Thread Christening Cap, Mad About Plaid, and M'Lady's Jewelry Pouch classes.  Barbara is a SAGA approved teacher.

You are cordially invited to attend. Deadline for registration is Feb. 1, 2018.  Click on Brochure link for more information.

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Plantation Pleaters host Vaune Pierce, April 24-26, 2018

04/24/2018 - 04/26/2018

Chapter: Plantation Pleaters

Join the Plantation Pleaters as they host Vaune Pierce on April 24 - 26, 2018.

Save the dates, more information to follow!

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