SAGA’s 34th Annual Convention

sagaThe 34th annual Smocking Arts Guild America (SAGA) convention will be held October 23-27 at the Embassy Suites Hotel and Conference Center, Frisco Texas. For registration options, please check the website or this pdf download.


SAGA Convention Faculty
Plans for the 2013 Convention include eleven internationally recognized teachers. Judith Adams, Carol Ahles, Jeannie Baumeister, Phyllis Brown, Gail Doane, Debbie Glenn, Barbara Meger, Claudia Newton, Susan O’Connor, Vaune Pierce, and Lyn Weeks will be teaching classes in smocking, fine hand and machine sewing, embroidery, and construction.… Read the rest

For Sale

FOR SALE by Donna. Email Donna, if you’re interested in one of the items below:

– Underwires for bra-making (from Needle Nook Fabrics)  8 pairs Size 16 and one much smaller set — $1 a pair
– Stitch Era Universal Software CD (4 CDs)  and Quick Start Lesson. Donna paid $32+; yours for $25
– Pattern Master Boutique Software; started with V3 but have kept up with updates to X5 (I have put $135 just in upgrades), plus I have printed out the User’s Guide.… Read the rest

Great British Sewing Bee


In April of this year BBC2 aired the show Great British Sewing Bee. This show features eight amateur sewers who are tested on their sewing and dressmaking skills as they compete to be crowned Britain’s best home sewer.

The judges, May Martin from the Women’s Institute and Savile Row’s Patrick Grant, scrutinise every stitch as they look out for puckering seam lines and perfect top stitching.… Read the rest

Quilting…240 Miles above Earth

Below you’ll find an article from NASA about Astronaut Artist Karen Nyberg and her crafting adventures in space.

Mention the words “NASA Astronaut” and you’ll usually conjure up the image of a brilliant, number-crunching engineer or a super-smart scientist. Yet, rarely are we given the chance to consider the other dimensions to this elite group of explorers or that they may share some common hobbies many of us more Earth-bound citizens enjoy.Read the rest

Favorite place

Check out this wonderful music video by the band Black Books. The video explores the world of sewing. “The aim was to create an energetic, fun and at the same time warm and intimate music video to illustrate the track. Cloth is very symbolic, warm, personal, and of course colorful, so, I chose to explore the world of sewing and play with material and tools.”… Read the rest

Free general admission to DMA

The Dallas Museum of Art has just announced that beginning January 21, 2013 the museum will do away with general admission fees and become free to the public. They will also launch an innovative new membership model available to public for free.

The new program, DMA Friends & Partners, approaches membership as a program of engagement that is intended to build long-term relationships with visitors and to emphasize participation over the transaction-based membership model that has become common practice among museums.… Read the rest