PenWAG Workshop Schedule

PenWAG’s regular meetings (and most workshops) are the second Saturday of the Month at the Campbell Community Center

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You may register for a class or workshop at PenWAG meeetings, or by mail (once registration is open). Members may register for a class two months in advance, non-members one month in advance.
To register for a class by mail, send a check for the appropriate amount (see the workshop details) in accordance with the following:

  • Note the workshop on the check in the reference line.
  • Make checks payable to “PenWAG”.
  • Mail registration and check to: PenWAG, Attn: Workshop Signups, P.O. Box 111776, Campbell, CA 95011

If you have questions, email the Program and Workshops Registration teams at
Be sure to include your contact information and email address in the note requesting class registration.

It is the attendee’s responsibility to find a replacement and to obtain payment from the person filling the spot. Wait-listed names may be obtained by contacting the Workshops Registration team at Replacements are to be contacted in the order of the wait-list. The attendee shall notify the Sign-up Coordinator with the name of the replacement. PenWAG is not responsible for reimbursing an attendee who cancels participation in a workshop.

September  2017
  • Leilani Bennett Workshop: Master Sleeve Class
    Starts: 1:30 pm
    Ends: September 9, 2017 - 5:00 pm
    Location: Room M50, ​Campbell Community Center, West Campbell Avenue, Campbell, CA, United States
    Description: 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.

    In this class you will learn the secrets of sleeve ease—where and how much ease is just right; sleeve to armscye ratios; to press or not to press; pinning versus basting; the why and how of sleeve heads; where to place shoulder pads (and why they are so important even in this era of the natural shoulder line); and the sleeve tricks Leilani has learned—many of them learned the hard way.

    This will be a combination of a demonstration workshop and a sample sewing workshop.

    Multipurpose Room – M-50

    1:30 to 5:00pm, 3 ½ hour class

    Maximum number of students: 20

    $55 members, $70 guests

    Kit Fee: $10.00

October 7, 2017
John Marshall Saturday Workshop: Pagentry of Japanese Textiles
Starts: 1:30 pm
Ends: October 7, 2017 - 5:00 pm
Description: 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 since ancient times, including a wide range of slide illustrations as well as actual samples of the fabrics and the tools used to produce them. See the elegant techniques, feel the sensuous textures.

Mary Campbell Room – Q-84

1:30 to 5:00 PM 3 1/2 hour workshop

Class size: 40 students

$65 members, $80 guests
October 8, 2017
John Marshall Sunday Workshop: Clothing Design
Starts: 10:00 am
Ends: October 8, 2017 - 4:30 pm
Location: The Terraces of Los Gatos, 800 Blossom Hill Road, Board room, Second Floor, Main Bldg, Los Gatos, CA.
Description: Fascinated by clothing as a design concept but frustrated with all the complexities of European haute couture? This class is for you!

Beginning with a survey of Japanese classical design – simple, timeless shapes – we cover a wide range of creative concepts: how to maximize design while minimizing waste in fabric; how to make easy to wear, comfortable fitting clothing; and how to design fashions to create the most impact in the market place.

All of this is done through analyzing the simple common denominators of what is known as “ethnic” clothing. In addition to the Japanese, we take a close look at classical Chinese, South American, African, and Middle Eastern drape to arrive at the basics of simple design for a modern Western life style.

Once the basics have been covered, John will introduce the concepts behind his own unique designs. Followed by one-on-one work with each member of the class, you will be able to create simple, basic templates for your own creations, allowing participants to leave with a large assortment of designs with which to begin their own collections. Ideal for artists, designers, weavers, knitters, and anyone interested in a new surge of ideas and inspiration.

The Terraces of Los Gatos, 800 Blossom Hill Road,
Board room, Second Floor, Main Bldg, Los Gatos, CA.

10:00 to 4:30 PM 6 1/2 hour workshop

Class size: 16 students

$90 members, $105 guests
November 11, 2017
Marcia Manzo Workshop: Fiber Collage Techniques
Starts: 1:30 pm
Ends: November 11, 2017 - 5:00 pm
Location: Room M50, ​Campbell Community Center, West Campbell Avenue, Campbell, CA, United States
Description: The WOW of creating collage samples in Marcia’s fun workshop will be like opening presents. She will share a variety of ideas and techniques where collage fibers and fabrics are filled with layers of design, texture and details. Your favorite fabrics will be combined using a variety of foundation fabrics such as Solvy and various fusibles to create very dynamic results. Of course, everything is stitched, thus adding yet another level of textural elements that so many of us wearable artists love! Focus will be on spontaneous creativity and freedom of expression while designing wearable art.

Multipurpose Room – M-50

1:30 to 5:00 PM 3 1/2 hour workshop

Class size: 24 students

$55 members, $70 guests

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