Wednesday, January 17, 2018

National Smocking Month

February is still a few weeks away, but I wanted to remind you that is is National Smocking Month.

Do you or your chapter have plans for doing something to promote smocking in your area?

I know many chapters (mine included) put up displays at local libraries and hold smocking demonstrations and lessons.

It is a great way to reach new members and maybe bring someone back to smocking.

Ladies of Cardinal Chapter, Virginia stitching in public.
You can get SAGA brochures from your Region Representative that you can leave with the display. Don't forget to add a label with your chapter contact info to the flyers!

Send me photos and a write up of anything you do in February for SAGANews Chapter Chatter!

Friday, January 12, 2018

A New SAGA Year

Happy New Year! A little late, but I took a wee break from blogging but am now back!

Did you forget to renew your SAGA membership?

If you don't pay your SAGA dues promptly you will not receive communications from SAGA(- the main one being your copy of SAGANews) or other benefits of being a member!

So if you don't want to miss out on receiving the next issue which is in the works and will be published mid-February then please make sure your dues are paid!

You can pay via the SAGA website ( via the phone or via fax.

Monday, December 25, 2017

Happy Christmas!

Just a little eye candy today- all my smocked Christmas ornaments!

A lot of these ornaments have been designs shared by members via SAGANews.

The designs use beads, counter change smocking, Italian smocking; trapuntro smocking, feather stich, lattice smocking, ribbons. All look great on their own, on a tree with other ornaments or all together in a glass bowl!

Happy Christmas from SAGANews!

Tuesday, December 19, 2017

More Christmas Angels

These two angels were made using a pattern from an old Creative Needle magazine. 

The design appeared twice in issues of Creative Needle, both September/October issues and one dated 1997. The designer was Martha Parker.

I used left over scraps of fabric and lace to make them and the wings are made from vintage doilies that have seen better days. The hair is perle cotton. The wreaths are buttons.


Friday, December 15, 2017

Christmas Angels

Not smocking or heirloom sewing but crocheted angels just because 'Tis the Season!

PS The pattern was free and found on the Internet. They are crochet icicle angels.

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Christmas Ornaments

My last blog post was to help with ideas for making gifts for Christmas. This post is to share the ornaments that you could make for your tree or also as gifts. An ornament makes a wonderful hostess gift as it takes up no room, is beautiful and useful too!

So here are some ornaments and the issue they were featured in to make it easier for you.

SAGANews Volume 25 Issue 4

 SAGANews Volume 26 Issue 4

SAGANews Volume 26 Issue 4

SAGANews Volume 28 Issue 4

SAGANews Volume 29 Issue 4

SAGANews Volume 34 Issue 4

Do you have an ornament design you'd like to share with SAGA members? Then why not email me at with a photo so we can be ready for next year's Holiday Issue!

Friday, November 24, 2017

The next issue of SAGANews

The next issue of SAGANews, Volume 39 Issue 4, will be in the mail very soon.

This issue contains some quick and easy Christmas ornaments as well as information from the SAGA Retreat in St. Louis. Of course, there is also the usual Chapter Chatter, which I know helps inspire many chapters, providing ideas for programmes and events.

Don't forget that if you have an idea, design or something you'd like to see in SAGANews,  then contact me at and we will work together to make it happen!

I hope you enjoy this issue as I start getting ready to work on the next one!