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A New Show and Lots of Cool Classes!

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WE ARE OPEN ON
 Wednesday, 12-4:00pm,
Thursday, 12-4:00pm
Friday, 12-4:00pm
and Saturday, 12-4:00pm

For other days, if you would like to schedule a tour or make an appointment,
please contact: 
410-253-9716 (Victoria) or 410-829-5136 (Kay).

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Dear Members,

 We have a few more days for you to see the amazing “Night Before Christmas” exhibit before it goes back to Connecticut and then on to its next venue.  In mid-January, another national quilt exhibit will be gracing our walls.

The WPA (Works Progress Administration) Exhibit takes patterns from 1935 to 1942 and adds a new twist to them. It has been touring since 2022 and now is coming to the mid-Atlantic region at the Fiber Arts Center. We are honored to have these quilts. We hosted an opening for our past show and had so many come and enjoy community and a touch of culture at the beginning of our exhibit that we may have more openings for members to come and celebrate together.

    We continue to be amazed by the generosity of our members and community who have donated time, money and fiber materials for us to sell to help with the money needed to pay for the exhibits, maintenance and mortgage. Remember that as a member you can sell your fiber arts on commission in our shop. We have had over 150 visitors this month and they want to support us by buying fiber arts from us. 

    Calling all bluegrass fans!  Members are providing quilts for the Eastern Shore Blue Grass Concerts. Contact me if you have 3 large quilts that you would like to show off when you get your 2 free tickets to the concert!

    We are welcoming Crocheting this month as a new fiber art class to add to our knitting and needlepoint as well as hand quilting and the beginning quilting classes and, of course, the appliqué classes.  We so look forward to seeing you soon.
 Stay warm and safe, hug family,

       Victoria

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The Fiber Arts Center Presents The
WPA Reproduction Quilts Project Show

Quilters were among the artists and artisans employed by the Works Progress Administration (WPA) between 1935 and 1942 as part of the Roosevelt Administration’s Second New Deal.

In 1989, The WPA Museum Extension Project, Langhorne, PA, was researched and published by the Variable Star Quilt Guild and the Generational Resources Exchange. The product of their research included 30 quilt designs.

In 2022, thirteen members of the Olde Kent Quilters Guild, under the guidance of Elizabeth Pauley Teletski, undertook to honor the work and artistry of those quilters by creating these new quilts from their patterns.

The Olde Kent Quilters Guild is a member of the Fiber Arts Center of the Eastern Shore and was founded in Chestertown, Maryland, on the Shore of the Chesapeake Bay, in 1995 and currently has approximately 80 members.

The WPA Reproduction Quilts Project Show will be on exhibit at the Fiber Arts Center from January 17 through March 9, 2024. The show is free and open to the public during our regular hours of Wednesdays through Saturdays, 12:00 – 4:00pm.

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YARNSTORMING 2024

Adkins Arboretum is partnering with local yarn artists and the Fiber Arts Center of the Eastern Shore (FACES) to create an exciting visual experience in the trees around the Arboretum Visitor’s Center. The bright colors and whimsical designs will be on view from February 29 through April 6th. Knitters and crocheters are invited to decorate an Arboretum tree with their creations. 

New this year:

Prizes will be awarded to the following categories: Best Collaboration, Most Funtastic, Colorfully Creative, and Artistic Excellence. Award winners will be chosen by FACES Board Member Alice Engle.

Fiber artists will have the option to sell their Yarnstorming displays. They are also invited to share samples of additional yarn work to be considered for sale in our gift shop throughout the exhibit by emailing Visitor Services Coordinator Michelle Draper at mdraper@adkinsarboretum.org. Artists are responsible for pricing their work; the Arboretum will take a 30% commission on all sales.

To participate in Yarnstorming:

Visit the Arboretum to select your Yarnstorming tree. Be sure to check in at the front desk when you arrive to receive a map and a Sharpie. 

Yarnstorming trees will be marked with twine and numbered tree ring circles. When you pick your tree, use your Sharpie to write your last name under the number and reserve your tree. If a tree already has a name on it, it’s been taken!

Return to the front desk to write your full name and email address on our artist list. You will need to remember the number of your tree!

A Google form will be emailed to you asking for more information about your project.

If you cannot visit the Arboretum in person, email Jenny Houghton at jhoughton@adkinsarboretum.org for photos of the trees and a link to the Google form.

When planning your project, please adhere to the following guidelines:

For the health of our trees and wildlife, refrain from using glitter, wire, mesh, plastics, nails, or tacks.
All work must be safely reachable by an 8′ ladder.
Installations should be in trees only and not extend to surrounding shrubs.
Yarn art may be installed from Saturday, February 17, through Sunday, February 25th, during our Visitor’s Center hours – Tuesday–Saturday, 10 a.m.–4 p.m. and Sunday noon–4 p.m.

The reception for Yarnstorming is Sunday, March 3

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380 Artists, 51 Countries, 14 Years:
A Community Embroidery Project Connects Women Around the Globe

Click the link for the full story.
https://www.thisiscolossal.com/2023/12/the-red-dress/

Image courtesy of Kirstie Macleod.

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UFO Stitching Groups
If you buy 3 sessions of UFO, you get the 4th one for free!

These fiber artists meet to finish “Unfinished Objects”, in other words, if you have a project that you need time to finish, then this is the event for you! For three consecutive days you can work on your own sewing projects and enjoy the fun and camaraderie of other stitchers. The best thing is that you can leave your machine and materials overnight. 

The following dates have been reserved at the Fiber Arts Center   

2024 Dates:  Jan. 9-11, Jan. 23-25, Feb. 6-8, Feb. 20-22, March 5-7, March 19-21, April 9-11, April 23-25, May 7-9, May 21-23

There are waiting lists for some dates.

Cost: Members – $30 per session (3 days) 
Non Members – $45 per session (3 days)
Reservations are required.
  

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POP-UP FIBER ARTS SOCIAL AND KNITTING/CROCHETING BEE AT ADKINS ARBORETUM!

Join Kathleen McCulloch, Victoria McConnell and Cathy Spence of the Fiber Arts Center for a fun afternoon of knitting, crocheting and chitchat in preparation for our Yarnstorming exhibit! 

Tuesday, January 23, 2024
1:00 – 2:30pm
Location Adkins Arboretum

FIBER ARTISTS WORKING ON OTHER PROJECTS ARE ALSO WELCOME TO PARTICIPATE.  TEA, COFFEE AND COOKIES WILL BE PROVIDED.

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Berks County Applique Snowflake Class

Berks County, PA Fleur de Lis Snowflake Wallhanging Class by Kay L. Butler

“I love to collect antique and vintage textiles. The pattern of the block you’ll be making was from a cutter quilt that I purchased from Berks County, PA. It is a beautiful fleur de lis design that resembles a snowflake and is a cutwork block that is elegant and beautiful. I cannot wait to share the design with you!”

Date:  Jan. 13, 2024

Time:  10:00am – 1:00pm

Cost: $35.00 Member/$45.00 Non Member

Please call Kay Butler at 410/829-5136.

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Beginning Needlepoint  (2 hour sessions)

Jan 5, and Jan. 18,  10:00am – 12:00pm

Session 1

You will learn the Half Cross stitch and the Tent(Continental) Stitch by making two coasters on plastic canvas and then start on a needlepoint canvas bookmark.

Session 2  You will learn the Basketweave Stitch, making another plastic canvas coaster, finish the bookmark and start on a 4” X 4” needlepoint.

Cost is $25 and Supplies are $15 payable to Victoria. Limit 8 students Please bring small scissors. Contact Victoria 410-253-9716

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Needlepoint Sampler 2- 2 hour sessions

Jan.  5 and Jan. 18,  1:00pm – 3:00pm

Sessions continuation of Fall Sampler class. You will be working on the canvas that you worked on in the Fall. Please bring your notebook.  You will collaborate on designs for your 25 sampler blocks using Victoria, our library, and other students. $15 plus yarn. If you are a new Needlepoint Sampler Student, you must have already taken Beginning Needlepoint 1 and 2 or talk to Victoria.

Cost $25. Limit 12 Students.  Contact Victoria 410-253-9716

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Hand Quilting Class with Kay
This Class is Full.

Date:  Jan. 6, 2024

Time:  10:00am – 1:00pm

Cost:  Member $35.00/NonMember $45.00

Let’s start the new year by learning a new sewing skill of yesteryear, fine hand quilting! This class will broaden your horizons as you begin  a new adventure in quilting! There’s much to be learned including the use of proper tools, basting and quilting stitches, types of batting, thimbles, marking tools, thread, hoops and frames as you stitch a lovely 18″ wholecloth quilt. Enhance your quilting experience and learn first hand how enjoyable hand quilting can be!

Class Supply List:

2   18 inch squares of solid fabric  

18 inch square of low loft quilt batting

one spool of quilting thread

1 package of quilting betweens size 10

#2 pencil or blue water soluble marker

* 14 inch hand quilting hoop(not to be mistaken for embroidery hoops!) 

Class instructor will also have kits available for a fee of  $15.  Call Kay Butler to sign up and if you have additional questions (410-829-5136)

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Adelina’s Applique Floral Garden:
Block of the Month Session 1 with Kay Butler

This Class is Full

Dates:  Jan. 19,  Feb. 23, March 22, and April 26, and 2024

Time:  10:00am – 2:00pm

Cost:  Member $60.00/NonMember $70.00

Adelina’s Flower Garden is a mid-nineteenth century New York appliqued quilt with a folk art appearance to the blocks. You will have the opportunity to create this lovely quilt as we delve into the world of back basting applique. The floral quilt contains 12 applique blocks each measuring 22 inches square. For the first session, we will be focusing on four floral blocks.

Class Supply List:

If you wish to complete the entire quilt you will need:

9 yards of background fabric

Green fabric: 2 yards

20 fat quarters of blues, yellows, pink, purples, oranges

Needles: sharps #10

Applique Pins

Blue water soluble pens (these can be purchased at Walmart)

Matching thread for flowers/baskets(100% cotton)

Embroidery scissors

Optional: light box and light box

If you wish to make a wallhanging, call Kay for fabric requirements.

Pattern will need to be purchased ahead of time ($40) and can be obtained from Kay Butler. Any questions? Call Kay: 410-829-5136

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Stringed Star Quilt Class with Alice Kish
 

Date:  Jan. 20, 2024

Time:  9:30am – 3:30pm

Cost:  Member $40.00/NonMember $50.00

Please call Kay Butler for more information and to sign up at 410/829-5136.

This quilt is based on a 1930s 5 pointed star from Texas. In the 1930s every scrap of fabric commonly called “strings” was used to create quilts. We will learn in class the techniques used to create string quilts and the layout for the completion of this large quilt or using the techniques for a smaller version.

Supplies

6 yards of back ground fabric. This amount is for the completed star. You will only need to bring about 1 yard of back ground to class

Scraps and “strings” of fabric for the star pieces. You will need some pieces longer than 10”. Strings were the long leftovers on the sides when clothing was cut out of yardage. Bring a container full.

A thin Sharpie marker.

Sewing machine

Rotary cutter and mat and at least 12” ruler.

1/4” add on ruler IF YOU HAVE ONE. Do not go out and buy. Scissors and pins

Picking the scraps and background:

The easiest way to pick your scraps is to have a theme such as 1930s reproduction fabric with white back ground, or patriotic scraps with blue back ground, or something modern such as Kaffe or Tula,or black and white scraps with a white back ground, or Civil War scraps with an off white background. Finally an assortment of any scraps with any back ground will always work. You can throw some solid scraps in also. What to do if you don’t have scraps? Just cut strips randomly from purchased fabric. Have a good assortment.

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Celtic Cross Applique Class

Instructor:  Lisa Fields

Date:  January 26, 2024

Time:  10:00am – 2:00pm

Cost:  $35 Members/$45 Non Members

Celtic Cross – Supply List

To bring to class:

Light Table – if you already have one, these can be shared

3/8” Bias Bar – if you already have one, these can be shared

Roxanne Glue Baste – I like the one that has the accordion type bottle.

Favorite Applique Sewing Needle
Throw pillow to place on lap to make handwork easier – this is a personal preference; however, I recommend trying it for this project.

Small Cutting Board – fits on lap/pillow

Scissors – for cutting ends of bias strips

Snip Scissors – for cutting threads

Rotary Cutter
The instructor will provide:

Sewing machine with neutral thread to make your bias strips, this part only takes a few minutes.

Kit – $20, payable to instructor.  The kit includes applique pins, thread for applique, thimble pads and fabrics for the project.    You will only need to provide a 26” square of backing and batting to finish off the project at a later date.

If you would prefer to pick your own fabrics for the project, you will need:

18” square of background fabric

½ yd of fabric for the cross and borders

¼ yd of contrasting fabric for small border, optional insets and binding

Your kit fee would then be $10.

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Hutton Lancaster Legacy Quilt Class

January 27, Feb. 24, March 23, and April 27, 2024

Time: 10-2

Cost: $60/$75

We will be teaching this wonderful 1846-1847 signature album quilt which was made originally by family members and friends of Benjamin and Susanna Hutton, a Quaker couple who lived in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. The original quilt has 36 applique blocks and measures 100 inches x 104 inches. We will focus on completing 12 of those applique blocks and will learn the back basting method of hand applique.  Please contact Kay Butler to sign up at 410/829-5136.  

Class Supplies/Fabric Requirements:    https://fiberartscenter.com/upcoming/

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Celtic Table Runner Class
 

Dates:  Feb. 2, 2024 and March 15, 2024

Time:  10:00am – 2:00pm

Cost:  Members $40.00/NonMembers $55.00

May the luck o’ the Irish be with you when you make this delightful quilt project!. The table runner is perfect for your St. Patty’s Day celebrations, or it could be a door decoration for that fun holiday.

Please call Kay Butler for more information and to sign up at 410/829-5136.

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Beginning Crochet Class

Learn to crochet with instructor Alice Engle.

Dates:  Feb. 14, Feb. 28, March 13 and March 27, 2024

Time:  10:00am – 12:00pm

Cost:  Member $40.00/Non Member $50.00

Class Supplies:
Crochet hook – J
One skein of cotton yarn (Peaches and Cream can be found at Walmart)
Small scissors
Paper/pencil for taking notes
Class Description:
In this beginner crochet class, instructor Alice Engle will be teaching a combination of crochet stitches to form patterns. Students will quickly advance to complete a project of their own choosing. This class is filling up fast so be sure to contact Kay Butler (410-829-5136) to sign up today!

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Youth/Beginner Class, 10 Minute Table Runner

Date:  Feb. 17, 2024

Time:  10:00am – 12:00pm

Cost:  Member $15.00/NonMember $20.00
 

In this beginner class, students will be able to complete a fun and easy table runner (40” x 16”) in class.

Please call Kay Butler for more information and to sign up at 410/829-5136.

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Origami Kimono Class

Date:  April 6, 2024

Time:  10:00am – 1:00pm

Cost:  Member $30.00/NonMember $40.00

Please call Kay Butler for more information and to sign up at 410/829-5136.

Under the tutelage of instructor, Pam Sullivan, students will construct a beautiful  folded fabric kimono to be made into a wallhanging where you can make as many kimonos as you desire. 

Class Supply List:

1 fat quarter or quarter yard cut per kimono

Background fabric: 7 inch square per kimono

All fabric should be 100% cotton.

Students will need fabric for sashing, borders and backing. The amount will vary depending on the size they choose to make their wallhanging. (Contact Pam Sullivan to discuss the amount of fabric needed. 

Sullivan 579@verizon.net)

Thread to match fabric

Basic sewing supplies

Rotary cutter (mats are provided).

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Applique Sunflower/Poinsettia Class

Instructor:  Colette Metcalf

Date:  April 12, 2024

Time:  10:00am – 3:00pm

Cost:  Members $40.00/Non Members $50.00

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Stitch and Sews

2024 Dates:  Jan. 4, Feb. 1, March 7, April 4, May 2, June 6, July 4, August 8, Sept. 5, Oct. 3, Nov. 7, Dec. 5

12:00pm – 4:00pm
Members $5.00, Non Members $10.00

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FOR SALE: 
 

My wife Donna is putting her Union Rug loom up for sale. It is complete and functional and includes a copy of the original manual. She made many rugs on it, but she has moved on to other projects and decided let it go for a very reasonable price. We live in Houston,DE and I will deliver it within a 50 mile radius for no charge. If you know anyone in your group that is interested please have them call or txt me at 817-455-7331. 
Thanks,  Dave Haggerty

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Mission Statement
The Fiber Arts Center provides a central networking facility for fiber artists in the region, increases public access to and education about fiber art, fosters and promotes creativity in all areas of fiber art, and works to preserve fiber arts skills and traditions.

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