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 workshops@penwag.org
Be sure to include your contact information and email address in the note requesting class registration.

WORKSHOP CANCELLATION PROCEDURE
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 workshops@penwag.org. 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.

March  2017
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  • Workshop: Creating Batik with Wax and Dye
    Starts: 1:30 pm
    Ends: March 11, 2017 - 4:30 pm
    Description: In this workshop, the student will learn how to use traditional batik dyeing methods to create a contemporary, personalized work of art on cotton cloth. The workshop will focus on the following skill building processes:

    Create a simple design that exploits the spontaneous and organic nature of batik.

    Learn and practice the essential skill of creating a design that can be progressively dyed from lightest to darkest color.

    Practice the skill of “painting” melted wax onto cotton to isolate your design from its background.

    Tub dye your waxed design using Fiber Reactive dye and soda ash to create washable fabrics for wearable or decorative purposes.

    The instructor will provide electric wax pots, dyes, fabrics, and all miscellaneous supplies. Students are advised to wear a smock or apron.

    Activity Center – E-46

    1:30 to 4:30 PM 3 hour workshop

    Class size: 16 students

    $55 members, $70 guests
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April 8, 2017
Workshop: Ribbon Blossoms for Your Wearables
Starts: 1:30 pm
Ends: April 8, 2017 - 5:00 pm
Location: Room M-50, ​Campbell Community Center, West Campbell Avenue, Campbell, CA, United States
Description: 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 – M-50

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

Class size: 25 students

$55 members, $70 guests
June 10, 2017
Mary Lou Rankin Saturday workshop: Dress the Spirit as Well as the Body
Starts: 1:30 pm
Ends: June 10, 2017 - 5:00 pm
Location: Room M50, ​Campbell Community Center, West Campbell Avenue, Campbell, CA, United States
Description: This class is for all of you who…. just can’t get started! This is a “hand holding” class. Bring your pattern and several pieces of fabric and trims you are thinking about using, but can’t make a final choice. We will select the right fabric and plan your garment. We will discuss sewing techniques and embellishment ideas. You won’t finish the garment in class, but will be at a point where you can finish it at home.

Multipurpose Room – M-50

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

Class size: 24 students

$55 members, $75 guests
August 12, 2017
Terry McClintock Workshop: Using Your Serger for Wearable Art
Starts: 1:30 pm
Ends: August 12, 2017 - 5:00 pm
Location: Room M50, ​Campbell Community Center, West Campbell Avenue, Campbell, CA, United States
Description: In this hands-on class you will go beyond finishing the edges. Explore creative techniques that will transform your wearable art pieces. Create custom fabric, design unique trims, add surface interest, and discover quick piecing techniques. Push your serging skills and learn to use your serger to its full potential. With Terry’s help, you will create a sample library tailored to your serger model. There will be lots of samples and ideas to inspire you to use your new serging skills.

Multipurpose Room – M-50

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

Class size: 24 students
$55 members, $70 guests
September 9, 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: California Hawaiian Mobile Home Park, 3637 Snell Ave, San Jose, CA 95136
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.

California Hawaiian Mobile Home Park

3637 Snell Ave, San Jose, CA 95136

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

Class size: 24 students

$95 members, $110 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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