Fall 2020 registration is open to the public.

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)

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 2020 will be open for registration on July 25, 2020. 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 2020:  Making Connections with Mixed Media Embroidery
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.  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.
Jodi Colella’s website

February 2020:  Joomchi: The Traditional Art of Korean Handmade Paper
Artist Jiyoung Chung described the history and methods of Joomchi.  Joomchi is a unique traditional Korean way of making textured handmade paper by using water and eager hands.  She has developed an innovative method for utilizing the traditional Korean method of papermaking called joomchi as a contemporary art form.
Jiyoung Chung’s website

The program for the PFAG meeting in January 2020 featured what our guild members made with what they bought at the 2018 sale.

December 2019:  Large Scale, Site Specific Liturgical Works Fabricated by Communities
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.
Catherine Kapikian’s website

November 2019:  New Techniques in Feltmaking
Yekaterina (Katia) Mokeyeva discussed 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.
Yekaterina (Katia) Mokeyeva’s website

October 2019:  Knitting What I See
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 brought “exploded” pieces in various stages of design.
Melinda Stees’ website

September 2019:  Working with Fosshape™
Leisa Rich described 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 brought samples of her finished work.
Leisa Rich’s website

Important Workshop Registration Information

Meetings and workshops will be presented online for the foreseeable future using video conferencing. Please ensure that your workspace setup and internet connectivity are suitable for video conferencing prior to the start of the workshop for the best workshop experience.

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 2020 will be open for registration on July 25, 2020. 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.


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.

Clara Graves
THE ARTIST: Clara Graves is a silk artist with more than 20 years of experience in the medium. After a career in graphic design, Clara began teaching herself to paint on silk. She soon began to take classes from leading artists who inspired her to render both representational and abstract images. Her award-winning work includes abstracts that resonate with freedom, surprise and serenity as well as floral paintings. Clara’s work is included in private collections around the country. Clara began teaching more than 15 years ago so that she could share the medium she loves. She is a member of this guild and the Potomac Fiber Arts Gallery.

Guild Meeting/Program:  Creativity and Inspiration
Creativity is not a passive process. Where do we find inspiration in any endeavor whether you are an artist, a scientist, a mathematician, or a poet? Is creativity something you can plan? How do you handle a creative slump? Clara has always found these questions fascinating. Come hear what she has learned through study, interviews, and introspection.

Date/Time: September 12, 2020 10:30 AM (following Guild meeting)

Location: Online (Zoom)

Mini Workshop: Painted Batiks
Explore the amazing way dye flows on silk and learn to contain and manipulate that wonderful action in order to create brilliantly colored images. By workshop’s end you will have several samples and either a completed painting suitable for framing or a gorgeous scarf.

Date/Time: September 12, 2020 1:00 to 4:00 PM

Location: Class will be held live online in Zoom

Mini Workshop Fee: Members: $30.00 Non-Members: $45.00

Student’s Materials Fee: $5

Student Supply List:
Much of this list can be purchased through dharmatrading.com. Items like the PVC couplers for the stretcher frame and the portion cups can be bought through Amazon. The 1⁄2” PVC pipe will have to come from a hardware store; have them cut it to size. The canvas stretcher pieces will have to come from an art supply store or online; one example would be dickblick.com.

For the Wax
1. Electric frypan (buy one used at Goodwill, Salvation Army, Value Village, etc.)
2. Inexpensive brushes for wax: Chip brushes (buy at the hardware store) 1⁄2”; Round size 8 (Richeson Silk Painting from dharmatrading.com). Yes, it’s the same as the one for the dye. Buy 2 of these
3. Tjanting tool
4. Soy wax
Miscellaneous Tools
1. Blow dryer
2. Cups + Caps (Amazon 1 oz plastic disposable portion cups with lids)
3. Rubbing alcohol 70%
4. Cup for water
5. Droppers
6. Thirsty paper towels, like Bounty
Silk: 10mm Habotai (China Silk) 3 yards
Dyes: Dupont French Silk Dyes, OR fiber reactive dye and necessary chemicals, OR silk paint (Jaquard Dyna-Flo, or Setasilk)
Brushes for the dye
1. 1” foam brush (1)
2. Round sizes 4 and size 8 (Richeson Silk Painting Round dharmatrading.com)
Stretching Frames
1. 4 Canvas stretchers at least 14” long + push pins
2. PVC: (4) 20” 1⁄2” PVC pipe, 3-way connectors (Amazon: PVC Elbow Fittings 1⁄2”), straight pins & tape
dharmatrading.com sells a stretcher frame, Easy Fix Stretcher Frame & Pins, that I find to be flimsy.

Click here to print..

Extended Workshop: Working with Thickened Dye
When you thicken dye a new world opens for you as a fiber artist. In this class, you will paint with either steam set dye or fiber reactive ones. You will learn how thickened dyes act as a gentle resist. Once a layer of color is laid down with thickened dye you can continue to apply additional layers of color and still have that initial application be visible. You will be printing with stencils. Learn to use Thermofax screens to print without losing the hand of the silk. While most screen-printing media can make the silk very stiff, thickened dye doesn’t.

Date/Time: September 13-15, 2020 10:00 to 4:00 PM (lunch break from 12:30 to 1:30)

Location: Class will be held live online in Zoom

Workshop Fee: Members: $225.00 Non-Members: $315.00

Student’s Materials Fee: none

Student Supply List:
Print Paste
This is a mixture of sodium alginate and other chemicals that we will use to thicken the dyes. You can get it both from dharmatrading.com and prochemicalanddye.net. While you can use pure sodium alginate, it takes much longer to prepare, usually overnight. Print paste will also stay viable for months and sodium alginate will breakdown in at best a few weeks.
Bondo spreader (hardware store approx. $4) or old credit card (for spreading the medium in screen printing and other usages)
Thermofax screens (if you google thermofax screens you will find several websites where you can purchase them)
Clear acrylic sheet: 12” x 12” (dickblick.com)
I think you can go with the 0.125” for $4.95
Any stencils you have
Any stamps you have
If you have a palette knife bring it, if not don’t buy one
Plastic portion cups: 2 oz with lids. Available at Amazon. I just put in “salsa cups”
Cup for water
Measuring cup
Eye droppers
Thirsty paper towels (like Bounty)
Plastic coated freezer paper
Paint brushes:
Round: sizes 4 and 8 (example: Richeson Silk Painting Round from dharmatrading.com)
Flat: ¾” (example: Richeson Silk Painting Flat from dharmatrading.com)
Silk: 3 yards of Habotai (China Silk) 10 or 12 mm
Cotton: 3 yards pfd or scoured and dry
You may use either fiber reactive dye or silk painting dye. I will be working with steam-set, Dupont French dyes for my demonstrations. Fiber reactive dyes work just as well on the cotton as silk. I have never worked on cotton because silk is my medium. The French dyes can only be used on protein fibers (silk); the fiber reactive dyes can be used on both.
Colors: I would suggest at least those listed below, although you may use any colors that you like:
Dupont Dyes
221 Cyan (blue)
402N Windsor (red)
717 Jaune Primaire (yellow)
246 Marine (navy)
Fiber Reactive Dyes
I suggest you get them from prochemicalanddye.net because dharmatrading.com is on backorder for nearly all their Procion dyes.
Sun Yellow (106)
Mixing Red (305)
Mixing Blue (400)
Navy (412)
You will need soda ash fixative to set the fiber reactive dye, available from both dharmatrading.com and prochemicalanddye.net.

Click here to print.

Rosa Chang

Guild Meeting/Program:  Indigo Shade Map Project and Natural Dye Plant Gardening
The Indigo Shade Map in an interactive map displaying the locations, histories, and cultures of indigo plants that began when Rosa Sung Ji Chang asked “how can indigo be a tool of connection for various cultures?” She learned through research of the artworks at the Metropolitan Museum of Art that indigo is the dye that has been shared by so many countries and cultures around the world, but each with their own unique indigo dye tradition and textile cultures. The lecture will introduce the Indigo Shade mapping project, the variety of indigo plants and background cultures, share the indigo culture of her mother country of South Korea, and describe her experiences growing indigo and natural dye plants in Baltimore, Maryland.

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

Location: Online (Zoom)

Mini Workshop: Organic Sugar Indigo Vat Making and Soy Paste Print on Fabric
Using a prepared indigo dye vat (or one that you already have), a simple resist will be applied using different techniques. The resist method, originally from East Asia, uses ingredients from the grocery that can be applied to fabric in various ways to produce a dyed product with interesting effects.

Date/Time: October 10 (1PM – 3PM)

Location: Class will be held live on Zoom

Mini Workshop Fee: Members: $30.00 Non-Members: $45.00

Student Supply List: There will be 2 kits available for purchase for your convenience.  These are not a required purchase; you can assemble your own supplies from the list provided. Kit fee: $30 for soy flour kit only (shipping fee is included);  $80 for soy flour kit + indigo ingredient (shipping fee is included). Information about how to order the kits will be provided to workshop registrants. Click here to print the supply list and kit contents lists.

Marilyn Romatka
THE ARTIST:  Marilyn Romatka’s days are spent teaching, spinning, weaving, dying, braiding, always learning, llama hiking, and bunny-loving.  She delights most in passing traditional fiber skills on to this generation and the next.

She began her professional life in biochemistry, but Life side-tracked that. Later, when the family bought a pack llama that gave bags of fleece, she found her second passion (People still spin this stuff?). She was started down the Yellow-Brick Road into weaving. Her science background gives her a clear, sequential teaching style; her passion for fiber arts gives her classes zing. Students in her classes laugh and learn in a relaxed atmosphere. She is the author of Creative Crafts of the World, a book of crafts with special attention on how to teach groups of kids.

Marilyn often says she has the best job in the world; she travels to various countries gathering folk art techniques, then returns to the US to teach enthusiastic students!

She is a member of the Seattle Weavers’ Guild and lives near Seattle, WA.

Guild Meeting/Program:  The Handicrafts of Gujarat
Travel with Marilyn to India in this multi-media presentation. Weavers and fiber artists delight in items crafted by the human hand, and the traditional crafts found in the state of Gujarat are a wealthy inheritance all makers can enjoy. Weaving techniques, dyeing techniques, braiding, pit looms, silk, and camels throughout!

Date/Time: November 14, 2020 10:30 AM (following Guild meeting)

Location: Online (Zoom)

Mini Workshop: Papiersterne: European Paper Stars
Delightfully easy and deceptively complex, these stars are popular in Europe, especially at Christmas time to hang in windows with light coming through them. They are made of Drachenpapier; a special translucent paper fresh in from Germany. The class is geared for adults, but the technique is easy enough for children. All materials are provided by the instructor for making 4-5 stars in a rainbow of colors.

View Preview of this class: HERE

Date/Time: November 14th (1PM – 3PM)

Location: Class will be held live on Zoom, with recorded close-ups

Mini Workshop Fee: Members: $30.00 Non-Members: $45.00

Student’s materials fee (includes cost of shipping and processing): $25 for templates and paper (imported from Germany). Link to pay materials fee will be sent to you after you register.

Student Supply list: Sharp long bladed scissors (sewing snips will not do), transparent glue-stick (not purple-will-dry-clear), and a ruler or straight edge. Everything else will be sent to you.

Extended Workshops:

Bow Loom Weaving
The Bow Loom is an ancient technique using a simple, portable loom to make narrow, beaded bands. The technique is used in ethnic groups in Thailand to make bands for their exquisite headdresses. No previous weaving experience is necessary and the loom can be used for many more hours of weaving. This is a great introduction to ethnic weaving.

The video preview of this class may be viewed HERE.

Date/Time: November 15, 2020 1:00 to 5:00 PM

Location: Class will be held live on Zoom, with recorded close-ups

Workshop Fee: Members: $75.00 Non-Members: $105.00

Student’s Materials Fee (includes cost of shipping and processing): $18.00 for beads, beading aid, needle shuttle, clasps and findings, vintage clips.  Link to pay materials fee will be sent to you after you register.

Student Supply List: one 4-foot long, 1/4” dowel (available at any hardware store). While there, buy 2 just in case one wants to break), small amount of duct tape, some 20 yards of 5/2 cotton in a favored color, E-6000 glue (available at all craft shops/hardware stores, and probably already in your craft room!), sewing snips. Click here to print

Viking Knitting:  Trichinopoly on a Dowel
Also called “Viking Chain Netting” and “Viking Weaving”, this jewelry technique is done with neither knitting needles nor a loom, but instead with thin wire on a stick! Examples of these chains have been found in various archeological sites in Scandinavia dating back to the 8th century A.D.  This technique can be used to make necklaces, bracelets and earrings. The chain looks exquisite and complicated, but the process is simple and straightforward. This is a great portable handicraft you can do on a bus or plane.

The video preview of this class may be viewed HERE

Date/Time November 16th: (1PM – 5PM)

Location: Class will be held live, with recorded close-ups, on Zoom

Workshop Fee: Members: $75.00 Non-Members: $105.00

Student material fee (includes cost of shipping and processing): two options, $55 (for bending mandrel, all wire, end caps and findings, reusable wooden draw-plate) or $25 (for the same kit without the draw-plate – only one draw-plate is needed per family). Link to pay materials fee will be sent to you after you register.

Student Supply list: jewelry pliers, needle nose pliers, wire snips

Eileen Doughty
Eileen Doughty founded Doughty Designs in 1991 and has been creating commissioned work in the textile medium ever since. She has taught, lectured and published articles on various aspects of art quilts. Her work is in private, public and corporate collections, including the John Wilson Building (City Hall) in Washington, DC, and Amazon Web Services in Herndon, Virginia, and has been exhibited on five continents. She is past president of the Potomac Fiber Arts Guild. Her work is shown at the Potomac Fiber Arts Gallery in the Torpedo Factory Art Center. She is a volunteer docent for the Smithsonian American Art Museum and Renwick Gallery.

Guild Meeting/Program:  “Hearts of Our People: Native Women Artists”
This landmark exhibition is the first to focus on the artistic achievements of Native women. Its installation at the Smithsonian’s Renwick Gallery included 82 artworks dating from 1000 CE to the present, made in a variety of media. Eileen will draw upon her docent training and experiences at the Renwick to explain the context of the work, discuss how they were created, and the stories they bring to modern American life.

Date/Time: December 12, 2020 10:30 AM (following Guild meeting)

Location: Online (Zoom)

Cynthia Steinhoff
THE SPEAKER: Cynthia Shank Steinhoff is co-author of Delaware Discoveries: Girlhood Embroidery 1750-1850. She is a faculty member holding the rank of Professor and director of Andrew G. Truxal Library at Anne Arundel Community College in Maryland, where she has worked for more than 35 years. She collects antique samplers from the mid-Atlantic region and researches the stitchers, schools, and teachers associated with them. A frequent speaker at needlework seminars, Cynthia was a contributor to and copy editor of Wrought With Careful Hand: Ties of Kinship on Delaware Samplers, the exhibit catalog published by Biggs Museum of American Art in Dover, Delaware, in 2014. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Edinboro State College (now Edinboro University) and earned a Master of Science in Library Science degree at Clarion University and a Master of Business Administration degree at University of Baltimore. She is a former board member of the Association of College and Research Libraries, is past president and current active member of Maryland Library Association, serves as treasurer of the Congress of Academic Library Directors of Maryland, and is First Vice President of Anne Arundel Genealogical Society. She is also a member of Embroiderers Guild of America, Loudoun Sampler Guild, and Annapolis Historic Sampler Guild.

Guild Meeting/Program:  Discovering Delaware Samplers

Date/Time: January 9, 2021 10:30 AM (following Guild meeting)

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

Caroline Kipp
THE PRESENTER: Caroline Kipp is a curator, artist, and a textile and decorative arts historian. She holds a BFA in fibers from the Massachusetts College of Art and Design, and an MA in museum studies from Harvard University. She is currently the Curator of Contemporary Art at the George Washington University Museum and The Textile Museum in Washington, D.C.

Previously, Caroline was the Curatorial Associate in the Department of Contemporary Art at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston where she was responsible for the contemporary decorative arts collection, including the Daphne Farago collection. She curated the Farago gallery rotations, Jack Bush: Radiant Abstraction, Community Arts Initiative: Mindful Mandalas, and Community Arts Initiative: Endless Feast, co-curated Beyond the Loom: Fiber as Sculpture/Subversive Threads as part of Women Take the Floor and Perception is the Medium. Kipp served as the assistant and project manager on Cecilia Vicuna: Disappeared Quipu, Sheila Hicks, Nan Goldin, Lorraine O’Grady: Family Gained, Candice Breitz: Love Story, Maia Lynch: In Between, and Monuments to Us.

Caroline’s areas of research include modern and contemporary textile arts, craftivism, jacquard weaving, French kashmere shawls, and color field painting.

Guild Meeting/Program:  to be announced

Date/Time: February 13, 2021 10:30 AM (following Guild meeting)

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

Mini Workshop: Tour of the 2021 exhibition at the Textile Museum

Date/Time: to be announced

Carol Anne Grotrian
THE ARTIST: Carol Anne Grotrian began quilting in the early 1980s, and soon discovered shibori, Japan’s ancient tradition of tie-dye. Shibori helped her find her voice in landscape quilts. She dyes the fabric for her quilts using fiber-reactive dyes and indigo. In recent years, she added the slow stitch techniques of raw edge appliqué and Japanese boro to her beloved hand quilting. Sharing all these traditions by teaching is, for her, important.

Though the subtext is always ecological, Carol Anne’s landscapes usually express a quiet sense of place, often places she has experienced. They are “breathing spaces” that stop time– seasons, tides or day to night.

Haiku have inspired recent landscapes. These compact Japanese poems usually refer to a season and to commonplace nature. Though she continues to create larger quilts, especially commissions, haiku have led her to smaller, more intimate works. Experiencing a moment of simple beauty in poetry or landscape is a welcome antidote to today’s divisive tensions.

Carol Anne’s sense of place emerged in New England, where she has lived since 1979. Her quilts are in corporate, private and museum collections. They have been exhibited nationally and internationally and appeared in various publications.

Guild Meeting/Program:  A Quilt Critique Group: The new Art of “Bee-ing”
For over 33 years, the five quilters of The Crit Group have met monthly to share their art and exchange ideas and information. This lecture introduces the members—Judy Becker, Nancy Crasco, Sandy Donabed, Sylvia Einstein and Carol Anne Grotrian. It explains how a crit group works and offers advice on starting a group of your own.

Learning to trust and appreciate individual viewpoints during critiques, their voices have remained unique and influences, if any, have been subtle. They all began making contemporary quilts based on traditional techniques and have branched out to producing their own cloth, incorporating materials other than fiber, and creating new patterns and designs. They have exhibited together and have become close friends.

Date/Time: March 13, 2021 10:30 AM (following Guild meeting)

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

Mini Workshop: Orizomegame: Paper Dyeing
Take the familiar term “origami” that is the Japanese tradition of paper folding, and insert their word for dyeing, “zome,” and you get “orizomegami”, the colorful art of dyeing folded paper.  The folds are easy and patterns come from dipping paper in non-toxic water colors. The techniques are similar to those used on fabric (itajime), but instead of clamps, orizomegame simply uses finger pressure to control the patterns.  We’ll dye tissue paper, useable for gift wrapping, and heavier rice paper suitable for cards, etc.

Date/Time: March 13, 2021

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: $5.00 (for liquid water colors, rice paper, etc.)

Student Supply List: A pack of white tissue paper; additional colored or patterned tissue paper are optional; a pencil and ruler; lightweight “surgical” gloves (best) or standard rubber gloves; a roll of paper towels; a small garbage bag.  Click here to print.

Extended Workshop: An Introduction to Indigo Shibori
Why does indigo seem magical? Because it dates back to ancient Egypt? Because its blue only develops on contact with air? Because successive dipping makes the blue seem like many colors?  It’s definitely magical because it’s the perfect partner to shibori.

Shibori, an ancient Japanese art, goes far beyond the usual tie-dye techniques. Try your hand at the elegant patterns found in imperial kimonos.  Included are basic techniques– binding, pleating, knotting, stitching, clamping and pole-wrapping—that are easy to learn and endlessly variable.

Experience the magic and learn about the care and feeding of an indigo vat, using synthetic indigo. We’ll use the vat to create samples of shibori patterns on cotton cloth, with the potential  for creating your own sampler quilt.  Experimenting on silk is optional.

This workshop will focus on indigo dyeing. We’ll prepare fabric in shibori patterns from various world traditions, which we’ll dye in smaller vats that are more practical for most people’s time and space. Synthetic indigo mimics the original plant source and assures results. If you’ve taken a shibori workshop, you can prepare some shibori for class. Due to smaller dye pots, limit samples to about 12” squares or 9”x12” fat quarters. If you haven’t worked previously with shibori, I’ll be teaching the basics.

Date/Time: March 14 – 15, 2021 10:00 to 4:00 PM

Location: VisArts, Rockville, MD  20850  (exact location to be determined)

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

Student’s Materials Fee: $7.00

Student Supply List: Fabric: 2-3 yds of washed, dried, untreated,   44-45 “ wide 100% white cotton, cut in the following manner: (1) cut 9” (1/4  yard) strips across the fabric’s width (you’ll get 5 for sure, the 6th may be a bit  smaller if prewashing shrank the yardage); (2) cut 2 of these strips into 9” squares = 8 – 9”squares + 2 smaller leftovers; (3) cut 3 of these strips in half = 6 – 9” x 22” rectangles; (4) bring the leftovers to class for experimenting. Additional cotton, linen or silk: small amount for experimenting (optional). Note: PFD or “prepared for dyeing” fabric is not required but guarantees the best results. Other Materials: Thread: button & carpet, craft or upholstery thread (stronger than for regular sewing); sewing needles (large enough for above thread); thimble if you use one; twine (e.g. kite string) or medium- to heavy-weight crochet thread; waxed dental floss, any flavor; embroidery-sized scissors with pointed blades (not your best) or thread snips; seam ripper (optional); pencil; 12-inch ruler; masking tape; a few rubber bands (especially very small ones) (optional); a few pebbles, beans or marbles; clothespins (12 or more), plastic or wooden, the ones with moving parts) and/or large paper clips; a couple of wine corks or pink pearl erasers; small spray bottle; a 1-quart plastic container (e.g. yogurt);  a  small bucket (1-2 gal.); box of gallon baggies (to take home damp dyed fabric); a lidded container (milk jug, quart jars, etc.) to possibly take some indigo home (optional); a trash bag; a roll of paper towels; an old towel; rubber gloves (à la Playtex); surgical weight rubber gloves (optional). Optional: PVC pipe, 24 inches long, 1 1/2 to 2 inches in diameter. If leftover from plumbing project, outside surface needs to be smooth and non perforated. Wear old clothes. Bring any shibori or tie dye samples you may have, and a sample of your work if you wish. Click here to print.
Note: If you have any questions, contact Carol Anne at 857-253-1904 or carolannegrotrian@gmail.com. Also see www.carolannegrotrian.com.
There is optional homework if you wish to do some hand-stitching before the workshop.  Click here to print.

Robbin Firth
THE ARTIST: Robbin Firth is an acclaimed fiber artist and educator. She is known regionally, nationally, and internationally for her original collection of fine felt, dyed wearables, and decorative fiber art. Robbin’s felt art has appeared in numerous publications in the US and abroad. She regularly teaches workshops in felting and dyeing at The Textile Center and her studio. Firth and her husband Harry, a wood artist, are the wife and husband of the HeartFelt Silks team. HeartFelt Silks Studio includes a retail, gallery and teaching space and is located in Bayport, Minnesota. They are the inventors of the unique hand-crafted Patented Palm Washboard felt making tools.

Guild Meeting/Program:  When Palms Meet Wool

Date/Time: April 10, 2021 10:30 AM (following Guild meeting)

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

Mini Workshop: Getting Started with Resist in Felting; Creating a Small Vessel
Give your vessels even more dimension by adding cracks, fissures, and splits in the wool surface. Learn how to use resists and multiple layers of wool roving to achieve this uniquely bold look. This is a great introduction to exploring how to felt a dimensional vessel and provides an opportunity to learn a fast way of felting using the Palm Washboard felting tools. Kits will be provided.

Date/Time: April 10, 2021

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: Finn wool roving/top; embellishment fibers;
use of Palm Washboards.

Student Supply List: Large bath towels (4-6); bed risers to elevate your work table; ball brauser or similar type of water sprinkler; scissors, notebook, pencil; soap (Orvus paste, Dawn dish soap or olive oil soap; bucket/pail; net fabric (e.g. old net curtain) 40” by 54”” is the recommended size; plastic shopping bag to bring damp project home. Click here to print.

Extended Workshop: Creating a Felted Spiral Wrap
To make an elegant wrap, you start with elegant fibers–Margilan silk fabric, habotai silk, loose silk fibers, and merino wool. Working with these luxurious fibers you will create a one-of-a-kind, beautifully textured nuno felted spiral wrap that is a one size fits all. On the first day, receive detailed instructions and a demonstration on working with a pattern template. Utilize the Palm Washboard felting tools to achieve a beautiful silk and merino prefelt base. This technique eliminates the strenuous rolling of traditional felting techniques. Incorporate your own design elements and color choices. The second day of class will focus on completing your wrap and making fine finishing touches.

Date/Time: April 11-12, 202110:00 to 4:00 PM

Location: VisArts, Rockville, MD 20850 (exact location to be determined)

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

Student’s Materials Fee: $165.00 Kit includes all fibers needed for the project. Email Robbin at robbin@heartfeltsilks.com prior to class to discuss color choices for materials

Student Supply List: Large bath towels (4-6); pool cover or bubble wrap (enough to cover two 8-foot tables); bed risers to elevate your work table (due to project size will need 3 sets to raise all tables); ball brauser or similar type of water sprinkler; scissors, notebook, pencil and tape measure; thin painter’s plastic (1roll) (thickness: 0.7mil-0.8mil) ; soap (Orvus paste or Dawn dish soap olive oil soap; swimming noodle, (pool noodles should be 56” long or longer, diameter should be 2.5” or larger); 4-6 ties or knee high pantyhose to hold roll together; bucket/pail; net fabric (e.g. old net curtain) large enough in size to cover your work, 3-4 yards; rotary cutter and mat if you have one. (They can be shared. It is not necessary to go buy one.) Click here to print.

Valerie Goodwin
THE ARTIST: Valerie S. Goodwin is an architect and professor who began designing and making quilts in 1998. Her interest began as part of her involvement in teaching architectural design classes at Florida A & M University’s School of Architecture. Her students investigate parallels between architecture & quilting as an introduction to ideas about composition, ordering systems, color, and pattern.

Valerie’s work as an artist uses architectural elements such as built form, city grid, mapping, and composition as a source of inspiration. These pieces are part of a continuing investigation of ideas that focus on geometrical relationships, patterns, and ordering principles found in architecture. Her work conveys these ideas abstractly, through the use of collage, layering, transparency, density, and improvisation.

Valerie’s work is known for its use of intricate lines and shapes which create complex fiber art maps. Closer inspection of her work shows that these patterns are city blocks and landscapes inspired by aerial views of real and imaginary places. She draws inspiration from architectural maps, plans, and concepts.

Recently, Valerie has added a series of fiber art maps that explore the possibilities of laser cut fabric. She is intrigued by the intricacy and complexity of the lines and shapes this technology can create. This new direction has given her the opportunity to further explore layering and transparency as well as light and shadow by creating what she calls “lace-like” maps. Although it is a new direction, her work still focuses on the geometrical relationships, patterns & ordering principles found in architecture.

Guild Meeting/Program:  Cutting Edge Explorations
Technology’s increasing influence on the world of art is widespread.  It is changing how art is made and has been providing artists with new ways to express themselves for a very long time.  Valerie’s current work as a quilt artist has been affected by technology, specifically through the use of laser cutting technology.  She will elaborate on how she uses it in her fiber art maps and in her work as an architectural educator.  Her talk will focus on these questions:
How does technology push art?
How can it push work of artists who work in textile arts?
How has laser cutter technology influence Valerie’s work as a fiber artist?

Date/Time: May 8, 2021 10:30 AM (following Guild meeting)

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

Extended Workshop: Map Haiku (2-1/2 days)
Get in the zone! Go zen! Tap into your innermost creative side. Make a beautiful mixed media map of an imaginary place inspired by haiku – a minimalist form of poetry.

Students taking this workshop will create a series of small, simple, and understated art quilt maps that capture the feeling of haiku written by each student during the course of the class. The instructor will guide the student through a structured yet nurturing series of steps that provides opportunities to grow and learn. Although machine stitching in an option, hand stitching is a key part of the workshop.

Date/Time: May 8, 2021 1:00 to 4:00 PM

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

Date/Time: May 9 – 10, 2021 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM

Location: VisArts, Rockville, MD 20850 (exact location to be determined)

Workshop Fee: Members: $200.00 Non-Members: $275.00

Student’s Materials Fee: $10

Student Supply List:
1/2 yard each of black, white and gray silk organza – can be bought from:
http://www.voguefabricsstore.com/Silk-Organza-Fabric/ https://www.denverfabrics.com/c1030_apparel-fabric-silk-fabrics-silk-organza

Small pair of very sharp scissors for cutting fabric; small pair of scissors for cutting paper; 1 yard of Misty- Fuse WHITE,
1/2 yard of Misty- Fuse BLACK http://www.mistyfuse.com/
Iron; inexpensive flat artist brushes ranging in size from 1⁄4” to 1”flat art brush; inexpensive 2” (+/-) house painter’s brush; a few foam stencil brushes; glue stick; teflon sheet or parchment paper.

Select one from below:
Fabric paints (primary colors + black + white paint or … a set of muted colors that you like) OR
Acrylic paints (primary colors + black + white paint) and a small bottle of GAC 900 Fabric medium or equivalent

Medium sized rotary cutter; black, white, and gray thread for machine sewing (in addition bring any other thread colors that you favor from your stash); gridded rotary cutter ruler; painter’s tape; needles for hand sewing; pins; plastic cups & plates; a few garbage bags; sewing machine with walking foot and free motion foot; any decorative threads that you like for hand sewing; thimble

Fabric: (light, medium and dark muted values) (please bring plenty of light colors)
Varied commercial or hand dyed solid fabrics.
Marbled fabric
Fabric with subtle prints

Black Micron pens (or equivalent), Minimum 3 point sizes — 01 (0.25 mm), 03 (0.35 mm), and 05 (0.45 mm)

Note: You will be making relatively small pieces, therefore you will not need large quantities of fabric, but you will need an assortment of colors and values with which to work. Click here to print.

Emily Wohlscheid
Emily Wohlscheid is the fiber and metal artist behind Bricolage Studios. She works from a cooperative studio in Kalamazoo, MI and specializes in highly textural fiber batts and jewelry incorporating fibers and fiber themes. Through classes and workshops, Emily shares her knowledge of spinning, fiber preparation, and dyeing throughout the country. She has had articles published in both PLY and Spinoff Magazine and recently partnered with Spinoff to create a video course on fiber blending on the drum carder. You can find out more about Emily and her work at bricolagestudios.bigcartel.com or follow her on Instagram @bricolagestudios

Guild Meeting/Program:  Spinning Through Time

Date/Time: June 12, 2021 10:30 AM (following Guild meeting)

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

Mini Workshop: Shawl Pins: Three Ways

Date/Time: June 12, 2021

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: $20.00

Student Supply List: 3 ft recycled 12 G copper wire; 1.5 ft recycled 14 G copper wire; 15 ft of 28 g copper wire; 3 yds wirecore yarn; beads, baubles, & other treasures (instructor will have loads, but students may use their own); wire jig.

Instructor will provide several sets of tools, but bring your own of the following if you have them: chain nose pliers; round nose pliers; flat nose pliers; nylon jaw flat nose pliers; wire cutters; flush cutters
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Extended Workshop: Blending Textures

Date/Time: June 13, 2021 10:00 to 4:00 PM

Location: VisArts, Rockville, MD 20850 (exact location to be determined)

Workshop Fee: Members: $80.00 Non-Members: $110.00

Student’s Materials Fee: $30

Student Supply List: 1 oz dyed locks; 1 oz effect fibers (sparkle, silk noil, cotton, flax, hemp, bamboo, etc.) ; 5.5 oz mixed wools. Tools: drumcarders. Instructor will bring cleaning brushes; burnishing brushes; doffer brushes; doffer/batt remover
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