All This Year’s Articles


December Potluck, Challenges Revealed and SUPER STASH SALE!!!!

This is one of the best meetings of the year! Besides our annual Holiday luncheon where a bountiful table of deliciousness is set, there is the unveiling of this year’s two challenges. Best of all, though, will be one of the best and biggest stash buster sales we’ve had in a long time. Trust me, this is the place you will want to be to snag some unbelievable bargains. We’ll have clothing, accessories, and fabrics and sewing notions. Whose stash of goodies couldn’t stand a little more “stuff”? Remember, creativity needs imagination and a whole bunch of stuff. See you there! Saturday, December 13, 2014 Campbell Community Center (Roosevelt Room Q-80), 1 W. Campbell, (at Winchester Blvd)   …Read More
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January 10, 2015 Ericka Engelman

Saturday, January 10, 2014 10:00 am – 12:30 pm Ericka Engelman Ericka comes from a long line of creative, crafty women. One of her first jobs was sewing for her mom, who helped her learn how to create life-like, anatomically correct “stuffed people” using lingerie fabric, wire armature and hand sewing. These dolls were custom ordered by many Hollywood celebrities and others, including dolls for President Carter and his family. She has a degree in design and merchandising from FIDM and at present is a couture designer in Carmel. Her favorite designers are Alexander McQueen and Jean Paul Gaultier.     Lecture: Couture-Soft Sculpture in a Ready to Wear World We now have the opportunity to bring our artwear to another level by incorporating three-dimensional soft sculpture in our garments and accessories. Through her lecture and slide-show, Ericka will demonstrate that sculpture isn’t just for the art …Read More
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February 14 – 16, 2015 Mary Ray

Mary Ray’s introduction to sewing started with a skirt she made for a 4-H project. She was hooked and her passion for textiles and sewing led to a multi-faceted career.  Mary has worked as an editor of Threads Magazine and as a national lecturer on all facets of the sewing arts.  Currently an adjunct professor in the Apparel Design and Merchandising Program at Appalachian State University in North Carolina, Mary continues to be a prolific contributor to Threads Magazine.          Lecture: Trunk Show Mary’s trunk show will feature a selection of garments and accessories that inspire and teach about fabric, design, embellishment and technique.   Included will be many pieces that have appeared in Threads Magazine.   Roosevelt Room – Q-80 Free for members; $5 guests at door Half-day Workshop:  Choosing Fabric to Match the Design  Every fabric has its unique properties—some we love and some not so …Read More
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March 14, 2015 Marico Chigyo

Marico Chigyo and her fellow artist and sister, Toshie, were born in Osaka, Japan. They emigrated to the United States in 1979 and have worked in textiles, specializing in sashiko, ever since.   Their work has been shown in craft shows throughout the United States — most notably in the prestigious Smithsonian Craft Show in Washington, DC.   Marico says that she strives to create an artistic cultural exchange between East and West in all her work.   Lecture: A Sashiko Trunk Show If there is a master class of sashiko artists, Marico Chigyo certainly belongs to it, as her trunk show of garments, accessories, wall hangings and quilts will attest. Her pieces show her devotion to the rich heritage of sashiko stitching while updating traditional sashiko with contemporary designs and shapes.  She includes the use of bright primary colors as well as the traditional indigo hues in the fabrics she …Read More

April 11, 2015 Margot Silk Forrest

Lecture: What Would You Create if You Weren’t Afraid You’d Fail? Part personal story, part practical strategies, Margot will look at some of the things that keep us from daring to discover how amazing we really are. She also will suggest how to dodge, ignore or downright defy those things.   Roosevelt Room – Q-80 Free for members; $5 guests at door   Workshop: Covering Shoes with Fabric In this workshop you will learn — and use — the draping method to cover a pair of shoes with fabric. You’ll also find out what works — and what doesn’t — in terms of choosing shoes, glues, and fabrics to work with. The kit includes glue, tools and instructions to take home.   Multipurpose Room – M-50 1:30 to 4:30 PM Class size: 28 students $45 members, $60 guests   Kit Fee: $TBD …Read More

May 31, 2015 – ArtWear 2015, Crowne Plaza Hotel, Palo Alto

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June 13-14, 2015 Kay Khan

Lecture: Textile Sculpture Kay Khan is a master in the art of sculpting with textiles. She has created vases and other large-scale 3D pieces using a technique she calls “extreme quilting.” Her pieces often have bridges between the parts.  She creates mosaics from bits and pieces of various textiles.   Often the idea begins with a simple word that she manipulates in her mind until it’s transformed into a visual concept.   Roosevelt Room – Q-80 Free for members; $5 guests at door   Workshop: Extreme Quilted Jewelry In the half-day workshop we will create our own collage using many of Kay’s techniques. For those fortunate to take the Sunday full-day workshop, the piece created on Saturday will be used to make a distinctive and lively necklace.   There will be 7 spaces in the half-day workshop for those who do not want to take the complete workshop. Class Fee: $48 …Read More

July 11, 2015 Challenge Reveal, Sewing Works

Sewing Works! Stay and play! We will have four or more project centers where we will create items for the Next Door Solutions Holiday Bazaar. This is a shelter PenWAG supports for mothers and children who have escaped abusive situations at home.  The holiday bazaar gives moms and their children the opportunity to “purchase,” at no cost, gifts to give each other during the holidays.  In addition to giving to others, the idea is for members to learn something new during these sessions. …Read More

August 8, 2015 Charlotte Kruk

need verbiage, due to Leilani on December 1, 2014 Lecture: Consumer Couture – The Politics of Having   Roosevelt Room – Q-80 Free for members; $5 guests at door   Workshop: An Unconventional Tote for Your Conventional Carryalls Kit Fee: TBD Class fee $40 members, $55 guests   Multipurpose Room – M-50 1:30 to 4:30 PM Class size: 15-20 students …Read More

September 12, 2015 Ana Lisa Hedstrom

Ana Lisa Hedstrom is an internationally known textile artist who has specialized in contemporary adaptations of Japanese Shibori.   Her art clothing and interior wall hangings have been exhibited and are in the permanent collections of museums throughout the United States and Japan.   She received two Craftsman Grants from the National Endowment of the Arts and she in 2003 was elected a fellow of the American Craft Council.   Lecture: Ana Lisa Hedstrom Trunk Show Ana Lisa will take us on a tour of her personal journey to mastering the art of shibori. Her work departs from traditional Japanese techniques and a stereotypical Japanese aesthetic while retaining the invention and skill found in Japanese indigo dyed shibori.  In the working “dialogue” of the studio, she incorporates western fabrics, tools and dye techniques with traditional shibori concepts.  More recently she has explored digital printing based on scanned scraps of her hand-dyed shibori. …Read More

October 10, 2015 Jean Cacicedo

Lecture: Creating the Obiko Archive This project documents the work of 25 art-to-wear designers whose works were created during the 1980s and 90s for the store Obiko in San Francisco. Jean and her good friend Ana Lisa Hedstrom collected historical data and film footage from Obiko fashion shows for this incredible archive.  Many of us saw the silent DVD at the Museum of Quilts and Textiles during their Metamorphosis: Clothing & Identity show. Jean will give us a behind the scenes tour.   Roosevelt Room – Q-80 Free for members; $5 guests at door   Workshop: Composition through Color Design principles can seem daunting, especially with color. Jean will lead us in a series of exercises using fabrics to explore color related design principles.  The class will be similar to last year’s class on principles of Notan.  Jean is an excellent teacher and this is a must take class! Class …Read More

November 14, 2015 The Great Morgani and Sue Hans Keys

Lecture: The Great Morgani     Frank Lima is the Great Morgani, costumer extraordinaire and accordionist. He has led a most colorful life and will share his journey about how he became a street entertainer.  His costumes are over-the-top.  Made by himself using lycra (can you say hard to sew?), they are amazing.  Many even cover his accordion!   Roosevelt Room – Q-80 Free for members; $5 guests at door   Workshop: Sue Hans Keys – Collage on the Edge!   Our own Sue Keys will show us how to create amazing wall hangings using many surface design techniques. Sue will bring paints, stencils, silk screens and gobs of odd bits of metallic fabric bits to embellish your fabric base.  Everything will be in the kit so your sewing machine and basic sewing supplies are all you will need to bring with you to class. Class fee: $35 Kit Fee: $25 Multipurpose …Read More

December 12, 2015, Potluck, Stash Exchange, Auction, & election of officers

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