0215 Mary Ray-FINAL_Page_1_Image_0003Mary 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.





 0215 Mary Ray-FINAL_Page_2_Image_0001Lecture: 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 0215 Mary Ray-FINAL_Page_1_Image_0001

Every fabric has its unique properties—some we love and some not so much. Understanding a fabric’s characteristics is essential to the success of a garment. It’s the most important ingredient.  A great piece of fabric can stand on its own in a simple, classic design.  But sometimes it’s fun to add some spice and turn it into something unexpected.  Learn how to conquer and manipulate a variety of fabrics to stretch their possibilities and learn when to “listen” to your fabric and let it do what it wants to do.


Roosevelt Room – Q-80

1:30 to 5:00 PM  This is a 3 1/2 hour workshop.

Class size: Maximum 45 students

$40 members, $45 ASG members, $55 guests  


Two-day Workshop: A Jacket Made Especially for You!0215 Mary Ray-FINAL_Page_2_Image_0002

In this class you will find the inspiration and learn the techniques needed to design and sew a jacket that’s grounded in classic style with the individuality of art to wear.


Some of the topics Mary will address include: Making a style work for you; making fitting adjustments; working with a variety of fabrics; combining fabrics; cutting out fabrics for maximum impact; stabilizing with underlining and interfacing; finishing the inside; and making edges and closures.


Location: California Hawaiian Mobile Home Park

3637 Snell Ave, San Jose, CA 95136

10:00am to 4:30pm, Sunday and Monday

Class size: 20 students

Class Fee: $150 members, $170 ASG members, $190 non-members