Saturday, November 18, 2017

Christmas is coming!

Yes, the Holiday Season is upon us and the stores are already filling with decorations and gifts to buy, although I still like to try and make my gifts for friends and family. It is something I have always done and enjoy doing.
So, to help you with our gift giving, here are a few things that have been featured in previous issues of SAGANews (most of them in the fourth issue of the year!).

Button Scissor Fob- Volume 37 Issue 4

Tri-fold Sewing Hussif-Volume 37 Issue 4

Magnetic Scissor Holder-Volume 36 Issue 4

Forget-Me-Knot Needle Keep-Volume 36 Issue 4

Forget-Me-Knot Ribbon Ruler Case- Volume 35 Issue 2

Silk Ribbon Pattern Weights-Volume 36 Issue 4

Opera Cape for and 18'' Doll- Volume 36 Issue 2

Itty Bitty Doll Bishop- Volume 34 Issue 2


 Susie's Doll Apron-Volume 34 Issue 2

Nightgown for 18" Doll Volume 33 Issue 4

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Interesting Plaque

I was recently in the Red Hook area of Brooklyn, New York and taking a walk along the water front around old warehouses that have been restored and are starting to be used again for apartments and small businesses when I spotted this plaque on the wall.

What a wonderful way to be remembered!

Monday, November 6, 2017

School for Visual Arts Display

A group of students at the New York School for Visual Arts have created a 3D visual display of their work along Madison Avenue in New York City.

Dress made from all pennies.
This dress is made from ear plugs!
This 'flapper' dress is made from silverware.

The display is only on until November 15 along the Upper East Side. To read more about the event visit:

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Trees for Troops at St. Louis

Here are some photos taken of the Trees for Troops donations at the SAGA Retreat in St. Louis.

There were lot's of different designs, techniques and fabrics used.

Well done ladies!

And it is never too late to start making some ready for donation at next year's Convention in Winston-Salem!

Look in the soon-to-be published next issue of SAGANews for some great quick and easy ornament ideas!

Monday, October 23, 2017

Cute Baby Doll Pattern

I found this sweet baby doll clothing pattern in a local antique store. It had no price and turns out it was free!

The pattern has been used, but all pieces are there-not bad as it dates from 1939!

The transfers in the pattern have never been used. They have the dots for smocking as well as the embroidery designs.

I thought it was interesting that it used smocking and heirloom sewing techniques and I might see if it makes a size suitable for Wee Care.

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

SAGA Smock Along Completed

Are you participating in the latest SAGA Smock Along?

A big thank you to Vaune Pierce for her wonderful directions both for the smocking and the construction elements.

My completed bag
This is actually quite a quick project from start to finish-the hardest part of it all is picking your fabrics and the colour of your threads!
The inside of my bag

If you want to receive Artisan Points for your participation, you must post a photo on the SAGA Smock Along Facebook page by November 1, 2018.

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Getting ready to leave...

Wes and I are getting ready to pack for  the SAGA Retreat in St. Louis that starts Thuersday evening with the Welcome Reception and ends Sunday lunchtime.

                                                      Hope we see lots of you there!

Sunday, October 8, 2017

Essential Items for the St. Louis Retreat!

It is not long now before the second SAGA Retreat of 2017 in St. Louis, Missouri! I will be busy working taking photos and such for SAGA and SAGANews at this Retreat and hope to see many of you as I walk around the classes each day!

I know many of you have attended SAGA Conventions or Retreats before, but it never hurts to be reminded of some essential items that you will need and may forget to pack (Note to Past President, Lisa Hawkes, who forgot to read item 5 before she left for Bedford Glen!).

1. Basic Sewing Supplies

2. Writing materials and tools.

3. Name labels for your raffle tickets (or I will have some you can use :) )

4. Tote bag (especially useful for market).

5. Sewing Machine-If you are taking machine classes and don't forget the power cord and foot; machine presser feet; needles; bobbins; manual; wheels to get it to and from class.

6. Chapter raffle basket.

7. Wee Care items to donate and your ornaments for Tree for Troops!

8. Table favours-if your chapter offered to donate them.

9. Any pre-class homework?

10. Light and magnification.

11. Spare glasses.

12. Camera

13. Your Retreat Contest entry-Accessory.

14. Your Artisan card.

15. Name Tag (if you have one).

16. A smile and money for market!

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Things to do in St. Charles, Missouri

If you are attending the SAGA Retreat in St. Charles in a couple of weeks and have any free time to explore, here are a few suggestions of things to do.

You can also visit the website to find restaurants, shopping and more place of interest.

Once named the "Williamsburg of the West" by Southern Living Magazine, St. Charles' Main Street region is Missouri's first and largest historic district. Running parallel to the Missouri River, the brick-paved streets are home to one-of-a-kind shops, in restored buildings that date to the 1800s.
Tour the First State Capitol Historic Site or stroll the brick paved streets of Historic St. Charles, taking in more than 125 unique shops and restaurants. Today, the city is much as it was and continues to welcome folks who enjoy experiencing the sights and sounds of early America. 

Founded as Les Petites Cotes (The Little Hills) by French Canadian fur trader Louis Blanchette, Saint Charles, MO grew into a thriving riverfront trading center for a young America.

Thousands passed through on their journeys westward, replenishing supplies before departing into new territory. Saint Charles is a source of historical encounter: the Lewis and Clark Rendezvous, Missouri's First State Capitol, origin of the Boone's Lick Trail and home to Daniel Boone.
Just 25 minutes away is downtown St. Louis with the Arch, riverfront, and historic Laclede's Landing. At Forest Park, the site of the 1904 World's Fair, discover the world-renowned St. Louis Zoo, Art Museum, Science Center, and Missouri History Museum. Cheer at Busch Stadium for Cardinals baseball. Stroll the world-class Missouri Botanical Garden. Visit unique neighborhoods such as Soulard's historic farmer's market, the Central West End's boutiques/antiques, and the funky, fun Delmar Loop.

Things to do:
Darius Heald House- Fort Zumwalt Park
Brick home built by Darius Heald, son of War of 1812 veteran Nathan Heald, completed circa 1885. Open May-September 2nd & 4th Sundays, noon-3:00 PM.

First Missouri State Capitol Historic Site
State Historic site where Missouri's first legislature met for five years. Tours & special events. Seasonal Hours. Call for details and hours.

Historic Daniel Boone Home at Lindenwood Park

Step into history at The Historic Daniel Boone Home. The Boone Home is nestled upon the rolling hills of wine country and overlooks the Femme Osage Valley. This beautiful setting represents life in the early 1800s and brings the legacy of Daniel Boone to life. Within the thick limestone walls, stories of a daring man offer a glimpse into family matters, risky adventures and hard-fought battles.

St. Charles Ghost Tours-
Experience the ghost of St. Charles. St. Charles seems to have more than its share of mysterious manifestations. Prepare to visit some of the places reporting ghostly activity. Just glimpsed glows,...

Commemorative Air Force-Missouri Wing
Patriotic organization dedicated to the preservation of WW II aircraft and their heritage. It currently maintains a B-25 "Mitchell", a TBM "Avenger", and an L-3 "Grasshopper".

Fast Lane Classic

Come see almost 200 cars from the finest collection of classic & muscle cars in the nation. All displayed in our 45,000 sq. ft. Museum/Showroom.

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Shaker Sewing Boxes

I recently visited the New Britain Museum of American Art here in Connecticut. It was an interesting museum with art for the 1700's through to modern day, so quite the range of styles on show.

While there I was lucky to catch an exhibition in one of the galleries that featured Shaker boxes and most of those on display were sewing boxes! The collection is part of a larger one owned by Stephen and Miriam Miller.

From the Museum website:
 In the 1780s, the Shakers established a number of relatively self-sufficient villages spread from Maine to Kentucky. Initially, the Shakers separated themselves from the outside world to allow themselves the freedom to pursue their unique spiritual vision and communal lifestyle. It was not long before they realized that complete isolation was not actually possible for a functional community, as there were certain items, including glass, ceramics, metals, and salt, that they could not produce from their lands. A cash economy was required, and thus they began to create objects, such as “fancy” baskets and sewing carriers, for sale.
While the Shakers fully embraced the concept of “profit,” they scrupulously adhered to the same standards of high quality production that were applied when creating objects for their own use. This exhibition offers viewers the opportunity to compare and contrast objects made for use by the Shakers, such as the large sewing chest from Enfield, Connecticut, and objects made for sale, including a number of oval sewing boxes, from Sabbathday Lake, Maine.

The  photo shows Brother Delmer Wilson (1873-1961)in his workshop in 1923, along with 1,083 oval sewing boxes that he made in that year alone!  The machine in the foreground is one he customized for large scale production of the boxes.

The first sewing carriers made in 1896 were round ones and then production switched to oval and they were made in the tens of thousands well into the 1950's. Brother Wilson produced the bodies and the Shaker sisters at the Sabbathday Lake Shaker community in Maine were responsible for lining them with silk and attaching the hand-made pin cushions, emery bags and needlecases. The cases were sold in the community's own gift shop as well as at resorts in New England and by catalog.

I wonder where all of the other boxes and baskets are now? I would love to have one in my collection!

Thursday, September 21, 2017

What I've been working on

A good friend of mine's daughter is getting married later this year and I wanted to make her a personal gift from me to her, so I have made a small sewing hussif. I have made several of this type of hussif, the first for myself to match my sewing reticule (a class with the late Beverley Sheldrick).

My sewing reticule

My sewing hussif

I made another for a friend's daughter who married a few years ago as a gift. It was something useful (there's always a button needs sewing on even if you don't sew for a hobby) and it had a connection as to how I came to know the bride-I met her mother through sewing and SAGA.

I added items that might be useful-safety pins; snaps;needles

So my latest hussif was for that same reason- I met the brides mother via sewing and SAGA.

This one is waiting to be filled with useful items!
The scissors and needle threaders.
I have also made a couple more, which I gave as Christmas gifts to the mothers of the girls.