The Smocking Arts Guild of America (SAGA) is up next with a bonus True Love tutorial (one more day in February to have a little more stitching fun!). SAGA has chapters throughout the United States. You can visit, join and learn this traditional, beautiful art from experienced members.

SAGA is one of the oldest existing Associations of Fine Needle Artists. We began in 1979. To date we have over 114 chapters throughout the United States. Our members enjoy access to internationally known teachers, business member discounts, a quarterly magazine, a Facebook page and website. We have a national service project called Wee Care. Handmade and embroidered garments are made by members and distributed to hospital maternity (neonatal) units. Last year our organization donated over 8900 items.

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Our SAGA Stitches such as Aimee’s Dolly Apron (coming up next here at Sew,Mama,Sew!), are designed to share the resources of SAGA with members, by providing members at-large and chapters with pre-planned programs that can be used individually or adapted for regular chapter meetings. Some SAGA Programs also earn points towards the Artisan Program, a program designed to support and recognize excellence in the field of smocking and related needle arts. Each SAGA program comes complete with detailed teaching instructions, supply lists and handouts to photocopy for each participant. The goal of each program is educational, process- or project-oriented, just for fun, or for individual or chapter growth and development.

We want to invite stitchers to our 33rd Annual Convention in Atlanta Georgia, October 9-14, 2012. The convention provides hours of classes, kits and opportunities to stitch and meet with fellow smocking arts enthusiasts.