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2016-17 Workshops

Mini-Workshops are held beginning at 1 p.m. at the Guild meeting site (St. James Episcopal Church), following the Guild meeting and social hour.  They are 3 hours long.

Workshops last from 1 to 3 days, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. each day, unless otherwise noted.  The locations are given with each workshop description.

Workshop attendance is limited based on space availability and instructor preference.  The workshops are open to all Guild members, with registrations on a first come, first served basis. Registration opens to non-members at least 3 weeks prior to the workshop, if space is available. When the class-size limit is reached, a wait list is established.

For all workshops, advance registration and full tuition payment at the time of registering are required. There may also be an additional materials fee payable to the instructor at the time of the workshop.  A supply list, if appropriate, is available with each workshop description below.

For more information about the workshops, contact the Program Chair

Registration:  All workshops through June 2017 are now open for registration.  To register on-line please click here.  To mail your registration, please download the registration form and enclose a check for the full amount of the registration.  (Adobe Acrobat Reader Required)

Cancellation Policy:  Participants who need to cancel prior to the start of the workshop must contact the Registrar first in order to receive the Wait-List (if there is one). Tuition reimbursement must be coordinated between Participant and their Replacement (not the Guild).

For last-minute registrations and cancellations (within 24 hours of the start of the workshop), please contact the registrar through email to the Registrar or by phone using the phone number listed in the Potomac Fiber Arts Guild Yearbook.

For inclement weather:  read our inclement weather policy.

If you have trouble with registering, contact our Registrar

2016 – 2017 Workshops

Sep 10, 2016 Stephanie Metz Introduction to Needle Felting
Sep 11-13, 2016 Stephanie Metz Sculptural Needle Felting
Oct 8-9, 2016 Temari Twins Jen Weber and Karen Heppen Creating Temari
Nov 12, 2016 Susan Aaron-Taylor Introduction to Coiled Basketry
Nov 13-15, 2016 Susan Aaron-Taylor Sculptural Coiled Basketry
Feb 11, 2017 Mary Kerr Hankies from Heaven:  A Quilted Pillow
Mar 11, 2017 Jan Wutkowski Try Your Hand at Blocking a Felt Cloche
Apr 8, 2017 David Hornung Color Collage
Apr 9-11, 2017 David Hornung Building Images with Color and Collage
May 13, 2017 Dianne Koppisch Hricko Itajime Shibori:  Fold and Clamp
May 14-16, 2017 Dianne Koppisch Hricko Conquering Complements/Luscious Layers
May 18-20, 2017 Dianne Koppisch Hricko Conquering Complements/Luscious Layers
June 10, 2017 Joan Griffin Try It – You Might Like Tapestry!

September 10, 2016

Introduction to Needle Felting with Stephanie Metz

Mini-Workshop (3 Hours):  Want to try needle felting but don’t know quite where to begin? This mini-workshop is for you!

Objectives: Become familiar with the tools, techniques, and concepts central to this art form; complete a simple, small project; and leave ready to translate your ideas into felt. In the process, discover the extraordinarily rich possibilities of needle felting.  All experience levels welcome.  Note that needle felting requires repetitive and vigorous hand and arm movement.


Learn more about Stephanie:
Her bio:  Biography
Her web page:  http://www.stephaniemetz.com/
Fee: $30 for members, $40 for nonmembers.  Materials fee $15.  Click for Supply List
Location:  St. James Episcopal Church

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September 11-13, 2016

Sculptural Needle Felting with Stephanie Metz

Workshop (3 Days):  Traditionally known as a nonwoven textile, felt’s sculptural possibilities are explored in this workshop.

Objectives: Using simple tools, learn an innovative approach to shaping wool into firm yet visibly soft, free-standing sculptures. Gain a thorough introduction to the tools, techniques, and possibilities of needle-felting, from form-building to armatures and finishes.  All experience levels welcome.  Note that needle felting requires repetitive and vigorous hand and arm movement.


Learn more about Stephanie:
Her bio:  Biography
Her web page:  http://www.stephaniemetz.com/
Fee: $180 for members, $240 for nonmembers.  Materials fee $30.  Click for Supply List
Location:  Potomac Community Recreation Center

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October 8-9, 2016

Creating Temari with Temari Twins Jen Weber and Karen Heppen

Workshop (1.5 days):  Stitchers will delight in this introduction to the ancient Japanese craft of creating temari, or Japanese thread balls.

Objectives: Learn how to create a unique temari using simple stiches, how to wrap a ball, mark it, and follow a pattern. Participants will create two temari.  All experience levels welcome.


Learn more about Jen and Karen:
Their bio:  Biography
Their web page:  http://www.temaritwins.com/
Fee: $90 for members, $120 for nonmembers.  Materials fee $60.  Click for Supply List
Location:  Saturday, October 8, 2016, St. James Episcopal Church, 1 – 4 p.m.
Sunday, October 9, Potomac Community Recreation Center, 10:00 to 4:00

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November 12, 2016

Introduction to Coiled Basketry with Susan Aaron-Taylor

Mini-Workshop (3 Hours):  This workshop introduces the basics of coiled basketry technique.

Objectives: Learn how to begin and end a basket, use the figure-8 stich, and how to raise and increase a basket.  All experience levels welcome.


Learn more about Susan:
Her bio:  Biography
Her website:  http://www.susanaarontaylor.com/
Fee: $30 for members, $40 for nonmembers.  Materials Fee:  $5.  Click for Supply List
Location:  St. James Episcopal Church

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November 13-15, 2016

Sculptural Coiled Basketry with Susan Aaron-Taylor

Workshop (3 Days): Explore using coiled basketry techniques to execute personal concepts in sculptural form.

Objectives: In the context of both coiled basketry’s historical roots and its use by contemporary artists, learn four separate coiling techniques, how to start and end a basket, and how to increase and decrease the circumference of a sculpture. The group will participate in frequent critiques of work in progress.  All experience levels welcome.


Learn more about Susan:
Her bio:  Biography
Her website:  http://www.susanaarontaylor.com/
Fee: $180 for members, $240 for nonmembers.  Materials fee $7.  Click for Supply List
Location:  Potomac Community Recreation Center

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February 11, 2017

Hankies from Heaven:  A Quilted Pillow with Mary Kerr

Mini-Workshop (3 Hours):  Showcase a treasured handkerchief and upcycle at the same time!

Objectives: Learn a quick and easy way to make a quilted pillow cover using threadwork, your own vintage handkerchief, and a recycled shirt.  All experience levels welcome.


Learn more about Mary
Her bio:  Biography
Her websiste:  http://www.marywkerr.com/
Fee: $30 for members, $40 for nonmembers.  No Materials Fee.  Click for Supply List
Location:  St. James Episcopal Church

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March 11, 2017

Try Your Hand at Blocking a Felt Cloche with Jan Wutkowski

Mini-Workshop (3 Hours):  Enjoy the sculptural aspects of blocking a wool felt hat body into a stylish, warm cloche.

Objectives: Learn to steam block felt over provided hat blocks (forms) to create a fun and pretty hat that is becoming to almost all face shapes.  All experience levels welcome.

Note: This is NOT a felting class, it is a millinary class that focuses on steaming, shaping and finishing a commercially pre-made felt cone into a cloche hat.


Learn more about Jan:
Her bio:  Biography
Her website:  http://www.hatshatshats.com/
Fee: $30 for members, $40 for nonmembers.  Materials fee $50.  Click for Supply List
Location:  St. James Episcopal Church

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April 8, 2017

Color Collage with David Hornung

Mini- Workshop (3 hours): Participants will be introduced to the subject of color and composition in building two small collages.  Discussion will focus on the unconscioius mind in the creative process and the way form generates meaning.   All experience levels welcome.


Learn more about David:
His bio:  Biography
His website:  http://davidhornung.com/
Fee: $30 for members, $40 for nonmembers.  No materials fee. Click for Supply List
Location:  St. James Episcopal Church

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Apr 9-11, 2017

Building Images with Color and Collage with David Hornung

Workshop (3 Days):  This extended workshop focuses on the composition of images or abstraction through collage and other indirect processes.  After a few class assignments that address color and technique, students will be encouraged to work within their own sensibility to produce a small, cohesive portfolio of works on paper.  Class work will be supplemented with Powerpoint presentations.  Discussions will be free-ranging and touch on issues that surround the making of art now.  All experience levels welcome.


Learn more about David:
His bio:  Biography
His website:  http://davidhornung.com/
Fee: $180 for members, $240 for nonmembers.  Materials fee $20. Click for Supply List
Location:  Clara Barton Recreation Center, 11:00 – 5:00

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May 13, 2017

Itajime Shibori:  Fold and Clamp with Dianne Koppisch Hricko

Mini-Workshop (3 hours):  Sample Itajime, an ancient Japanese dyeing technique that employs shaped resists.

Objectives: Using modern clamps and tools, learn to fold, clamp, dye, and repeat to build luscious layers of color with acid dyes on silk.  All experience levels welcome.


Learn more about Dianne:
Her bio:  Biography
Her website:  http://www.dkoppisch.com/
Fee: $30 for members, $40 for nonmembers.  Materials fee $10. Click for Supply List
Location:  St. James Episcopal Church

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May 14-16, 2017 and May 18-20, 2017

Conquering Complements/Luscious Layers with Dianne Koppisch Hricko

Workshop (3 Days): This workshop is offered twice.

Build depth and intensity in your images through this exploration of hue, intensity, and value.

Objectives: Using MX dyes on silk, explore color mixing, build multiple color palettes, and learn how complementary colors can activate or neutralize color schemes. Learn to build visual texture as well with deconstructed silk screen, photo silk screen, and thermofax screens.  All experience levels welcome

 


Learn more about Dianne:
Her bio:  Biography
Her website:  http://www.dkoppisch.com/
Fee: $180 for members, $240 for nonmembers.  Materials fee $25.  Click for supply list
Location for May 14-16: Clara Barton Recreation Center
Location for May 18-20: Mid-County Recreation Center

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June 10, 2017

Try It – You Might Like Tapestry with Joan Griffin

Mini-Workshop (3 Hours):  A fun approach to creating a small tapestry in just 3 hours!

Objectives: Sample a creative approach to tapestry weaving by using a pre-warped loom and learning just a few rules. Several different types of looms will be available for use.  Workshop targeted for beginners.


Learn more about Joan:
Her bio:  Biography
Her web site: http://joangriffintapestry.com/
Fee: $30 for members, $40 for nonmembers.  Materials fee $5; optional additional $5 for small loom to take home.   Click for Supply List
Location:  St. James Episcopal Church

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Inclement Weather Cancellation Policy

In the event of a severe weather emergency affecting a PFAG monthly meeting, program or workshop (mini and extended), the Guild will follow the closing guidelines issued by Montgomery County Government for events involving Community Use of Public Facilities (CUPF).   (Please note this is not Montgomery County Public Schools)

If severe weather threatens, please visit the CUPF Emergency Closing Information website listed below.

http://montgomerycountymd.gov/cupf/info-cupf/emergency.html

If CUPF facilities are closed and/or events are cancelled or delayed, PFAG events will be cancelled.

If time and circumstances allow, notices may also be posted to our Guild  listserv, on the PFAG Facebook and the PFAG home page.  Note, however, that these notices may be considerably delayed.

As with any endeavor, members should be guided by their own better judgement in deciding whether to venture out in difficult weather.

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