Saturday, March 17, 2018

Celebrating St. Patrick's Day with Wee Care

Happy St. Patrick's Day!

Today I am sharing a design from SAGANews Volume 26 Issue 3- a Wee Care design.

Kristi Elkner shared her Celtic Wee Care design with SAGA members and used Lizette Thomason's 'Angel Gown' pattern for the gown.

If you don't have a copy of this issue of the magazine. Please email me at You do need to be a current SAGA member to receive the information.

Thursday, March 15, 2018

Silk Ribbon Tissue Cover

Are you participating in the SAGA Silk Ribbon Tissue Cover Stitch Along?

The first two lessons have been posted on the SAGA Smock Along Facebook page.

If you complete your project by May 1, 2018 you can request Artisan Points!

What are you waiting for?

Tuesday, March 6, 2018

Needlecraft Magazine

I was going through a few books and magazines in my collection recently and came across this magazine that I had forgotten I owned.

                                          It is from June 1928 and cost 10 cents to purchase.

The magazine has recipes, sewing projects and lots of ads on how to make money from home (such as making cadies, selling subscriptions to the magazine). The lessons were very descriptive and I am sure many ladies learned new techniques this way.

The ads for sewing items make interesting reading.

They also sold finished pieces for you to buy and work on the sewing projects featured in the magazine. I wonder how many of these linens were made and are now in a drawer somewhere or are in an antique or thrift shop waiting to be found?

Some of the regular ads were for things like freckle removing cream and other beauty aids but the ad on the back page is one that we might still find today in a more modern format.

Thursday, February 22, 2018

New SAGA Stitch Along

Are you following the new SAGA Stitch Along?

The information is on the SAGA Smock Along Facebook page.

This Stitch Along is a silk ribbon embroidery project and you will end up making a travel tissue case!

The case will be similar to this one, with a different embroidery design.

The Stitch Along is being lead by Wanda DeWitt. Wanda has made many of these cases to match the many sewing reticules she has made over the years.

This Stitch Along should be another fun one! Why not join in?

Sunday, February 18, 2018

Guess what is on the way?

Yes, the next issue of SAGANews!

This is the cover of the first issue of SAGANews for 2018. You'll have to wait until you receive it to find out all about the Convention in Winston-Salem and read the great articles in this issue.

Don't forget- the back page mailing label is now your membership card. You will have one on each issue.

By the way, if you did not renew your SAGA membership for 2018 by early February you will not be receiving this issue or any other issues until you renew!

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Happy Valentine's Day!

Today I am sharing photos of a smocking design from SAGANews Volume 26 Issue 1, Cate's Candied Hearts, designed by Connie Moses.

 The design is worked on a bishop style dress, but could easily be adapted for a straight yoke or insert.

If you don't have a copy of this issue of SAGANews and would like the design, please email me at
Sorry this design will only be available to current SAGA members!

Friday, January 26, 2018

Victoria on PBS

Have you been watching the series 'Victoria' on your local PBS station? I certainly have. Beside the historical drama being very interesting, the costumes are also wonderful. The lace collars shown are particularly lovely.

Queen Victoria was a great patron of British lace making and her wedding dress was made of Honiton lace that was applied to a net background. In  fact, all the materials used in her gown were British made. The dress was also trimmed with orange blossoms. Victoria was instrumental in making the white wedding dress popular as up until her wedding most brides wore coloured gown. For most brides of the era, wearing white was not an option as the wedding dress would usually be put into service as part of the everyday wardrobe and white was too impractical.  Victoria reused much of the lace from her gown time and again and a some was even used for her Diamond Jubilee outfit.

Lace collars were a way of dressing up an otherwise plain dress and allowing for the area around the face to be prettily framed as well as the practical fact the collar could be removed and washed more easily than the rest of the garment.

Honiton lace has been made since the 1700's and was a cottage industry, with most lace pieces being made in the homes  of the workers who were for the most part the wives of the poorly paid labourers and fisherman. These workers were often under the control of the shop owners who would in turn sell the finished product in London. It can take up to 5 hours to produce one square centimetre of lace. Large pieces such as collars and hankies could take up to 1,000 hours to make!