There has not been much stitching, smocking or blogging lately, as I have rested my eyes per doctor's orders. However, I have tried to take a few minutes each day and prepare Wee Care bonnet kits for the upcoming national convention of the Smocking Arts Guild of America (SAGA).
These kits will provide everything necessary for members to complete a tiny smocked baby bonnet with a lace edged ruffle. They need only to smock a simple design across the crown and attach ribbon streamers.
Due to my eye surgeries, I am unable to attend this year's event in Norfolk, Virginia. Making and donating these kits has helped me feel a little more involved and a little less sad about missing all the fun.
Wee Care is the primary service project of SAGA nationally and through its local chapters. Our members sew and smock tiny gowns, bonnets and other items for the smallest angels. These items are then donated to various hospital neonatal intensive care units.
Many times the families have no garments that fit their premature or ill babies. The gowns, bonnets, and blankets help their child look like a baby by covering frightening tubes and other medical equipment, while still meeting the functional requirements of hospital care.
Many of our gowns and bonnets will, sadly, serve as burial garments. Others may be kept as a reminder that a special little life ended too soon. Still others may joyfully be used on those days when babies are healthy, healed and headed home!
If you wish to read more about SAGA's Wee Care program, please click here