Fall 2020 registration will open for members on July 25, 2020 at 9:00 AM

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

January 2020:  TREASURE FROM MY NEW STASH!
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

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.

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.

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

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

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: $45

Student Supply List: Absorbent paper towels. Cup for water (deli container is fine). Everything else will be provided by Clara. Click here to print.


Extended Workshop: Working with Thickened Dye
When you thicken dye a new world opens for you as a silk painter. In this class using French steam set dyes, you will paint with thickened dyes and learn how they 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. Learn to make your own fun foam stamps and print them with thickened dye. Print using 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

Location: to be determined

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

Student’s Materials Fee: $45

Student Supply List: three yards of 10 mm habotai (China silk); container for water; small deli container for thickener; absorbent paper towels; scissors; three 1” foam brushes; small 3” foam rubber paint roller for testing paints (available at any hardware store); any stencils you might have. I will also provide stencils; Thermofax screens that you own. I will provide some; stamps you may have; paint brushes: round brushes, size 6 or 8, filbert if you have one, flat 1”. I will supply some. Click here to print.

Sarah Fortin
THE ARTIST: Sarah became enthralled with hand weaving as a student of Clothing and Textiles at Washington State University. After graduating and coming to the east coast in the early 70’s, she continued to pursue weaving as a craft while working as an Extension Educator.

Sarah became a juried member of the League of NH Craftsmen in 1985. She has taught weaving extensively in the Northeast and across the country. Her work has won many awards at the League of NH Craftsmen’s Fair, New England Weavers Seminar, NH Weavers’ Guild Exhibits, HGA’s Convergence and The Blue Ridge Handweaving Show in NC, with several of her pieces receiving recognition for excellence in craftsmanship and creativity. Sarah was one of the three artists invited to feature work in the 2018 Convergence Fashion Show. She received the Weavers Guild of Boston’s Mary Merrill Achievement Award in May of 2019.

Sarah continues to explore and expand in her art with new techniques as she teaches and exhibits.

Guild Meeting/Program: Design Influences: From Images to Realization

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

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

Mini Workshop: Ply Split Braiding

Date/Time: October 10, 2020

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

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


Extended Workshop: More Than 4 Color Block Double Weave
Many times, eight shaft, two block double weave is depicted using only two colors. To me, this creates a very graphic, geometric design. This look can be softened by using more color in the warp and weft. We will be exploring, using samples, color inspiration, and 2 block design, the use of more than two colors in block double weave. This is not a technical class on block design drafting and theory, though there will be some discussion and explanation as I view it. Please be aware that I do not consider myself to be an expert on block double weave!  I am still wrapping my brain around color placement (top or bottom warp) and what will show where and why.

Date/Time: October 11-12, 2020 10:00 to 4:00 PM

Location: to be determined

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

Student Supply List: Bring graph paper and pencil, yarn possibilities that include a variegated and solid colors that go with the multicolored. If you wish, bring a tablet or laptop with a design program, but remember, block double weave does not show well in computer programs. Some colored pencils may also be helpful.  Explore with me!

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: November 14, 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: November 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: $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 October 10, 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: November 15-17, 2020 10:00 to 4:00 PM

Location: to be determined

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 October 10, 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.

DECEMBER 5 (FIRST SATURDAY) — POTLUCK BRUNCH AND YARN/BOOK SALE
This is a biennial event where guild members and visitors can socialize while enjoying a delicious potluck meal. There will also be a silent auction. The sales and auction are fundraisers for the guild, so don’t forget to bring your checkbook or cash.

There will be a silent auction of items donated by our members, including art, books, and equipment. There will be the ever-popular yarn sale where all yarn is $1 a pound (bring a bag to hold your purchases).

The December event is at Saint Mark Presbyterian Church, 10701 Old Georgetown Road, North Bethesda, Maryland 20852 from 10am to noon. Please note that we will not have our usual guild meeting at St. James Episcopal Church in December.

Location: St. Mark Presbyterian Church, 10701 Old Georgetown Rd, North Bethesda, MD 20852

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
https://www.thaisilks.com//index.php?cPath=1_11

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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