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Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Wayne Wichern Fascinator Class Photos

On July 14, Phoebe members, associates and friends traveled to Wayne Wichern's magical hat studio in Redwood City for his hat and fascinator workshop. The amazing studio was a wonderland of hats, hat blocks, hat-making equipment, and a sea of fabulous materials for making hats and embellishments. Above photo is Wayne showing hat construction to Rosie. 

Wayne was so generous with the materials he gave us for our fascinators. He demonstrated how to make the three black wired feathers shown here from felt scraps and gave us other beautiful feathers to use. This is one of the completed hats from the workshop.

Rosie's fascinator was whimsical and truly "one-of-a-kind." She added vintage rhinestone collar clips from her stash, and exquisite black gimp from Wayne's.

Mary's hat was also a work of art. She embellished it with brown horsehair and artificial flowers. She's ready to attend the Brit's next royal event.

Colleen's smile shows just how much fun the class was and her hat demonstrates the wonderful results of this very creative day.

Unfortunately the background is competing with Deb's very stylish hat with amazing felt embellishments.

Daisy was just starting out in this photo, but everyone finished one hat during the day of the workshop, and some finished two. Wayne gave us materials for two hats, so many of us are finishing the second one at home. Thank you, Wayne, for being so generous. Our kit fee was a bargain!

Here Rosie is showing off one of her beautiful rhinestone embellishments. See all those hat blocks in the background? Amazing!

We could pick from several basic hat styles. How cute is this—specially with the creative combination of embellishments?
This is Daisy's friend, who has a background in theatrical costuming.

Wayne was not only generous with his materials, but also with the wealth of knowledge he passed on to us regarding every step of blocking and finishing a hat base, techniques for making embellishments out of many different materials, and guides for finding those materials. Everyone attending raved about what a fun and wonderful workshop this was and were so glad they signed up. Many were contemplating taking more classes from Wayne. Thank you, Wayne, for a wonderful day. And, thank you Colleen for discovering Wayne and scheduling this workshop for the Phoebes.

Monday, July 9, 2012

July Calendar Update

Calendar of Events

July 11-August 11, “A Thread Runs Through It” exhibition at The Sun Gallery, 1015 E Street, Hayward. Go to for more information. Colleen Patell will be exhibiting her dolls.

July 14, Fascinator Workshop, Wayne Wichern’s Studio in Redwood City, 9:30 A.M. to 3:30 P.M. Contact Colleen at for information.

July 14-15, Legacies of Love Quilt Show, Ohlone Community College Newark Campus, 39399 Cherry St, Newark. Saturday, 10 A.M. to 5 P.M.; Sunday, 10 A.M. to 4 P.M. Sponsored by the Piecemakers Quilt Guild of Southern Alameda County.

July 19, Phoebe UFO Day and Day Meeting, 9:30 A.M. to 4 P.M., Boy Scouts of America Building, 1001 Davis St, San Leandro. Bring a bag lunch. There will be no evening meeting. The meeting will take place during UFO Day (from 2-3 P.M.). Bring any unfinished project you would like to work on. There will be materials and patterns to make a name tag if you would like to make a new one (all members and associates are requested to wear a name tag to all Phoebe meetings and events). Patterns and materials for our charity projects will also be there, and if you would like to participate, bring your sewing machine, an extension cord, and sewing and stuffing tools. The challenge this month is to make a postcard “from the beach.” The exchange is to make something “red, white and blue.”

September 19–23 (Wednesday–Sunday), Art-Is-You, Sheraton Sonoma, Petaluma. There will be 36 teachers conducting 2-3 classes each during the day and an evening trunk show on the 23rd. Go to for additional information.

September 29, Saturday, Halloween and Vine in Petaluma.

October 17 Workshop: the Deborah Pope workshop has been cancelled. New upcoming workshops will be posted soon. Deborah Pope is being rescheduled for next year.

October 17 Meeting: The Phoebes will be celebrating our 25thAnniversary in October. Announcements regarding the planned celebration, as well announcements of wondrous new changes that will affect all will be coming soon! We are sure you will be surprised and very pleased by them!