Guild History

In 1983 a group of ladies got together to share their love of the smocking arts. Shortly thereafter a guild was formed aptly named the Forest City Smocking Guild. Excited to further their knowledge in the latest smocking techniques, guild members travelled to the Smocking Arts Guild of America annual conventions held both in Canada and the United States. They had the pleasure of being taught by the best in the field such as Elizabeth Travis Johnson and Florence Roberson. Newly acquired knowledge was then shared with those who were unable to attend the annual convention. Through the years not only have members improved their smocking skills but also they have learned many ways of embellishing their lovely creations with bullion roses, shadow work as well as hand and machine heirloom sewing. Many pieces are truly works of art!

Since its inception the guild has undertaken a very worthwhile community service project. Over the years over a thousand christening gown and bonnet sets have been donated to the St. Joseph’s neonatal intensive care unit. Letters that we have received from family members have expressed how much it has meant to them when they were presented with the gown set.

Our guild meets on a monthly basis. We welcome new members so if you are interested in joining us for one of our meetings just drop us an email and someone will get back to you with all the details.

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