Thursday, January 29, 2015

Woodlawn, Virginia SAGA Meet-up

SAGA Meet Up at 52nd Needlework Exhibition, Woodlawn
9000 Richmond Highway (U.S. Route 1) in Alexandria, Virginia.

March 20, 2015  1-4pm 

We invite you all to join us for a fun day out in Alexandria, Virginia at the Woodlawn Historic Plantation ( ) to tour the 52nd  Needlework Exhibition sponsored by Nelly's Needlers, a volunteer auxiliary.
Exhibition tickets may be purchased onsite the day of the event.  Exhibit admission cost is $12. We will meet at 1 pm in the gift shop and proceed to the self guided exhibit from there.
But why not plan on joining us for lunch before the tour? We have reserved 36 places for lunch at the Underwood Room for SAGA members and their guests at the 11 am lunch seating. Lunch reservations are only available by advanced reservation. The lunch cost is $21 and  includes entree, beverage, dessert and gratuity. Visit  to sign up for the luncheon.  (Please remember this group lunch is only available by advance online reservation and advanced payment). 

There will be time before and after touring the exhibit to shop at the Museum store where finished needlework, samplers, kits , books and gifts are available. 

This event is open to not only SAGA members but their guest as well. 
Please RSVP to  so we will have an idea of how many will be
attending. We look forward to seeing you! 

Directions to Woodlawn can be found at the museum website noted at the top of this message. 

We hope you can join us and encourage you to bring a friend !

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

First SAGA Retreat fast approaching!

The first SAGA Retreat will be held at the Embassy Suites Hotel on Swenson Street, Las Vegas at the end of February. The hotel is minutes away from the Las Vegas strip and features Wi Fi throughout and the room rate secured by SAGA includes breakfast each morning and the mangers evening reception each evening.
Besides taking the classes SAGA has to offer, there is so much to see and do in Vegas. You can visit the world just walking down the famous Strip as you can ride a gondola in the Venetian Hotel; see the Eiffel Tower at Hotel Paris; watch fountains at the Bellagio; go on a roller coaster ride above the roof tops; watch a volcano erupt at the Mirage; see the Sphinx at the Luxor; go back to medieval times at the Excalibur; see endless shows and then there is the shopping! That is even if you leave the hotel which has a heated outdoor pool to enjoy and a hot tub and a gym.
I for one am looking forward to visiting the sights of Vegas and taking lots of photos! I am also looking forward to the dry, warmer weather as it should be in the upper 60’s which beats the cold Connecticut February weather any day!
But I am mostly looking forward to seeing my sewing friends, meeting some new ones and taking classes. It doesn’t matter where you are when you share a common bond- SAGA.
So will I see you in Vegas? I hope so!
Visit to find out more about the Las Vegas retreat and all that SAGA has to offer.

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Callaway Gardens Meet-Up

A SAGA Meet-Up was held on Janaury 20 at Callaway Gardens which is in Pine Mountain, Georgia.  Every year a Needlearts School is held at the Gardens Conference Center. They host a market which is open to the public as was a juried needle arts exhibit sponsored by the Dogwood Chapter of The Embroiders' Guild of America Inc.

SAGA Region Representative Lori Popelka organised a Meet-Up for SAGA members on Janaury 20.

She reports:

"The needlework exhibit was awe inspiring. We saw a couple of old friends, Kathy Neal and Marion Schoular who were also there for the day and were vendors by night.  Dinner was delicious and the shopping that followed was frenzied."

Look for more SAGA Meet-Ups on the SAGA website ( and in SAGA emails, SAGA Facebook and SAGANews Blog.

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Who is going to Las Vegas?

I am!

I have booked:

My flights-yeah for air miles!

My hotel room and I have a room mate to share it with.

My classes-yes this time I am taking classes!

So Las Vegas here I come!

Will I see you there? I hope so.

Visit the SAGA website to find out more about the Las Vegas Retreat and everything to do with smocking, heirloom embroidery and more!

These are the two classes I am taking with Brenda Shade.

Sunday, January 18, 2015

A New Year and time to renew old friendships.

Many of us make New Year resolutions and within a month, week and even few days have forgotten them, but renewing an old freindship is one that can be done very easily and prove very rewarding.

So have you renewed your friendship with SAGA by paying your dues for 2015?

SAGA has so much to offer:

Retreats in 2015 (Las Vegas, Chicago and Valley Forge) where you can take classes.

Local Meet Ups planned.

Chapter meetings to attend.

Correspondence Courses.

SAGA Stitches programmes.

SAGA website.

Facebook page.

Artisan Programme.

Wee Care.


And lastly, SAGANews which if you do not renew you will not receive as it is a Members Only publication.

Think of all you might miss- so visit the SAGA website ( and renew your membership today. You will be renewing a friendship that keeps on giving!

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

SAGA Meet Up-Callaway Gardens

Where:  Callaway Gardens Mountain Creek Inn Conference Center
               17800 US Highway 27, Pine Mountain, Georgia, 31822

When:  Tuesday January 20, 2015  1-9 pm

What:  Regional meet up to visit the juried needle work exhibit, shop a fiber boutique and needle arts bookstore and shop a vendors market that evening. 
Join us for dinner and there will be enough time to tour some of the gardens.  There is no entry fee to Callaway Gardens on this day, since the majority of plant life is dormant during the winter.  We will eat at The Vineyard Green in Mountain Creek Inn between the exhibit and vendor’s market. 
The bookstore, exhibit and boutique are open until 4 pm. 
The vendor’s market is from 7 pm - 9 pm. 
Come and go as you please. 
This is designed to be a fun day out with friends that love to stitch as much as you. 
We will meet at the Conference Center at 1 pm. 
RSVP to Lori Popelka at  if interested in joining us. 
Bring any friends that might enjoy this with you.  It is not limited to SAGA members only.

Holiday Windows in NYC

The first day of the year usually finds my husband and I walking the streets of New York City looking at the holiday windows and tree. This year was no exception as the weather was dry (no doing this trip in the rain!) although cold and quite breezy. We parked the car and walked the quieter route from Second Avenue, up to Madison and then along 59th Street to Fifth Avenue and the start of our annual wanderings.

Bergdorf Goodman is where we always start our windows walk and this year the theme was the arts. Each window display celebrated something different: painting; cinema; sculpture; dance; literature; architecture; photography. All very lavish and creative, but the one that really caught my eye was the literature window.

This window was an all red theme and there were portraits of authors along with stacks of books and a typwriter-but what made this window special was tha fact that all the portraits were hand stitched! There was crewelwork, needlepoint, cross stitch and embroidery. The typewriter was constructed from felt as were many of the books. Bergdorf Goodman Senoir Art Director David Hoey said it is the most labour intensive window they have ever created!


The other windows were fun too. Everything in the architure window was constructed from paper and the model is meant to be the artitect looking at her work-her beautiful evening gown was embroidered using a tambour technique.

A couple of these little guys were in other windows and caught my eye-made from needlepoint.


David Hoey reported that he wanted the windows to be a lesson in art appreciation and more than 100 artists contributed to the items in the windows, using a revival of old school techniques.

I hope we see more of this revival and see smocking come into its own in 2015!