Community > Outreach
The Potomac Fiber Arts Guild promotes excellence in design and fine craftsmanship in the fiber arts. It is especially interested in providing educational opportunities for its members and the general public to further their skills in, and appreciation of, the fiber arts.
Our members are often invited to share their skills:
- Many of our spinners participated in the 2016 Twist exhibition at the Black Rock Center for the Arts.
- In 2015, members of the Guild demonstrated loom weaving, card weaving, needlework, spinning, fringe-making, knitting, finger-knitting, and beading at the Barracks Row Festival in Washington, DC.
- Needleworkers in the Guild participated in completing the Tree of Life needlepoint sculpture installed in the University of Maryland Memorial Chapel.
Often Guild members design their own outreach projects:
- Knitters and crocheters in the Guild teach in many settings, from schools to homeless shelters.
- Beaders, rug hookers, felters, and weavers lead workshops.
- Members have taught art journaling and bookbinding.
- Art quilters display their work in many settings.
- A study group recently taught scarf dyeing to a group of seniors.
- A crocheter demonstrates each year at the Montgomery County Fair.
- A sheep farmer shares the cycle from birth to fiber.
- One of our members is experimenting with social media to encourage interest in fiber arts.
- Members of the Guild knit and crochet hats for the homeless, blankets for wounded warriors at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, and shawls for those who are ill.
The Guild grows and learns when it listens to its members. If you are sharing your fiber art skill with others, we are interested in your experience. If, on the other hand, you need help figuring out how to move forward with a project, contact us. The experience of another Guild member may help you.
Images from the Barracks Row Festival:
The Guild accepts donations of fiber art books. Contact the guild librarian to make arrangements. For all other fiber-related donations, see the attached policy document.