Workshops

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 between September 2018 and June 2019 will be co-sponsored by the FGP with a limited number of discounts. FGP Members can receive $25 off most one-day workshops. Members can receive a $30 discount on their first two-day workshop discount, and a $50 discount on subsequent two-day 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.

To Register for CC Co-Sponsored Programs
Online: contemporarycraft.org
Mail: CC attention: Jhenny Adams
2100 Smallman St., Pittsburgh PA 15222
Phone: 412-261-7003 (credit card payment only)
Email: thestudio@contemporarycraft.org

2018-2019 PROGRAM SCHEDULE – printable pdf

2018-2019 Workshops

September 22 Saturday 10:00 – 5:00
Workshop: Jim Arendt. Rise Up! 3D Fiber Techniques
Location: CC / Strip District
Fee: $115. Guild scholarships available for members Registration: www.contemporarycraft.org or 412 261-7003
Explore traditional and experimental fabric manipulation techniques to give your art a new dimension. This workshop will address applique, resin forming, couching, dimen- sional folding, and rivet smocking that can be adapted to your art practices.

Sept 29 & Oct. 6 2 Saturdays 10:00 – 5:00
Workshop: Amber Coppings—Surface Design: Handmade to Digital
Location: CC / Strip District
Fee: $185. Guild scholarships available for members Registration: www.contemporarycraft.org or 412 261-7003
Students will learn to create a sampler of shibori hand-dyed fabrics based on their simple sketches from the first session. Then use their fabric samples to create digital pattern designs that can be used with print-on-demand websites such as Spoonflower. Some experience with Adobe Photoshop is necessary. Bring laptop, and a smartphone or tablet.

October 12 Friday 6:00 – 9:00
Crafts and Drafts featuring Nisha Blackwell Bow Ties
Location: CC / Strip District
Fee: $35
Registration: www.contemporarycraft.org or 412 261-7003
Get ready for a night on the town with a new handmade bow tie, or one for your date! Bow ties also make fashionable pet accessories!

November 3 Saturday 10:00 – 5:00
Workshop: Kitty Savel — Crochet Wire Beaded Necklace
Location: CC / Strip District
Fee: Tuition: $55. Guild scholarships available for members Registration: www.contemporarycraft.org or 412 261-7003
Explore how to crochet with wire and create jewelry using a simple chain-stitch tech- nique. Students will learn how to pick the right wire to use and discover how to con- nect wire in delicate and intricate ways. Beads and stones can be incorporated resulting in a colorful, unique necklace.

November 10 Saturday 10:00 – 5:00
Workshop: Yemisi Ajayi Batik and Adire Indigo Dyeing
Location: CC / Strip District
Fee: $155. Guild scholarships available for members Registration: www.contemporarycraft.org or 412 261-7003
This workshop provides an overview of batik and adire (tie-dye), two traditional Yoruba cloth-dyeing processes. Students will learn immersion and compression dyeing, as well as resist techniques using melted wax. These processes have over 1,000 years of his- tory, yet still allow for fresh, personal creativity and self-expression.

December 8 Saturday 1:00 – 5:00
Workshop: Daniel Baxter — Kreepy Dolls Holiday Workshop
Location: CC / Strip District
Fee: $70. Materials included. Guild scholarships available for members Registration: www.contemporarycraft.org or 412 261-7003
Kreepy dolls made with love are perfect stocking stuffers for kids, good and bad! Learn sewing techniques used in Kreepy doll making and explore magical design by digging deep into your imagination.

February 20 Wednesday 7:00 – 9:00
Hands-on Fiber Conversation at the studio of Katy DeMent
Location: 2448 Woodstock Ave. Swissvale PA 15218
Katy DeMent is a working studio artist, organic gardener, and beekeeper who creates her art from plants and recycled treasures. Each piece is a vignette that tells a story with layers of vintage ephemera, photos, and bits of cloth interacting with etched images, small toys, natural objects, and beads. Her work is found in galleries and museums worldwide and has been featured on HGTV’s Crafters Coast to Coast. Also, an ac- tive teaching artist, DeMent has presented residencies through Pittsburgh Filmmakers/ Pittsburgh Center for the Arts, ArtsPath, Gateway to the Arts, Young Audiences of New York, and the Pittsburgh Center for Creative Reuse.

March 9 Saturday 10:00-5:00
Workshop: Jodi McLaughlin English Paper Piecing: Hexagons
Location: CC / Strip District
Fee: $90. Guild scholarships available for members Registration: www.contemporarycraft.org or 412 261-7003
Learn basic English Paper Piecing (EPP), a quilt-making technique, to create gorgeous geometric shapes with fabric scraps. Students will work with the hexagon – a versatile shape that can produce unique layouts and patterns –and learn how to use essential quilting techniques such as glue basting, applique, and hand quilting. Each student will go home with a mini quilt.

March 15 – 17 Friday – Sunday
Knit and Crochet Festival 2018 / http://pghknitandcrochet.com Location: Doubletree by Hilton, Green Tree, PA 15205

April 6 & 13 2 Saturdays 10:00 – 3:00
Workshop: Rose Clancy Rust Dyeing
Location: CC / Strip District
Fee: $90. Guild scholarships available for members Registration: www.contemporarycraft.org or 412 261-7003
Transform plain linens into beautiful stained fabrics by using rusty tools, vinegar, water and a bit of time. Learn a variety of wrapping techniques and staining tips to create object bundles that will then be exposed to the natural elements for a week. Students will experiment with different rusty materials and collaborate with nature to make in- terestingly stained fabric.

April 28 Sunday 11:00 – 4:00
Workshop: Melissa Delisio Marbled Fabrics
Location: CC / Strip District
Fee: $95 Guild scholarships available for members Registration: www.contemporarycraft.org or 412 261-7003
Use ancient marbling techniques to marble one-of-a-kind fabrics. Play with color and pattern to create contemporary and traditional free form designs. Students will become versed in a variety of products to use in fabric and paper marbling and walk away with a beautiful stash of fabric to use in their next project.

2018-2019 PROGRAM SCHEDULE – printable pdf

To Register for CC Co-Sponsored Programs
Online: contemporarycraft.org
Mail: CC attention: Jhenny Adams
2100 Smallman St., Pittsburgh PA 15222
Phone: 412-261-7003 (credit card payment only)
Email: thestudio@contemporarycraft.org