The purpose of the Smocking Arts Guild of NSW Inc is to preserve and foster the art of smocking and related needlework for future generations through education, communication and quality workmanship. If you are wanting to learn how to smock or update your smocking skills see our calendar for details of all meetings and workshops. Smocking Arts Guild of NSW Inc (a not for profit organisation) held it’s first meeting in April, 1993 following the US model Smocking Arts Guild of America.
Our community project is Wee Care and we provide beautiful smocked gowns to 35 Sydney and country hospitals. This work is on a voluntary basis and every garment is made and donated by our members and lots of wonderful helpers of the guild. See Wee Care page for further information.g
Our meetings are held at Dence Park Community Centre, 26 Stanley Road, Epping on the first Thursday of each month (excluding January). There is plenty of off road parking. Morning meeting is at 10am and evening meeting is at 7pm. Each month we also have a mini lesson. Morning tea and supper are provided free of charge. You are more than welcome to come along to see what we do or join our friendly group if you would like to help with our community project. Bring your mug with you.
Sale of work
Each year the guild has a table at the Craft & Quilt Fair, Sydney ICC where we sell smocked garments. We also have sale of work stalls at various locations where beautiful smocked, hand crafted and embroidered items are sold. All monies raised go towards the purchase of fabric, lace and ribbon for our Wee Care gowns and wool for our knitted/crocheted items.
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We have an extensive library of magazines and patterns available for members use. Also available for members to use at meetings are smocking pleaters. You will be shown how to use yours if you already own one.
Every year, in July we hold a full day workshop (10am to 3pm) especially designed for beginners to learn to smock. Next year it will be held on Saturday 30th June. You will be supplied with a pleated sampler, needle and a full skein of stranded thread for a cost of $5 and will be shown how to do basic stitches. You may also choose to purchase a small “How to smock book” for a further $5. Morning and afternoon tea is supplied. Bring your lunch and a mug.
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If you would like fabric pleated we can arrange for one of our members to do this for you at a cost of $1 per row for a flat piece. Please send your details through our contact page. We can also sell you smocking dots and Australian Smocking & Embroidery magazines.
We are more than happy to accept donations of fine cotton fabric, embroidery threads, sewing machine threads, smocking pleaters, smocking books or magazines, ribbon, crochet cotton or wool. Cash donations are also welcome. Each donation helps us continue our much needed charity work. Please contact us to arrange pick up by one of our committee members in your area or you can mail to our post office box.