Friday, October 27, 2006
SAGA Wee Care Service Project
While cleaning and organizing my needlework and sewing supplies, I came across a group of UFO's that cried out to be completed. I had found 3 Wee Care gowns for our SAGA Service Project that were very close to completion. I just had to finish them. These particular gowns are sized to fit babies who weigh under 1 pound. I cry while making each gown, thinking of the babies who will be wearing them and thinking of what their parents are going through.
Wee Care is the Service Project of the Smocking Arts Guild of America (SAGA). SAGA members sew gowns for babies in neonatal units to wear and to clothe babies who have died. These gowns are either smocked or embroidered. Some of the chapters also make bonnets for the babies. These gowns are then presented to local hospitals.
If you are interested in more information about the Wee Care program, the link in the sidebar will lead you to the SAGA home page. Click on Wee Care Program. This will bring you to a history and description of the program and a link to contact the Wee Care Chairman.
SAGA is not just smocking. SAGA is hand embroidery, cut work, silk ribbon embroidery and a whole host of other needle arts. The purpose of SAGA is "to preserve and foster the art of smocking and related needlework for future generations, through education, communication and quality workmanship."