Maker Faire


The Plush Team does San Mateo Maker Faire!
Maker Faire is a two-day, family-friendly event that celebrates the Do-It-Yourself (DIY) mindset. It's for creative, resourceful people of all ages and backgrounds who like to tinker and love to make things. So much to see, you will need 2 days to see it all!

Classes
All classes are free to attendees. Each class is limited to about 12 participants and places are allocated on a "first come/first serve" basis. Visitors are welcome to sign up to hold their place for a class one hour before class time starts. Each class takes about 1 hour to complete a project. Plush Team members will be on hand to assist you with every step of the project! We encourage kids over 8 who meet the basic class requirements to take the plunge and create. (Psst...if Kid and Parent want to work together as a team; that's great - you'll count as "one" participant.) At the end of the class, each maker will take home their finished project.


Arms! Legs! Heads!  
How to create plush with depth and dimension 
9 AM to 10 AM
Taught by Christina Ward of Christina Ward Creatures
Learn to take your concept from the dark recesses of your mind to 3 dimensional reality. Together we'll develop and create a plush using easy sewing techniques and tricks. REQUIREMENT: A big imagination!

Dream it, then crochet it! 
Hints and tips on how to design your own crochet plush patterns   
10:15am to 11:00am
Taught by Denise Ferguson of Yummy Pancake
I'll be sharing some simple tips on how to design your own crochet patterns. By working on a crochet a Happy Happy Ice Cream Cone, you'll learn the basic elements of design and technique. Pattern is a copyrighted Yummy Pancake design that you can take home with you! REQUIREMENT: Basic knowledge of crochet.

Embracing The Happy Accident  
Free Form Creatures From Repurposed Materials  
11:15am to 12:30pm
Taught by Zazu Faure of Zazu Faure Los Angeles
Anything can become a unique and beautiful plush! Using concepts rooted in architecture and sculpture, we'll work to visualize the potential of seemingly discarded items. Learn how to take common objects and transform them into stylized plush creatures. REQUIREMENT: Basic hand sewing.

Watch out, it bites!  
Make your own monster cozy for holding gadgets and accessories  
1:00pm to 2pm
Taught by Abby Langdon of Abbydid
Using fun furs and soft, snuggly fabrics, we will create a monster gadget cozy. Participants will cut out a pattern, assemble the pieces, machine or hand sew their creation together, and customize their critter however they see fit. By the end of the class each student will have their own, unique cozy to carry a phone, camera, mp3 player, or other accessory they feel needs monster protection. REQUIREMENT: Appropriate level of sass and sense of humor helpful.

Arms! Legs! Heads!  
How to create plush with depth and dimension 
2:30pm to approx. 4pm
Taught by Christina Ward of Christina Ward Creatures
Learn to take your concept from the dark recesses of your mind to 3 dimensional reality. Together we'll develop and create a plush using easy sewing techniques and tricks. REQUIREMENT: A big imagination!

Inspiration Is All Around You: 
Taking Design Cues From Nature–Making Leaf Pins From Eco Felt
4:15 pm to 5pm
Taught by Zazu Faure of Zazu Faure Los Angeles
Using actual fallen leaves as patterns, the class will use the essential elements of each leaf’s form (shape, arrangement, margin, venation) to create plush brooches using Eco Felt (made from recycled plastic bottles) and thread. As each leaf is unique in nature, each pin is a unique piece of wearable art. REQUIREMENT: Basic hand sewing.

Dream it, then crochet it! 
Hints and tips on how to design your own crochet plush patterns
5:15 pm to 6:00pm
Taught by Denise Ferguson of Yummy Pancake
I'll be sharing some simple tips on how to design your own crochet patterns. By working on a crochet a Happy Happy Ice Cream Cone, you'll learn the basic elements of design and technique. Pattern is a copyrighted Yummy Pancake design that you can take home with you! REQUIREMENT: Basic knowledge of crochet.

Free Form Plush Monster Animals
6:30pm to approx. 9pm
Taught by the Plush Team
Open "studio time" with the Plush Team. Come work on a new project. Finish a project. Or just hang out and find out how things are created. REQUIREMENT: A big imagination!

Sponsors
The Plush Team is proud to endorse and support these fine manufacturers and companies. Shannon, Kunin/Foss and Monterey products are all available at Mendel's. But, please, wherever you make your supply purchases, ask your retailers if they stock these great brands!

Mendel's 
This family owned arts/crafts/fabric store has been a San Francisco staple for over 50 years. Located in the heart of the Haight district, Mendel's believes in the power of "doing it yourself". As owner Bette says, "You're my people!" Whether you're in SF or visiting online, Mendel's offers personal service and super cool supplies.

Monterey Mills 
Monterey Mills is the only manufacturer of Faux Fur in the United States. Monterey supplies thousands of fabric stores throughout the US. They also offer special package deals to the public. (A note from team member Christina Ward: "Monterey is a critical employer in Janesville, Wisconsin. Your support of MM will get you some amazing faux furs and helps keep a community working.")

Shannon Fabrics 
Shannon Fabrics is the industry leader in Cuddle Plush fabrics. Shannon supplies and supports thousands of locally owned (and large chain) fabric stores. This family owned company is an amazing example the American Immigrant story. We encourage you to learn more about Shannon and support their mission.

Kunin Group/Foss Manufacturing 
This American company is proud to supply retailers with the highest quality of eco-felt in the industry. All fabrics are made from Eco-fi, 100% post-consumer recycled plastic bottles.

Singer
Since 1851, the name Singer has been synonymous with sewing. The spirit of practical design and creative innovation that characterized the company at its beginning continues today as we develop products for every level of sewing. We have celebrated many firsts, including the world's first zig-zag machine, the first electronic machines and we now proudly produce the world's most advanced home sewing and embroidery machine. From home d├ęcor and clothing construction to embroidery and quilting, SINGER® is dedicated to help people express themselves through sewing.


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