See you November 6

See you at our next meeting,  Nov 6, at 7pm at the Keller Williams office.  Program planned for November is smocked sampler pillow.

At each meeting, Wee Care gown kits (gowns already cut-out and pleated, ready to smock) are availalbe for members to stitch. Come be part of this special community service - these gowns meet a very special need for the parents faced with the loss of their babies.

November is our last meeting until after the New Year. Our December holiday social will be hosted by Sharon - details will be emailed to members.

Upcoming June meeting - Wee Care mini Workshop

The Dogwood chapter will be meeting again on June 5th at 7pm at the Keller Williams office.  We will be continuing our work on the Wee Care gowns in an effort to have some larger size gowns on hand.  Please plan to bring sewing machines and basic sewing supplies to the meeting.  The gowns are cut out and many are partially completed.  Hopefully we will get several of them finished up and ready to smock at the meeting.  These meet a very special need for the parents that are grieving the loss of their babies.

If you have any blue or pink Imperial batiste on hand that you'd like to donate for the Wee Care gowns, please bring them to the meeting where they will be put to good use.         

Happy Stitching!

Lattice Smocking....

The May meeting of the Dogwood Chapter of SAGA will feature a program on lattice smocking. If you'd like to participate in stitching a sample of the lattice smocking, please bring an 8.5" x 8.5" square of suitable fabric (silk dupini or a similar weight fabric) marked on the wrong side with a 1/2" grid of dots.  Leave a 1" border around the outside of the fabric so that you have something to hold on to while working the stitches.  Also bring along regular weight sewing thread (not lightweight) or quilting thread and a needle of your preference.  Here's a sample of what we will be doing.

We will meet at 7pm. on May 1st at the Keller Williams Realty Offices, 3430 Toringdon Way, Suite 101, Charlotte, NC.  The doors will be locked for safety, so you can either call or text 704-400-5290 or 704-650-1835 and someone will come to the door and let you in.

Happy stitching......


Featherstitching Fun.....

The Dogwood chapter met this month and Virginia Martin demonstrated featherstitching along with different versions of the stitch while members practiced the technique.  For several members, this was their first attempt at trying the featherstitch.  We look forward to seeing how the stitch will be used in future projects!

The April meeting of the Dogwood chapter will be at 7pm on April 3rd.  The program will be on unusual fabric manipulation techniques used to create different smocking stitches.  This will be another informative and interesting program.  Members are asked to bring along any items that may have different stitches/techniques used to create any unusual stitches.

Until then, happy stitching.....

National Smocking Month

The Dogwood guild is celebrating National Smocking Month by putting up a display of a variety of smocked items at the South County Regional Library.  Once again, Beth Sartori has outdone herself and created a beautiful display in the small space available and has been able to show a variety of smocked items.

Thank you for the pictures and for setting up such a lovely display Beth!  The display showcases everything from a smocked fish ornament in organza to infant outfits, bonnets and doll clothes!  Beautiful!

The next meeting of the Dogwood SAGA Chapter will be held on March 6th at 7pm at the Keller Williams Realty Offices, 3430 Toringdon Way,  Suite 101, Charlotte, NC.   We will be learning the featherstitch.  Please bring along any samples you may have of this lovely stitch.  If you want to practice/learn this stitch, bring along a small piece of fabric, floss, scissors, needles (your basic supplies).  

We welcome visitors to our meetings and welcome new faces.  For safety reasons the doors to the building are locked, but when you arrive, please call or text 704-400-5290 or 704-650-1835 and someone will come and let you in.

Happy Stitching......

February 2014 Meeting

The February meeting of the Dogwood chapter will be held on Thursday evening, Feb. 6th at 7pm in the training room of the Keller Williams Realty Ballantyne office located at 3430 Toringdon Way, Suite 101. This is a building with a secured entrance, so someone will be at the door to let you in.  The meeting will begin promptly at 7pm.  If you are running late, you can call or text (704-400-5290) and someone will come to the door and let you in.

Easy directions to the meeting place:

I-485 to Johnston Rd., Exit 61 (a or b), look for Red Robin restaurant, turn R on Toringdon Way, 2nd building on right, Keller Williams (building #3430).  Meeting room is on the first floor.


The February meeting will be a continuation of our work on the Wee Care gowns.  The program will consist of discussion and tips for choosing colors, smocking designs, threads, etc. for smocking the gown.  Please bring along the gown that you're working on along with scissors, needle, etc. and the gown can be worked on during the meeting time.  Any questions that you may have concerning the gown can be discussed at this meeting.  It should be another time of learning and fun!  Get ready to do some stitchin'.

Meeting and Programs for 2014

As the end of the year approaches, plans are being made for our programs/meetings for 2014.  After a successful mini-workshop in November, plans have been made to continue the mini-workshop format and finish up the wee care gowns so that they will be ready to smock.


The community room isn't available for meeting this month.  This was just discovered today, so the location is changed for this month and location for the Feb., March and April meetings will be discussed and decided on at the meeting as the community room will not be available for us again until May.

The January meeting will be held on the 9th at 7pm at the home of Kathy Dykstra (139 N. Sardis View Lane).  Kathy Dykstra will be demonstrating bias band techniques.  Members will be attaching the bias bands and will learn both the single layer method as well as the French bias band method.  This is another hands on mini workshop, so plan to bring a sewing machine as well as basic sewing supplies (thread, pins, markers, etc.).  Please let Kathy know if you are planning on participating/sewing so that a kit will be ready for you.

Future meetings will include programs on French Machine methods for attaching lace, adding pin tucks, etc.  and otherwise embellishing these sweet gowns.  This is a wonderful way to not only meet the specific needs of having the gowns that are needed, but also to learn new techniques on a smaller scale project.

Until then, keep stitching.......