One of the benefits of membership in the Potomac Fiber Arts Guild is the opportunity to continue to develop technical knowledge and proficiency by participating in a study group. Guild members who share a common interest not only learn from each other, but also connect with others who enjoy a particular aspect of fiber arts. Each study group is self-directed, and group members determine the course of study. Study groups are an opportunity in collaborative learning where the members capitalize on one another’s knowledge and skills. Since the groups meet in members’ homes and other venues in the area, many of the groups limit the number of participants as the size of the meeting spaces warrant. However, members are encouraged to start a new group. If you are interested in either joining an existing study group if space is available, or creating a new one, please contact the Study Group Coordinator.
The Basketry Study Group was formed at the end of 2016. In addition to using traditional materials, we are interested in experimenting with paper, fabric, and other found materials to make baskets. The group is a mixture of beginners and those with experience. This study group is at capacity and is on hiatus during the pandemic.
The Collage Study Group will be working with all types of papers, supplemented with watercolors, colored pencil, and other marking implements. Using glue sticks, gel medium with brayers or old credit cards, we’ll be cutting, ripping and pasting special papers to card stock. Other materials can be used, such as fabric, yarn, photos. The sky is the limit! This study group is actively looking for new members.
The Crochet Study Group’s focus is to support, teach, challenge and offer fellowship to our group members. This focus takes into consideration that all of us have different paths with our crochet and therefore can enhance all of our artistic endeavors. This study group is actively seeking new members and is meeting on Zoom via the pandemic once a month.
Elements and Principles of Design
The Design 1 study group meets every 6 weeks or so, currently on Zoom. Formed in 2008 we have focused on essential design principles/elements, visited museums, focused individually on different visual artists who inspired us, focused on an image that inspired us, and created series with the same design, differing only in the color scheme used. Each of us will try to have something for each meeting. We will show photos of the various stages of design either as designs only or as finished works and will complete at least one work by the end of the Guild year. This study group is currently at capacity.
The Design 2 study group was formed in 2010 and meets monthly. Focusing on the elements of design and doing the exercises in the medium(s) of our choice. We will continue to critique our designs and compositions in a rigorous fashion, using our current and past studies to inform our discussions. This study group is at capacity.
The Dyeing Study Group has members ranging from intermediate to experienced dyers. The group experiments with various types of dyes and discharging color, on natural fabric and fibers. We usually meet the fourth Tuesday of the month year-round at 10:30 am, currently on Zoom. The study group is at capacity.
Felting Study Group 1 comprises advanced felters. We focus on advanced techniques and continuing to improve the quality of the felt we make. This study group is currently at capacity.
Felting Group 2
Felting Study Group 2, formed in 2014, is currently on hiatus. Our focus is broad, encompassing the practice of making wool felt by hand, felt objects, imagery and surface design on felt, and the use of felt fabrics in garments and accessories. Members are intermediate to advanced felters. Meetings are based on a topic proposed and led by a member and can focus on a method or technique, a specific project, or an exploration of resources available. Meetings also include discussion of members’ recently completed or in-process work, whether brought simply to share, for critique, or for advice. Our members’ diverse interests in felt have enhanced our learning from each other, and we’re beginning to find synergies among topics presented that will likely lead us to places we wouldn’t have found alone. This study group is at capacity.
The First Thursday Touring Group transformed itself into an outings and lunch group in late 2009 after many, many years of studying clothing. We are currently on hiatus during the pandemic. We go on a different tour every month, mostly at museums for exhibits that are usually (but not always) fiber-related, and we follow the tour with lunch, generally at a nearby restaurant, and sometimes at a member’s home. This study group is at capacity.
The Interpretive Stitchery study group was newly formed in 2015, with the focus on enhancing our skills at using hand stitching (e.g., embroidery, needlepoint, needlelace, cross stitch) as a means of artistic expression. In 2016 we expanded our focus to include both hand and machine stitching. Members establish their own challenges and meet periodically to discuss problems and design decisions, and offer critique to one another. The group meets during the day on the third Friday of the month.
This study group is currently at capacity.
Knitting Group 1
Knitting study group #1 is informal, with no set agenda. It is guild members who like to knit, sharing ideas, being inspired and help explore solutions for knitting tangles. Show and tell provides inspiration for everyone. Once in a while we’ll have a guest give a special workshop. The group meets via Zoom and are currently at capacity.
PM Fiber Arts Group
The PM Fiber Arts Group are a group of quilters and other fiber artists who meet on the first Thursday evening of the month to share our work——finished and in progress——to celebrate successes and support each other. We discuss techniques, designs, studio practice, and anything else quilt and fiber-related that members of the group is interested in. The study group is currently at capacity.
The focus for the sewing study group is to support, teach, challenge and offer fellowship to our group members. We are all things machine sewing. This focus takes into consideration that all of us have different paths with our sewing and therefore can enhance all of our artistic endeavors. We meet monthly via Zoom and are actively seeking new members.
3rd Thursday Spinning Group
We meet the third Thursday of each month. We have open meetings with varying agendas, learning from each other. We always have a round robin to hear what fibers people are working on and what projects. In the coming year, we will continue to recruit members with an interest and love of spinning. We are working on our goals for next year, staying open to the needs of our members as we pursue new spinning techniques and challenges. This study group is open for additional members.
Group G Weaving emphasizes general weaving, and is open to all levels of weavers. The group meets on the 3rd Saturday of most months from September through May, from 10 – 12:00, currently via Zoom. Each year, we choose a loose topic to study. Meetings usually include a program presented by a member, followed by an opportunity to share recent work and discuss our successes and challenges with the group. This study group is currently at capacity.
The Metro Multishaft Study Group explores weaving techniques for looms with 8 or more shafts. This year we are studying “A Handbook of Weaves” by G.H. Oelsner. Our discussions focus on weaving drafts, pertinent to the topic of the day, which we share with each other. Show and Tell is always a highlight of each meeting even when the item is different from the topic of the month. Meetings are are monthly at 10:30AM on the second Friday of the month via Zoom. We are actively seeking new members.