Jeanne bohlen

It is color that most excites and energizes me. When observing my surroundings and seeing beautiful color combinations, I try to capture them in my felting, weaving and knitting. Also important to me is the texture of the fiber as it manifests itself in handspun yarns, felted accessories and woven tapestries.

After more than 30 years as a professional librarian, I retired from life as an information professional and am now free to devote my time to fiber artistry. I have been exploring different media and techniques and have participated in many workshops:

  • Felting with Chad Alice Hagen, Jorie Johnson, Lisa Klakulak, Mehmet Girgic and others
  • Handspinning with Patsy Zawistoski, Judith McKenzie McCuin, Robin Russo, Deb Menz and others
  • Knitting with Anna Zilbourg, Sally Melville, Merike Saarnit, Lily Chin and others 
  • Dyeing with Carol Soderlund, Jane Dunnewold, Carol Leigh and others 
  • Weaving with James Koehler, Rose Vigil, Tom Knisely, Carol Leigh and others

Certification: Knitting Teacher certificate from The Knitting Guild of America, 2007 Professional

Memberships:

  • Potomac Fiber Arts Gallery, past Membership Chair
  • Potomac Fiber Arts Guild, past Membership Chair, past representative for MidAtlantic Fiber Association
  • Potomac Fiber Arts Guild study groups: Felting Study Group, Knitting Study Group, coordinator Design Study Group, founder and coordinator
  • Weavers Guild of Greater Baltimore and its Dyeing Study Group and its Tapestry Study Group 
  • Creative Knitters Guild 
  • Metro Knitters Guild 
  • Handweavers Guild of America 
  • Textile Museum 
  • The Knitting Guild of America 
  • Philadelphia Guild of Handweavers
  • American Tapestry Alliance 

Demonstration & Teaching:

  • A.C. Moore Arts & Crafts, resident knitter 2004
  • Michael’s – The Arts & Crafts Store, knitting teacher 2006-2007
  • Claude Moore Colonial Farm, drop spindle volunteer 2005 – 2009
  • Hand spinning at various one day events, e.g. Strathmore crafts day, Knit-out on the Mall
  • Knitters Day Out—all volunteer managed and operated day and evening event for knitters. Served on the board from 2003- 2008. Secretary from 2005 – 2007, Teacher coordinator 2007-2008, Garment Gallery coordinator 2006-2007.

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