Workshops

The Fiberarts guild of Pittsburgh organizes several workshops yearly and also co-sponsors fiber art workshops with the Society for Contemporary Craft.

SCC workshops register: contemporarycraft.org or call 412 261-7003
All other workshops register: at the bottom of this page.

September 9 Saturday 
- 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Workshop by Jhenny Adams: Sustainable Garment Design
Location: SCC / Strip District
Registration: www.contemporarycraft.org or 412-261-7003 or thestudio@contemporarycraft.org
Fee: $80 with a $25 materials fee. (Discounts available for Guild members.)
In this class, students will learn the basics of garment construction that will allow them to create the wardrobe of their dreams! The instructor will lead participants through sewing and patterning techniques as well as sustainable habits that they can use to incorporate into their own studio habits.

September 16 Saturday
 – 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Workshop by Kitty Savel: Crochet Wire and Bead Necklace
Location: SCC / Strip District
Registration: www.contemporarycraft.org or 412-261-7003 or thestudio@contemporarycraft.org


Fee: $45 with a $15 materials fee. ($10 Discount available for Guild members.)
In this class, students will learn how to crochet with wire and to create beautiful jewelry. Using a simple chain-stitch technique, students will discover how to connect the wire in delicate and intricate ways. Beads and stones will be incorporated resulting in a colorful, unique necklace.

October 14 Saturday – 

10:00 am -5:00 pm
Workshop by Jodi McLaughlin: English Paper Piecing – Hexagons
Location: SCC / Strip District
Registration: www.contemporarycraft.org or 412-261-7003 or thestudio@contemporarycraft.org
Fee: $80 with a $5 materials fee. (Discounts available for Guild members.)
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.

October 21 & 22 Saturday & Sunday
 – 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Workshop by Linda Colsh: Design and Composition
Location: Greater Pittsburgh Coliseum, 7310 Frankstown Ave., Pittsburgh 15208
Fee: $200 (Guild Members eligible for a $25 discount) Instructor will provide a materials list. Registration: www.contemporarycraft.org or 412-261-7003 or thestudio@contemporarycraft.org
Bring a variety of surface-designed and commercial fabrics. Consider color, accent, value, texture, contrast, scale and how to direct the viewer’s eye. Draw a cutting and piecing guide. Plan a quilting design to enhance your composition. Work in neutrals or any color scheme you wish: your fabrics are your palette. With emphasis on one-on-one critique, composition analysis and guidance in original design, students lay out and sew a small to medium art quilt. A second quilt that develops from the first can be the start of a series.

October 21 Saturday
 – 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Workshop by Laura Tabakman: Polymer Clay
Location: SCC
Registration: www.contemporarycraft.org or 412-261-7003 or thestudio@contemporarycraft.org
Fee: $80 plus a $10 materials fee
In this class, students will learn basic polymer clay sculpting techniques to create different kinds of plant life. Techniques used in color mixing including Skinner blend and how to integrate wire with polymer clay will be covered.

November 5 & 12
 – 2 Sundays – 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Workshop by Eddie Shaw: Hand-stitched Leather Bags
Location: SCC
Registration: www.contemporarycraft.org or 412-261-7003 or thestudio@contemporarycraft.org
Fee: Tuition: $100. Materials: $80 (Discounts available for Guild members.)
Students will design and crate their own cross-shoulder leather bag. Techniques of cutting, beveling and hand sewing high- quality oiled leather will be covered.

November 11
 – Saturday
 – 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Workshop by Kirsten Ervin: Rug Hooking Techniques with T-shirt Yarn
Location: SCC
Registration: www.contemporarycraft.org or 412-261-7003 or thestudio@contemporarycraft.org
Fee: Tuition: $80. Materials: $25 (Guild discounts available Guild members.)
Using primitive rug hooking techniques, students will create unique and colorful brooches and ornaments from recycled T-shirt yarn. Students will master techniques for making the T-shirt yarn, designing and hooking the brooch or ornament, and finishing the piece with a hand-sewn fabric backing.

December  2- Saturday – 2
1:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Workshop by Daniel Baxter: “Kreepy Dolls” Stocking Stuffers
Location: SCC / Strip District
Registration: www.contemporarycraft.org or 412-261-7003 or thestudio@contemporarycraft.org
Fee: $60 with a $10 materials fee. (Discounts available for Guild members.)
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.

December 2 & 3 – Saturday & Sunday
 – 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Workshop by Colette Fu: Introduction to Pop-up Book Structures
Location: SCC / Strip District
Registration: www.contemporarycraft.org or 412-261-7003 or thestudio@contemporarycraft.org
Fee: $200 with a $25 materials fee. (Discounts available for Guild members.)
In this intensive workshop, participants will learn the basic elements of pop-up paper engineering, and alternative techniques to create complex structures. Students will master how to incorporate their own art into their structures and effectively create unique pop-up books, cards, and works of art.

January 27 & 28 – Saturday & Sunday – 10:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Workshop by Maggie Rozycki Hiltner: Found, Hand-stitched, and Altered – Embroidery Collage
Location: SCC / Strip District
Fee: $200 Materials fee $25 (Discounts available for Guild members.)
Registration: www.contemporarycraft.org or 412-261-7003 or thestudio@contemporarycraft.org
Through the medium of embroidery and collage, students with an interest in storytelling concepts and collecting will enhance their ability to make dynamic stitched imagery. We will explore various textile materials and techniques, and enjoy experimentation and discussion. Students will examine the meaning and value of re-purposed materials, incorporating found materials in their art, and will be provided with the opportunity to create new imagery. Open to all skill levels. Please bring materials, found or new, that inspires and intrigues you.

February 24 – Saturday – 

10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Workshop by Juliane Gorman: Wet Felted Hats
Location: SCC / Strip District
Registration: www.contemporarycraft.org or 412-261-7003 or thestudio@contemporarycraft.org
Fee: $80 Materials fee $45 (Discounts available for Guild members.)
Learn how to transform soft Merino fiber into a colorful, wearable art cloche that’s your size. Using a flat resist, students will layer the wool, add textural interest with fabrics and felt the fiber. After wet felting, the hats will be shaped and draped to fit. Students will bring home one wet felted hat and the knowledge of how to create other shapes and sizes. Wet felting is a somewhat active and damp textile practice. Students will use their hands and arms to shrink the wool. Juliane creates whimsical sculptural hats out of fluffy wool and enjoys seeing how hats transform the wearer and the viewer.

March 24 – 
Saturday – 10:00 am to 5:00 pm
Workshop by Carolyn Rose: Sock Knitting
Location: SCC/Strip District
Registration: www.contemporarycraft.org or 412-261-7003 or thestudio@contemporarycraft.org.
Fee: $80 plus $5 lab fee (Guild discounts available for members.)
During the first half of the day, the instructor will take you step by step through knitting a mini sock, so you would see and work through the entire process of the long tail cast on, ribbing, leg, heal, gusset, foot, toe and finishing in a very small sock. After lunch the class will concentrate on sock design, sizing and how to work around and correct mistakes. You will be introduced to the toe-up-two-at-a-time as well. You will end by starting your own sock.

April 14 – Saturday – 
10:00 am – 1:00 pm
Workshop by Melissa Delisio: Marbled Fabrics
Location: SCC / Strip District
Registration: www.contemporarycraft.org or 412-261-7003 or thestudio@contemporarycraft.org
Fee: $45 / Materials Fee: $35 (Discounts available for Guild members.)
Use ancient marbling techniques to marble one-of-a-kind fabrics. Play with color & pattern to create contemporary & traditional free form designs. You will learn traditional & contemporary designs in the art of marbling fabric. Build your knowledge about techniques & products while creating a stash of fabric for your own use. You will walk away with a beautiful stash of fabric to use in your next project. Melissa’s has been marbling over 15 years and her fabrics were featured in Belle Amoire and Quilting Art Magazines in 2016.

April 28 & 29 – Saturday & Sunday
 – 
10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Workshop by Jane Dunnewold: Mixed Media for Textile Artists
Location: SCC/Strip District
Registration: www.contemporarycraft.org or 412-261-7003 or thestudio@contemporarycraft.org
Fee: $200 / Materials fee: $25 (Discounts available for Guild members.)
Explore exciting techniques that can be used to enhance current textile work, including spackling, photo transfers, metal leaf- ing, Inktense crayons, and eco-printed papers. Participants will work with each technique as a stand alone, and then develop samples combining processes, in order to discover a wealth of potential.

June 2
 – Saturday – 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Workshop by Jamie Herron: String Theory
Location: 6th PC
Registration: Register here or contact Michelle Browne mlbatoast7@gmail.com for any question.
Cost: $10
Fresh off the boat, after a glorious three weeks spent in the company of Prudence Mapstone, Jamie Herron wishes to share her enthusiasm and expertise in the field of Freeform! The Freeform work will be primarily in crochet, but if you only want to knit, then bring those needles & appropriate yarns and jump right in. Jamie will bring an assortment of crochet hooks and yarns (likely to be of the acrylic variety) for your use and experimentation. If you already have yarns and hooks, by all means, bring them. The day will be about joy and just, perhaps, going outside your comfort zone!
What to bring: 1. Hooks, if you have them: 2. Knitting needles if you want to add freeform knitting to your crochet; 3. Scissors, you’ll need/want them; & 4. Water, (potable) to keep you hydrated and anything else that will add to your comfort.

June 16 – Saturday
 – 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Workshop by Susan Shie: Lucky Drawing – Freehand and Unruly

This workshop is full, please contact Michelle Browne if you’d like to be added to a waiting list.
Location: Eastminster
Registration: contact Michelle Browne mlbatoast7@gmail.com for any question.
Cost: $60
“Freehand drawing is like jazz scatting or non-structured poetry. It is the visual form of doing creative work without rules. It is one way in which we humans express our uniqueness in the world and connect our inner and outer thinking. It makes us happy, and therefore removes stress, and therefore helps to balance and heal us. Sadly, we have to unlearn a lot, in order to open up and draw in this innocent way! I teach by example and by taking away all the rules. You can use the themes I give the class or change them. Just open up and draw! I hope that the skills and confidence you gain in this class will help you in expressing yourself more freely, as well as in enjoying drawing for its own sake.” Susan Shie.

FIBERARTS GUILD ORGANIZED WORKSHOPS
There is a $10 extra fee for non-members taking our workshops.

Workshop by Jamie Herron: String Theory
June 2 Saturday – 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Location: 6th PC Cost: $10
Registration: Register here or contact Michelle Browne mlbatoast7@gmail.com for any question.
Fresh off the boat, after a glorious three weeks spent in the company of Prudence Mapstone, Jamie Herron wishes to share her enthusiasm and expertise in the field of Freeform! The Freeform work will be primarily in crochet, but if you only want to knit, then bring those needles & appropriate yarns and jump right in. Jamie will bring an assortment of crochet hooks and yarns (likely to be of the acrylic variety) for your use and experimentation. If you already have yarns and hooks, by all means, bring them. The day will be about joy and just, perhaps, going outside your comfort zone!
What to bring: 1. Hooks, if you have them: 2. Knitting needles if you want to add freeform knitting to your crochet; 3. Scissors, you’ll need/want them; & 4. Water, (potable) to keep you hydrated and anything else that will add to your comfort.

Workshop by Susan Shie: Lucky Drawing – Freehand and Unruly

This workshop is full, please contact Michelle Browne if you’d like to be added to a waiting list.
June 16 Saturday – 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Location: Eastminster Cost: $60
Registration: contact Michelle Browne mlbatoast7@gmail.com for any question.
“Freehand drawing is like jazz scatting or non-structured poetry. It is the visual form of doing creative work without rules. It is one way in which we humans express our uniqueness in the world and connect our inner and outer thinking. It makes us happy, and therefore removes stress, and therefore helps to balance and heal us. Sadly, we have to unlearn a lot, in order to open up
and draw in this innocent way! I teach by example and by taking away all the rules. You can use the themes I give the class or change them. Just open up and draw! I hope that the skills and  confidence you gain in this class will help you in expressing yourself more freely, as well as in enjoying drawing for its own sake.” Susan Shie.

Workshop Registration Form

This form is for Fiberarts Guild workshops ONLY. For SCC/FGPGH co-sponsored workshops held at SCC you MUST register with SCC at www.contemporarycraft.org
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FIBERARTS GUILD/SCC CO-SPONSORED WORKSHOPS

All fiber programs at SCC between September 2017 and June 2018 will be co-sponsored by the FGP with a limited number of discounts. FGP Members can receive $25 off most one-day workshops, $30 discount on their first two-day workshop, and a $50 discount on subsequent two-day workshops. To apply for a discount, use the promotional code Fiberarts Member Discounts when registering.
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 SCC Co-Sponsored Programs Online: contemporarycraft.org
Mail: SCC attention: Jhenny Adams
2100 Smallman St., Pittsburgh PA 15222
Phone: 412-261-7003 (credit card payment only)
Email: thestudio@contemporarycraft.org