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Smocking Arts Guild of America

SAGA Board Announces Smock Across America!

Join our Mystery Ornament Smock-Along

Click the tab under the slide show to get all the details about our Mystery Ornament Smock-Along. Get  your materials ready, the first clue will be posted November 3rd. Don't forget to join our Facebook page!


Follow us to the best in Smocking and Heirloom Sewing

Great News – SAGA is now on Pinterest! Check out our site for your one stop source for the best smocking and construction tutorials, everything Wee Care, free smocking plates, heirloom and embroidery “how to’s” as well as quick sewing gifts!

We have just begun to build the site in the last month or so, so be sure to “follow” us so you can see each pin as it is added. Never checked out Pinterest?  – now is the time! Pinterest is an online bulletin board full of pictures. If you see something you like, just click on it – you will get a bigger picture of the item. Click on it again and it will take you to the site where the picture, tutorial, or smocking plate lives on the web. Best of all, if you are unsure about this whole Pinterest thing, unlike Facebook, there is no need to sign up. You can go to any site on Pinterest, just browse and click.  You only have to sign up for a Pinterst account if you want to be able to save the “pins” to your own boards.

Take your time to check out our boards and if you have any suggestions for a great tutorial or free plate that isn’t on our board, email your suggestion to Cassie Edson, at and she will do her best to get it up there! Remember, start following us so you can keep up with all the latest inspiration!

SAGA Calendar

You'll find the latest info about upcoming events and programs including Education Programs, Grant Workshops, and more.

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Our Mission and Purpose

Founded 1979

The purpose of the Smocking Arts Guild of America is to preserve and foster the art of smocking and related needlework for future generations through education, service, communication and quality workmanship.


What is Smocking?

Smocking fundamentally is the manipulation of fabric using needle and thread. In its simplest form, smocking is decorative needlework stitched over pleats to embellish the item. However this does not define its limitlessness. Smocking can be used to create texture, design or flexibility in fabrics. When a more sophisticated technique is employed the color and weight of the fabric can be influenced and the folds of the fabric become the focus rather than the embroidered stitches. SAGA is your resource to over 20 different forms of smocking.

SAGA Board of Directors

Lisa Hawkes
Lisa Hawkes
President Elect
Charlotte Hallworth
Vice President
Karen Austin
Jane O'Brien
Region I Rep
Lindsay Carroll
Region II Rep
Lori Popelka
Region III Rep
Becky Horton
Region IV Rep
Chris Sykes
Region V Rep

Kathy's Smocked Pin Cushion

Kathy Awender has created this darling pin cushion just for SAGA. There are variations for a chatelaine piece and a tooth fairy pillow. This will be a lovely addition to your sewing accessories or a special gift. The kit includes everything needed to complete the project: excellent directions, pleated batiste, lining fabric, backing fabric (which differs from Kathy's sample piece in the photo), piping and bias strip, floss to coordinate with the back, lace, needles. Please note: the stuffing/fiberfill is not included. Kathy is a loyal SAGA member and teaches extensively. Her business is 'Kathy Awender Designs', The kit cost is $18.00 which includes US postage (for foreign postage please contact SAGA Sales). This kit and the other SAGA Signature Collection kits and SAGA merchandise can be ordered from SAGA Sales at 1-817-350-4883 or
Price: $18.00

Margaret's Bonnet

Margaret's Bonnet is a beautiful bonnet reminiscent of gentle days gone by, designed by SAGA Charter Member and world renowned teacher Margaret Pierce. Margaret has created this bonnet exclusively for SAGA. You will receive a ready-to-smock creation using top quality fabrics and laces, everything needed to execute your heirloom. Very little finishing is required. Perfect for beginning smockers! The kit is $25 which includes US postage (for foreign postage please contact SAGA Sales). This bonnet kit and the other SAGA Signature Collection kits can be ordered also from SAGA Sales at 1-817-350-4883 or
Price: $25.00
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