Fabric Challenge 2.0 - the Sequel

The Dogwood Chapter recently completed its second fabric challenge:  "Something Small". The idea was to create something small enough to fit in the display case we use at the library during National Smocking Month in February. Chapter members had three months to make as many items as they wished - including finishing any works in progress. There were just a few rules for this challenge: 1) Must be small enough to fit on the shelf in the display case; and 2) Something you can part with from November to March!

Once again, members demonstrated their creativity and resourcefulness as they shared items such as bonnets, bibs, burp cloths, socks, blankets, beaded onesies, diaper shirts, diaper covers, and an Easter egg ornament. 

As before, all who completed  the challenge were entered into a drawing for a great gift card to a local sewing supply store and a box of buttons.  

Thank you to Kathy D. and Susan S. for coming up with another fun challenge! And of course, big thanks to all members who participated in this event.
The next challenge will be announced at the January meeting...we hope even more members will be able to participate!

Results are In: Fabric Challenge Was a Huge Success!

During June and July, Charlotte SAGA chapter member participated in a Fabric Challenge.  Kathy D. came up with the rules:  1) a major part of the project had to incorporate RED gingham; 2) spaghetti bias (of any color) had to be used; and 3) the project had to be turned in at the August monthly meeting. 

 Various techniques were used including applique, piecing, embroidery, and the finished projects were really impressive.  
People commented that they had no idea they'd enjoy red gingham so much!

All who completed the challenge were entered into a drawing for a fabulous prize...a pair of embroidery scissors. Who doesn't want new embroidery scissors???  Thank you to Phyllis for donating the prize, and for supporting this challenge.  Thank you to Kathy D. for coming up with such a clever challenge. And thank you to all members to participated in the fun event.

Details of the next challenge were announced at the August meeting..."Think small"  and read on...

Baxter Mill Archive Field Trip

What a fascinating and fortunate experience!  The SAGA Dogwood Chapter, joined by the Charlotte Quilters Guild, the Charlotte Modern Quilt Guild and the Embroiders Guild of America, spent a wonderful April morning at the world renowned Baxter Mill Archive in Rock Hill, SC, where they encountered a 100+ year archive of fabrics from around the world.

From their website: "The Baxter Mill Archive is a collection of over 500,000 antique fabric swatches, hand-painted artwork, and books. The antique documents have come to us from all four corners of the world, many dating back to the early 1800s. In March of 2017, we acquired the Ilene Danchig Documentary Textile Collection based in New York City, adding over 100,000 diverse pieces to our design library. This addition makes the Baxter Mill Archive one of the most expansive, unique, and invaluable textile and art archives in the world.

"For years, our in-house designers have been utilizing the Baxter Mill Archive every day to support internal creative needs. Now we invite designers and businesses of all industries to unlock the archive’s history and centuries of design for inspiration to suite their design styles and projects.

The group had a great time and felt lucky to get this inside glimps into this fabulous collection of design history. Thank you to Helene Cox for planning, organizing and making such a special event happen!

Dogwood Chapter Hosts Cindy Foose in Spring Workshop

On March 2-3, 18 members and guests from the Dogwood and surrounding chapters met for an instruction-filled workshop led by Cindy Foose. 

The star of the show was the "Dolly" dress pattern by "A Wink and a Nod".  The dress is an extremely versatile pattern - so many options for sleeves, collars, buttons, tabs, and bows. Students learned a variety of techniques including creating the back placket, modifying the dress to allow for a sleeveless option, enlarging the collar to accommodate piping, thread replacement and tucks for a special bodice, and of course pleats, pleats, and more pleats! 

Everyone enjoyed Cindy's special anecdotes and stories along the way. Some have already completed their dresses while others are putting on the finishing touches. Thanks to Cindy for a great workshop, and thanks to Mary Jo's Fabric Store for hosting us!

edited 4/7/2018



February is National Smocking Month

As part of the Wee Care project, SAGA members sew and smock these gowns to donate to hospitals - locally and at Camp Lejeune - to clothe babies who die at birth or shortly after. 

It is gratifying for members to offer this tiny bit of love and support to families who experience the devastating loss of a child. Some families chose to bury their child in the gown, while others choose to keep the gown as a memento - one of the few things their child wore during his or her too short life.

The Dogwood chapter of the Smocking Arts Guild of America welcomes new members and others who wish to participate in this worth service project. See contact information at left. 
Special thanks and gratitude to Beth Sartori and Kathy Dykstra for the beautifully curated display.

Smocking on display throughout the month of February, at South County Regional Library:  
Address: 5801 Rea Road, Charlotte 28277  
Hours:  Mon-Thurs 9am-8pm, Fri-Sat 9am-5pm; Sun 1pm-5pm