Welcome to your Happy Place!
My name is Anja Caldwell. I grew up in Germany where I got introduced to handwork education in elementary school.
My maternal grandfather was gentlemen's tailor and owned a clothing store in Northern Germany, my paternal grandmother was a master seamstress. I came to the US first in 1990 as a Fulbright Student and then to stay in 1997, for love.
After a career as an architect with a focus on sustainability and green school building, I opened my studio in Potomac in 2016. It was a 50th birthday present to myself, and a bit of a reward for sticking it out as a working mom in a technical and still very male domain for so long.
Today, after so any years of making and designing I dare call myself a fiber artist and nurture my passion and patience for teaching.
In my open studio we mix lots of hygge and friendship with the traditional handwork techniques of knitting, crocheting, embroidery, sewing, felting, weaving ... - and much more.
I fear that these fiber techniques and skills, still mastered by the older generation, are at the verge of going extinct. I have set out to change that!
Glue and glitter are not allowed in the studio, even considered bad words.
Therefore, we provide classes in various fiber techniques for children and adults, at all skill levels. I love myself a virgin beginner and I like to combine old techniques with fresh design ideas - often.
Myself and carefully curated guest instructors are experienced in fiber arts techniques of all kinds - most of us have been crafting and creating since childhood. We are eager to share our passion - and pass on our extensive knowledge and skills to you. We want to get you hooked, literally.
And if you already know what you are doing, just come and sit with us. Maybe we can learn from you. FiberArt.Studio is your escape too - we are all about mindfulness and conviviality in here.
The studio space is designed to be a quiet and cosy space, and I like to keep it that way. Therefore our inventory is also small and exclusive - I think yarn should be used, not stashed (note to hubby: no, this does NOT apply to our home)
So in case we do not have what you want, we will source and order it for you, delivered to your door by our fiber elves from all over the country.
And if you don't quite know what you need yet, I can help you with that too.
We have an extensive library of pattern books and magazines on hand.
Whatever fiber art you want to explore - come on in!
I can hardly wait to meet you, and see what we can create together.
Anja S. Caldwell
(aka "Miss Fiber Arts Lady")
Read an article about the studio by Danielle S. Tepper for Potomac Lifestyle Magazine - February 2018 here