Guild meetings are held normally on the second Saturday of the month, September through June. The meeting is held at St. James Episcopal Church, 11815 Seven Locks Road, Potomac, Maryland.   Each meeting includes a program that is conducted by a Guild member or visiting artist, or that is a special Guild event. All meetings are open to anyone.

Enter the front parking area and drive around the right side of the church building to the rear parking lot (follow signs for St. James’s Children’s School). Use the door at the rear of the church. The meeting room is on the ground floor and is handicapped accessible.

The meeting format is as follows:

9:30 Library opens
10:00 Short business meeting
10:30 Program
12:00 Social hour, and library is open
1:00 Mini-Workshop (where applicable)

The Guild hosts a series of mini-workshops throughout the year. These 3-hr workshops are generally given by the artist who presents the program at the Guild meeting.  Mini Workshops begin at 1 p.m. at the Guild meeting site (St. James Episcopal Church), following the Guild meeting and social hour.  

The Guild hosts a series of workshops throughout the year. The workshops are generally given by the artist who presents the program at the Guild meeting.

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 more information about the workshops, contact the Program Chair.

All workshops require advance registration with full tuition payment. There may also be an additional materials fee payable to the instructor at the time of the workshop. A supply list, if appropriate, is provided with each workshop listing.

Registration: All workshops through December 2017 will be open for registration in the upcoming weeks. To register on-line, PFAG members will need to  LOGIN.  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.

What if a class that I want to take is full up?

We recommend signing up for preferred classes ASAP – as many classes fill up FAST.  Once a class is filled, a wait-list will be started.

Do I need to join the Guild in order to take one of the workshops?

If all the spaces in a workshop are not filled, we open up to other guilds/general public.  However, first priority is given to Guild members.

Do I need to join the Guild in order to attend the monthly Guild meetings?

Yes, although we welcome guests who wish to get a feel for the Guild in person.

How much does Membership in the Guild cost?

Member is due xoxxxxxx and is $35/year

How many participants does each workshop have?

Workshop attendance is limited based on space availability and instructor preference.

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.

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 on our PFAG Facebook Page and/or the PFAG home page as well as emailed via the PFAG private e-mail server.  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.

Calendar for September 2017 thru JUNE 2018

September 9, 2017 Program with Charlotte Sehmisch

Charlotte is an award-winning and internationally acclaimed felt artist and textile designer from Weimar, the home of Bauhaus, in Germany. She has exhibited her work worldwide in Germany, France, Italy, Hungary, Austria, USA and Australia, and is regularly invited to run workshops and masterclasses across Europe and the USA.


Charlotte’s Website

October 14th, 2017 – Program with Leslie Pearson

Leslie Pearson is a multimedia artist who utilizes many fiber based materials, processes and techniques to create sculptures, installations, encaustic paintings, and handmade books in which she explores themes of memory and identity. She pursues art as a studio artist, community arts advocate and educator.  Her 1.5 hour presentation will focus on the processes and various fiber art mediums that inform her work.  Powerpoint presentation with plenty of opportunity for Q & A.

Leslie’s Website

Nov 11th 2017 – Program with Neroli Henderson

Australian artist Neroli Henderson had a remarkable journey on her road to becoming a textile artist. From beginning work as a corporate designer to a serious back break at age 25 with a long road to recovery. Neroli will detail her ascent from not knowing how to sew a thing to being an international award winning textile artist, tutor, writer, social media exploiter, and editor of an international fine art textile magazine.

Regularly featured in textile magazines and exhibitions world wide and the group owner of the Facebook ‘Textile Arts’ group with more than 17,000 members Neroli has found a unique niche.  She believes strongly in the use of textile and fiber as a valid fine art medium. Her multi-media artworks are highly personal and introspective, used as both a method of catharsis and social commentary.


 Neroli’s Website

December 9th, 2017 – Program with Lesley Riley

Lesley Riley is an internationally known writer, mixed media artist, art quilter, instructor, creative coach and mentor who turned her initial passion for photos, color and the written word into a dream occupassion.

Her art and articles have appeared in many publications, including her eight craft books. As former Contributing Editor of Cloth Paper Scissors magazine, and the host of BlogTalk Radio’s Art & Soul show, Lesley developed a passion for showcasing talented creatives who make time for art.

In an ongoing effort to find the best ways for fiber and mixed media artists to get permanent photos on fabric, paper, wood and more, Lesley introduced Transfer Artist Paper™, named Craft & Hobby Association (CHA) 2011 Most Innovative new product, the state of the art technology for iron-on transfers.

Her passion and desire to help everyone reach their creative dreams and potential have led her to focus on motivating and empowering women to take their creative life into their own hands. Drawing from her own experience, conversations with women all over the globe, years of insight, and her intuitive knack for seeing the creative potential in the day-to-day of our busy lives, Lesley writes and blogs on the creativity gap, the obstacles that keep us from taking and making the time to gift ourselves with more creative and spiritually fulfilling activities.

Her presentation will focus on the hidden and unexplored reasons why we Quilt; with samples.

Lesley’s Website

January 13, 2018 – Program with Susan Levi-Goerlich

Susan’s fiber artwork celebrates texture, color and the myriad possibilities fiber offers to “paint” an image using fresh and unusual techniques.   She uses free-motion machine embroidery, bobbin embroidery, needle-felting and silk-painting to create  paintings in fiber.

Susan shows and sells her work at national and regional art shows and have exhibited nationally and internationally and teaches workshops and classes.  Today’s program will include a Powerpoint on the techniques and artwork used in her projects.

Susan’s Website

Feb 10th Program with Conant Grant Winner Erika Cleveland

Viewers will learn the history of flip dolls, a powerful medium for transformation. Flip dolls are  two-headed dolls connected in the middle by a shared torso, sometimes separated by a skirt that flips from one side to the other.  These dolls, with their two connected sides, are a symbol of the union of opposites.

The history of flip dolls began with their construction by slaves during the Civil War era. However they evolved into much more over time, here and abroad, into mediums for story telling, mass-produced but also crafted at home. More recently, contemporary artists have used the flip doll as a means of  expression.  Cleveland will share images showing the historical span of these dolls and discuss her use of flip dolls as a healing medium in workshops with homeless women.   She will share images of her own flip doll creations and images of contemporary artists who make flip dolls, and were interviewed as part of this project.   Come away with an understanding of why Cleveland is so obsessed with this medium and be filled with a desire to learn more.

Erika’s Website

March 10, 2018 – Master Rughooker Barb Twig

In this month’s program, Master rughooker Barb Twig will discuss the history and materials of rug hooking.   Barb will be sharing over twenty years experience with a variety of rug hooking techniques and materials.  She will bring several examples of her work for viewing.  Those in attendance will have a chance to win a door prize!

April 14, 2018 – TKGA Master Knitter Charles Gandy

CHARLES D. GANDY, a The Knitting Guild Association (TKGA) Master Knitter learned to knit at the young age of four from his mother, a designer and shop owner. He designed his first sweater three years later and continues to create today. A two-time winner in Knitter’s Magazine “Think Outside the Sox” contest, three of his designs are featured in the book of the same name: “Dread Sox”, “Snake in the Grass” and “Pedicure Polka Socks”. His own book, The Embellished Sock: Knitted Art for the Foot” features eighteen creative patterns and numerous techniques and is available in yarn shops nationwide.  His latest collections “Crazy Socks” and “MORE Crazy Socks” for REGIA Yarns have been received worldwide. Numerous other designs are widely published in leading magazines, book, and on Ravelry.  He is a popular teacher at workshops and conferences nationwide.  His most recent work, BEYOND THE SOCK, was an overwhelming success at The Bascom, A Center for The Arts in Highlands, NC that was on display from March 12 – June 12, 2016.  His work placed as a semi-finalist in the 28th Annual World of Wearable Art in Wellington, New Zealand and later was on display at the 7th Wearable Expressions at the Palos Verdes Art Center in California.

Charles’ Ravelry Page

 May 12th 2018 – Wearable Woven Art by Inge Dam

Inge Dam is the author of Tablet-Woven Accents for Designer Fabrics: Contemporary Uses for Ancient Techniques. She has taught workshops in the US, Canada, and England, as well as  Convergence and Complex Weavers.  She weaves on a 32-shaft dobby loom and specializes in weaving unique fabrics.  In most of her fabrics she incorporates tablet weaving and other embellishments and she has won many awards for her work.

This program will be a fashion show!  Inge’s variety of garment and shawls will be modeled by participants. The items have been made using many different weaving techniques and have been decorated with various types of embellishments. Six of the garments have been in the Convergence Fashion Show. During the show Inge will explain how each piece was woven and how some of the embellishments on the garments were made. Most of the items have been made with a combination of tablet weaving and loom weaving.


Inge’s Website

June 9th, 2018 – Textile Inspirations:  Hand-stitched Responses to Textile Treasures

Julie will present the results of a 7-month challenge in which she and 19 other participants were inspired to create stitched artworks in response to a selection of fiber pieces from the Textile Museum’s collections and traveling exhibitions.  Participants took advantage of programs sponsored by the museum, along with docent tours and arranged sessions at the Avenir Foundation Conservation and Collections Resource Center that houses many of the Museum’s textile treasures.  Julie designed a series of creative challenges to guide participants in their approach to responding to their “muses”.