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.

Registration OPEN for Dec 2017 thru JUNE 2018

April 14, 2018 – Program with Charles Gandy

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

Charles’ Ravelry Page

 May 12th 2018 – Program with Inge Dam

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

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


Inge’s Website

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

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

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

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

The meeting format is as follows:

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

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

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

Workshops last from 1 to 3 days, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. each day, unless otherwise noted. The locations are given with each workshop description.

Workshop attendance is limited based on space availability and instructor preference. The workshops are open to all Guild members, with registrations on a first come, first served basis. Registration opens to non-members at least 3 weeks prior to the workshop, if space is available. When the class-size limit is reached, a wait list is established.

For more information about the workshops, contact the Program Chair.

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

Registration: All workshops through December 2017 will be open for registration in the upcoming weeks. To register on-line, PFAG members will need to  LOGIN.  To mail your registration, please download the registration form and enclose a check for the full amount of the registration. (Adobe Acrobat Reader Required)

Cancellation Policy: Participants who need to cancel prior to the start of the workshop must contact the Registrar first in order to receive the Wait-List (if there is one). Tuition reimbursement must be coordinated between Participant and their Replacement (not the Guild).

For last-minute registrations and cancellations (within 24 hours of the start of the workshop), please contact the registrar through email to the Registrar or by phone using the phone number listed in the Potomac Fiber Arts Guild Yearbook.

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

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

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

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

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

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

How much does Membership in the Guild cost?

Member is due xoxxxxxx and is $35/year

How many participants does each workshop have?

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