Tuesday, July 30, 2013

SAGA Convention 2013

Have you ever wanted to learn to smock? Do you admire beautiful embroideries from by-gone eras? 
Do you love to sew for children but your garments have that “homemade look”? Do you read sewing blogs and wonder to what the terms pin stitch, faggoting, hemstitch and featherstitch refer? 
Would you like to broaden your sewing skills and have a ton of fun? Come join the Smocking Arts Guild of America (SAGA™) at its annual convention in Frisco, Texas October 23rd-27th, 2013! 
Smocking Arts Guild of America
Don’t know anyone? Don’t worry - ladies who stitch are friendly, helpful and love to have fun. There will be a doll clothing contest, sit and stitch, participate in our Wee Care charity project, classes for all levels, and yes, you will even learn to Two-Step! You can read all about it in the Convention Brochure! So come join the SAGA convention by registering now, and make some new friends! If this is your first convention, there is a special information page to help you register. 
Come join the fun, exciting and educational classes!  Each class has been evaluated and approved by a SAGA selection committee so you can be assured that you will be able to expand your sewing skills and achieve the results you desire. From pattern drafting for children, mastering the peter pan collar, designing your own smocked ornament, learning how to shadow embroider, working on pulled thread, tackling the pea hole hemstitch, mastering your pleater, stitching an elaborate Elizabethan Panel, or simply perfecting your smocking, there is something for everyone taught at all levels!
Many of our members have joined SAGA specifically to help their community by using their stitching. Come and learn about the SAGA Wee Care Program™, and get inspired by the talents of our members who donate hand smocked and embroidered gowns and bonnets to local hospitals for neonatal units and bereavement programs.  You can even work on a smocked Wee Care bonnet at convention. 
We hope to see you there, but if you can’t join us, SAGA has chapters through out the United States along with chapters in Mexico and Australia! Local chapters meet monthly, bring teachers for seminars and participate in the Wee Care Program™. If there is no chapter located near you, you can still become involved through the members at large program. For more information, check out the SAGA website at www.smocking.org. So go dust off your cowboy boots and hat and come Two-Steppin’ with SAGA in Frisco!
I wish I was going to this convention, but it's just not going to work out for me this year. I look forward to hearing all about it and I hope you can make it there!

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