2017 Speakers and Workshops

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Here’s a quick overview of the
PenWAG 2017 classes and workshops

Remember that registration for a workshop does not open until two months before the workshop. Visit the Workshops Schedule  page for more information on class registration.


January 14, 2017 Carol Ziogas Lecture: Japanese Textiles in the 19th and 20th Centuries

When we think of traditional textiles from Japan, most of us think of richly decorated kimono silks, but the humble textiles of the countryside hold enduring fascination.  “Mingei,” a term coined in the 20th century to describe these textiles and other rustic objects, is used to describe that which was made by hand to be used on a daily basis, but which is not simply utilitarian.  These textiles exhibit the craftsperson’s art, labor, and love for making beautiful things with few resources at hand. Carol Ziogas of Kimonomomo has been collecting and researching these textiles since 2004 and will share from her private collection of 19th and 20th century cottons, exhibiting techniques including aizome, katazome, tsutsugaki, shibori, kasuri, boro, and sashiko. Working with artists and designers in Japan, Carol imports a variety of new and vintage textiles and sewing supplies, which will be available for sale at a trunk show ...

February 11, 2017 Carol Cruise Lecture: The Birth of Carol’s Zoo

Carol Cruise is the highly creative Zookeeper of Carol’s Zoo. She will tell the story of how she learned to sew. She will relate how the Zoo came to be opened in the late 1980’s after a career that included oil portraiture, television graphics and stained glass. Carol will talk about her love of faux fur and the recent birth of new Zoo animals. Roosevelt Room – Q-80 Free for members; $5 guests at door  Workshop: Make a Carol’s Zoo Animal  Students will choose from an assortment of Carol’s Zoo Animal Kits and Carol will teach you how to cut faux fur, pin, stitch and assemble your Zoo animal. She will demonstrate stuffing techniques so your animal will hug you. And she will include additional information about working with Cuddle fabric and decorator fabric to make your Zoo animal. Multipurpose Room – M-50 1:30 to 5:00 PM   3 1/2 hour ...

March 11, 2017 Kate Warthen Lecture: Batik Painting – Ancient vs Modern

Batik is the ancient decorative art of creating designs on fabric using dyes along with a “resist” such as melted beeswax. The oldest known examples are on Japanese silk screens from the Sui Dynasty (AD 581-618). Today, batik is mostly associated with Indonesia, which maintains a vibrant culture of batik producers. Kate’s experience and many years of painting in watercolor find new expression in batik.  Batik shares with watercolor the free flowing transparency of watercolor and the ability to layer colors.  The welcome contribution of wax to act as a resist to the flowing color, allows for a clear definition of space without sacrificing the freshness and looseness of watercolor. Roosevelt Room – Q-80 Free for members; $5 guests at door   Workshop:   Creating Batik with Wax and Dye In this workshop, the student will learn how to use traditional batik dyeing methods to create a contemporary, personalized work of ...

April 8, 2017 Sue Hans Keys Lecture: From There to Here

Sue is one of our local, creative artists who teaches classes in surface design, fabric dyeing, art to wear, vintage flowers, shibori, sashiko and bead embroidery, machine felting and beading embellishment.  Sue studied with a Chinese Master to learn Sumi painting techniques.  She will share her journey from “there to here”. Meeting and Lecture: 10:00 AM  Campbell Community Center, 1 W Campbell Ave, Campbell, CA 95008 Roosevelt Room – Q-80 Free for members; $5 guests at door   Workshop:  Ribbon Blossoms for Your Wearables Learn the techniques of working with vintage ribbon to create beautiful ribbon flowers that can be used as accessories for hats, coats and purses.  In class we will attach them to sachets filled with lavender.  We will use some vintage ribbon from France, some Hannah silk ribbon and other embellishments.  You will learn to use the Amanda Pleater to crimp your ribbon into wonderful shapes.  Multipurpose Room ...

May 21, 2017 – ArtWear 2017: Wild!, Crowne Plaza Hotel, Palo Alto

PenWAG members and designers hit the runway in a show like no one else can produce. May 21, 2017 Crowne Plaza Hotel, Palo Alto Want to exhibit? print and fillout the garment submission form! ArtWear prelim.docx - Google Docs Visit the event page for an idea of what's in store ! ...

June 10-11, 2017 Mary Lou Rankin Lecture: Mary Lou’s Journey – Tying the first knot to retirement

Mary Lou Rankin is best known as the creator/owner of the Park Bench Pattern Company.  Join her as she reflects on her creative journey from childhood through her work years to her current semi-retirement.  She will talk about how and why she started Park Bench Patterns and answer questions from those of you who might be thinking about starting their own journey. Although Mary Lou is enjoying the perks of semi-retirement, such as not having to adhere to a specific schedule, she’s still very active in the sewing world.  She’s participated in sewing retreats, studio “sits” several times a month for a few studios in San Diego’s Balboa Park area and sews for three art shows each year to keep her creative juices flowing.  She is excited to teach again at PenWAG. Meeting and Lecture: 10:00 AM  Campbell Community Center, 1 W Campbell Ave, Campbell, CA 95008 Multipurpose Room – M-50 ...
July 8, 2017 Potluck, Challenge, & Sew-Giving

July 8, 2017 Potluck, Challenge, & Sew-Giving

Meeting : 10:00 AM  Campbell Community Center, 1 W Campbell Ave, Campbell, CA 95008 Roosevelt Room – Q-80 Free for members; $5 guests at door ...

August 12, 2017 Terry McClintock Lecture: Serging: The Basics and Beyond

Terry has been helping her students discover the world of serging for over 20 years.  Terry earned her BS in Textiles and Clothing from San Jose State.  She has taught sewing and serging in the Bay Area at various locations.  You will enjoy a fun day of learning the basics of your machine, and then taking those basics further.  Terry’s students appreciate her easy going approach to a sometimes intimidating sewing subject.  Whatever your sewing and serging level, you will come away more confident and motivated to use your serger. Is your serger a mystery to you? Are you thinking it should do more than just finish edges?  The lecture will begin with the basics of serging, the stitches and threads, what they do, how they work and some tips for successful serging.  Next, you’ll learn how to use the stitches creatively, incorporating decorative threads and creative ideas to expand ...

September 9, 2017 Leilani Bennett Lecture: Trunk Show – From Inspiration to Hanger

Inspiration—where does it come from?   It is a deeply personal thing and each of us sees it in different venues at different times.   You never know where your next inspiration is lurking. Through a trunk show of her one-of-a-kind creations, Leilani Bennett will share her inspiration for each piece and the creative path taken from inspiration to the garment on a hanger.  This is a trunk show that should not be missed.  You will hear some of Leilani’s secrets and the little things that inspired her. Meeting and Lecture: 10:00 AM  Campbell Community Center, 1 W Campbell Ave, Campbell, CA 95008 Roosevelt Room – Q-80 Free for members; $5 guests at door   Workshop:   Master Sleeve Class A poorly fitted sleeve can transform a beautiful garment into a loving-hands-at-home piece.  While loving hands at home is perfect for baked goods lovingly presented, it is anathema to a maker of fine garments ...

October 7-8, 2017 John Marshall Lecture: John Marshall’s Works in Fabrics

The lecture will involve an animated talk on the techniques and viewpoints of John Marshall as he approaches his unique form of textile art. Throughout this program, John will describe his work in detail, presenting a variety of both traditional and innovative techniques realized through the use of natural dyes and rice paste resist. A wide range of slides and samples will amply serve to illustrate the discussion. In addition, John will share his business experience with those interested, and readily give pointers for increasing one's visibility and success in the market place. 10:00 AM  Campbell Community Center, 1 W Campbell Ave, Campbell, CA 95008 Roosevelt Room – Q-80 Free for members; $5 guests at door   Saturday Workshop:  Pagentry of Japanese Textiles An excellent program for anyone interested in Japanese weaves and surface design techniques. An intensive survey into all major types of weaves and surface designs produced in Japan ...

November 11, 2017 Marcia Manzo Lecture: Collage: Picasso and Beyond

Marcia shares a pictorial history of collage, which had its foundation in paper and paste.  She will progress to the innovators who moved to fiber and stitching.  Marcia will show you her journey as a fiber collage artist for over 20 years.  First, she made scarves, then created fabric to make garments and next to making vessels ala Kay Khan.  Her trunk show includes traditional pieces, such as scarves, one of a kind fabric collaged garments and then sculpture.  She will share her inspirations, successes, challenges, light-bulb moments and surprises in-between. This program is packed with tons of tips to inspire. 10:00 AM  Campbell Community Center, 1 W Campbell Ave, Campbell, CA 95008 Roosevelt Room – Q-80 Free for members; $5 guests at door Workshop:   Fiber Collage Techniques The WOW of creating collage samples in Marcia’s fun workshop will be like opening presents.  She will share a variety of ideas and ...
December 9, 2017 Potluck, Stash Exchange, Elections

December 9, 2017 Potluck, Stash Exchange, Elections

10:00 AM  Campbell Community Center, 1 W Campbell Ave, Campbell, CA 95008 Roosevelt Room – Q-80 Free for members; $5 guests at door ...

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