Fiber Arts Collective

We are open Wednesday through Saturday 10 am-4 pm. The store features fabrics, notions, an artist gallery, and working artist studios.

37 N. Third Street 

Ashland, Oregon 97520

Contact us at 1-541-708-6966 during business hours to enquire about our gallery fabrics and notions.

 

February's Featured Artist - Tammis Vaatveit

Featuring new works by Member Artist Tammis Vaatveit. These include her very popular birds and new works employing layered, textured backgrounds and embroidery techniques. In Tammis’ own words:

“My recent work falls into two general categories involving stitching.

I started depicting birds with an ode to acorn woodpeckers after years of these pesky neighbors hammering at all hours. Using materials I had accumulated over years, I branched out to other species. There are so many birds to choose from! Botanically dyed silks, linens and cottons provide background environments for the birds. The birds are appliquéd and embroidered using small fabric scraps and threads. A fabric frame is the finishing touch.

After taking a short online workshop by Ruth Norbury, I started creating textural grounds by piecing patches of fabric on foundations. Scraps of silk, linen, cotton, parts and pieces of clothing, handkerchiefs etc. are torn up and rearranged. These patches are attached to a base piece of fabric using machine and hand stitching. Using inks, stains, dyes, and stamps with embroidery and appliqué, an image is created. The inspirations can come from a photograph, a drawing, a cultural artifact – architecture- it’s unlimited.

I like the simplicity of fabric and thread as core elements and I am very grateful to have the time and space to explore techniques and expressive pathway.”

Dye Studio Time-Share?

For anyone interested in the possibility of sharing our dye room, we are considering offering time-share use in the space. Please come to our meeting at the Fiber Arts Collective on February 24th at 11:00 a.m. to participate in the brainstorming session.

Member Art Show: Call For Art
Theme: The Answer Is “Nature.” What Is the Question?

Details: Date of Show: July 5, 2024 through August 31, 2024 Artists must be current Members of the FAC. Membership renewal may be made with submission of artwork. Members are invited to submit up to 3 pieces to the jury for consideration for this Member Art Show. Submit by sending an email with subject line: “2024 Member Art Show Submission: Artist Name.” Attach one photo of each piece of art. Describe the artworks in the body of the email with the following information: Title, Medium, Size, Price All works will be considered and works containing fibers will be given priority. Submission deadline is May 31, 2024 Artists whose work is accepted into the show will be informed by email by June 15th. Artwork should be delivered to the FAC on Saturday, June 29th or Wednesday, July 3rd between 10:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. Artists may retrieve unsold artwork from September 4th through September 7th, 2025 between 10:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. Let's have some fun together and show our community the diversity of our creativity!

Handwork Circle Continues

Bring your small, portable, not-too-messy handwork project to work on at the Fiber Arts Collective. Spend a few winter afternoon hours warming your heart and hands with fellow artists while working on your project. Have design or technique questions? Fellow artists will have tips to share with you! Warning: you might make new friends in the process!  Please register in advance.Place: Fiber Arts CollectiveTime: Saturdays, February 17th and March 2nd, 1:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.Cost: Free for Members / $10 for Non-members. Credit card payments add 4%.Registration[email protected] or in person. Space is limited. Reserve your spot in advance.

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Motanka Doll-Making Class With Luda Sokol

The Motanka doll is a traditional Ukrainian family amulet or talisman with 5000 years of history.  It is a symbol of goodness and well-being, hope, and strength.  The doll is used as a child’s toy and as an amulet to bring good luck, health and wealth throughout life (successful marriage, health children, safe travels, abundant harvest, home cleaning and chores, etc.)

The Motanka is a gift made in the Ukrainian cultural traditions, a talisman to its owner, capable of protecting her from evil and bringing her good luck, wealth, and health.

The cross on the Motanka face symbolizes the sun, a sign of the spiritual union of heaven and earth, male and female. Motanka dolls are made from recycled clothes and often hang in the home above a door.

Date: Saturday, March 9th, 2024, 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Cost: $35 Members / $40 Non-Members, all materials included. Credit card payments add 4%.
Class Size:  Up to 10 students
Registration: Email [email protected] or call 541-708-6966

 

Refresh a Garment / Indigo Dip

Thinking about refreshing a favorite shirt or other garment in your wardrobe? This would be the perfect time to take a dip into Indigo. In this class, students can solid-shade dye or play with some simple shibori folding techniques to create a refreshed garment. Garments will need to be washed in a Ph neutral detergent like Ecos or Planet prior to the class. Please contact instructor Jo Ann Manzone at dreamweavingdesigns@hotmail.com or 541-951-2526 to sign up and pay. Add 4% if paying via credit card.

Bring an apron, gloves and a snack and water.

Date: Saturday, March 23rd, 2024, 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Cost: $40 Members / $45 Non-Members.
Class Size:  Up to 4 students
Registration: Email dreamweavingdesigns@hotmail.com or call 541-951-2526

Follow the Thread: An Embroidery Workshop
Led by Ida Ferdman

 

Both art and craft, embroidery combines skill and imagination, inspiration and invention, mindfulness and meditation. Embroidery is playing with needle, thread, color, texture, and shape to create images that speak to you.

Best of all, anyone can learn to embroider; it does not require prior knowledge or artistic talent.

Embroidery has been Ida’s passion for fifty-six years since she was eight years old when her mother taught her a few simple stitches, then told her to fly. Now, she enjoys helping others develop a passion for this ancient art.

During this three-week workshop, Ida will teach several surface hand embroidery stitches to help participants start their journeys (she will not be teaching needlepoint or cross stitch). She will primarily be focusing on basic stitches but will show you how to use them in unusual ways. If there is time, she will delve into more complex stitches.

After you register, Ida will email you a list of materials you will need to buy, as well as optional materials. You will be able to use a design that she suggests (a photo of this will be included in the first email she sends), or a design of your own creation (this should be emailed to her two weeks prior to class, so she can prepare it for transferring onto your fabric). 

Please join Ida to experiment, explore, and discover the joy of embroidery.

Place: Fiber Arts Collective, 37 N. Third Street, Ashland

Dates & Time: Sundays, May 5, May 19, & May 26—10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Cost: $125 Members/$135 Non-members

To register please email the instructor: ida.ferdman1@gmail.com

Make a Ukrainian ‘Vinok’ (Floral Head Piece)
With Luda Sokol

In this class, Luda Sokol will guide participants through the process of creating a traditional “Vinok” headpiece.

The custom of weaving headpieces for adornment dates to pagan times, having a sacred significance in the rites of the spring cycle and Kupala Night festivities. Gradually, the headpiece transformed into a symbol of adoration, embodying the spirit of Mother Earth.

In Ukraine, floral head wreaths carried solar symbolism, and a girl wearing a Vinok was associated with the eastern sun. It also symbolized glory, victory, holiness, happiness, success, opportunity, peace, the sun, and power. The selection, combination of colors, and arrangement of ribbons in the headpiece are particularly interesting. Adorning the head of a young girl with flowers and ribbons of 12 different colors, each serving as both a healer and a protector, safeguarded her hair from evil eyes. Ribbons were chosen based on the length of the girl’s hair, with each ribbon slightly longer than the braid to hide it amid the vibrant array of colors.

Date: Saturday, May 11th, 2024, 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Cost: $35 Members / $40 Non-Members, all materials included. Credit card payments add 4%.
Class Size:  Up to 10 students
Registration: Email [email protected] or call 541-708-6966

Contact us at 1-541-708-6966 during business hours to enquire about our gallery fabrics and notions.

 

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