Incredible Fiber Estate Sale

Sharon Janda, an accomplished felter, designer and owner of Wild Plum Designs, unexpectedly passed away earlier this year. Her vast collection of high-quality fiber materials will be sold at a series of events, the first of which is July 10-11, 2015.
Please do not contact Sharon’s family, who is generously donating the proceeds to establish an educational fund in Sharon’s honor. Members of Sharon’s felting group are  coordinating all sales for the family.
This collection is of special interest to felters, quilters, weavers, knitters/crocheters, mixed-media artists, and other fiber/fabric fanatics.
This first sale will feature
  • Hundreds of large spools/cones of yarns: $5.00 per large cone, $3.00 per small.
  • A very large amount of hand-dyed and commercial spinning and felting roving, primarily Merino.
  • Knitting yarns, including many lots of multiple skeins of the same dye lot in the original manufacturer packaging.
  • Fabrics: yardage of silks, cottons, and other fibers.
  • Vintage kimonos.
  • Buttons: collectible, vintage and contemporary, single beauties and high-quality sets
  • Commercial felt
  • Laces, both vintage and new
  • Chenille bedspreads
  • Notions
  • Patterns
  •  and much more
Many items, including all the spools of yarns, will be available in the garage, while other items will be inside her studio. There is a limit of 20 people inside the studio due to space constraints. As the space in the garage opens up, items from the studio will be placed inside the garage for greater accessibility.
Cash, checks, and credit cards will be accepted. Please bring your friends and pass this email on to others.
No early birds. Parking is along the street. The address is 11700 Lake Potomac Drive, Potomac, MD. Please, out of respect for the family, do not contact the family.
There will be a sale at the October Potomac Fiber Arts Guild meeting (go to ) which will include Sharon’s wonderful wearable art clothing and some of the high-end work she collected from other fiber artists.

Knitting Workshop with Beth Brown-Reinsel

The Fredericksburg Spinners and Weavers Guild is sponsoring a two-day knitting workshop with the wonderful Beth Brown-Reinsel of Knitting Traditions. The class runs from August 1-2 (Saturday and Sunday). The classes will cover Twined Mittens, Latvian Fingerless Mitts.

IF you have already paid your deposit, please bring the remainder to the July meeting and give it to Anne.  If paying by check, please make it payable to “FSWG”. The total cost is $150.

As of 1 July we still have at least 5 spots open. If you are interested and not a guild member, please email fswguild “at” to let us know you’re interested. Please let us know if you have any additional questions.

July 4th Volunteer Request

Volunteer opportunity for 4th of July events:
Ferry Farm 4th of July from 10 – 4
     We could use more afternoon volunteers to demonstrate and/or assist folks wanting to try their hand at weaving, spinning and knitting. Colonial costumes encouraged but not mandatory. Contact Keren Pritchett or Fran Slaterbeck for more info.
Port Royal 4th of July
    We will have a presence demonstrating there again this year. Contact Linda George for more info. if you are interested in helping out.

Need to Know Information for the June Dye Day Program

A message from Judy and Linda


Hello All,

If you want to experiment with dyeing plant fibers we will have directions and dyes for everyone to use or just come and watch!

  • If you want to dye please bring:
    1 warp, 3 yards or less long, 150 ends or less, cross tied, and warp loosely tied every yard
  • 1 skein, 4 oz or less, loosely tied
  • 1 bag of fiber, 4oz or less
  • Disposable gloves
  • Plastic bag to take your project home

Plant fibers, cotton, bamboo, rayon, tencel, (silk will also work, even though it isn’t a plant)

Soak your fiber over night in water with about 1/2 cup of salt, dissolved, and a squirt or 2 of dish soap. Make sure you have enough water to cover the fiber and for it to move around (kinda like a pot of spaghetti). The fiber needs to be wet when we dye it.

Judy and Linda

Are you interested in a field trip?

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I was wondering how many would be interested in taking a field trip/yarn crawl to the Textile Museum, Looped Yarn Works, and Fiber Space in November as our program for the month.

The schedule would look something like this:

8:00: Admin meeting

8:30: Carpool to the Springfield Metro

9:30 AM: Take metro to Dupont Circle for Looped

10-11:30ish AM: Shop at Looped

11:30-1: Lunch someplace and travel to the Textile Museum (there are options near Looped and near the Textile Museum)

1-4: Textile Museum

4:30: Metro down to Fiber Space

5-7: Shop at Fiber Space

7: Metro back to Springfield

7:30: Head back home

For parking purposes, we could meet and use the Leeland Road VRE lot at  and just carpool from there.


Please use the form below to indicate your interest. Once I get a rough headcount, I can contact the yarn stores and the museum to let them know roughly the size of our group.  Remember, this isn’t until NOVEMBER, so we have some time to plan.

Thanks in advance,


Fiber, a National Juried Exhibition – October 2015

This October, in partnership with the Fredericksburg Spinners and Weavers Guild, LibertyTown Arts Workshop presents Fiber, an exhibition celebrating everything fiber. We want to showcase the full breadth of fiber art, including but limited to weaving, dying, felting, sculpture, sewing, quilting, knitting, and crocheting. Fiber can be, but is not limited to, cotton, wood, wool, paper, metal, or synthetic materials. Pieces must consist primarily of fiber and be of original design. Kits and commercial patterns are prohibited. The method of displaying the work must be obvious or clearly indicated and easily achieved by our staff. Any specialty hangers or forms must be included with the work. Artists should indicate all fiber media used in each piece.

For additional information on Eligibility, Rules, Fees, Entry information and more, please download the linked information sheet HERE.

From the Heart Stitchers presents the “Waste Not Workshop” in Fredericksburg

Date: Saturday March 14  Time:  9:30 a.m. – 4:30 pm
Location: 5994 Plank Road, Fredericksburg – Ruritan Building

Yarn Swap and learn what to do with Novelty and other yarns.
We will have yarn, patterns and help available. We are going to do a yarn swap – bring those skeins you don’t like and swap for something you would like to work with. Bring your leftovers you want to figure out what to do with.
See how leftovers can make up into useful beautiful items. All items completed will be delivered to various groups in the community.
Bring your tools and a dish to share and come for a fun filled day!
Plates, cups and utensils will be provided. Coffee, hot tea and bottled water will be available. The building has a large kitchen available.
Various demonstrations will be given.
We will need a setup and clean up team so let us know which you are able to help with.
Everyone is welcome so bring your friends and relatives. For more information or to volunteer to demonstrate, contact Pam at 540.661.7967 or email at  We hope to see you there!
Click here for directions

FTH Dove



Fredericksburg Area Museum & Cultural Center’sBreakfast with the Curator series
Fredericksburg, VA – Join the Fredericksburg Area Museum and Cultural Center (FAMCC) for coffee and a light breakfast during its Breakfast with the Curator series.
On December 9 at 9 am local artist Lorie McCown, will speak about the art of quilting and her work in the 2013 Quilt National Competition.
This series is proudly sponsored by Lewis Insurance Associates. Lectures are FREE to the public, but limited space is available. RSVP toAnne Marie Paquette at 540-371-3037, ext. 400,
For more information on additional programming information, please either contact the Museum at 540-371-3037 or visit us at  The mission of the Fredericksburg Area Museum & Cultural Center is to collect, interpret and present the history of the Fredericksburg region and community.