WCG members:
e-mail Lorraine Swerdloff to be listed here!


NOTE TO CLIENTS: Skill levels and prices vary considerably, so we offer these suggestions in selecting a calligrapher:

1) Ask for samples similar to the type of work you need. For unique commissions, ask to see the calligrapher's portfolio.

2) Contact several calligraphers for a cost estimate for your particular job.

3) Regarding your work agreement, be specific in the following areas:

  • Price (or breakdown of charges)
  • Completion date/turnaround time
  • Pickup/delivery options
  • Minimum quantities necessary for the job
  • Materials that will be used (ink, colors, paper, etc.).

4) Feel free to ask for references and discuss the calligrapher's background, training and experience.


For any commissioned work, ensure that the text provided to the calligrapher is legible and worded as you want it to appear.

When multiple items are involved, provide extra envelopes or certificates as a courtesy to the calligrapher.

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WCG provides this list of freelance calligraphers as a service to the public and its members and does not specifically endorse them. All business arrangements are strictly between you and the calligrapher, and the Guild takes no responsibility for any problems that may arise as a result of any business relationship.

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Washington Calligraphers Guild home page

About the Washington Calligraphers Guild

Meetings, classes & Workshops

Scripsit, the WCG journal

How to become a member

Exhibits & Special Events

Links to related websites

Zapf fund to further calligraphy education

Freelance calligraphers

Are you seeking a calligrapher to design your wedding invitation or marriage certificate? Address envelopes? Design a logo? Letter a meaningful quotation or unique award certificate? Create a family tree?

The following members of the Washington Calligraphers Guild are available to do contract work.
The Guild provides this alphabetical list as a service and does not specifically endorse anyone.

Skill, experience, lettering styles and prices vary considerably;
see guidelines at left for selecting a calligrapher.

Anika Ahmed

Anika Ahmed
Scripts 'n' Scribes
[email protected]
Ashburn, VA

Specialties: We offer Arabic calligraphy and traditional art courses for complete beginners and seasoned students. Our instructors are based both locally and internationally.

Roanne Baldwin

Roanne Baldwin
Baldwin Graphics & Calligraphy


[email protected]
Arlington, VA

Specialties: Diplomas, citations, resolutions, wedding calligraphy, poems. No job is too small. Fast turnaround time. Illustration, both traditional and computer-based.

Lorise BarattaLorise Baratta
Designs By Lorise

[email protected]
Catskills, NY

Specialties: Quality bespoke Wedding Invitations, Stationery, Monograms, Illuminated designs, Ornamental Lettering, Awards, Certificates, Envelope Addressing, Place Cards. Fine art, portraits and custom designs also available. Watercolor, pastel, colored pencils, acrylics offered in addition, to compliment calligraphy. Serving Government agencies, Corporate and private clients for over 25 years, nationwide.

Pam Bennett
Pam Bennett
[email protected]
Uwchlan, PA

Specialty: Custom wedding certificates.

Tim Blair
Tim Blair
Well-Written Calligraphy

[email protected]
Washington, DC

Specialties: Pointed Pen / Script calligraphy
for weddings and special events such as custom invitations suites, envelope addressing, maps, monograms, menus, place cards and other
day-of items. Commissions and original artwork.

Erin CassidyErin Cassidy
Peony & Plume Calligraphy
[email protected]
@peonyandplumecalligraphy (Instagram)
Alexandria, VA

Specialties: Hand-lettered invitations, envelopes, ceremony programs, table cards and menus.

Calligraphy by MicheleMichele de Souza
Calligraphy by Michele
[email protected]

Stafford, VA

Specialties: Envelope addressing, escort/place cards, menus, poems & favors for weddings, births & events. Reasonably priced; references available upon request. Celebrating 15+ years of service.

Bonnie Duke
[email protected]
Severna Park, MD

Specialties: In-store signage (laminated), quotations, etc.; fast turnaround time.

Abe FarshAbe Farsh (Farshneshani)
Abe's Studio and Calligraphy workshop
[email protected]

Rockville, MD

Specialties: Persian Nasta'lique and Shekasteh, Shekasteh Nasta'lique, Naskh and Tholth Calligraphy. Studies and Certified by the Iranian Calligraphers Guild (A'li/Excellent rank), I work with all kinds of work like Ketabat (Scripting), invitation cards, Marriage Certificates etc. Please call for a sample copy.

Maria Ferrara
[email protected]
Washington, DC

Specialties: addressing invitations, name tags, place cards

Michele Hatty Fritz
Meant To Be Calligraphy

[email protected]
Alexandria, VA

Specialties: Life's most meaningful celebrations deserve a personal touch. Meant To Be Calligraphy can help you set the tone for your wedding or party long before the first guest arrives with beautiful hand-lettered invitations and envelopes, then help carry that elegance through the event with hand-lettered ceremony programs, escort cards, table markers, menus, keepsakes, and more.

Dottie GrayDottie Gray
home: 703-684-8244
mobile: 703-725-4543
[email protected]
Alexandria, VA

Specialties: Calligraphy for all social events and office needs.

Nancy HartNancy Hart
[email protected]
Baltimore, MD

Specialties: Calligraphy and design for all occasions. Hand-lettered envelopes, escort/table cards, invitations, menus, holiday cards, Quaker wedding certificates, personlized gifts, etc.

Virginia Lucas Hart
|@ihartvirginia| #virginialucashart
[email protected]
Charlottesville, VA

Specialties: a full-service studio offering calligraphy, illustration, and graphic design. From wedding invitations to envelope calligraphy to custom stationery to event materials, Virginia offers a range of styles from classic to very whimsical. She is a Bella Figura calligrapher, works for both individual clients and brands, and is the author of Fun and Friendly Calligraphy for Kids, published by Ulysses Press in 2017.

Lindsey HookLindsey Hook
Lindsey Hook Calligraphy & Pen Arts

Chicago, IL
[email protected]

Specialties: Chicago-based calligrapher and artist offering a wide variety of calligraphy and lettering services including envelope addressing, day-of paper goods for weddings and events, spot calligraphy and design work for print and digital media, handmade cards and certificates, as well as longer/larger text compositions, broadsides and mementos.

Lily Hoy

Lily Hoy
[email protected]
Pittsburgh, PA

Specialties: Making handmade books, blank and with calligraphy.

Lisa Hutchison Lisa Hutchison
Scribble Savvy Calligraphy
Aldie, VA
[email protected]

Specialties: Envelope addressing, place cards, certificates, one of a kind commissioned pieces. I also teach beginner level brush pen, Copperplate, and broad edge classes and workshops.

Adrienne D. Keats

Adrienne D. Keats
Adrienne D. Keats Calligraphy
[email protected]
San Francisco, CA

Specialties: Invitation Suites, Addressing Envelopes, Place Cards, Poems, Quotations, Wedding Vows, Menus and many more things.
Scripts: Copperplate, Italic, Humanist, Uncial, Legend

Catherine Langsdorf
Long Village Lettering
[email protected]
Hendersonville, NC

Specialties: Chalk board art. Wedding calligraphy - including envelopes, ceremony programs, escort cards, table markers, menus, and keepsakes. Ink colors & scripts to match your personal style. Pointed pen & chisel pen calligraphy. Celebrating 25 years of craftsmanship. References and samples on blog.

Artwork by Marta Legeckis
Marta Legeckis
[email protected]
Bethesda, MD

Specialties: General and specialized calligraphy; certificates, envelopes, resolutions, poetry, one-of-a-kind commissions in full color or black and white, illustrations, etc.

Patty Leve
Patty Shaivitz Leve

[email protected]
Baltimore, MD

Hebrew calligraphy, Ketubot.

Jennifer LewisJennifer Lewis
[email protected]
Manassas, VA

Specialties: Resolutions, certificates, illuminated letters, personalized wedding gifts.

Jodie Lide
Calligraphy & Design

[email protected]
Frederick, MD

Specialties: Calligrapher and graphic designer. Lettering and design of certificates, awards of recognition, and custom commissioned works.
Over 40 years of producing high quality hand-lettered items for government agencies, associations, corporations and individuals.

Sammy Little
Sammy Little
(fax 301-589-9547)
[email protected]
Silver Spring, MD

Specialties: Broad variety of styles and approaches; thorough knowledge of current protocol and etiquette; flexible and dependable.


Anne Mackechnie
Anne V. Mackechnie
410-533-4416 (phone/fax)
[email protected]
Annapolis, MD

Specialties: Weddings ~ envelopes, menus, place cards, monograms. Citations, resolutions and fine art commissions. Serving Annapolis, Baltimore, Washington and nationwide.


Ayako Toho Makabe
Ayako Toho Makabe
[email protected]
Gwynn, VA

Specialties: Calligraphy for all occasions, and also Japanese calligraphy. Graduated Roehampton University Calligraphy course in London. Over 30 years Japanese calligraphy experience.


by Janet MaranoJanet Marano
[email protected]
Reston, VA

Specialties: Illustration, lettering, calligraphy, and carving.

Felecia Brice McFailFelecia Brice McFail
From One Hand To Another
[email protected] (free estimate via email)
Arlington, VA

Specialties: Certificate fill-ins, addressing envelope, poems, prayers, favorite quotations, scriptures and creating visual calligraphy prints for poets, authors, songwriters, writers.
Script: Foundational, Uncial, Gothic and Italic.

Caren MilmanCaren Milman
(fax 301-871-5586)
[email protected]
Rockville, MD
Check out Caren Milman Calligraphy on Facebook to see brochure and samples. Click on the thumbs-up icon to "like" the page!

Specialties: Envelopes, invitations, menus, placecards, certificates, name tags. Small, large and rush jobs welcome. 35+ years experience. Received the most votes every year from 1999 through 2012 in Washingtonian Magazine's Bridal Survey for calligraphers. Included on the WUSA9 "A-list" for 2006.

Phwanda MoorePhawnda Moore
[email protected]
For samples see my Facebook page, Calligraphy and Design by Phawnda
Rocklin, CA

Graphic design - hand lettering
Watercolor brush, brush illustration
Drawn lettering, Italic, Uncial calligraphy
Book cover design
Spiritual, educational, health project exp.
Projects of lettering, design, card printing
& hand addressing for nonprofits/promotion

Award-winning author, editor, designer with print experience
Instructor with 25 yrs. experience

Kayla Moore
[email protected]
Reston, VA
Barry Morentz
[email protected]
212-477-0162; 917-628-1659
New York, NY

Specialties include Award Design, Logo Design, Hand-made Books & Boxes, Portfolios, lettering Shakespearean texts; available to travel for on-site events.

Vivian Mungall

Vivian Mungall
[email protected]
407-217-2649 – press 1
Orlando, Florida

Specialities: Ziller's is a full-service calligraphic arts studio established in 1894, specializing in designing and creating recognition awards, memorials, with illuminations in 23k gold and colors for corporations, associations, schools and private clients worldwide. Custom framing is offered. The studio also designs and personalizes diplomas and certificates, poems, wedding vows and more.
About: Vivian is a professional calligrapher and co-owner of Ziller's with 30+ years of experience. She and her husband Richard are the 3rd owners of the studio founded by FW Tamblyn and carried on by SA Ziller.

Jill Norvell

Jill Norvell Calligraphy
[email protected]
Reston, VA

Specialties: Fine hand-lettering, illustration, design and custom framing for corporate, government and social clients in the Metropolitan DC area. Established 1983. Available for on-location events.

Mary Lou O'Brian
Special Awards
(fax 301-963-6464)
[email protected]
Gaithersburg, MD

Specialties: Creating awards of all types, including resolutions, citations and testimonials.

Jenny Paxton Calligraphy
Jenny Paxton Calligraphy
[email protected]
Washington, DC

Specialties: From wedding and special event envelopes, custom return address stamps, place cards, to mirrors, signage, non paper surfaces and special commissions, I love working with clients to make their calligraphy vision come to life!

Gilda Penn
[email protected]
Rockville, MD

Specialties: Custom lettered and decorated quotations and poems, decorative French matting, personalization of guestbooks, photo albums, etc.

Janice ReyesJanice Reyes
Handmade Letters
[email protected]
Washington, DC

Specialties: Special event and wedding
calligraphy (invitations, monograms,
logos, menus, table/escort/place cards);
envelope addressing; custom letter
writing and greeting cards; handwriting
services, and bespoke commission work.
Always made by hand.

Marcy Robinson

Marcy Robinson
[email protected]
Nutley, New Jersey

Specialties: Envelopes, certificates, one-of-a-kind artwork.


Artwork by Peggy
              Shields SchiefelbeinPeggy Shields Schiefelbein
(fax 202-488-7244)
[email protected]
Washington, DC

Specialties: Special events; bridal; awards and certificates with custom hand-painted borders and illumination. A full-service studio since 1986.

Joon ThomasJoon Thomas
Palmstone Studio (www.palmstone.com)
Instagram @worldcalligraphy (instagram.com/worldcalligraphy)

Specializing in numerous languages, scripts and historical and contemporary calligraphy styles, including Arabic/Persian/Farsi/Dari/Urdu, Devanagari/Pali/Sanskrit/Tibetan/Kannada and other South Asian scripts, Latin/Roman, Chinese, Greek, Hebrew, Amharic, Aramaic, etc.

I accept commissions for multi-lingual projects, marriage certificates, calligraphy for architectural placement, publication and book cover design and so on.

I carry out research, translation and calligraphy of works by Rumi, Hafiz, Sepehri and other classical and contemporary Persian poets.


samples by Chris Tischer

Christine Tischer
(fax 301-733-4775)
[email protected]
Hagerstown, MD

Specialties: Wedding and special events, diplomas, awards, citation, special commissions of poetry,etc. Original illustration and drawings can be incorporated in color or black and white.

samples by Katherine Torres

Katherine Torres
Queen Street Calligraphy
Old Town Alexandria, Virginia
[email protected]
instagram: @queenstreetcalligraphy

Specialties: Let Queen Street Calligraphy set the tone for your wedding or event with beautifully hand-lettered invitations, envelopes, place settings, and wedding scrolls. I also do custom commissions, teach copperplate and am accomplished in italic, uncial and gothic.

Diane von Arx
Diane von Arx (Anderson)
[email protected]
Minneapolis, Minnesota

Specialties: Professional lettering since 1977. Teacher and designer of Graphic & Expressive Words for packaging, formal documents of recognition, logos, weddings, prose & poetry, card design and BorderGraphics for your walls.

Joanne Wasserman

Joanne Wasserman
Wasserman Design
301 589 3444
[email protected]
Bethesda, MD

Narrative Portrayals
Testimonial Art
Books and Covers
Architectural Mural Painting
Announcements + Events

Julian Waters

Julian Waters
[email protected]
Greater Washington DC area

Specialties: Calligraphy and handlettering in graphic design. Logos, headlines, book jackets, packaging, typography, font design, consulting. Work by hand and digital. Clients include National Geographic, U.S. Postal Service.

Internationally acclaimed lettering designer. Teaching, lecturing and exhibitions worldwide. Annual residential Masterclasses are taught by Julian and Sheila Waters.

Sandra WagnerSandra Wagner
INdy Art and Calligraphy
317-93-MY-ABC (317-936-9222)
[email protected]

Indianapolis, IN

Specialties: Midwest-based calligrapher and artist offering a wide variety of calligraphy, lettering and bookbinding services for weddings and special events, handmade cards and certificates, poetry and broadsides, specialty signs and chalkboards, illuminations and gilding, engraving, and in-person events.

Cindy YountCindy Yount
[email protected]
Frederick, MD

Specialties: Custom handmade gifts, including 3 1/2" x 3 1/2" accordion style books, lettered in gold on cream colored paper with your choice of cover color scheme (pictured). Original matted collage, greeting cards, prints, and custom artist books. Please send email for help with ideas! Wedding envelopes, certificates, poetry, and other commissions are also available.

Lubna Zahid


Lubna Zahid
[email protected]
Leesburg, Virginia

Specialties: Artist, Teacher. Fine art commissions for special occasions. Illuminated lettering, Illumination in the Islamic tradition, Botanical illustrations. Contemporary and traditional calligraphy in Persian, Urdu and Arabic.