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The Spirit of Saint Louis Smockers was founded in 1985 by a group of talented needle-folk with the common goal of fostering friendships and service through the needle arts and heirloom sewing.


Meeting centrally in Crestwood, MO, we are an active and enthusiastic affiliate chapter of the Smocking Arts Guild of America with events and activities taking place year-round. We meet monthly to share our makes, teach each other new techniques and skills, plan sewing retreats and workshops, and eat snacks (when we're allowed). Nothing is better to us than welcoming new members to take part and share what we've learned to another generation. Simply put, we love getting together to do what we love.

Looking for ways to becoming more involved?

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  • Local Membership

    join your local St. Louis guild of talented sewists
    Valid for 12 months
    • Extensive library of smocking plates, patterns and magazines
    • Monthly educational program at guild meeting
    • Two seasonal get togethers
    • Fun and friendship
    • Unquantifiable collective knowledge and skill
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The Mothership

Manage your National membership, join a Smockalong or find a vendor

Not ready to become a member

but still want to share ideas, resources, build your sew-jo, and hear about our events?

Join the sewing circle

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Current Committee Chairs

Leadership Opportunities

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Leadership Opportunities

We are only as good as the fabric we're made of. Spirit of St Louis Smockers is always looking for volunteers and new members to keep this group of heirloom sewists thriving. These committees ensure an enriching and educational experience for our members.

Schedule and plan workshops for the Guild. Source local talent or bring in national teachers for weekend lessons.

Source Guild membership to create small lessons and learning opportunities for our monthly meetings.

Make monthly edits and updates to the website, including meetings and group information.

Coordinate auction items, plan and set up volunteers for our largest fundraising event of the year.

Collect and organize news bits and information, plus meeting minutes from Secretary to post in the Guild's monthly newsletter. Occasionally provide news to the SAGA newsletter when appropriate.

Organize and distribute kits for Wee Care and other ongoing philanthropy projects. Build relationships with local organizations needing our gifts.

Organize ways to express congratulations, sympathy or concern to members of the Guild in the event of illness, bereavement or milestone events.

Organize refreshments for monthly meetings. 

Organize and keep stock of pattern, smocking plate and magazine library. Order new materials when appropriate. 

“When people ask me ‘How did you get to be so creative?’ I tell them it’s because I ate paste as a child.” – Unknown

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