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.

Check out our Fall 2018 schedule.

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 2018 will be open for registration on July 28, 2018. 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?

Member is due xoxxxxxx and is $35/year

How many participants does each workshop have?

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

June 2018 – Textile Inspirations: Hand-stitched Responses to Textile Treasures with Julie Booth

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

May 2018 – Wearable Woven Art by Inge Dam

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

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

April  2018 – TKGA Master Knitter and Renowned Sock Maker Charles Gandy

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

March  2018 – A Historical Look at Rughooking with Barb Twig

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

February 2018 Program with Conant Grant Winner Erika Cleveland

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

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

January , 2018 – Program with Susan Levi-Goerlich

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

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

December, 2017 – Program with Lesley Riley

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

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

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

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

November, 2017 – Program with Neroli Henderson

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

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

October , 2017 – Program with Leslie Pearson

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

September, 2017 Program with Charlotte Sehmisch

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

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 2018 will be open for registration on July 28, 2018. 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.

Susan Lenz
THE ARTIST: 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.

Guild Meeting Program: Beyond a Series: Translating Written Ideas Into Art

Date/Time:
September 8, 2018 10:30 AM (following 10:00 AM Guild meeting)

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

Through daily, stream-of-consciousness journaling, Susan Lenz approaches art making from more than the “What should I quilt today?” point of view. This lecture/slide show will share Susan’s methods of translating her written ideas into a work of art, developing a series, and expanding her series into new directions for solo exhibition and installation opportunities. Her focus is on finding a concept, exploring the ways to communicate these ideas, and still have fun in a fiber adventure. Susan will share some of her seeds of inspiration and how they developed into significant, profound bodies of artwork.


Mini Workshop: Decorative Wooden Thread Spools
Decorative Wooden Thread Spools
 is a mini workshop in which participants will wrap various yarns around wooden spools to create a unique surface for embroidery. A variety of hand stitches will be demonstrated, and several patterns made available, but the workshop is meant to encourage creativity through personal preferences. Beads will be available for additional embellishment. Participants will learn how shank and two- and four-hole buttons can be used to create a hanging decorated spool, as well as how thumbnail reproductions from old family photos can be incorporated.

Date/Time:
September 8, 2018 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM

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

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

Student’s Materials Fee:  $10.00, includes assorted yarn, thread, scissors, needles, wooden spools, ribbons, buttons, and handouts.

Supply List: The instructor will have all supplies and tools needed, but students may prefer to bring their own scissors and assorted hand-stitching supplies, e.g. needles (especially chenille and/or tapestry needles), thimble, etc. Click here to print.


Extended Workshop: HOT! Exploring Heat Activated Processes for Contemporary Fibers
HOT!
 is a two-day workshop exploring heat-activated processes for contemporary fiber arts. Participants are encouraged to work intuitively with a wide range of polyester stretch velvets, metallic foiling sheets, chiffon scarf overlays, Angelina fibers, feathers, iron-on adhesives, and snippets of other novelty materials. Susan’s style of instruction is a series of in-depth demonstrations followed by ample time for experimentation and discovery. Demonstrations will include painting the adhesive, fusing layers of synthetics, surface design, hand embroidery, self-guided free-motion stitching, melting techniques, and matting/mounting fiber arts for framed presentations. Time will be spent on individual critiques and open discussions on inspiration, professional development, and the working life of a studio artist. Susan’s thirty-year background as a certified custom picture framer will enhance the workshop. All levels of experience are invited to participate.

Date/Time:
September 9 and 10, 2018 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM

Location:
Compass Atelier 2, 12276 Wilkins Ave, Rockville, MD 20852

Extended Workshop 2-Day Fee: Members: $160.00  Non-Members: $220.00 

Student’s Materials Fee: $40.00, includes all materials and use of all equipment (reference pdf for details).

Student’s Supply List: Scissors for fabric and paper, (optional) sewing machine. NOTE: The optional sewing machine is at the suggestion of PFAG. The instructor will be bringing two sewing machines for student use. Click here to print.

Anne-Marie Littenberg
THE ARTIST: 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 uses traditional hooking as well as punch needle techniques. Her work ranges from wall hangings to floor rugs, and she explores a variety of styles including landscapes, portraits, and abstracts. The author of “Hooked Rug Landscapes” and “Hooked Rug Portraits, “she is also a frequent contributor to “Rug Hooking Magazine.”

Anne-Marie’s rugs have exhibited in a variety of locations, including the Farnsworth Art Museum (Rockland, Maine), the Mikimoto Gallery (Tokyo, Japan), and the Anderson Center (Red Wing, Minnesota). Past President (as well as past Treasurer), of the Green Mountain Rug Hooking Guild, she has won numerous awards, and been featured on HGTV’s “Uncommon Threads.” In addition to rug hooking, she has developed a robust business of photographing other artists’ rugs and paintings for submissions to exhibits and publications, and for posterity.

Guild Meeting Program: Hooked Rug Landscapes and Portraits

Date/Time:     October 13, 2018 10:30 AM (following 10:00 AM Guild meeting)

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

How do hooked rugs translate into the genres of portraits and landscapes? Anne-Marie Littenberg focuses on showing the grandeur of modest moments and things. During the presentation, the artist will showcase the extraordinary work of hooked rug artists throughout North America who use fiber as the lens for exploring the elegance of simple things like the faces of beloved family and pets, and the views that touch and inspire their lives.


Mini Workshop: Using Photography in Fiber Art Studio Practice

Artists have used cameras and lenses in the creation of their work since the invention of cameras and lenses. How can we, as fiber artists, use image gathering and viewing devices in our work? Cameras, projectors, computers, cell phones, and tablets are all wonderful tools that help inspire, design, create, and evaluate our art. During the mini-workshop, participants will learn tips and tricks for how to expand their toolbox of techniques by utilizing these devices. In addition, they will learn some basics about how to photograph their completed work for use on social media, websites, documentation, and even submissions for juries and publications. No experience as a photographer is needed to take this class and learn valuable and fun skills.

Date/Time:     October 13, 2018 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM

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

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

Student’s Materials Fee:  N/A 

Supply List: Participants are asked to bring whatever devices they use to capture images: cameras, mobile phones, tablets, laptops, and to be familiar with the basics of how to use their image capturing device in advance. Bring user manuals for reference during the workshop. Click here to print.

Extended Workshop: Creating Your Own Rug: Color, Composition, and Contrast
From the artist: ”Here is my own secret about when I take a class: I always work on a piece unrelated to the class I am taking! I find that my brain has to absorb everything I am learning before I can apply it to my work. What I learn in a class usually doesn’t show up in a finished piece until the next year. If you work this way, or have any other unique approach, please know it will be honored and respected. There is no ‘right’ or ‘wrong’ here. Rather, there is respect for all of our different philosophies and approaches. I will share a ton of information with you, and you will use your own artistic sensibility to decide what to try, or reject. The goal is for everyone to learn, have fun, laugh, and create.”

Date/Time:     October 14, 15 and 16, 2018 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM

Location:        Compass Atelier 2, 12276 Wilkins Ave, Rockville, MD 20852

Extended Workshop 3-Day Fee: Members: $240.00  Non-Members: $330.00

Student’s Materials Fee: N/A

Student’s Supply List: Participants will need to bring all of the tools and materials needed to create their own rugs (i.e. design, transfer, and hooking), e.g. paper and sketching materials, e.g. pencils, crayons, tablet or laptop; red dot, backing, sharpies, etc. for design and transfer; backing, frames, hooks, cutters, scissors, wool, yarn, etc. for hooking.

Do not worry about the fact that you may think “I can’t draw.” Just about everyone thinks they can’t draw.

Also bring either a piece of art, or a picture of a piece of art, that you admire. This piece should NOT BE WHAT YOU ARE USING AS INSPIRATION FOR YOUR RUG. This piece should be something you admire. It can be a piece of pottery, a painting, a photograph: literally anything. Click here to print.

Eva Camacho-Sanchez
THE ARTIST: 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.

Guild Meeting Program: Textile Exploration: The Quiet Beauty of Imperfection

Date/Time:     November 10, 2018 10:30 PM (following Guild meeting)

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

Mini Workshop: Wool and Paper Felting
During this half-day mini-workshop, students will learn how to create a very textured and unique surface by felting merino wool onto mulberry paper. Paper is a material that provides certain tactile qualities and adds more structure to the felt. Students will learn how to combine these two materials, how to trap the mulberry paper into the surface with wool and how to felt both of them together. Students will use this technique to create a 12”x12” piece. This technique can later be applied to garments, accessories or other felted work.

Date/Time:     November 10, 2018 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM

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

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

Student’s Materials Fee:  Instructor will have available for sale the mulberry paper (Hanji & Kozo). Sheets are $10/piece

Supply List: 2 small pieces, 24”x24” bubble wrap, 1-2 oz. of merino wool (one color or a combination of 2-3 colors)*, 1 piece of tulle or netting, approximately 20”x20”, 2-4 towels, plastic bucket (capacity of about 1 gallon), ball brause or plastic bottle with little holes on the cap*, olive oil soap (preferably as a bar), 3-4 panty hose legs, 1 small pool noodle, fabric scissors, tape measure, sketchbook, pencil. Click here to print.

*available to buy directly from the instructor

Extended Workshop: Barcelona Vest: Surface Design and Composition
During this five-day workshop, students will learn how to create a very elegant and wearable felted vest while applying different textural and printing techniques. During the first two days, students will learn how to design the surface of the silk with paints and inks by printing, stamping, rubbing, carving stamps, painting, writing and stenciling. During the remaining three days, students will be able to use all the material they have designed to make a seamless and reversible nuno felted vest. Students will learn how to nuno felt and how to work with different layers of silk and wool to create an interesting gradation of colors on both surfaces of the vest, maintaining their original design as a focal point. The workshop will end with a demonstration of different possibilities for creating several closures for the vest.

Date/Time:     November 11-15, 2018 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM

Location:        Compass Atelier 2, 12276 Wilkins Ave, Rockville, MD 20852

Extended Workshop 5-Day Fee: Members: $400.00  Non-Members: $550.00

Student’s Materials Fee: $25 paid directly to the instructor. The instructor will provide a kit that will contain paints and other materials to create textures and patterns.

Student’s Supply List:  Click here to print.

PART I. SURFACE DESIGN: 2-4 yards of undyed silk (preferably silk gauze 3mm and/or habotai 5mm;* 1 roll of freezer paper, 1 hard rubber brayer; 1 speedball linoleum cutter; few sheets of transfer paper; 1 package of baby wipes; notebook to sketch and to take notes; pencil; paper scissors; fabric scissors; Exacto knife; small self-healing cutting mat; patterns, pictures, books for inspiration; 1 small towel; 1 apron

PART 2. FELTING: 8-18 oz. of merino wool (one color or a combination of 2-3 colors)*; 3-6 yards of fine silk, chiffon or habotai 5mm, different colors, preferably hand-dyed*; 2 pieces 90”x45” bubble wrap (if difficult to find pieces this large, smaller sections can be taped together); 2 small pieces, 16”x16” bubble wrap to make the sample; 1 piece of tulle or netting, approximately 20”x20”; 2-4 towels; plastic bucket, capacity of about 1 gallon; ball brause or plastic bottle with little holes on the cap*; olive oil soap, preferably as a bar; 3-4 panty hose legs; 1 small pool noodle; 2 long pool noodles; fabric scissors; tape measure; sketchbook; pencil; wool yarn, silk yarn, wool nips, silk hankies (optional)

*available to buy directly from the instructor or see pdf for vendor sources

Location:
Saint Mark Presbyterian Church , 10701 Old Georgetown Road ,North Bethesda, Maryland 20852

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 and magazines that were donated to the guild.  New this year is a fashion show of wearables made by guild members.

The December event is at Saint Mark Presbyterian Church, 10701 Old Georgetown Road, North Bethesda, Maryland 20852 from 10 am to noon.

Please note that we will not have our usual guild meeting at St. James Episcopal Church in December.

Camille Ann Brewer, Curator of Contemporary Art, The Textile Museum Collections
THE SPEAKER: Camille Ann Brewer joined the George Washington University Museum and The Textile Museum as its first full-time curator of contemporary textile art in October 2016. This new curatorial position is supported by a five-and-a-half-year grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to advance the museum’s contemporary art initiative. Since joining GWU, she has been the coordinating curator for three exhibitions at the museum: Ebony: Fifty Years of Ebony Fashion Fair (2017), Scraps: Fashion, Textiles, and Creative Reuse (2017), and The Box Project: Uncommon Threads (2017). Camille comes to the museum from the University of Chicago, where she served as executive director of the Black Metropolis Research Consortium. She formerly served as an assistant curator at the Detroit Institute of Arts and as an art consultant and curator for her own company, CAB Fine Art, building collections and organizing exhibitions for public museums, corporations, and private collectors.

Guild Meeting Program:
From my Perch: Viewing the International Contemporary Fiber Art Landscape

In this presentation, Brewer will feature a small representation of contemporary artists who create fresh new visual forms that examine contemporary social and political issues through the use of traditional fiber media to create engaging and challenging cultural objects.

Date/Time:     January 12, 2019 10:30 AM (following 10:00 AM Guild meeting)

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

Supported by the Sharon Janda Memorial Fund

Jim Hay
THE ARTIST: 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.

Guild Meeting Program: The “Window” from Sculpture into Cloth: Some windows open a world view

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

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

Jim Hay will discuss the transition that occurred in his art-making after he moved to Japan. He’ll illustrate how he became a fiber artist after training that focused on sculpture.  He’ll show some of his large bronze and assemblage pieces from USA and how unworkable those became in his little “Rabbit Hutch” house in Takasaki. His new Japanese home had many windows, but no curtains, which led to the purchase of a sewing machine and a new career as an art quilter.

Mini Workshop: Where’s the Door?
In collage, magazines have more colors than a painter’s palette. Expand your horizons with this mini-workshop on collage. No need to be a quilter, as the materials will be paper and the technique will be gluing.

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

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

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

Student’s Materials Fee:  N/A

Supply List:  1-2 sheets of 10” x  14” heavy sketchbook paper; scissors for cutting paper; glue sticks. Newspaper to protect tables and to apply glue. Bring a wide range of high-quality magazines, such as fashion, travel, nature, garden, house, car and motorcycle. The more interesting the images, the better. Here is a ‘hint’ so you can understand varieties of magazines needed. What would evolve if all “species” broke down? All animals, plants and man-made objects could “marry” each other. Would new beings have 2 legs or 4 or 100? Would they stay in one place like trees or buildings? What one new being would evolve that has some animal, plant and man-made components? Click here to print.

Extended Workshop #1: For the Love of Cloth
These are not “Your Grandma’s Quilts”; no maps, no patterns, no sketches. They are journeys of improvisation, full of energy, surprise and personal discovery. Race around the cloth, turn left and right. The finished pieces are records from the trip. “Wow, I did this!” This workshop will open doors to YOUR personal creativity. Each person’s artwork will be an individual expression; your artistic vision, your interpretation of a subject, your use of materials. Making art is a path to awareness, a finding out who we are as individuals connected to all. Start with Jim’s “Secret Idea” (hint: your own words) to get you traveling on your road to creativity and personal expression. Freehand scissor cutting, layering, raw edges, mixing of lots of different cloth. FREEDOM from tired patterns and too many rules.

Forget patterns, forget rules. Get your creative juices flowing.

Date/Time:     February 10-11, 2019 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM

Location:        Compass Atelier 2, 12276 Wilkins Ave, Rockville, MD 20852

Extended Workshop #1 Two-Day Fee: Members: $160.00  Non-Members: $220.00

Student’s Materials Fee: N/A

Student’s Supply List: Bring three pieces of cotton one-color cloth 28″ x 28″. Also, a bag FULL of wide ranging cloth pieces: cotton, silk, lace, solid colors, plaids, flowers, cloth with words and images, sparkly cloth, even pieces cut from t-shirts, skirts, etc. Be sure cloth is clean. Bring good scissors, pinking shears, lots of straight pins, glue sticks, iron. Camera or cell phone camera. Sewing machine, preferably with zigzag ability, extra bobbins plus range of colored threads. Students may need more time at home to complete piece. Click here to print.

Finishing at home: A 24” x 24” stretcher or finish as quilt.

Extended Workshop #2: The Dots Have It

Let’s go backward and forward. Back to your hazy dotted past and forward to a clear future. Forget tradition, drawing skills, technical skills, craft skills. They are how some other persons did things before, how they solved their creation and construction dilemmas. Don’t worry about whether your friends will like it. You are not making this for your friends. Let your friends make their own. Start cutting. Let it grow itself. It may become “realistic” or abstract. It may have mood, emotion, be loud or silent, friendly or scary. You are the ‘carpenter’. Put patterns together, add structure. Go beyond anything you have seen. Let out the vision. “The Dots Have It”.

Date/Time:     February 12-13, 2019 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM

Location:        Compass Atelier 2, 12276 Wilkins Ave, Rockville, MD 20852

Extended Workshop #2 Two-Day Fee: Members: $160.00  Non-Members: $220.00

Student’s Materials Fee: N/A

Student’s Supply List: Good scissors or pinking shears, straight pins, glue sticks, iron to share, 2 pieces of colored cotton background cloth (black, white or color) 28”x28”, bag full of wide-ranging cloth pieces: cotton, silk, lace, solid colors, plaids, floral, cloth with words and images, netting, sparkly cloth, even pieces cut from clean t-shirts, skirts. Sewing machine, preferably with zig-zag ability, extra bobbins plus a range of colored threads. Lots of DOTS. Bring dot cloth; big dots, small dots, tiny flower dots. Buttons, other dot-like objects. You may bring brushes or sticks to paint dots, make dot stencils and sponge on, cut holes in cloth, burn holes. Try Pollock drops, paper punch, pour dots on surface and cover with netting to sew. Click here to print.

Becka Rahn
THE ARTIST: 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.

Guild Meeting Program: The Power of Designing Your Own Fabric

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

LocationSt. James Episcopal Church, 11815 Seven Locks Rd, Potomac, MD 20854

Designing fabric is more than just putting pencil to paper or generating pixels in Photoshop; it’s about connecting and sharing stories and ideas. Does your design medium matter? Is it cheating to use a computer in your work? Does it make it less “art”? See why Becka Rahn says that it is more. Join artist and Spoonflower Handbook co-author Becka Rahn as she shows you what it is like to design and print your own fabrics, and the unexpected places that can take you.

Mini Workshop: Fabric Design: Kaleidoscope Geometrics (3 sessions)
Get a taste of what it is like to digitally design and print your own fabric. We’ll start with cut paper, transform it to pixels, and create a seamlessly repeating geometric pattern all in one session. No special software or computer skills are required; you can create amazing patterns using just your web browser and some simple design tools. You will see all of the steps to design a fabric from start to finish and you will take home a printed swatch of your design (mailed to you after class).

Date/Time:     Saturday March 9, 2019 1:00 – 3:30 PM

Sunday March 10, 2019 10:00 AM – 12:30 PM

Sunday March 10, 2019. 1:30 PM – 4:00 PM

Location:        St James Episcopal Church, 11785 Seven Locks Rd, Potomac, MD 20854

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

Student Materials Fee: $5 per student, payable to the instructor at class

Supply List:  You will need a laptop computer with a current web browser for this class. If you do not have a laptop, you may share with another student. Register with a friend! I often teach this with shared computers and it works great.

If you don’t have a laptop: I want to help and I have some you can borrow. Please see www.beckarahn.com/laptop for instructions.

Extended Workshop: Fabric Design: From Rectangles to Repeats
You don’t need to be a Photoshop pro to be able to digitally design your own fabrics. This class is packed with projects you can design using simple and low-cost digital design tools, most that work just from your web browser. You will learn how to create a variety of projects, from repeating geometric patterns to a cut-and-sew zipper bag, and gain the confidence you need to build on those basic instructions to make your own designs. Great designs don’t always just start with opening up a blank file, so we will learn techniques to transform cut paper art, drawings and paintings into pixels too.

Date/Time:     March 11-12, 2019 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Location:        Compass Atelier 2, 12276 Wilkins Ave, Rockville, MD 20852

Extended Workshop 2-Day Fee: Members: $160.00  Non-Members  $220.00

Student Materials Fee: $40 per student, payable to the instructor at class

Supply List:  You will need a laptop computer with a current web browser for this class. (You cannot use a tablet or iPad, sorry.) You do not need Photoshop or any special software or equipment. No fabric design experience necessary, but you should be comfortable with basic computer skills like opening and saving a file, copy/paste, and using a thumb drive.

Sue Stone
THE ARTIST: 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.

Sue is a natural storyteller. Her narrative work often combines multiple images of people, place, and time to create the illusion of a journey through life. Her inspiration is often drawn from her own relationships and life observations. Techniques focus on hand embroidery, often combined with machine stitch and painting. After a long career in clothing design and manufacture Sue returned to art textiles and embroidery in 2003. Since 2006 her work has appeared worldwide in many magazines and books and on the online resource textileartist.org  which she helped to develop. This is run by her two sons Joe & Sam Pitcher.

Mini Workshop: Take One Stitch – Exploring Backstitch as a Drawing Tool

Back stitch is the nearest hand stitch to machine stitch and is a versatile stitch for drawing.
This workshop is a short guide to using backstitch to transfer an image to cloth and exploring both the continuous and broken marks that can be used make surface texture.

Date/Time:    April 13, 2019 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM

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

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

Student Materials Fee: N/A

Student’s Supply List: Basic drawing equipment: US letter size drawing paper, pen, pencil, notebook; Basic sewing equipment – needles, pins, scissors, small selection of threads to include cotton machine thread and stranded cotton thread such as DMC or Anchor; Fabric: Linen or cotton/linen fabric any color you wish + lightweight muslin to act as stabilizer (both similar size to letter paper). The instructor will supply tissue paper (no charge)

Extended Workshop: Every Picture Tells a Story
This workshop will focus on storytelling and on different ways to tell a story using your own images, symbols and anecdotes to convey ideas, thoughts and memories. The aim is to encourage exploration and experimentation with different ways of combining hand and machine stitch, figurative images and text.  The workshop includes:

-A short digital presentation looking at the ways that different figurative artists tell stories from the substantial and serious to the light-hearted and whimsical.
-How to use your own drawings or photographs as a starting point.
-How to start a piece of work using some of the simple processes Sue uses herself including transferring an image to fabric using tissue paper, different types of   appliqué, and drawing with hand and/or machine stitch to make figurative drawings and text.
-How to use sampling as an aid to deciding which techniques to use.
-By the end of the workshop participants will have the necessary skills to develop their own figurative work further and will have a piece of work started to work   on at home.
-The workshop centers on hand stitch and applique with the option to add machine stitch if you wish. Sue is happy to advise participants individually on working with their own photos or any particular images they may wish to use for future projects. The workshop is suitable for all abilities.

Date/Time:    April 14 – 16, 2019 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Location:      Compass Atelier 2, 12276 Wilkins Ave, Rockville, MD 20852

Extended Workshop 3-Day Fee: Members: $240.00  Non-Members  $330.00

Student Materials Fee: N/A

Student’s Supply List: Fabrics: Washed linen or cotton/linen union fabric. Size approx. half a yard for backgrounds & sampling); Lightweight muslin (washed/scoured) approx. half a yard (for background stabilizer); Selection of small amounts of washed natural fiber fabrics – various colors, plains/patterns for appliqué. Think eyes, hair, lips, and clothing. Recycled clothing fabrics are ideal for this. Threads: DMC stranded cotton (or similar) – selection of assorted colors to include 3021 (grey/brown), Blanc, 310 (black) and an assortment of other threads which could include: cotton, wool, silk of various types, thicknesses, weights & colors; Fusibles : Lightweight fusible webbing such as Mistyfuse; any lightweight double sided fusible will do (not a heavy fusible like Bondaweb which is impossible to stitch through); Basic Drawing equipment: Journal/sketchbook and pen/pencil; Basic hand sewing equipment: embroidery needles (for both thin and thick threads), pins, dressmaking scissors and sharp embroidery scissors; embroidery hoop (optional); Camera or phone/iPad to record your progress and to take photographs of Sue’s handling collection of work to use as reference for developing your work further; Drawings/photographs. For those who are worried about their drawing ability Sue will provide some simple images as a starting point from which to work. Click here to print.

Sue will provide tissue paper.

Description of the program and workshops and supply lists will be available later.

Guild Meeting/Program:  Beading and Its Historical Roots: a journey through time and place

Date/Time: May 11, 2019 10:30 AM (following Guild meeting)

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

Mini Workshop: Mermaid’s Tears Earbobs: Intro to Cubic Right Angle Weave

Date/Time: May 11, 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

Extended Workshop: Circle the Stone: How to Bezel (Almost) Anything

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

Location: Compass Atelier 2, 12276 Wilkins Ave, Rockville, MD 20852

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

Description of the program and workshops and supply lists will be available later.

Guild Meeting/Program:  The Power of Adornment

Date/Time: June 8, 2019 10:30 AM (following Guild meeting)

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

Mini Workshop: Scarf It Up: Create a Unique Scarf Using Ethnic Textiles

Date/Time: June 8, 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

Extended Workshop: Make Your Own Art from Ethnic Textiles

Date/Time: June 9-10, 2019 10:00 to 4:00 PM

Location: Compass Atelier 2, 12276 Wilkins Ave, Rockville, MD 20852

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