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.......

Mini Workshop for Wee Care ....

The Dogwood Chapter gathered at the home of Kathy Dykstra on Nov. 7th for a mini workshop to work on the Wee Care gowns.  Five members and one guest were present and worked hard on pleating and sewing.  While no gowns were finished, much progress was made.  Look at the intensity of the ladies! 


There was much fun, laughter and enjoyment at this meeting, though you wouldn't know it from these pictures!  LOL!  Members brushed up on pleating as well as some sewing techniques.  It was a wonderful evening with sewing friends!

In December we will enjoy a lunch meeting on Friday, Dec. 13, 2013.

Our next regular meeting will be held on Thursday, Jan. 2, 2014 at 7pm at the Matthews Presbyterian Hospital's community room.  

Until then, keep on stitching!!!

Sweet Stitching In Pink

Yet another sweet gown and bonnet has been finished up for the Be Not Afraid ministry.   This sweet pink set will be sent off to the expectant parents and their little girl will look so angelic in this.  Prayers for the family went into every stitch.

A mini workshop will be held at the home of Kathy Dykstra on Thursday, Nov. 7th from 7pm - 9pm.  If you wish to join the group and help with cutting, sewing or pleating these tiny gowns, please email Kathy at    kathy-dykstra@carolina.rr.com

We hope to get several of these gowns prepared and pleated and ready to smock.  Plan to bring your usual sewing supplies and a machine (if possible) to the meeting.

More Beautiful items for Be Not Afraid

The Dogwood SAGA members have been busy creating some beautiful things for the precious little ones that are being ministered to by Be Not Afraid, Charlotte Chapter.  The latest stitched items are some sweet baptismal bibs with a cross embroidered on them.

A beautiful baptismal gown and bonnet was also made.  Many prayers are said with every stitch of these little gowns and bibs.

Thank you to our members that continue to support this special ministry to families in difficult circumstances.