Study Groups

PORTABLE FIBERS
This group is open to members and non-members who would like to learn more about PGHW.
Group Leader: Kate O’Hara
Every Tuesday at 10:00 am – noon @PGHW (Also meets on Holiday Mondays.)    

This study group is designed to be a group without an agenda other than getting together and doing whatever fiber project the member is currently interested in.  Good company, good conversation, new or traditional ideas as well as teaching and learning are part of each week’s meeting.  New and experienced weavers, spinners and other fiber artists are welcome to stop by any Tuesday to experience a wonderful environment of creativity and sharing.

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The following Study Groups are open to PGHW members only. Please contact the leader of the study group to express your interest and for more information.
Interested, but not a member?  Click here to join!

BRAIDING
Group Leader: Mawusi Simmons
2nd Sunday of every other month 10am – 12pm @ PGHW

NEW! Starting on September 10th and will meet on the second (2nd) Sunday of every other month at 10:00 am- noon.   Using a traditional wooden or hand-held foam maru-dai to explore braiding, inspired by the Rodrick Owens workshops, the study group is open to beginners and experienced braiders.  All are welcome to try their hand at this exciting fiber technique.

DYE GARDEN and DYEING
Group Leaders: Dottie Yacek-Matulis and Sara Robbins
Tuesdays, 12:30 – 2:30pm @ PGHW (and special scheduled events)

The Dye Garden at Awbry Arboretum in Germantown, Pa, was planted by members of PGHW.  As its centerpiece, this study group investigates nature’s colors and plants in relation to providing natural dyes.  Awbry Arboretum also uses our garden for demonstrations and instruction for community residents.  Members are encouraged to help maintain the plants and learn to harvest and process the dye plants.  Dyeing with these natural dyes is often done along with the Portable Fiber dyeing sessions on each Tuesday 12:30 – 2:30 pm and special scheduled events.

FELTING
Group Leader: Maryanne Laverty
2nd Wednesday each month 7 – 9pm @ PGHW

The Felting study group works with this ancient fiber process and uses it in contemporary ways.

RIGID HEDDLE
Group Leader: Judy Donovan
3rd Wednesday of each month, 7 – 9pm @PGHW

This group is for members who enjoy portable weaving and the joys of simple weaves.  Open to beginners and experienced rigid heddle weavers to share ideas, tricks and techniques.

SPINNING
Group Leader: Ann Larsen or Esther Grace Gilbert
4th Thursday each month, 7 – 9pm @ PGHW

Join us for a Spin-In at our group meeting time (above) and/or at Portable Fibers on Tuesdays.  The meetings are informal and open to all members to stop by for some or all of the gatherings.  Some members have wheels, others use a drop spindle.