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Friday, May 3
 

4:00pm EDT

Crochet Basics and Beyond - Participant Errata
Join us to learn basic crochet techniques and some tips from your fellow Crochet lovers. Space is limited so sign up in advance near Ops!

Program Participants
avatar for Kelly Vanderwell

Kelly Vanderwell

Ops Staff, AAA Call management
I love knitting, crochet, yarn (anything....), jewelry making and I do a bit of sewing and cross stitch. Beyond crafts, I hoard yarn (oops, thats crafts), have an odd sense of humor, am LGBT (asexual and agender), love cats, dogs, and penguins, and my favorite color is purple.


Friday May 3, 2019 4:00pm - 5:00pm EDT
EMC IV

5:00pm EDT

Hand Spinning 101
A tutorial on how to spin yarn using wool and a drop spindle with a live demo. If you have a spindle and want to know how to use it, or already and spin and are interested in tips, bring it and some roving to spin along.

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avatar for Thriftomancer

Thriftomancer

Thriftomancer is an experienced game master, crafter, and dice collector. She runs the tabletop RPG blog Dice in the North, is a regular contributor to the weird fiction RPG zine Penicillin, and is responsible for the Crowfoot d4 system. (May the gods have mercy.)(I'm the lady in... Read More →


Friday May 3, 2019 5:00pm - 6:00pm EDT
EMC III

5:00pm EDT

Paint Like an 18th Century Master for $30 or Less
Learning to paint realistically is traditionally very expensive and requires students to be very mobile and coordinated. You have to go to a class, stand for hours at a time, be great with your hands, have awesome eyesight, and spend hundreds of dollars on gear. I'll show you how to use some very cheap or free gear and a cardboard box to teach yourself how to paint realistically in your own home in the most economical and accessible way I know. This method of study should work for almost anyone even if they have limited mobility, eyesight, hand coordination, and economic resources while having fun and enjoying the experience of painting.

Program Participants

Friday May 3, 2019 5:00pm - 6:00pm EDT
Charlevoix A

6:00pm EDT

Cover Those Nips! DIY Pasties
Come decorate your own pair of pasties! We will also go over several different methods of constructing your own pastie bases and creating tassels. Supplies provided.

Program Participants
TG

Tommy Gun

Burlesque Performer/Aerialist/Model


Friday May 3, 2019 6:00pm - 7:00pm EDT
EMC III

7:00pm EDT

Knitting 101
Learn to knit! Take two sticks and string and make a dishcloth! Supplies provided. Attendance is limited so please sign-up near Ops.

Program Participants
avatar for Kelly Vanderwell

Kelly Vanderwell

Ops Staff, AAA Call management
I love knitting, crochet, yarn (anything....), jewelry making and I do a bit of sewing and cross stitch. Beyond crafts, I hoard yarn (oops, thats crafts), have an odd sense of humor, am LGBT (asexual and agender), love cats, dogs, and penguins, and my favorite color is purple.
avatar for Mary Fitzpatrick

Mary Fitzpatrick

I did a second career return to Grad School and in 2017 earned a MA in Biology focusing on how leisure learning venues like museums, zoos, aquariums, and park influence scientific thinking in the public.My work career has been eclectic, most recently while in grad school I worked... Read More →


Friday May 3, 2019 7:00pm - 8:00pm EDT
EMC II

7:00pm EDT

You've Created It, Now Get It Out There!
So you've created your own film, game, zine- how do you get it so others are aware and interested? I will take you through the basics of setting up your own Kickstarter campaign successfully, getting your project (film, video game) listed on IMDb, how to gain interest on social media platforms, and more tricks of the trade! Don't let your newest creation live in obscurity any longer!

Program Participants
avatar for Mike Madigan

Mike Madigan

Director, Five Clover Films
Five Clover FilmsIndependent Digital CinemaDetroit, Michigan


Friday May 3, 2019 7:00pm - 8:00pm EDT
EMC IV

8:00pm EDT

Fabricating: Past vs. Future
Necessity has always been the mother of invention but how has that influenced the art of fabrication? How has necessity changed in the past and how will it change in the future? How has that changed the way we are fabricating? Join our Guests of Honor Danny Hansen and Sophia Brueckner as they speak about the past and the future of fabrication.

Program Participants
avatar for Danny Hansen

Danny Hansen

Owner, Crafty Celts
Daniel Hansen discovered metal working as a teenager, learning everything he could about making weapons, armor, and other items for historical re-enactment. He took his first jewelry making class in 1988 as a college student, setting out to make a brooch for the cloak he wore to re-enactments... Read More →


Friday May 3, 2019 8:00pm - 9:00pm EDT
Algonquin B

9:00pm EDT

2nd Sock Syndrome - Room Change Errata
Let's rock our socks off in this panel as I teach you all of the basics for creating your own socks. Basic knit and purl stitch skills required to enjoy our sock hop! Please bring circular needles 40" length, any size, and 2 skeins of sock yarn. Have to make mini socks because of time allotment. No supplies available.

Program Participants
avatar for Patt Mundy

Patt Mundy

Owner, Michigan Academy of Martial Arts
2nd Sock: bring circular needles 40" length any size and 2 skeins of sock yarn. No supplies available. Knowledge of the knit and purl stitches required. Have to make mini socks because of time allotment.Double knitting: I have supplies for 9. If more attendees show up - bring any... Read More →


Friday May 3, 2019 9:00pm - 11:00pm EDT
Montcalm
 
Saturday, May 4
 

9:00am EDT

Make Your Own Pillowcase
Join me in sewing your very own pillowcase. Learn how to use a sewing machine while making something useful!

Program Participants
avatar for Kim Ulrich

Kim Ulrich

Owner, 2nd Story Creations
I love creating things! I love to make quilts, bags, wall hangings, and any new challenge I can find with a needle and thread. I am an avide quilter, gardener, and cook.


Saturday May 4, 2019 9:00am - 10:00am EDT
EMC I

10:00am EDT

Amigurumi: Crochet a Penguin! - Participant Errata
So you know the basics of crochet and want to try something new? Let’s go beyond the basics, read a pattern, and make amigurumi! Space limited so sign up in advance near Ops!

Program Participants
avatar for Dawn Marino

Dawn Marino

Webminister/Chronicler, Shire of Talonval
avatar for Kelly Vanderwell

Kelly Vanderwell

Ops Staff, AAA Call management
I love knitting, crochet, yarn (anything....), jewelry making and I do a bit of sewing and cross stitch. Beyond crafts, I hoard yarn (oops, thats crafts), have an odd sense of humor, am LGBT (asexual and agender), love cats, dogs, and penguins, and my favorite color is purple.


Saturday May 4, 2019 10:00am - 11:00am EDT
EMC V

10:00am EDT

Needle Felting 101
We'll start with a stabby needle and some wool, and you'll end up with an adorable penguin to take home! Learn the basics of why and how felting happens, and the general idea of how to make it work. Space is limited so please sign up in advance near Ops!

Program Participants
avatar for Angel

Angel

Conchair, Penguicon
Bagel makes a lot of things and watches a lot of movies. She crafts and Warcrafts. She prefers bagels to donuts (but will eat either). :)



Saturday May 4, 2019 10:00am - 11:00am EDT
EMC II

11:00am EDT

Fun with Origami
Come play with paper! We will fold a variety of models starting with some that are very easy and moving toward some that are a bit more challenging. No experience required. Children are welcome to attend with an adult.

Program Participants
avatar for Janet Gocay

Janet Gocay

Planner of Penguicon. Teacher and event planner. Maker of pretty things.


Saturday May 4, 2019 11:00am - 12:00pm EDT
EMC II

11:00am EDT

Lockpicking 101
Hands on with lock picks, just the basics, same as last year with a few new locks and things.

Program Participants
avatar for Joseph Rock

Joseph Rock

Lead Quality Analyst, Lyons Consulting Group
...local geek about town, Agile guru, quality management consultant, writer, dilettante, raconteur, and veteran of the software development industry.


Saturday May 4, 2019 11:00am - 12:00pm EDT
EMC I

11:00am EDT

Rave & Circus Toys
You've seen all those glowy and flashy toys at a rave or in a video. If you've ever wondered what they are or how to use them, then this panel is for you. Many of those toys are adapted from the circus world, and there will be two professional circus performers here to answer those questions.

Program Participants
avatar for April Jennifer Choi

April Jennifer Choi

Engineer, April Choi
A Performer that has studied dance and movement arts for over 20 years in a myriad styles of dance, martial arts and fire performance. She is experienced in Swing, Blues, Jazz, Hip-Hop, Ballroom, Latin, Tango, Kung Fu, Jiu-Jitsu, Fire Eating, Contact Staff, and Playing Card Manipulation... Read More →


Saturday May 4, 2019 11:00am - 12:00pm EDT
Charlevoix A

11:00am EDT

Silicone Casting for Cheap Bastards
Have you wanted to cast things out of silicone, but found it to be cost prohibitive? Learn how to make silicone casts and moulds from inexpensive silicone caulk and cornstarch.

Program Participants

Saturday May 4, 2019 11:00am - 12:00pm EDT
EMC V

11:00am EDT

Needle Felting 201 - Description Errata ROOM CHANGE ERRATA
A follow up to Needle Felting 101 panel. Learn to felt 3D objects! Tools and material provided to create a cute little friend. Use of sharp needles; children over 12 welcome with parental supervision.  If you are unable to attend, there will be some extra take-home kits available with self guided instructions, so stop by and have a POKE! Space is limited, so please sign up near Ops!

Program Participants

Saturday May 4, 2019 11:00am - 1:00pm EDT
Computer Lab [Charlevoix C]

12:00pm EDT

Intro to Metal Working
A basic Q&A session with some show and tell of common tools used by the average metal worker, how they work, and how to use them safely. NO LIVE DEMONSTRATIONS, THINGS WILL CATCH FIRE.

Program Participants
avatar for Derek Newland

Derek Newland

I enjoy being a technician, from cars and computers to welding and electrical motors. Fixing and building things has always been fun for me.


Saturday May 4, 2019 12:00pm - 1:00pm EDT
EMC II

12:00pm EDT

Make Your Own Cardboard Automata - Sign Up errata
Learn how to use cams and cranks to make a cardboard creation that moves and jives. Walk away with your own custom automata. Space is limited, please sign up in advance, near Ops!

Program Participants
avatar for Karen Corbeill

Karen Corbeill

YouTube Show host, Makerspace founder, Element14, The Bodgery
I love all things tools and making and I know how to make lots of things in lots of different ways. Ask me how!



Saturday May 4, 2019 12:00pm - 1:00pm EDT
EMC I

1:00pm EDT

Bicycle Maintenance 101
An extensive look into complete bicycle repair. Basic to advanced repair will be demonstrated, from flat repair to complete tune-up. Disc brakes and wheel truing/straightening will be covered in this presentation. The mechanic presenting this demonstration has 20+ years of shop experience.

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Saturday May 4, 2019 1:00pm - 2:00pm EDT
EMC III

3:00pm EDT

BoF: Craft Supply Swap
Birds of a Feather: Are your jewelry making supplies gathering dust and you find yourself really into embroidery instead? Why not offload your unused crafting items and pick up some things you can use?

Program Participants

Saturday May 4, 2019 3:00pm - 4:00pm EDT
Baldwin

3:00pm EDT

Learn to Hand Embroider
This workshop will be a hands-on introduction to hand embroidery. You will learn basic techniques and practice stitches including running stitch, back stitch, and even the dreaded French knots! All required supplies will be provided. Space is limited so sign up in advance near Ops!

Program Participants
avatar for Janet Gocay

Janet Gocay

Planner of Penguicon. Teacher and event planner. Maker of pretty things.


Saturday May 4, 2019 3:00pm - 4:00pm EDT
EMC II

4:00pm EDT

Needle Tatting 101
Tatting is a classic form of lace-making, traditionally made by using a shuttle. However, needle tatting has become a popular alternative, and as I find it easier to explain and demonstrate, that's how I'll be introducing you to this art form. We will go over basic rings, picots, and joins and end up with a flower for you to take home. Space is limited so please sign up in advance at Ops!

Program Participants
avatar for Angel

Angel

Conchair, Penguicon
Bagel makes a lot of things and watches a lot of movies. She crafts and Warcrafts. She prefers bagels to donuts (but will eat either). :)



Saturday May 4, 2019 4:00pm - 5:00pm EDT
EMC II

6:00pm EDT

Building and Flying a Real Aircraft
Are you an aviation enthusiast? Have you ever thought about building an actual aircraft? Join a flight instructor to talk about the Zenith 750 airplane he built and see the process, tools, and options involved. If time permits and there is interest, we can also discuss learning to fly.


Saturday May 4, 2019 6:00pm - 7:00pm EDT
EMC IV

6:00pm EDT

DIY Escape Room Game
For the last few years escape rooms have been the big craze for group gaming experiences. However, they can be expensive to go to and you have to get a large enough group together to book the rooms. What if you could make your own game for your events or parties? Well you can! Come learn some basics on creating your own escape rooms. See examples of puzzles, clues, and different styles of game design from the people that have put on the Penguicon games for the last few years.

Program Participants

Saturday May 4, 2019 6:00pm - 7:00pm EDT
EMC V

9:00pm EDT

Painting by Moonlight
Join Zed Shaw to learn techniques for drawing at night.

Program Participants

Saturday May 4, 2019 9:00pm - 10:00pm EDT
Outside

11:00pm EDT

Live Wires and Water Puddles: Safety First in Fractal Burning
Fractal burning is the process of capturing electrical patterns in wood. The Internet is full of instructions on how to build machines to do fractal burning using such things as microwave oven transformers. Too many people have been injured and killed attempting this technique in unsafe ways. Today there are two dominant approaches to fractal burning: dangerous experimentation without proper knowledge, or the idea that the technique should be banned entirely. Banning knowledge never stops human curiosity. We need to talk about what you need to know to stay safe if you choose to do this dangerous art form, and why you might not want to try it at all.

Program Participants
avatar for Lisa

Lisa

Lightning Bug Crafts


Saturday May 4, 2019 11:00pm - Sunday May 5, 2019 12:00am EDT
Nicolet
 
Sunday, May 5
 

10:00am EDT

Coloring Book Hand Embroidery - Room Change Errata
Learn how to take your favorite coloring book page and turn it into a beautiful piece of hand embroidery. Some prior knowledge of embroidery is helpful, but not required.

Program Participants
avatar for Kim Ulrich

Kim Ulrich

Owner, 2nd Story Creations
I love creating things! I love to make quilts, bags, wall hangings, and any new challenge I can find with a needle and thread. I am an avide quilter, gardener, and cook.


Sunday May 5, 2019 10:00am - 11:00am EDT
EMC I

11:00am EDT

CANCELED Errata - Yarn Dyeing Demo
Unfortunately, this session has been CANCELED. Dyeing yarn is both big business and a fun hobby. See how yarn is dyed and learn about the techniques involved.

Sunday May 5, 2019 11:00am - 12:00pm EDT
EMC III

11:00am EDT

How to Make a Weighted Blanket or Lap Pad
How hard is it to make your own heavy blanket? If you aren't too stressed about perfect measurements it can be quick and easy! Gather around for a demo of a lap-sized blanket and learn how to upsize it to suit your wishes. Though we will use a sewing machine for the demo, the straight seams make this a simple project for hand-stitchers with the patience for fine stitches. Lea Pfeifer is an herbalist, educator, polymath and unschooling mom to neuro-diverse children. She has been teaching on various subjects for over 30 years. This is her first Penguicon.

Program Participants
avatar for Lea

Lea

Herbalist. Educator. Unschooling mom to neuro-diverse children. Parenting mentor. Trauma-informed.


Sunday May 5, 2019 11:00am - 12:00pm EDT
EMC I

12:00pm EDT

Crochet 102: Granny Squares! - Particpiant Errata
Learn to crochet granny squares. Prior single crochet and double crochet knowledge required. Space is limited so please sign up in advance near Ops!

Program Participants

Sunday May 5, 2019 12:00pm - 1:00pm EDT
EMC III

12:00pm EDT

Cross Stitch 201
Come and learn more advanced techniques and how to work with more complex patterns. You will get the most out of this panel if you have some previous experience with basic cross stitch skills. Space is limited so please sign up in advance near Ops!

Program Participants
avatar for Anna Carey

Anna Carey

bibliophile, HIT career, con-runner, mother, crafting & creating, geek, possibly a velociraptor.


Sunday May 5, 2019 12:00pm - 2:00pm EDT
EMC I

1:00pm EDT

Double Knitting - Time Errata
Double it up in this panel as we teach you how to make things on both sides of the skein. Basic knit and purl stitch skills required to bring double the trouble in this panel! I have supplies for 9. If more attendees show up - bring any needles, circular ones are my preference. 2 contrasting colors of yarn.

Program Participants
avatar for Patt Mundy

Patt Mundy

Owner, Michigan Academy of Martial Arts
2nd Sock: bring circular needles 40" length any size and 2 skeins of sock yarn. No supplies available. Knowledge of the knit and purl stitches required. Have to make mini socks because of time allotment.Double knitting: I have supplies for 9. If more attendees show up - bring any... Read More →
avatar for Mary Fitzpatrick

Mary Fitzpatrick

I did a second career return to Grad School and in 2017 earned a MA in Biology focusing on how leisure learning venues like museums, zoos, aquariums, and park influence scientific thinking in the public.My work career has been eclectic, most recently while in grad school I worked... Read More →


Sunday May 5, 2019 1:00pm - 3:00pm EDT
EMC II