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Costume-Con 26: Adventures in the Costume Continuum
ended on April 28, 2008
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    Workshops at Costume-Con 26!

    Posted: January 24, 2008

    There will be a number of hands-on workshops at Costume-Con 26, covering a number of different topics. Workshops will typically occupy two slots in our program grid (about 3 hours), have a limited number of spaces and may require a materials fee. At the end, you should be walking out with something you've made during the workshop

    These are the workshops confirmed so far for CC26:

    • Distressing Clothing by Gail Wolfenden-Steib Sunday afternoon, limited attendance
    • Shoe embellishment workshop by Margot Silk Forest ( pre-con signup required, Saturday afternoon
    • Postiches and Hairpieces How-to -- a hair embellishment workshop -- Christine James, Monday Morning
    • Quickie Corsets - Jana Keeler, Friday afternoon
    • Hats from Wire Frames -- Lynn McMasters, pre-con signup required, Saturday morning
    • Embellishment fair -- parallel mini-workshops by several instructors, Jana Keeler, Christine James, Sally Norton, Saturday morning
    See below for details on signing up for the limited-attendance workshops

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    DIY Shoe Design, Painting, and Embellishment

    Posted: April 7, 2008

    With Margot Silk Forrest, founder of Sassy Feet!

    Saturday, April 26, 1:30 - 4:30 p.m.

    Sign up in advance only to

    In this four-hour workshop, you'll learn how to transform ordinary footwear into wild and wonderful wearable art for your feet. Margot will show you how to create striking and durable shoes, boots, and sandals, using the new leather paints, her proprietary glitter paint for leather, and embellishments ranging from beads, buttons, piping and appliqués to chain, chain mail, feathers, fur, buckles, bling &emdash; you name it!

    You bring the shoes you want to work on, and Margot will bring her paints, brushes, tools and glues (there is a $10 materials fee per person for the use of these), her special stash of embellishments for purchase, and her new book (due out in March), Sassy Feet: How to Paint, Bead, Bedeck, and Embellish Your Shoes. For more information on Margot and her work, visit . (Any questions, email her at

    What to bring

    • new or used pair of shoes, sandals, or boots. These can be made of fabric, leather, or manmade material. Don't bring shoes made of plastic, suede, fake suede, or fur. (You can paint or dye these kinds of shoes, but it requires special supplies and more time than this workshop allows.)
    • painting smock or old shirt
    • thimble
    • ¬≠Pen and paper for making notes
    • $10 Materials Fee

    Workshop limited to 20 people

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    Workshop: How to make Wire Frame Hats

    Posted: April 7, 2008

    Saturday, April 26
    10:00AM - 12:30PM

    Pre-con signup required to

    Hats in the late Victorian and Edwardian periods used wire frames instead of wired buckram, felt or straw alone to give structure to the hats. Wire frames can have advantages in terms of the strength to weight ratio and it translucence. By the end of the class you will know how to use this technique to make a wire frame in any shape for any hat style.

    Please sign up pre-con to allow time for materials kits to be made for you

    $15 Materials Fee

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    Workshop: Eliminating the Stress of Distressing Costumes (while taking your costumes from the street to the dungeon)

    Posted: March 7, 2008

    Taught by: Gail Wolfenden-Steib

    Basic distressing techniques covered will include: dyeing/teching down garments to create age, discussing the technique of working wet and working dry (using direct applications of paint and dye) to create 'natural' and 'unnatural' wear and tear, airbrushing to create age and depth (will be demonstrated), mechanical means of distressing (rasps, wire brushes, sand paper, stones, etc.) and creating worn leather from new. There will be numerous examples of costumes and photos of the various processes used to create garments to support the discussion as well as the opportunity for a few people to work hands on with the airbrush. Bring an apron or wear something you don't mind getting dirty if you would like to be part of the airbrush hands on group. We will also spend time on shop safety and discussing the characteristics of dyes and paints. SIGN UP AT INFO DESK 2.5 hours

    Cost $2

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    Other (unlimited attendance) Workshops at Costume-Con 26

    Posted: April 7, 2008

    Embellishment Fair

    In this demonstration class you'll see three different techniques for embellishments that will work for your costume projects. There will be time for questions and answers after each presentation.

    • Cockades: In the first hour, Jana Keeler will demonstrate various techniques for creating cockades from easily purchased ribbon, beads and buttons. You can easily add to men's or women's costumes and hats. There will be hand-out instructions you can take with you.
    • Ribbon Work, Beading and Flat Embroidery: In the second hour, Christine James will demonstrate easy ribbon embroidery stitches and techniques for adding beautiful details to your costumes. Handouts will be available.
    • Restyling Lace Pieces: In the final hour Sally Norton will demonstrate how you can use bits and pieces of vintage lace, jet and feathers and combine them into patterns, overlays, collars, cuffs, inserts and much more.

    Hair and Postiches

    Christine James will demonstrate first, then help you work with your own "additional hair" to achieve the look and style you are trying to create. Worth getting up for! Christine is one of the most accomplished designers and stylists the Bay Area knows.

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