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.

Fall 2019 registration will open at 9:00am, July 27, 2019.

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)

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 2019 will be open for registration on July 27, 2019. To register on-line please LOGIN  and return to the workshop page. To mail your registration, please , please download and print the  Potomac Fiber Arts Guild Workshop 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). If the workshop is not sold out the student will not be reimbursed.

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 filled?

We recommend signing up for preferred classes ASAP, as many classes fill up FAST.  Once a class is filled, a wait list will be established. If a space becomes available, the person relinquishing their spot must first contact the registrar to get the contact information for those on the wait list. Payment for the class is handled between the person relinquishing their seat and the wait list member.

What if I need to cancel? Can I sell my spot?

It is important to contact the registrar if you cannot attend your class! DO NOT SELL YOUR CLASS! If the class has reached 100% enrollment, and there is a waitlist, the registrar will provide you with the waitlist members’ contact information. You are responsible for finding your own  replacement and collecting payment.

Do I need to be a Guild member to enroll in a workshop?

If all the spaces in a workshop are not filled, the Guild opens the class to other guilds and the general public.  First priority is always given to Guild members.

Do I need be a Guild member to attend the monthly Guild meetings?

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

What is the cost of Guild membership?

Membership runs from July 1 – June 30 and is $40/year.  Membership dues are not prorated if you join mid-year.

How many participants does each workshop have?

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

June 2019:  The Power of Adornment with Suzi Click

Suzi Click is a wearable art fashion designer. After receiving her master’s degree in Clothing & Textiles from Texas Tech University in 1972 she spent over 30 years working in the apparel industry as designer of junior sportswear and jeanswear in Atlanta, New York, San Francisco and Los Angeles. In 2001 she started SUZI CLICK, her current Artisan Apparel & Accessories line of one of kind wearable art pieces which she sells to specialty boutiques and at art and crafts shows. From 2007-2014 she designed TWO GIRLS DANCING, her own fashion jeans wear line of mostly embroidered lightweight stretch jeans for the baby boomer customer. Suzi is also passionate about travel and incorporates globally hand made ethnic textiles from her travels into her wearable art.  Her mission is to buy directly from the weavers to encourage them to continue their craft and to expose her customers to the stories behind the textiles. Suzi Click’s website

May 2019:  Beading and Its Historical Roots: a journey through time and place with Teddi Fine

Almost two decades ago, after a career in national health policy and communications, Teddi Fine took a leap of faith and returned to her first love. In what has become her second career, she revives a childhood passion first kindled by her maternal grandmother, Rose: creating bead-woven jewelry with needle, thread and glass beads the size of a grain of sand. The muse awakened those many years ago continues to fuel Teddi’s bead weaving today.  Each piece is sewn one bead at a time, using one or more traditional beading stitches, most with roots in ancient times.  The unique appearance of a piece is achieved by bead color, shape, finish and size, and by the inclusion of pearls, crystals or semi-precious stones. The work is inspired by travels, history, flights of whimsey and, in some cases, the Judaic tradition. Yet, at their core, her creations are about connecting an ancient craft with a contemporary art form we now call bead weaving. And, it’s also a connection of the heart across generations. Teddi Fine’s website

April 2019:  Every Picture Tells a Story with Sue Stone

Sue Stone is a British artist who trained in embroidery at Goldsmiths College in London in the 1970s. Best known for textural, figurative compositions Sue’s work often features a fish which is a symbol of her heritage. She is the daughter of a Grimsby (UK) fish merchant and a talented seamstress who trained professionally as a tailor. As an exhibiting member of the internationally renowned 62 Group of Textile Artists and a Fellow of the UK Society of Designer Craftsmen Sue has exhibited her work widely throughout the UK, Europe, the USA, Pakistan and Japan. TextileArtist.org (Sue Stone)

March 2019:  The Power of Designing Your Own Fabric with Becka Rahn

Becka Rahn is a digital fabric and clothing designer, specializing in engineered fabric prints. She is the co-author of The Spoonflower Handbook, a how-to guide to designing your own fabric. She has received Jerome Foundation and MN State Arts Board grants for her work and was recognized with an emerging artist award by Fiber Art Now magazine. Becka has taught workshops and seminars at national conferences including Surface Design Association, Midwest Weavers Guild and Handweavers Guild of America, as well as Arrowmont School of Arts & Crafts. Becka has served on the international Etsy Sellers Advisory Board, representing niche craft business owners and is a member of the board of directors at the Weavers Guild of MN and Hennepin History Museum. Becka lives in Minneapolis with her husband and two black labs. She spends a lot of time thinking about pixels. Becka Rahn’s website.

February 2019:  The “Window” from Sculpture into Cloth: Some windows open a world view with Jim Hay

Originally trained as a sculptor, Jim was Professor of Sculpture at Olivet College in Michigan for many years. He has lived in Takasaki, Japan, for the past 29 years. He creates unconventional cloth collage artworks—art quilts. Hay is a featured artist in Masterworks: Abstract and Geometric, an internationally published book and traveling exhibition, and he has exhibited his art quilts on four continents. Since 2007, Hay’s work has won prizes at Tokyo International Great Quilt Festival: in 2018, he won first place in the original quilt category. Jim is a Juried Artist Member of Studio Art Quilt Associates and the Representative for Japan. Jim Hay’s website.

January 2019:  Storytelling Textiles with Rebecca A. T. Stevens

Rebecca A. T. Stevens is the retired Consulting Curator, Contemporary Textiles at The Textile Museum (now The George Washington University Museum and The Textile Museum) in Washington, DC, a position she held for over thirty-five years. Her work now includes numerous national and international curating, consulting, lecturing, and jurying engagements on five continents. The Textile Museum (Rebecca A. T. Stevens).

December 2018:  Guild Potluck Brunch & Yarn/Book Sale

This is a biennial social event and fundraiser for the guild. Members and visitors spend time shopping, then socialize over a delicious potluck meal. The event features a silent auction of items donated to the guild, including art, books and equipment.  There will be the ever-popular yarn sale where all yarn is $1.50 a pound.  There will also be a sale of fiber books that were donated to the guild.  New this year is a fashion show of wearables made by guild members

November 2018:  Textile Exploration: The Quiet Beauty of Imperfection with Eva Camacho-Sánchez

Eva Camacho-Sánchez of Lana Handmade is a fiber artist who creates nuno felt by combining fine silk and the finest merino wool. She learned to create from her mother, who grew up in a poor, rural village, and had no choice but to make her own clothes, sheets and other textiles in the 1940s. Her passion for creating and the importance of self-sufficiency was instilled in Eva at an early age, though Eva’s artistic passion only came alive when, as an adult, she discovered the amazing qualities of wool and the wonderful art of felting. Traditionally, felt is created by using water, soap, wool and agitation. Felting takes time, physical labor and patience. Most of the artist’s items are made with wool from local farms, using Icelandic and Romney varieties for housewares, and Merino for wearables. She buys the fleeces directly from farmers, then washes, dyes and cards them herself. She usually starts by hand-dyeing the wool (with natural dyes she has created herself from plant matter), which is then felted together with fine silk. To create patterns on the silk, she uses techniques such as free motion embroidery, hand-stitching, beading and printing. Her work is the result of the fusion of the ancient art form of feltmaking with modern techniques to create new and elegant styles. Eva Camacho-Sanchez’s website.

October 2018:  Hooked Rug Landscapes and Portraits with Anne-Marie Littenberg

Anne-Marie Littenberg is a self-taught rug hooker who works from her home studio in Burlington, Vermont. She writes, “Fiber has been a part of my life as long as I can remember. The touch, scent, and visuals of thread and fabric have always been there. Fiber put food on the dinner table and a roof over our heads when I was a child (I had a single mom and 6 siblings). As a young adult, my sewing skills allowed me to wear gorgeous, finely tailored clothes I could never have afforded to buy. In my late thirties when I ditched the world of offices and business suits, I learned how to use it as my medium for artistic expression.” Anne-Marie Littenberg’s website.

September 2018:  Beyond a Series: Translating Written Ideas Into Art with Susan Lenz

Using needle and thread for self-expression and heat-activated processes, Susan’s work reflects her passion for historic buildings, especially stained glass windows and the colors and eco-friendly ideals of Friedensreich Hundertwasser, a 20th c. Austrian artist and architect. Susan’s work is regularly accepted into national and international juried exhibitions.  She is a professional level member of Studio Art Quilt Associates and an affiliate member of Through Our Hands in England.  Her work has been presented in solo shows across the country. Susan is represented in several galleries including the Grovewood Gallery in Asheville, NC. Susan Lenz’s website.

Important Workshop Registration Information

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 2019 will be open for registration on July 27, 2019. To register on-line and receive special member tuition price please LOGIN and return to the workshop page. To mail your registration, please download and print the Potomac Fiber Arts Guild Workshop 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). If the workshop is not sold out the student will not be reimbursed.

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.

 

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 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.

Supported by the Sharon Janda Memorial Fund

Leisa Rich
THE ARTIST: Leisa Rich has Master of Fine Arts, Bachelor of Fine Arts, and Bachelor of Education in Art degrees, and has been teaching for 44 years in schools, arts centers, and universities and in her studio. Her work is published in numerous books, magazines, on line, and in televised interviews. She has also written reviews and articles for national and international magazines, and created videos for arts organizations, magazines and zines. She has art works in the permanent collections of Delta Airlines Inc., Emory Healthcare, The Kamm Foundation, The Dallas Museum of Art, The University of Texas, and The University of North Texas, and in many private collections across the U.S., Canada and the EU. She is a 2019 recipient of a Distinguished Fellowship from the Fulton County Arts Council of Atlanta, Georgia.

Guild Meeting/Program:  Working with Fosshape™

Date/Time: September 14, 2019 10:30 AM (following Guild meeting)

Location: St. James Episcopal Church, 11815 Seven Locks Rd, Potomac, MD 2854

Leisa Rich will describe the application and uses of Fosshape™, the unique proprietary nonwoven fabric that with a heat of 200 degrees Fahrenheit and pressure can be transformed into both 2D and 3D artworks.  Leisa is the author of a forthcoming book on this topic and has taught its application at many craft schools and guilds. She will be bringing samples of her finished work.

Mini Workshop: Cloth, Shape, Scissors: Building the Textural Surface

Students will layer low-melt polyester and press it into a dimensional base. They will choose from a vast array of patterned heat transfers and transfer them onto white cotton fabrics to cut up and arrange as design elements, building up the texture with fusible web.  They will add recycled elements to add further dimension.

Date/Time: September 14, 2019

Location: St. James Episcopal Church, 11815 Seven Locks Rd, Potomac, MD 2854

Mini Workshop Fee: Members: $35.00 Non-Members: $50.00

Student’s Materials Fee: $3 per student for heat transfer patterned images

Student Supply List:  1 yard of Fosshape 300, ½ yard white cotton, and 1 yard fusible web, such as Wonder Under or Heat&Bond, scissors, and bits from home, such as patterned cotton, vintage textiles, etc. Click here to print.

 

Extended Workshop: Transforming Fosshape™: 2D and 3D Applications

Students will transform the revolutionary 2D material called Fosshape ™– a unique low melt synthetic polyester fiber that when exposed to heat and pressure easily hardens—in several ways. Applications can be various, such as creating collage-like bases, wearable pieces, 3D objects, and more. Students will learn simple methods of construction, such as hand or machine stitching, fusing, distressing, and molding. Students will be encouraged to follow their own visions to suit a variety of art and craft needs. Student will be taught heat press collage, small sewn samples, larger sculptural forms, wearables, and weaving, as well as applying crochet and knitting, though those students must come knowing knitting and crochet.

Date/Time: September 15 – 16, 2019 10:00 to 4:00 PM

Location: Cathy Hirsh Studio Classroom, 12276 Wilkins Ave, Rockville, MD 20852

Workshop Fee: Members: $160.00 Non-Members: $220.00

Student Supply List: 2 yards of Fosshape 300, and 1 yard of Fosshape 600 per student. Order from Brian Jeffrey for discount (fosshape@gmail.com). A heat gun per two-three students, tin foil, sharp scissors, hand sewing needles, heavy white thread. Huge crochet or knitting needles if you wish to add crochet or knitting. One wide-notch cardboard weaving board per student. Things to mold the Fosshape over, such as hat blocks. Assortment of spray paint formulated for plastic, and a large cardboard box to contain spraying. Dye-na-flow fabric paint, acrylic paints, paintbrushes, containers for water, and a simple paint palette. Sewing machine optional. Click here to print.

Melinda Stees
Melinda is a self-taught fiber artist living near Cleveland, Ohio. She has been a lifelong “maker” and a knitter for 35 years. Her poster-size knitted artworks have appeared and won awards in juried exhibitions around the U.S. and are held in private collections throughout the U.S. and Europe.

Melinda’s current practice is the study of how to maximize the impact and communication possibilities in large, ultra-low-resolution knitted images, made possible by using a vintage home knitting machine in combination with contemporary image editing software. She has happily discovered that focusing on solving the technical challenges of this process is absorbing enough to keep her out of her own way artistically, allowing creative ideas to percolate through mostly without interference.

Many of her works feature unexpected treatments of light and dark using varied shades of yarn. She also often uses illustrations of mannequins, either physical or digital, to comment on challenging social issues in a non-explicit, relatively family-friendly manner. She has had much to “say” through her knitting about our current politically divided world, and using knitted images—with soft surfaces that may remind the viewer of a favorite sweater, even as the images themselves are expressing cutting scorn and outrage—has proven to be a stealthy way to get a point across without triggering defenses.

Her goal, no matter what the subject of the artwork, is always to make viewers think and ask questions about what they see, possibly starting with, “Is that really knitting?”

Website: http://www.imageknits.com
Facebook: @image.knits.see
Instagram: @imageknits

Guild Meeting/Program:  Knitting What I See

Date/Time: October 12, 2019 10:30 AM (following Guild meeting)

Location: St. James Episcopal Church, 11815 Seven Locks Rd, Potomac, MD 2854

Working with yarn, Melinda Stees seeks to engage both THINKING and SEEING with poster-sized knitted artworks.  Melina’s pieces explore many different subjects, including series entitled Handwork, Mannequin, Portrait, and Micro.  Melinda usually uses computer programs to help her pixelate her images and also uses a vintage knitting machine.  To demonstrate her process, she will bring “exploded” pieces in various stages of design.

  

Extended Workshop: Knitting What You See

Melinda will begin the workshop by discussing two things: 1) the big concepts behind how she approaches images and 2) exactly what steps she takes in working from an image in Photoshop.  This could be a mini course in Photoshop.  Melinda can discuss the fine tuning of the imagery or explore more about the big concepts behind working on a series depending on the general interest and previous knowledge of the class.  Melinda will discuss the best ways of mounting this type of artwork.  Melinda is working on some new designs that will have a new “surprise” element that will only be revealed AFTER the pieces are completed.  This will lead into the last part of the workshop, which will be described on the handout as secret or bonus content.

Date/Time: October 10 – 11, 2019 10:00 to 4:00 PM

Location: Cathy Hirsh Studio Classroom, 12276 Wilkins Ave, Rockville, MD 20852

Workshop Fee: Members: $160.00 Non-Members: $220.00

Student’s Materials Fee: $25.00

The kit will include all the materials for making a small piece of knitted artwork, including a piece of machine knitting made in advance. The workshop activities will include customizing this piece with duplicate stitch by hand so everyone will have a unique piece. Kits will include the previously mentioned knitting, a knitted strip to make the frame, precut corrugated board, pine molding, black Tyvek paper, black sticky-back foam and felt, fusible web, screws and mounting hardware, lengths of yarn in several colors for assembly, and labels. Melinda will bring staple guns and electric screwdrivers. She will also bring knitting needles in various  sizes. She will provide handouts describing her process. 

Student Supply List: Sharp scissors, staple gun, and electric screwdrivers (optional). Click here to print.

Yekaterina (Katia) Mokeyeva
THE ARTIST:  Katia graduated from the Moscow State University of Arts and Industry in 1995. Her exploration of various methods and mediums has led to development of a more specific direction that sparked love in the realm of textile and fiber art.

As an extension to her education, she completed her junior and senior years at California College of the Arts in San Francisco, focusing on clothing design and textiles. Participating in a short summer study abroad program in London’s Central St. Martins College of Arts and Design gave her a new spectrum of inspiration.

Katia has been exhibiting and teaching internationally throughout the US, Australia, the UK, Netherlands, and Canada since 2012. In 2015, she became a finalist in the prestigious NICHE Awards (NICHE Magazine and American Made Show). Her latest shows and exhibits include the Wool Ways 2016 show in Amsterdam, the Sea States 2016 exhibition (duo with Fiona Duthie) at Timeless Textiles in Newcastle, Australia, and the Sea States 2017 (duo with Fiona Duthie) at the Dyeing House Gallery in Prato, Italy

Katia’s works have been shown in several magazines, books, and blogs such as Folt Bolt art blog, Felt Matters, Ver Filtz und Zuge Naht magazine, Belle Armoire, Felt (Australia), Filtz Fun, Textile Art Around the World, and Worldwide Colours of Felt.

Guild Meeting/Program:  New Techniques in Feltmaking
Katia will discuss her collection of wearable sculptures incorporating nettles for which she won the Surface Design Association’s Tradition in Technique Award in 2017. These works are of particular interest to weavers and felters because the special structural and surface techniques she created in felt are analogous to those in a woven textile.  The SDA Journal article is available on Katia’s website.

Date/Time: November 9, 2019 10:30 AM (following Guild meeting)

Location: St. James Episcopal Church, 11815 Seven Locks Rd, Potomac, MD 2854

Mini Workshop: Introduction to Feltmaking

This workshop will be an introduction to the latest felting and nuno-felting techniques and to some of Katia’s unique methods of creating texture. We will be making medium-sized samples.

Date/Time: November 9, 2019 1:00 to 4:00 PM

Location: St. James Episcopal Church, 11815 Seven Locks Rd, Potomac, MD 2854

Mini Workshop Fee: Members: $35.00 Non-Members: $50.00

Student’s Materials Fee:  A materials kit will be available for purchase from Katia for $35. All students need to bring workshop supplies like towels, etc.

Student Supply List:  Plastic bubble wrap, enough to cover 6′ table, plus an extra piece about 1m X 1m size; watering device (ball brause, squirt bottle of choice); container for water/soap solution (small bucket); natural soap (dish soap like Dawn or Ivory is okay, biodegradable dish soap is the best); you can bring your favorite olive soap bar as well, but we will mostly use water/soap solution; pool noodle, about 3′ long; elastic ties for rolling (stockings or pantyhose); old bath towel; any favorite felting tools; palm washboard, felting stone, etc.; good sharp scissors; cheap plastic grocery bag;  fiberglass mosquito screen, about 1 square yard; 2 mil plastic sheeting/painter’s drop, about 1 square yard. Materials that can be purchased from the instructor or supplied by the student: 3-5 oz of 19 mic extra fine merino (your favorite colors); 1-2 yards of Margilan silk gauze, plant-derived fibers (viscose, ramie, bamboo, etc.), about 1 yard of roving. Click here to print.

Extended Workshop: Structural Magic

Students will explore unique, innovative techniques, a new approach to the structure of the felt fabric. Participants will explore and understand the use of fibers other than wool, and learn how the inclusion of plant fiber can add flexibility to felted textiles and help to sculpt gorgeous three-dimensional surfaces. Students will learn a variety of creative structural methods for any felt projects, including accessories, garments, interior design pieces, or fine art. A library of samples, a shawl, or a small vest can be created in this class, depending on the choice and experience of participants.

Date/Time: November 10-12, 2019 10:00 to 4:00 PM

Location: Cathy Hirsh Studio Classroom, 12276 Wilkins Ave, Rockville, MD 20852

Workshop Fee: Members: $240.00 Non-Members: $330.00

Supply List:  Plastic bubble wrap, enough to cover 6′ table plus an extra piece about 1m X 1m size; clear thin plastic (2 mil painters dropcloth), enough to cover 6′ table; (watering device, a ball brause , or a squirt bottle of choice); container for water/soap solution (small bucket); natural liquid soap (biodegradable dish soap is the best); you can bring your favorite olive soap bar as well, but we will mostly use water/soap solution; pool noodle, about 2′ long; elastic ties for rolling (stockings or pantyhose);  pen and notebook; SharpiePro marker; three or four old bath towels; any favorite felting tools, like ceramic felting stone, palm washboard, pantry jar lid with a ribbed surface, small roller-massager, etc.; good sharp scissors;  small hand mini-carder or metallic dog/cat brush; cheap plastic grocery bag; masking tape (about 1” wide; a piece of soft fiberglass mosquito screen material (one to two yards is enough); a small (no more than 15’’ X 15’’) piece of flexible bumpy plastic shelf liner material–available on Amazon (Ikea brand), and in many local stores, like Dollar General; Makita finishing sander and extension cord, (optional, but can be very helpful.) If you are making a garment, please bring paper to transfer the pattern. Materials: 250g – 300g 18 – 19 mic merino wool tops (few of your favorite colors); include a little bit of black wool, and some light shades; 
Dyed plant fibers: ramie, bamboo, viscose, or Tencel; (your favorite colors, 2 yards of sleever), will be available for sale from the instructor, $5 per yard); Plus, one yard of WHITE plant fiber sliver (any of the above). 
Three (six minimum if you are making a garment) yards of Margilan silk gauze fabric (authentic, organic, hand woven, hand dyed; will be available for sale from the instructor, $10 per yard). The gorgeous fabric is perfect for the innovative techniques of this class and allows to create complex surfaces in a limited workshop time. It’s not the same with chiffon silk or other silk fabric. 
Click here to print.

Catherine Kapikian
THE ARTIST:  The day after she graduated from Wesley in 1979 with a Master’s degree in Theological Studies, Catherine Kapikian “marched into the dean’s office” and proposed the establishment of an artist-in-residence at the seminary. J. Phillip Wogaman, then dean, and President Jack Knight responded to her thesis that without the arts, “theological education was truncated,” by assigning a modest space under the chapel as a studio. They also appointed her to teach a two-credit course in the visual arts. And it was then, says Catherine, “that I was surprised to realize that I had a ministry in the arts on my hands.” More than 20 years later, Catherine was still at Wesley, serving as the director of the Henry Luce III Center for Arts and Religion.  She continues to serve as the Director Emerita of the Center.

Guild Meeting/Program:  Working with a Community on a Large-Scale Installation Project

Date/Time: December 14, 2019 10:30 AM (following Guild meeting)

Location: St. James Episcopal Church, 11815 Seven Locks Rd, Potomac, MD 2854

TREASURE FROM MY NEW STASH!

Did you go to the PFAG Fashion Show and Sale last December?  Did you go home with some great stuff to add to your stash?  Books too?  This message is for you!

The program for the PFAG meeting in January 2020 will feature what you have made with what you bought at the 2018 sale.  You can add to your purchases to make that perfect creation or use what you have to create something new with the fascinating book you bought.  Yes, you can make more than one thing.

PFAG members are already bringing or wearing items they’ve made from their new stash treasure.  Summer is coming.  Are you going to stitch on that plane ride?  Or knit on that train?  Crochet on that long drive?  Even if you’re doing a staycation, Metro is always a place to get something done.

Remember to keep at it in your sketchbook/journal so you don’t forget even one of those great inspirations!

We hope this show and tell in January 2020 will help get all of us revved up, being creative and cleaning out to be ready for our next fashion show and sale in December 2020.  We can’t wait to see what you do!

Guests are welcome, as always. They can admire members’ creations and be inspired to create their own or they can sign up to show what they created using their purchases at the December 2018 PFAG Fashion Show and Sale.

Guild Meeting Program: Treasures From My New Stash!

Date/Time:  January 11, 2020 10:30 AM (following 10:00 AM Guild meeting)

Location:  St. James Episcopal Church, 11815 Seven Locks Rd, Potomac, MD 20854

Jiyoung Chung
THE ARTIST: Jiyoung Chung is a joomchi artist, painter and freelance writer who shows her works nationally and internationally. She has developed an innovative method for utilizing the traditional Korean method of papermaking called joomchi as a contemporary art form.

Jiyoung (B.F.A., Painting from RISD, and M.F.A., Print/Media from Cranbrook Academy of Art) has had numerous solo shows (31 times) in Korea, U.S.A., Australia, France, Finland, Romania, and UK. In 2010, she curated the International Korean/ American joomchi show for the European Patchwork Meeting in France. It later toured in Korea (2010/2011) and in America (2012, 2015).  She authored a how-to-do-it book titled “Joomchi & Beyond”. In 2012, she was awarded an ‘Award of Excellence’ by American Craft Council/Baltimore show and Adrianna Farrelli Prize, Excellence in Fiber Art’, Philadelphia Museum of Art Craft Show. In 2013, she got the Silver Prize at the 8th Cheonggju International Craft Competition, Korea. Her works are in the permanent collections of Fidelity Corporate Art Collection, Boston and Museum of Art & Design, NY.

Guild Meeting/Program:  Joomchi: The Traditional Art of Korean Handmade Paper

Date/Time: February 8, 2020 10:30 AM (following Guild meeting)

Location: St. James Episcopal Church, 11815 Seven Locks Rd, Potomac, MD 2854

Artist Jiyoung Chung will describe the history and methods of Joomchi.

Mini Workshop: An introduction to Joomchi

Joomchi is a unique traditional Korean way of making textured handmade paper by using water and eager hands. This workshop offers participants the opportunity to become acquainted with its history, practice and role in Korean society, as well as the hands-on techniques and reinterpreted adaptations into contemporary art form.

Date/Time: February 8, 2020 1:00 to 4:00 PM

Location: St. James Episcopal Church, 11815 Seven Locks Rd, Potomac, MD 2854

Mini Workshop Fee: Members: $35.00 Non-Members: $50.00

Student’s Materials Fee: $12.00 (2 Korean mulberry papers at $6 each)

Student Supply List:  1 big trash bag or 2 kitchen bags and masking tape; two 3″ cheap flat paint brushes and a water bucket; 1 towel; 1 scissors or paper cutter; 1 awl or paper punch.  Optional: waterproof apron, thin gloves. Click here to print.

 

Extended Workshop: Joomchi and Beyond  

Joomchi is a unique Korean traditional way of making textured handmade paper by using water and eager hands. This workshop offers participants the opportunity to become acquainted with its history, practice and role in Korean society, as well as the hands-on techniques and reinterpreted adaptations into contemporary art form. Joomchi creates strong, textural and painterly surfaces by layering and agitating Hanji (Korean mulberry papers). Its uses are diverse and it can be incorporated into surface design, collage, new way of drawing, wearables, unconventional body ornament or sculptural objects. Results can be  2-D or 3-D, either functional or fine-art oriented.

Date/Time: February 9-10, 2020 10:00 to 4:00 PM

Location: Cathy Hirsh Studio Classroom, 12276 Wilkins Ave, Rockville, MD 20852

Workshop Fee: Members: $160.00 Non-Members: $220.00

Student’s Materials Fee: $30.00 (5 Korean mulberry papers at $6 ea.)

Student Supply List:  1 corrugated plastic board (size: 20”x 30”) https://www.utrechtart.com/Utrecht-Stratocore-Corrugated-Polypropolene-Board–Clear-MP-14956-001-i1014141.utrecht;  1 cylinder-shaped/round wood dowel (1” thickness and at least 24” length) (It should be straight. A curved one is not usable. Available at hardware/home improvement stores such as Home Depot.; 1 water sprayer with adjustable nozzle– preferably a larger sized one https://www.usplastic.com/catalog/item.aspx?itemid=42380&catid=983; 1 old towel (larger than the corrugated plastic board);  waterproof apron or clothing that can be ruined by dyes (optional); one or two Ziplock bags; a couple of thin lab gloves if your hands are sensitive(optional); two 3” cheap flat paint brushes and a water bucket or a container that fits the brush; sketchbook or a few sheets white copy paper and a drawing tool (optional); permanent markers in various thicknesses and colors (optional); scissors or paper cutter; scraps of newspaper, rice paper, cotton, etc., in various colors—the more, the merrier;  various colors and thickness of thread with a thick/big eye needle; two 24″ x 28″ sheets bubble wrap and tape; awl or paper punch. Click here to print.

Jodi Colella
THE ARTIST:  Balancing tradition and innovation, Jodi Colella uses needlework to infuse renewed power to craft practices. Found objects are reworked and repurposed where the psychological is made physical in the way that one form materializes from another.

Jodi exhibits and teaches internationally. She is a member of Boston Sculptors Gallery and a recipient of a 2019 Massachusetts Cultural Council Fellowship Award for Sculpture. Influenced by travel, she draws from historical and cultural experiences to create sculptures that capture the remarkably universal human impulse, from prehistory to the present, of rationalizing purpose and place. Jodi’s Interactives transform communities into mindful collectives – making connections that foster change.

Guild Meeting/Program:  Mixed Media Embroidery

Date/Time: March 13, 2020 10:30 AM (following Guild meeting)

Location: St. James Episcopal Church, 11815 Seven Locks Rd, Potomac, MD 2854

Mini Workshop: Embroidering and Embellishing a Personal Business Card

Date/Time: March 14, 2020 1:00 to 4:00 PM

Location: St. James Episcopal Church, 11815 Seven Locks Rd, Potomac, MD 2854

Mini Workshop Fee: Members: $35.00 Non-Members: $50.00

Student’s Materials Fee: $10.00 Instructor will supply a paper foundation to stitch on–a postcard, or handmade paper sampler, etc.

Student Supply List: 

Personal photos, magazine pages, posters, etc.; embroidery needles of various sizes and lengths to accommodate different weights of threads and depths of foundational objects; a 3” and 5” Big Eye needle (found at craft stores in the beading department); assorted threads and fibers from your stash; a portfolio or anything flat to act as a folder in order to transport your in-progress artwork home without damage; assorted embellishments like artificial flowers and collage items; tissue paper for sketching; pencil and eraser; scissors, thimble and other favorite embroidery supplies. Click here to print.

Extended Workshop: Mixed Media Embroidery (or Embroider Anything)

Do you like to juxtapose unlikely materials and processes to create compelling imagery and objects? To honor memory and place while working with your hands? Join us and learn how to embroider on the fragile surfaces of prints, photographs and other unusual objects.

Using the simple tools of needle and thread we will add texture, dimension and meaning to favorite imagery. Students will bring photos, magazine pages, posters, or other paper imagery for consideration. We’ll explore personal themes and surface designs and then stitch them to life.

The properties of paper are different from fabric and require adaptations to traditional embroidery methods. We will cover how to approach this as well as how to embroider on unlikely surfaces like goose eggs, boxes, or any other object that allows us to puncture holes for stitching. I will share my methods with demos and samples. We will have time to experiment with a few different approaches. Work of other embroidery fiber artists will be discussed, too. Beginner-level experience with embroidery is helpful but not necessary.

Date/Time: March 15 – 17, 2020 10:00 to 4:00 PM

Location: Cathy Hirsh Studio Classroom, 12276 Wilkins Ave, Rockville, MD 20852

Workshop Fee: Members: $240.00 Non-Members: $330.00

Student’s Materials Fee: $20.00.  Instructor will provide paper pages for stitch sampler book; threads; fabrics, silks and other mixed materials to sandwich in the layers of the embroidery; assorted embellishments like artificial flowers and collage items; cork pad; awl; goose eggs; tissue paper; extra imagery, photos etc.

Student Supply List:

Personal photos, magazine pages, posters, etc.; cardboard boxes and other found objects that can be drilled for stitching; embroidery needles of various sizes and lengths to accommodate different weights of thread and depths of foundational objects; a 3” and 5” Big Eye needle (found at craft stores in the beading department); assorted threads and fibers from your stash; a portfolio or something flat to act as a folder in order to transport your in-progress artwork home without damage; fabrics for backings and other finishing; meaningful items of clothing that we can cut to size, fanciful silks, organic fibers… bring what speaks for you; assorted embellishments like artificial flowers and collage items; tissue paper for sketching; pencil and eraser; scissors, thimble and other favorite embroidery supplies. Click here to print.

Joanne Hall
THE ARTIST: Joanne is a weaver, teacher, and author with a master’s degree in textile design from the University of Minnesota. After teaching at the University of Montana and Cal Poly, she started the Elkhorn Mountains Weaving Studio in Montana, where she weaves tapestries and teaches classes. Joanne has made seven trips to Sweden to learn about Swedish weaves and looms. Author of “Tying up the Countermarch Loom” and “Learning to Warp Your Loom,” she is very knowledgeable about looms and how to make them work. She teaches for art centers, weaving shops, and guilds throughout the U.S. and Canada.

Guild Meeting/Program:  Swedish Weavers, Their Weaves, Looms, and Traditions

Date/Time: April 11, 2020 10:30 AM (following Guild meeting)

Location: St. James Episcopal Church, 11815 Seven Locks Rd, Potomac, MD 2854

Joanne Hall, author of “Tying up the Countermarch Loom” and “Learning to Warp Your Loom” will share her extensive knowledge and exploration of her own Swedish heritage based on numerous trips to Sweden to talk to and work with Swedish weavers. She will recount her experiences attending Swedish weaving schools and conferences and will bring woven items to display.

Mini Workshop: Swedish Band Weaving

Students begin to weave a plain weave on pre-warped bands. They will then return the bands and will take a band that has a pick- up pattern. Some bands will have 5 pattern warps, but there will be 7-, 9-, and up to 15-pattern warps for those with more band weaving experience. Joanne will demonstrate warping and will bring warp thread, so students can warp their own heddle reeds either in the class or at home

Date/Time: April 11, 2020 1:00 to 4:00 PM

Location: St. James Episcopal Church, 11815 Seven Locks Rd, Potomac, MD 2854

Mini Workshop Fee: Members: $35.00 Non-Members: $50.00

Student’s Materials Fee: $30.00 Joanne will provide all supplies for the mini-workshop. She will ship out pre-warped bands to one address in time for the participants to pick up their materials at the March 14, 2020 meeting. She will supply wefts, handouts, warping thread and the use of some personal equipment, as well as a heddle reed and shuttle. Joanne will use warping pegs attached to tables.

Student Supply List: Students should bring to the workshop the previously provided bands, scissors, and measuring tape. If the students have slender Swedish boat shuttles, quills or temples they should bring them. Click here to print.

Extended Workshop: Swedish Pattern Weaves

Each participant will warp their own portable loom ahead of time for use in a round robin workshop using Swedish pattern weaves. Students will learn to weave at least eight different kinds of Swedish pattern weaves.

Date/Time: April 8 – 10, 2020 10:00 to 4:00 PM

Location: Cathy Hirsh Studio Classroom, 12276 Wilkins Ave, Rockville, MD 20852

Workshop Fee: Members: $240.00 Non-Members: $330.00

Student’s Materials Fee: $45.00 Joanne will provide all supplies for the workshop. Joanne will supply wound warps in time for students to pick them up at the March 14, 2020 meeting.  She will supply wefts, handouts, warping thread and the use of some personal equipment, as well as a heddle reed and shuttles. Joanne will use warping pegs attached to tables.

Student Supply List: Students should bring to the workshop their warped loom, scissors, and measuring tape. If the students have slender Swedish boat shuttles, quills or temples they should bring them. Click here to print.

Jo Hamilton
THE ARTIST:  Jo Hamilton’s crocheted portraiture is a fascinating combination of traditional technique with contemporary subject matter. A native of Scotland, Hamilton earned a degree in painting and drawing from the Glasgow School of Art, but after moving to Portland she translated her artistic vision into the medium of crochet, which she had first learned as a child from her grandmother. She has made large-scale cityscapes as well as larger than life portraits, ranging from friends, to commission subjects, to mugshots of people processed through the Multnomah County Jail.

Guild Meeting/Program:  Pictorial Crochet in Landscape and Portraiture

Date/Time: May 9, 2020 10:30 AM (following Guild meeting)

Location: St. James Episcopal Church, 11815 Seven Locks Rd, Potomac, MD 2854

Jo Hamilton will describe her methods of work to depict both people and places using the crochet stitch.

Extended Workshop: Pictorial Crochet: Crochet Cityscapes

Each participant will create a two-dimensional cityscape from crocheted yarn, using practical and creative design to create color, depth, and perspective in their work. Participants will learn ways to transform a printed image into a representational crocheted art, learning how to “paint” with yarn using color, line, texture, and stitches and row direction, using their own vision and ideas as additional sources of inspiration. Students can expect to complete a small or medium-sized piece by the end of the workshop.

Date/Time: May 6 – 8, 2020 10:00 to 4:00 PM

Location: Cathy Hirsh Studio Classroom, 12276 Wilkins Ave, Rockville, MD 20852

Workshop Fee: Members: $240.00 Non-Members: $330.00

Student Supply List: Students should be proficient in basic crochet. Students should bring a printed image of a building, street scene or skyline with two extra copies if possible. This can be a jpeg printout, photograph, painting, magazine clipping, etc. Students will bring a variety of yarns to interpret the piece; the teacher encourages that a variety of yarns and thicknesses, whether cotton, wool, or acrylic be used. Students should also bring a variety of crochet hooks, both in the 3.25 mm-4 mm range and larger hooks for chunkier yarn. Bring scissors and yarn needles to sew in your ends, if desired. Click here to print.

Kathleen Crescenzo
THE ARTIST: Kathleen Crescenzo is a felt/fiber artist creating sculptural utilitarian art pieces. Handbags, hats and vessels made from wool fiber are her passion. Her pieces highlight the strength and beauty of wool fiber. She lives and works from her home studio, Katirilly Feltworks, in Ridgefield, Connecticut. Her business also resides online at www.katirilly.com.

Prior to felt making Kathleen trained and worked as a painter and graphic designer. She has explored clean and simple design to convey her message, a sensibility that visually captures and speaks to the viewer. These sensibilities still inform her work using felt as her medium, with the added ability to create works that have an intensive tactile experience. The art of felt making provides endless opportunity for her love of construction and for making functional art pieces. As with all her art, she strives to create work of exceptional quality.

Guild Meeting/Program:  Feltmaking: “It’s in the Bag”

Date/Time: June 13, 2020 10:30 AM (following Guild meeting)

Location: St. James Episcopal Church, 11815 Seven Locks Rd, Potomac, MD 2854

Mini Workshop: Sculpting Wool into Small Cases

Date/Time: June 13, 2020

Location: St. James Episcopal Church, 11815 Seven Locks Rd, Potomac, MD 2854

Mini Workshop Fee: Members: $35.00 Non-Members: $50.00

Student’s Materials Fee: $25 Kit includes: pool noodle & ties, heavy bubble wrap, thin plastic, piece of tulle fabric, resist & mold, heavy merino prefelt, handouts, and hardware

Student Supply List:  plastic dishpan or bowl; towels and dish cloths; bar of unscented pure olive oil soap; large wooden spoon; plastic grocery bag. Click here to print.

Extended Workshop: The Felted Handbag

Participants should have experience wet felting around a flat resist.

Date/Time: June 10 – 12, 2020 10:00 to 4:00 PM

Location: Cathy Hirsh Studio Classroom, 12276 Wilkins Ave, Rockville, MD 20852

Workshop Fee: Members: $240.00 Non-Members: $330.00

Student’s Materials Fee: $35 Kathleen will provide handouts, resists, heavy weight prefelt, molds, hardware, leather, rivets

Student Supply List: 14 ounces of merino wool roving; 30” x 60” blue pool bubble wrap; 2 sheets of thin plastic (1 mil) 32” x 52” each; 30” long pool noodle for rolling; netting or insect screen to wet down layout; anti-slip rug gripper pad, approximately 24” x 36”; 2 ties, cut strips of pantyhose or spandex to hold your rolled up wet felt; large plastic bowl or small dishwashing pan;  spray bottle or plastic grocery bag for wetting wool layout; bar of unscented olive oil soap; large towels and smaller dish towels; 16” x 16” heavy duty lined anti-slip stair mat for fulling; palm washboard or similar textured hand tool for fulling (optional); large wooden spoon or a piece of 1” diameter wood rod for shaping (optional); sharp scissors
Materials needed for your specific design: yarns, prefelts, woven fabrics (optional, instructor will email students more information about their individual designs before the workshop). Click here to print.