Saturday, May 19, 2018

Royal Wedding Dress

Meghan's wedding dress was designed by British designer Clare Waight Keller, first female designer, for Givenchy.

Her 5 metre long veil is made of silk tulle trimmed with hand embroidered flowers, stitched in silk and organza, representing the  flora of the 53 countries in the Commonwealth of Nations.

The couple will now be known as their Royal Highnesses The Duke and Duchess of Sussex.

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

SAGA Convention Registration Opens for Non-Members!

Today is the  day you can register to attend the SAGA National Convention in Winston-Salem if you are not a SAGA member!

This is the first time that a Convention has been opened up to non-members. SAGA are doing this to expand their education outreach.

So want to see what SAGA is all about before you join? Then now is your chance!

More information on classes is available on the SAGA website

Monday, May 7, 2018

Some Go-To Videos

If you are just beginning smocking and would like to learn some basic smocking techniques then the Smocking Arts Guild of America YouTube videos are a great way to learn.

The videos feature teachers Judith Adams and Vaune Pierce who take you through the  process of pleating your fabric and two basic smocking stitches, cable and trellis.

Watching the videos is like taking a mini class with these teachers and all in the comfort of your own home!

Even if you know how to smock,  you will pick up some great tips from watching these videos!

Judith Adams Pleating Your Fabric

Vaune Pierce Cable Stitch

Vaune Pierce Trellis Stitch

These videos would be good to watch as there is a new  SAGA Smock Along coming soon to celebrate 35 years of the Artisan Program and it might be good to brush up on the basics and be ready to Smock Along!

Tuesday, May 1, 2018

Convention Registration Opens!

SAGA Convention Registrations opens today at 10:00 AM Central Time!

If you have chosen your classes and are ready to register the easiest way is on-line at

But you may also register by mail or phone.

Don't forget there are also pre-day events you can register for!

Monday, April 30, 2018

Laces, Silks and Linens

At a recent sale I found a wonderful little book issued in 1922 by the Woman's Institute of Domestic Arts and Sciences. The book is an instruction paper (with Examination Questions) on Laces, Silks and Linens.

The booklet is a wonderful source of information on the subjects in the title and most of the information is relevant today. The booklet begins with remarks about lace and is followed by the types of lace available and their uses with photographic examples. Care of lace is also covered.


The next section covers silk from the production to selection. This is followed by linens and tables of linens available and their uses. These tables also state the width of the fabric and the cost.

I am enjoying flipping through the pages and reading some of them a little at a time. By the time I have read the book, I should be able to answer the examination questions at the back!

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

A New Prince!

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge welcomed their third child into the world yesterday. The baby, a boy, weighed in at 8 lbs 7 oz and left the hospital with his parents a few hours after the birth, but not before he had been visited by his older brother Prince George and sister, Princess Charlotte.

Of course, it is Charlotte's dress that is good news for those of us who smock-yes another cute smocked square yoke dress! And more good news is that it is sold out, so smocking is popular, especially when it is worn by fashion icons even if they are only two years old

And the new Prince was born on St. George's Day-even better!

Monday, April 23, 2018

Happy St. Georges Day!

In England April 23 is St. Georges Day. St. George is the patron saint of England (as well as a few other countries!) and his flag, a red cross on a white background is part of the Union Jack.

St. George wasn't even English, but probably was born in a region now know as Turkey. He became a hero and legends were told about his bravery and because of this became adopted as the patron saint.

St. George is mostly portrayed slaying a dragon as in this needlework by nun Agatha.