Wes was in class today and enjoyed himself smocking on a small dress for a quilt block, The first of two Brenda Shade classes. Other attendees were having fun with Judith Adams, Carol Ahles and Phyllis Brown.
Tonight there is a small market and Wee Care Stitch In so lots of fun and time to spend with friends.
Wes really enjoyed the Welcome Reception last night where he had coffee and desserts!
Wish you could all be here, but it is nice to be a small group as there are over 30 raffle baskets-nearly one for every attendee! Wes hopes he wins one (or two) at banquet tomorrow night!
Here is Wes at the SAGA Smock Across America Retreat in Las Vegas. He has found Elvis!
He also found two swans for his new friends.
Things are starting to take shape for the retreat. All of the teachers are here, including Phyllis Brown who changed her flights and came yesterday to avoid being stranded at Charlotte Airport due to the snow! Hope all of the attendees have safe travels to get here.
The new 2015 Wee Care Gown Trunk Show is in the
process of being cataloged, photographed and prepared for a year of bookings
with the SAGA chapters across the country.The show contains 40 gowns, 3 bonnets and 2 blankets which provide a
fabulous array of colors, styles, smocking designs and embroidery
embellishments.The show’s purpose
is to share and inspire our members.
Museum features rescued architectural landmarks from some of
the celebrated properties dating from the 1930’s to present day. The two acre
facility includes more than 150 unrestored vintage neon signs.
Did you know that there is a wonderful cactus garden hiding
behind a chocolate factory in Henderson, Nevada not far from Las Vegas and on
the way to the Hoover Dam?
If you are planning on some sightseeing while in Las Vegas
at the SAGA Retreat, I would add a visit to the Ethel M® Chocolate Factory to
your list of places to go. Of course, who can resist the chance to see
chocolate making and get to try a sample or two? But then there is also the
wonderful cactus garden to walk around! The garden is the largest cactus garden
in Nevada and features four acres of drought-tolerant ornamentals, cacti and
succulents.Over 300 species can be
found and many of the plants are native to the American Southwest.
The self-guided factory tour and Botanical Cactus Garden are
open seven days a week.
My chapter, Thimbleberry in Connecticut, have a display at a local library (Fairfield Woods Branch library in Fairfield) for National Smocking Month.
The cabinet isn't very big, but is full of smocked items (and not just childrens clothing) to show what you can smock. The library has arranged an afternoon for us to share our smocking skills with the public. It is wonderful as the library print flyers, put articles in the local papers and publise the event for us. I hope we get lots of attendees and maybe pick up some new members, but that aside at least we are trying and proving smocking is still something people do and enjoy!
I know many other chapters have displays at their local libraries during National Smocking Month and also plan events to stitch in public. Let me know what your chapter (or just you) have done.
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A full bin next to my sewing machine makes me very happy!
Well it means I have had time to be busy at my machine.
I try and do hand work every evening while watching something recorded on TV (yeah for PBS and BBC Amercia!), but sometimes it is hard to find time to sit at the sewing machine.
I like to sew on the machine during the day and often there are other prioirities: SAGANews; meetings; the laundry; cooking to name a few! But then along comes a day or rarely a few days in a row and my machine gets uncovered and the bin gets filled!
Do you have something in your sewing room that makes you happy when you see it?
Do you or your chapter have something special planned to highlight smocking this month?
My chapter will have a display at a local library and hope to have a 'Smock In' at the same library one Sunday afternoon. We did the same last year and it drew interest. It takes very little time and effort but you never know what may come of it.
The display is simple with a few smocking books, smocked dresses and smocked ornaments. We include a few copies of SAGANews and leave SAGA brochures out with our contact information. The library love the attention the display receives as it looks so pretty!