Monday, January 26, 2015

SAGA Mystery Smock-Along

The Smock-Along is here.  This  is a good way to learn to smock, and when you finish you will have a baby gift.   The supply list is up, so gather your supplies and pleat your fabric.  The first clue will be posted next Monday.   So lets get ready to smock.

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

BSAGA January Meeting

Meeting was  at the Sewing Room on Jan.14 with a great start for the year with 14 members and 3 visitors present.

 There was a program to make kits of Wee Cares gowns. Jeanne Welsh had made a kit of the fabric, which members used to cut out the gowns. These kits are provided  to members who finish the gowns, smocking and sewing, and then the gown is returned to the guild.

Sandi Boylan  got the year started by bring some finished Wee Care gowns and a hat .  Than you Sandi.

We had show and tell:

  • Glenda Horton bought a beautiful full lace dress, she made for her granddaughter.  It took you breath away!  
  • Renee Galloway brought a beautiful smocked dress.    
  • Kay Shelnutt showed some embelliment she had done on a shirt with her machine.   Everyone  would  want one of these shirts.

Welcome to our new Members: Two of our visitors joined our Chapter.

  • Melissa Erikson
  • Leland Smiley

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

BSAGA Blog active !

Yea!  Thank you Kay for getting the blog up and running again.  

Hope to see everyone at the BSAGA meeting tomorrow at the Sewing Room at 9:30AM.
We will cutting gowns for  the Christmas tree project at Children's. Bring scissors, rulers, and tools for cuttings these gowns out.

Bring your "show and tell" projects for us to enjoy viewing.
Jo Ann

Friday, November 15, 2013

Birmingham Smocking Arts Guild of America

Cindy Foose Seminar

January 23-25, 2014

“Spit Polish Your Smocking”     Thursday, January 23, 2014, 6-9 pm. This is a three hour notebook class, for beginner to intermediate level of expertise, designed to enhance and improve stitching techniques with tips, tools and tricks for the preparation of a smocked piece, armhole guide treatments, neat knots, stitch placement, new stitch ideas coupled with variation of familiar standards, backsmocking, technique review of stitch formation, thread handling and selection, needle manipulation and project finishing.  The hands-on activities in this class are guaranteed to improve the overall look of any smocked project.
Supplies needed:  pen or pencil, embroidery scissors.  Kit:  The kit provided contains diagrammed instructional booklet, needles, threads and prepared materials.  Pleated insert provided.
Cost: $60.00 (Kit fee is included in price).

“Construction and Finishing Techniques for the Smocked Yoke Dress.”  Friday, January 24, 2014, 9-4 pm.  This is a six hour notebook class for all levels of expertise, although a working knowledge of construction terms required.  This comprehensive class covers all aspects of the construction of a smocked Yoke dress from body measurements, and pattern adjustments through a foolproof sewing scheme of carefully planned interlocking parts.  Most home seamstresses are not only enthusiastic needle artisans, but busy homemakers, mothers and wives with precious little time to waste.  The class will enlighten as to the rhyme and reason of each construction step and technique.  By understanding the concepts of construction, one can clearly recognize possible pitfalls and pattern discrepancies, saving time and costly errors.  The demonstration, hands-on format is designed to give you the techniques to make each of your garments shine!   Supplies needed:  pen or pencil, ruler at least 12” long, transparent tape, favorite yoke dress pattern for evaluation and notation (optional), paper cutting and embroidery scissors.
Kit provided:  Detailed, diagramed 35+ page spiral bound instruction booklet, patterns designed for class use, prepared materials, and items necessary to complete class activities.

“Details Count!” Saturday, January 25, 2014, 9-4 pm.   This is a six hour machine class, for all levels of expertise, although students should be familiar with the operation of their sewing machine.  This class presents fresh approaches to many of the pitfalls of construction.  Guided by a lecture/ demonstration format and hands-on class work, students will develop a sample book of construction techniques and tricks from positioning and making buttonholes, proper method of sewing on a button, hemming techniques and hints, perfect closure applications, heirloom and general gathering, quick perfect tucks, pleats and their problems, to pressing pointers.  The focus is on fine-tuning important details.  You will leave the class with a personal resource book for future reference.  Even those who have been sewing for years will find the techniques developed for this class will indeed enhance their sewing skills. 
Supplies:  zigzag sewing machine in good working order, transparent tape, sewing machine manual, basic sewing supplies (fabric, paper and sharp pointed embroidery scissors, pins, washable fabric marker, tape measure, pen/ pencil, seam ripper, etc.), clear ruler at least 12”, general purpose, zipper and buttonhole feet, and if you have them, open toe embroidery and straight stitch feet.  (If not too much trouble, bring ALL of your sewing machine feet).  Bring a spool of #50 and #60 weight machine thread, additional light if needed along with extension cord.
Kit provided:  Instruction booklet, all prepared materials, needles, additional threads used to complete the activities.  (Note:  Universal Schmetz needles will be included in the class materials.  If a machine will not accept this brand of needle, please let us know).
Cost:  $200.00 for Friday and Saturday class.  (Lunch and kit fees for both days are included in the price).

All classes will be held at the North Shelby County Library.  For information, contact Karen Duncan at or (205) 532-3856

Non-refundable deposit of $130.00 due by January 3, 2014, with remainder due by workshop date of January 23, 2014.  

Sunday, July 7, 2013

BSAGA Meeting

BSAGA will meet on July 10, 2013 from 9:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. at The Sewing Room in Inverness Corners.  

Our program will be a "sit and sew"  as our wee care gowns need to replenished before November when we decorate the Christmas tree at Children's Hospital. Please bring your wee care gowns, finished or unfinished, and let's work together to get them completed. 

Don't forget your "show and share" and BRING A FRIEND!!!! 

Monday, June 10, 2013

BSAGA Meeting  -  June 12, 2013

We have a wonderful program scheduled for our BSAGA June 2013 meeting at The Sewing Room in Inverness Corners.  We will meet at 9:30 a.m.

The subject of  the June program is "Pleating" demonstrated by Jane Walton.

Please bring the Wee Care garments that we cut out last month to be pleated.    If you took some home, these should be partially completed and brought to the meeting.  Jane Walton will demonstrate the proper techniques for pleating. 

Don't forget to bring your "Show and Share."

Saturday, May 4, 2013

BSAGA May 8, 2013 Meeting  -  Wee Care Trunk Show 

BSAGA will meet next Wednesday at 9:30 a.m. at The Sewing Room in Inverness. The Wee Care Trunk Show is on display there until Monday, May 13.

We will be cutting out bishop gowns to be pleated at our June meeting. Therefore, we can use cutting mats, rotary cutters, pins, scissors, etc. Maria Warnock has also pleated some inserts for us to use in teaching those interested how to smock. We will also have a "sit and sew" if time permits.

Bring your "show and share" for all to see! And feel free to bring a friend!

See you there!