Gathering Threads

SAGA 2010 Convention in Norfolk, VA

Posted by on May 02 2010, in News, Smocking

May 1st has been marked on my calendar for a good month or so. That’s the day that registration opens for the 31st annual SAGA convention.

This year, the event’s being held in Norfolk, VA, a part of the U.S. I’ve long had a desire to visit. I attended my first conference every last year, when it was held in Indianapolis, and loved every minute of it. Not only were the classes first-rate and then some, what made it for me were the people.

They were about as nice a bunch of souls as you could ever want to meet. It can be difficult going to a convention on your own and because I’m a member at large, without a group to call my own, I didn’t know a single, solitary person. Well, that lasted about fifteen minutes, because to a person, everyone was happy to introduce themselves, offer advice to a newcomer, issue invitations to join them for coffee, lunch, banquet table, and more. It was as comfortable as a favourite pair of jeans and I promised myself that I’d be back next year for sure.

This year’s roster of teachers and events looks equally good. My focus is smocking but there are classes on hand sewing, embroidery, fine machine sewing, doll dressing and more. And there are so many things to learn outside of class, including the Friday market, where there are sewing goodies galore, the justly famous raffle baskets and of course, the Design Competition and Show and Share.

If you’re interested in learning to smock or want to take your sewing to the next level, the SAGA convention is a great place to learn. I’m going to be there – will you?


  • I will be there! I look forward to meeting you.

  • Lynn Poulin

    I’ll be there, too! I’m from Ottawa, so will look for a fellow Canadian!

  • Hi Claire! I’ll be at market, please stop by and say hello! It will be great to see you again!

  • I’m going!! I hope I get a chance to meet you. I have admired your things in various publications, of course, but more recently through Everything Sewing Forum.