Lookout May! This is such a busy and exciting month at the Fiber Arts Center


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 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).


The Fiber Arts Center is pleased to let you all know that we now accept payments other than check or cash.  You can pay for anything here with your chipped credit cards.  



Dear Members,

       This month I would like to send a special shout-out to our members-both returning and new. The Fiber Arts Center has reached a new number of individual members this month! 175! Many of you are just learning of the perks of being a member because you joined just to support a struggling non-profit art organization. But there are advantages to being an individual member. One of the main ones is the convenience of having admission free nationally touring exhibits as well as some absolutely amazing local fiber artists’ exhibits in your back yard. Another advantage is the availability dozens of discounted classes in an increasing number of types of fiber arts. Free online learning is also available to our individual members. 

        The Fiber Arts Center is proud to count the Helping Hands Guild, Heartland Quilt Guild, Bayside Quilt Guild, Olde Kent Quilt Guild, and the Ocean Waves Quilt Guild in our group membership. Together they represent about 600 quilters on the Eastern Shore. We offer them space in our newsletter, space to exhibit their raffle quilts in our gallery, access to our rod and drape system and the ability to sell their art in our gallery. 

         Like-minded fiber artists gravitate toward each other and the Fiber Arts Center would like all of them to know that can have a home here. Knitters, crocheters, weavers, rug hookers, spinners, macrame and counted cross stitchers along with tailors, tatters, and book binders are all welcome.

This month Collette Metcalf’s lovely exhibit continues to be followed by the Member Exhibit. Watch for our many new classes.  The Fiber Arts Center is excited to be supporting a “Quilts for Valor” group which is planning to meet twice a month.

The mission statement:

The Fiber Arts Center of the Eastern Shore 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.

This is what we are working toward. We continue to grow, stumble, and, hopefully, come back stronger.  We thank you for all your support.


Victoria McConnell, President



Students from the last Hutton Applique Class take a break during Show and Tell to admire “Shenandoah”, quilted by Kay Butler.  PS – how about the new lighting?  No exposure sliders needed for photography any longer!



The Fiber Arts Center is pleased to introduce
our quilt exhibitor, Colette Metcalf!


Colette has been quilting since the 1980’s and is a prolific and talented quilter and teacher. She loves to make all types of genres of quilts and is particularly fond of hand embroidery. She is always looking for new techniques to incorporate into her quilting classes. She presently volunteers at Our Refuge of Sinners Catholic Church and teaches a group called “The Dorchester Samplers”. Her absolute passion is to teach beginner quilters and she enjoys watching her students improve their quilting skills. Come see this lovely Irish quilter’s wonderful quilt display. You’ll be in for such a treat!

Dates:  March 13 through May 11, 2024

Location:  The Fiber Arts Center, 7 N. 4th St., Denton, MD. 21639

Hours:  Weds., Thurs., Fri. and Saturdays, 12-4:00pm

The exhibit is free for all to enjoy.



Fiber Arts Center Member Exhibit:
May 22-July 13, 2024

Quilt Created By Ruth Uhey
It is time to showcase all of the amazing talent of Fiber Arts Center members! Quilts of all sizes, crocheted or knitted work, needlepoint, weaving, etc. will be on display for what promises to be a most beautiful and diverse exhibit!  A reception for members, friends and community will be held on Sunday, June 2 from 12:00-4:00pm.





The Fiber Arts Center Presents Something New –
“Sit N Knit with Alice”

Bring your knitting or crochet project to the Fiber Arts Center for a perfectly marvelous session of yarn making with other like minded wool lovers.  While not a class, this is an opportunity to tune out the world and just sit and knit/crochet with support from Alice if you are having any issues, and enjoy the camaraderie of needle and hook enthusiasts.  We will gather in the upstairs library/class room.

Date:  May 8 and May 22, 2024

Time:  10:00am  – 3:00pm

Cost:  $5.00 Members, $10.00 Non Members

Contact Alice Engle at 410/490-2087 to sign up.



Diann Prahl worked this beautiful crochet afghan at recent UFOs.

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: 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.

Detail of Diann’s crocheted afghan – photos courtesy Kay Butler.



Photo courtesy “All About Birds”

A warm and heartfelt Thank You to all of our members and visitors for supporting the Rose Breasted House Finch family that decided to nest in the wreath on our front door.  The four baby birds fledged the nest on Saturday, April 20th.  Here are a few cool facts about these sweet birds (“All About Birds”)

The House Finch was originally a bird of the western United States and Mexico. In 1940 a small number of finches were turned loose on Long Island, New York, after failed attempts to sell them as cage birds (“Hollywood finches”). They quickly started breeding and spread across almost all of the eastern United States and southern Canada within the next 50 years.
House Finches were introduced to Oahu from San Francisco sometime before 1870. They had become abundant on all the major Hawaiian Islands by 1901.
The red of a male House Finch comes from pigments contained in its food during molt (birds can’t make bright red or yellow colors directly). So the more pigment in the food, the redder the male. This is why people sometimes see orange or yellowish male House Finches. Females prefer to mate with the reddest male they can find, perhaps raising the chances they get a capable mate who can do his part in feeding the nestlings.

The finches lined the entire bowl of the nest with cotton from our garden so you know those wee birds were super comfy.  Photographs were taken by McConnell and McCulloch from distance with zoom lenses.





Adelina’s Applique Floral Garden;
Block of the Month Session 2 with Kay Butler
Dates: June 21, July 26, August 23, Sept. 20
Time:  10:00 – 2:00
Cost: $60.00 Members/$75.00 Non Members

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



Improv Star Quilt Class With Alice Kish

Date: May 4, 2024
Time: 9:30-3:30
Cost: $40.00 Members/$50.00 Non Members

Improv Stars

Two at a time

Improv stars uses a slash and sew technique that makes each set of stars different but alike. Accent strips are inserted and each set shines on its own. This class is a great introduction to improv piecing and the result is a fun,lively quilt whether you use solids or your favorite prints.

Supply list For each set of stars you will need :

2 squares 13 1/2” each
4 strips 1” x WOF ( width of fabric)

You will get two stars done in class. Bring more sets and strips if you are a fast sewer.

Also bring:
Sewing machine and supplies Rotary cutter and mat and long ruler

Please call Kay Butler at 410/829-5136 to sign up for this class.



Beginning Wool Spinning

Have you ever thought about making your own yarn? Learn the basics of spinning wool into yarn using a drop spindle in this introductory class.

Instructor Beth Hansen will teach the basics of spinning wool into yarn in this class.

Date: Friday, June 7, 2024
Time: 10:00am – 12:00pm
Cost: $30.00 members/$40.00 non members

Supply kits will be available for $15. If you have a drop spindle, you may bring it.

Please call Kathleen at 443/995-1096 or the office at 443/448-4611 to sign up or at EventBrite, https://www.eventbrite.com/e/873986646587?aff=oddtdtcreator



Wonky Star Quilt Class With Alice Kish

Date: July 13, 2024

Cost: $40 Members  $50 Non Members

Instructor: Alice Kish

Time: 9:30-3:30

Students will learn to make improv stars of various sizes using mainly scraps. This is a great class for beginners!

Class Supply List:

Working sewing machine


Rotary cutter

Cutting mat





For the larger wonky stars, each star needs five  3 ½ inch squares of star fabric; pin set of five together. Bring about 8 sets. Bring 40  3 ½ inch squares of background fabric: can be all the same or scraps. For the smaller light star quilt: 5 inch squares of darks and lights and/or 2 ½ inch strips or squares.

Charm packs work well as do jelly rolls.

Call Kay Butler for sign up(410-829-5136) and Call Alice for additional class questions (410-253-2330)



Stitch and Sews

2024 Dates:   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



Star Embroidery – Stumpwork with Pat Christ

Date:  August 1
Time:  10:00 – 2:00
Cost: $45.00 Members, $55.00 Non Members
Kit Cost:  $20.00 

In addition to being creative the Pennsylvania Germans were also thrifty.   “Star Embroidery”, or as the Pennsylvania Germans refer to as “Stumpwork”, has been in existence over 120 years.  This type of wool embroidery was generally done on closely woven fabrics that were being recycled from worn clothes or household items.  Leftover yarn from other projects was used with a tin star pattern that was made by the local tinsmith.  

You will be making a “Star Embroidery” block in class while learning the interesting technique of “Stumpwork.”  This block can be used to create a pin cushion, Christmas ornament or you can continue to make additional blocks for a larger project.

Supplies Needed:

Pair of small scissors with a sharp point

$20.00 – Handout fee includes the following:    

Background fabric

Tin Template


Instructions with diagrams

Wool yarn of three color

Call Kay Butler: 410-829-5136 for sign up!

Save The Dates For These Upcoming Classes:

Drunkard Path Quilt Class with Colette Metcalf, August 10, 2024
Rickrack Quilt Class with Colette Metcalf, Sept. 28, 2024
Foundation Christmas Tree Wallhanging Class, Nov. 2, 2024
Barn Block Painting Class, September, 2024, TBD
Pumpkin Applique Quilt Wallhanging Class, September, 2024, TBD
Fusion Quilt/Crochet Class with Alice Engle, Fall, 2024, TBD




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.



The Fiber Arts Center invites you to connect with us on Facebook,
our Website, via our Direct Email, on YouTube and
our newly retooled Instagram feed.  Click a link above to get started.

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We couldn’t do it without you!
All Photography Courtesy Kathleen S. McCulloch unless otherwise indicated.



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