Programs

The Fiberarts Guild offers a lively, rich variety of activities each year. Our lecture and workshop series features regional and national artists, curators, and educators from September through June. Exhibitions are sponsored regularly. Critiques, Fiber Conversations, and Special Interest (Mentoring) groups meet throughout the year.
The Outreach Committee works to share our talents with the greater Pittsburgh area, and at skill sharing meetings members share talents and techniques with each other. Our Outreach projects share the FGP’s talents with the metropolitan Pittsburgh area. We work closely with local organizations, agencies and schools to promote fiber arts for the greater good including creating new community connections and inspiring a new generation of fiber artists.

Show, Share and Critique – Fiber Conversations

Show, Share & Critiques are a great way to foster creative growth. They are scheduled regularly (usually the same day as our monthly meetings) to provide supportive response to FGP Members’ work. Members are encouraged to discuss both finished work and works in progress. Show /Share /Critique: you tell us which you prefer.

Fiber Conversations are usually held in a FGP member’s studio or home, and they allow FGP Members to meet in small groups to share experiences, solve technical and aesthetic problems, and network. They provide an opportunity to check out artists’ studios and see how they adapt their space to suit their needs.

Special Interest Groups such as Knit and Crochet Group, Felting Group and CAT/Cultural Anthropology of Textiles meet regularly and are not listed in the program. Contact Carol Henley to join a group or start one.

Lectures and Presentations feature regional, national and international artists, curators, and educators. Lectures are in person and online via Zoom.

Workshops at Contemporary Craft : The Guild collaborates with Contemporary Craft to bring in the best instructors from around the country in fiber techniques and concepts at prices discounted to FGP members. All fiber workshops at CC  will be co-sponsored by the FGP with a limited number of discounts. FGP members can receive a 25% discount on workshops. To apply for a discount, use the promotional code Fiberarts Member Discounts when registering (current membership needs to be up to date). Discounts applied on a first-come first-served basis. We will notify Members in the Eblasts when funds for our discounts are running low or no longer available.
Cancellations & Refunds: Workshop cancellations are decided three business days before the start date. If workshop must be cancelled due to insufficient enrollment, the entire class fee will be refunded by check, to your credit card or CC account for future workshops.
Refund Policy: Student refund requests must be made at least three business days before a class begins. There will be a $25 cancellation fee. No refunds will be given without three business days notice. Processing of refunds takes approximately three weeks. If you require accessibility accommodations, please call CC at 412-261-7003 and they will be happy to assist you.

To Register for CC Co-Sponsored Programs
Online: contemporarycraft.org
Mail: CC attention: TBA
5645 Butler Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15201
Phone: 412-261-7003 (credit card payment only)
Email: thestudio@contemporarycraft.org

About Programs

Check the FGP’s website (http://fiberartspgh.org/), Eblasts, and the FGP Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/ FiberartsGuildofPittsburgh/) for changes and updates to the programs. All FGP events are open to the public. Members are admitted free to most programs; guest fee is $5 for non-Members. Workshop fees vary. Space may be limited.

Program Chairs
Michelle Browne, Chair • mlbatoast7@gmail.com
Petra Fallaux (Eblasts) • PR@fiberarts.org
Carol Henley (Special Interest Groups) • cehenagain@yahoo.com
Christine Mangues (Show, Share and Critique) • thebraidingpost1@gmail.com
Sam Milford (Cultural Anthropology of Textiles (CAT) • Sam2Milford@gmail.com

PROGRAM LOCATIONS (unless otherwise listed)
Brew House Association
LOCATION CODE: BHA /South Side
711 South 21st Street, Pittsburgh PA 13203
brewhousearts.org
Free and paid parking on the street.
Eastminster Presbyterian Church
LOCATION CODE: EM PC / East Liberty
250 N. Highland Ave., Pittsburgh PA 15206
The entrance to the church is on Station Street. Parking is available behind the Church. To get to the church, turn into Harvard Street from North Highland Avenue. The free, church lot is on the left; public parking is on the right. When you enter the building, you will sign in with the security guard and be directed to our meeting room.
Sixth Presbyterian Church (6thPC)
LOCATION CODE: 6th PC / Squirrel Hill
1638 Murray Ave., Pittsburgh PA 15217
Corner of Forbes and Murray in Squirrel Hill
Metered and free parking available on the street or in the garage across Murray Ave.
Contemporary Craft (CC)
LOCATION CODE: SCC / Strip District
5645 Butler Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15201
In the strip district off Penn Ave. A paid, monitored parking lot is located on 21st Street, behind the building. Metered parking is also available throughout the Strip District.
Late in October 2019 Contemporary Craft will be closing its doors in the Strip District on Smallman Street. They plan to reopen in April at their new address 5645 Butler St. Pittsburgh, 15201 in Lawrenceville.

Fiberarts Guild Programs 2021-2022

Wednesday, July 21 Summer Fiber In the Park – 

Picnic, Show and Share, Fiber Play Time
11am – 2:00 pm (weather permitting)
Main Pavilion, Kiwanis Park, Wetzel Road Glenshaw, PA 15116
Bring your lunch and a drink, a comfortable camp chair, and something to work on, demonstrate or show off. All fiber media welcome. Do you need a ride?

Register here: https://fiberartspgh.org/in-person-program-registration/

Pittsburgh Eco Printing in the Park led by Coleen Rush
4:00 – 7:00 pm
Registration is limited to 10 participants, this event is for experienced Eco-dyers and beginners as well; an opportunity for Guild members to relax and be together outdoors, to learn about eco-dying or help Coleen if you already know how!  Masking is optional for those vaccinated, but please mask if you are not vaccinated.  
Ecoprinting is a technique where plants, leaves and flowers leave their shapes, pigments and marks on fabric. The plant materials are wrapped in natural fabrics like silk, cotton, linen, wool or paper.They may be treated with vinegar, teas, mordants and rolled or stacked, tied and boiled.
$15 per person will include a piece of raw silk, a small crepe de chine scarf, paper, eucalyptus leaves, park rental and misc supplies. 
Guests are $20. Registration for guests will open on July 15, 2021 if there are still spaces available. Please don’t register ahead of time, your registration will not be valid. 
Register here:  https://fiberartspgh.org/programs/workshops/

Wednesday, August 4th

We are DYE-IN to Meet YOU Pot Luck
Starting at 2 pm at the home and dye studio of Diane Morrisey.
This Guild Meet and Greet is for all Fiberarts Guild members to gather in person in an outdoor setting. Bring friends, family and food for yourself or to share.  Don’t forget a lawn chair. We hope new members in the Pittsburgh area will join us.
Diane will show us around her dye studio, where she works and teaches. We will have a few demos, let me know if you would like to demo.
There will be a Show and Share at 3:00 pm, so bring artwork in progress or completed, to show off or to get advice from your peers.
We can have an early supper after the Show and Share and then head home before the sun sets.
Diane’s address is 9519 Old Perry Highway in McCandless, PA 15237 North of Pittsburgh up Route 19. There is no rain date. If it rains we can meet in her garage studio, but hope for sunshine.

Register here: https://fiberartspgh.org/in-person-program-registration/