Welcome to your Happy Place!
My name is Anja Caldwell. I grew up in Germany, where I got introduced to the wonderful world of handwork in elementary school.
My maternal grandfather was a gentlemen's tailor and owned a clothing store in Northern Germany, my paternal grandmother was a master seamstress, my sister is a textile engineer.
I first lived in the US in 1990 as a Fulbright graduate student, and came back to stay in 1997, this time for love.
After a professional career as an architect, with a focus on sustainability and green (school) building, I opened my first studio in Potomac in 2016. It was a 50th birthday present to myself, and my "doily" reward for sticking it out as a working mom in a technical and still very male domain for so long.
Today, after so many years of making and designing, I dare call myself a fiber artist, with lots of passion and patience for teaching beginners.
In my studio we mix 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!
Slowing down and mindfulness is an art all by itself. These days that needs practice and discipline, but is so very good for all of us.
When it comes to kids activities, I consider glue and glitter crafts the bad "G" words. I believe in teaching the "real deal", not a fast craft that lands in the trash. We make heirlooms and "grandparents charmers" and learn real skills.
My best days are when I get a beginner hooked on a fiber art - and I can combine old techniques with fresh, clever design ideas.
And if you don't quite know what you want to make 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