Guild Forums “How To”

The guild forums are now up and running. I’ve put together a downloadable “how to” guide that walks you through the process of registering for the forums, how to post new topics, read topics, and reply step-by-step with graphics.  You can download the guide by clicking on the following link: Fredericksburg Spinners & Weavers Guild – Forum How To.  If you have any questions or comment, please let me know.

I’m very excited to get the forums up and running. It’s an easy and fun way to communicate and capture the guild’s interests.

Torpedo Factory/Art League Class Schedule

The catalog was just released. There are some really great classes here for all sorts of fiber-related interests. Click on the link. The on-line catalog isn’t the easiest to navigate, but let me know and I’ll be glad to share what I can figure out.

Oh, and the batik class at the Textile Museum was great!


Regional Workshop/Class Lists; Fiber at the Torpedo Factory


To keep track of regional class offerings, use the Guild calendar. Regional fiber organizations’ class lists are available on the calendar; just click on one of the 3 class lists (shops, guilds, festivals) which are found on the first day of each month. Contact me if you want better directions on how to use this feature.

The Torpedo Factory offers fiber workshops, has a fiber studio, and, on the Website, a great video on how to make a felted flower. Go to and scroll down to the video screen. It’s very good. However, they don’t seem to update the Webpages very often.

From the Website: “The Art League School in Old Town Alexandria, VA offers a wide variety of classes and workshops in the fiber arts, including courses in weaving, spinning, knitting, tapestry, dyeing, felting, surface design, silk painting, shibori, fiber sculpture, rug hooking and hat-making. Specialty classes focus on specific techniques. Workshops and beginning “jumpstarts” are also offered. Courses are offered year-round, during the week, weekend, day and evening, and are available for beginners as well as experienced artists!

The fiber studio boasts a large workspace with an assortment of floor looms, table looms, spinning wheels, dyeing facilities, a silk steamer, and an extensive fiber library.”


What Workshops Do You Want?

Anna has asked me to help with coordinating some workshops for the Guild.

I’d like to hear from each Guild member. If you are not interested in attending any Guild-sponsored classes I would like to know because if nobody is interested then I’ll work with the Guild in some other capacity if needed. That’s no problem; it would just help to know. I’ll follow up with all I don’t hear from by the next meeting.

We could have a class on anything related to fiber, to include needle felting, mushroom dyeing, color and yarn selection, and stash enhancement trips.

If you are interested in attending a class, please answer the questions below.  I’m interested only in general input at this point. We can get more specific once the Guild members send their answers.

Full-day classes generally run $50.00 to $100.00 per student if the instructor is local so we don’t have to pay for travel and boarding expenses. Generally, the longer the class, the more established the teacher, and the farther the teacher has to travel, the more expensive the class is.

Batik Class in DC

I’ve signed up for this. There is only ONE SPACE LEFT!!! Wanna carpool?
Textile Museum in DC (thank you, Mary!!)
Sat- Sun
July 27-28 WORKSHOP
Mapping Your Personal Landscape: Two-Day Batik Workshop
Saturday, July 27, 10 AM–4 PM
Sunday, July 28, 1–4 PM
Every individual has a sense of place and a personal landscape to map. Working with procion dyes, master dyer and educator Mary Edna Fraser will help you realize your design ideas. Fraser will demonstrate the ancient processes of layering color through painterly techniques and other tricks of the trade. Fraser brings thirty-five years of experience to this workshop. Fee for two sessions: $100/members; $125/non-members (includes silk scarf and supplies). Advance registration required; space is limited. Call (202) 667-0441, ext. 64 to register.

(Or you can talk to the receptionist as I did. Pat)


Of the workshop requests I’ve received, the topic of surface design has gained the most votes. I’ve found a local artist that you may be interested in: Candace Edgerley. Click on the links below to see her work and find out more about her. Let me know if you are interested in asking her to teach a class. We just missed a class with her at the Torpedo Factory. The tuition looked reasonable.

If you have fiber friends outside the Guild, please pass this on.
Just leave a comment on the website if you are interested. I think you need permission to comment on the website. If you’re not a registered user, just let Lesley know and she’ll take care of you with no additional work on your part. YAY!!!

Surface Design Work Study

I envision a small group of dedicated fiber folks who will commit to some independent study on various techniques so that each member will be able to lead the rest of us in one of the hundreds of surface design techniques available (and maybe come up with something on our own!). We could meet every other month or each month as the group would like.

The possibility of using the Liberty Town pottery room is being explored. More on that later.

Membership would be open to all, with fees charged only to cover the rental of the space assuming we can meet at Liberty Town. As the Guild is helping to make this possible through having a studio at Liberty Town I’d like to charge a slightly higher fee for non-Guild Members. This might also help increase our membership, visibility, and the wealth of knowledge within the group. Materials would be acquired either as a group or individually.

As a guide, I would propose using “Complex Cloth” by Jane Dunnewold as well as any of the other great surface design books that are available.

I have no experience in surface design, but would like to join up with others who are just as inexperienced and adventurous as I am. Experienced folks are more than welcomed, too. I think it’s important to understand that this is not meant to be a series of classes, but rather a series of opportunities for people studying on their own to meet with and share techniques and experiences.

Quilters, sewers, and nuno felters might also be interested in these techniques; please pass on this information to all you think may be interested.


Calendar Updates and Workshop Survey

Please send me information of fiber related events (classes, shows, deadlines for juried events, etc.) and I’ll stick them in the calendar.

Let the Guild know what kind of workshops you would like. We could have a class on anything related to fiber, to include needle felting, mushroom dyeing, color and yarn selection, and stash enhancement trips.