About sarahnopp

Weaver, quilter, wine drinker, DDO video game player, pug dog furniture, student at Evergreen State College.

Natural Dyeing and Organic Indigo Vat Dyeing with Michel Garcia

An exciting opportunity for anyone interested in natural dying and indigo. Lectures and workshops with Michel Garcia, founder of Couleur Garance and the Botanical Garden of Dye Plants in Lauris, Provence.

“The University of Washington School of Art in Collaboration with the Surface Design Association of Washington State and Earthues Natural Dye Company Seattle, WA are thrilled to present two workshops and an evening lecture with Michel Garcia!”



Arbutus Folk School grand opening

The Arbutus Folk School will host an open house grand opening on Saturday, October 19th from 3-9 pm at its new 3,800 square foot campus across from Olympia City Hall.  The school features a woodshop, ceramics studio, space for a wide variety of workshops and performances, a crafter’s gallery and supply store.  The school is a venue for Northwest folk crafters and artisans to share their skill through workshops and events.

Full details are available at http://www.arbutusfolkschool.org/ (link)

Venue address: 600 4th Ave NE, Olympia WA 98501 (link)

Weaving sculpture in Olympia


At the new Hands On Children’s Museum:

World-renowned environmental artist Patrick Dougherty will weave an amazing two-story stick sculpture for our new Outdoor Discovery Center. From August 1-16, he will bend nature into art to create a giant, walk-through structure. For more info about his work, which includes sculptures in California, Hawaii, Australia, and France, visit www.stickwork.net.




Update regarding ANWG Conference Registration

Update regarding ANWG Conference Registration:

Our 2013 ANWG NW Weavers Conference Registration will open Tuesday, Jan. 8, in the evening, sometime between 6pm and 9pm, Pacific time, for those planning to attend the conference only or to attend the conference and also take a workshop. Workshop Only registration begins on Jan. 15.
Before you register on-line, it is critical that you carefully read the on-line registration instructions that will be posted our website. That information will be available tomorrow evening when we open registration with our Registration Open webpage. The Registration Open webpage will NOT be posted until registration opens.

We will send out a newsletter Tuesday when registration opens with a link to the webpage so that you don’t have to keep checking the website.

Grant Award!

Thank you to the committee that recommended my application to ANWG, I was awarded one of the Grants for the Conference in June. So thank you Association of Northwest Weavers’ Guilds judges too!

As a first time Conference attendee, this is a HUGE help. It will be great to have this focused time with other weavers. I am looking forward to getting too many ideas and getting worn out.

I recognize a lot of names in the Instructors section, mostly through my involvement on Weavolution, and I am interested in too many of the seminars being offered, of course. But after reading through all the classes many times, I printed out the schedule and class calendar and circled my first choice schedule, and second choice too, just in case. Now I just have to wait six months!

Thank you again, all my Guild members, you who helped me get up the learning curve in the weaving world and encouraged me to apply for the Grant. You are an amazing group of creative people, and I am truly thankful that I found you all.

- Sarah Nopp

“NWxSE: A Collaborative Small Tapestry Project of Northwest and Southeast Weavers”

(Press release from Harbor History Museum)
Intricately Woven Small Tapestries on Exhibit at Harbor History Museum in Gig Harbor

The Harbor History Museum’s newest temporary exhibit “NWxSE: A Collaborative Small Tapestry Project of Northwest and Southeast Weavers” opens on September 15, 2012. This cross-country exhibit showcases the works of weaving artists from Puget Sound (“NW”) and the southeast United States (“SE).  The exhibit runs through January 20, 2013.

More than 40 small tapestry pieces will be on display, showcasing the incredible talents of tapestry weavers from Tapestry Weavers South and Tapestry Artists of Puget Sound (TAPS). Internationally known weaver Cecilia Blomberg will be demonstrating tapestry weaving on the exhibit’s opening day, Saturday, September 15, from 1 to 2 pm.

The small tapestry format is conducive to experimentation for the contemporary weaver. Small tapestries tend to be of finer quality than large ones, and are more time consuming to weave. Smaller tapestries also provide the opportunity to appreciate the workmanship close-up while larger tapestries are observed from a farther distance in order to see the whole design. Smaller works also feel more intimate to the viewer.

The two tapestry groups joined forces to develop this collaborative project. The goal was to present a wide variety of work while restricting tapestry artists to the same format. The exhibit first opened at the Gaston County Museum of Art and History in Dallas, North Carolina on Feb.18, 2012.

In addition to the tapestries, museum visitors can watch videos showing the complex process involved and the skills needed by the weavers to create their woven works of art. Hands-on activities will provide an opportunity for exhibit visitors to try their hand at tapestry weaving.

In addition to the small tapestries in the Special Exhibitions Gallery, local weavers from TAPS will display larger tapestries in the museum lobby. The museum is open Tuesday through Sunday 10 am to 5 pm. Visit www.harborhistorymuseum.org for more information on this new exhibit and other exhibits in the museum.

The Gig Harbor Peninsula Historical Society, dba Harbor History Museum, was founded in 1963, and opened a museum in 1973. Our mission is to create opportunities to experience the heritage of the greater Gig Harbor communities. We do this by collecting, preserving, and sharing this area’s history. The museum is open April 16-January 31, Tues-Sun, 10am-5pm, except major holidays; winter hours are February 1-April 15, Weds-Sat 10am-4pm, Sundays 12pm-4pm.