Autumn seems to be Fiber Festival season in the Pacific Northwest. In fact, there seems to be something every weekend, within just a few hours (or a bit longer) drive.
Check out all these great excuses to get out and enjoy yarn and weaving and sheep and your fellow knitters and spinners and weavers! (All dates are for 2016 year.)
Oregon Flock & Fiber Festival – September 24-25 in Canby OR
North Olympic Fiber Arts Festival – October 1-2 in Sequim WA
Trailing of the Sheep Festival – October 5-9 in Sun Valley ID
Schafer Meadows Fiber Arts Festival – October 7-9 in Elma WA
Fiber Fusion Northwest – October 15-16 in Monroe WA
Socktoberfest 2016 – October 21-23 at six locations around the Puget Sound
FiberMania – October 22-23 in Grants Pass OR
Columbia Gorge Fiber Festival – October 28-30 in The Dalles OR
This should keep you occupied until the Holiday season starts!
Indigo dyed Yoruba cloth & ritual costume. Part of the Seattle Asian Art Museum exhibit, “Mood Indigo: Textiles From Around the World”
I spent part of the afternoon at the Seattle Asian Art Museum and I will be returning to spend much more time with the stunning exhibit “Mood Indigo: Textiles from Around the World“.
This exhibit has something for everyone to enjoy, including a room with 3 MASSIVE 17th century tapestries from Flanders, and associated items, including a 19th Century American overshot coverlet in the Lee’s Surrender pattern.
19th century American woven coverlet in Lee’s Surrender pattern. Part of the Seattle Asian Art Museum exhibit, “Mood Indigo: Textiles From Around the World”
Other rooms in the exhibit are filled with 18th century kimonos, contemporary artworks, African and Southeast Asian and Indian and American traditional garments. I am sure I missed much.
Indigo dyed kimonos, part of the Seattle Asian Art Museum exhibit, “Mood Indigo: Textiles From Around the World”
Really, there is so much in this show for anyone with an interest in textiles and history, I cannot recommend it highly enough. And there are two other exhibits currently on display which also deserve more than the cursory view, I gave to them!
Silk kimono, part of the Seattle Asian Art Museum exhibit, “Gold: Japanese Art From the Collection:
Mood Indigo will be on display through October. If you do go, I also recommend you plan a bit of time to enjoy the Conservatory and Volunteer park, where the museum is located.
APR 4–MAY 6, 2016
The Gallery at the Kenneth J Minnaert Center for the Arts
South Puget Sound Community College
The ethereal hanging installations of Amanda McCavour employ the material of thread as metaphor for memory and how we remember the spaces we call home.
Opening reception: Mon, Apr 4, 6-8 pm
Artist Amanda McCavour will also be leading a workshop at Arbutus Folk School on Sunday, April 4th.
Apr 4–May 6, 2016
June 4th and 5th from 9 am until 4 pm
June 18th from 9 am until 12.30 pm
June 25th from 9 am until 4 pm
The guild offers to guild members a Beginning Weavers Course. One of our guild members teaches the course, which comprises 3 and one half days of class over a three week period. This leaves time for weaving between classes.
The cost is $125. If one doesn’t have a table loom or any of the other small equipment items needed for the class, these can be rented from the guild. Classes are scheduled when we have 3 or 4 people interested in taking the class, which generally works out to 2 or 3 times a year. Participants will learn how to warp a loom, weave 2 projects and learn how to plan projects, selecting appropriate patterns and yarns.
If interested in joining the guild and taking the course, please contact the guild website.
“Madrona Fiber Arts was started by fiber enthusiasts who wanted to bring great teachers to the Pacific Northwest. We love the camaraderie, creative energy, and the sharing that is generated among students and teachers by combining incomparable teaching, small classes and informal settings.”
Retreat, Classes, Clinics, Demonstrations and more
The Yarn & Fiber Marketplace is Free and Open to the Public
2016 DATES AND TIMES:
Thursday, February 11th 8:30 am – 6:00 pm
Friday, February 12th 8:30 am – 6:00 pm
Saturday, February 13th 8:30 am – 6:00 pm
Sunday, February 14th 8:30 am – 2:00 pm
PLACE: IN THE PAVILION AT THE HOTEL MURANO at 1320 Broadway Plaza, Tacoma, Washington. From the hotel lobby take the stairs or elevator to the 4th floor and go out the large double doors, across a small courtyard, and into the Pavilion. Follow the signs!
Tapestry Artists of Puget Sound (TAPS) invites artists to submit their tapestries to PACIFIC TIME ZONE. Pacific Time Zone will hang at The Arts Center in Corvallis, OR (theartscenter.net) from August 18 – September 20, 2016.
Details at http://tapestryartists.org/pacific-time-zone/
Personal recommendation: If you have some time to spare while dodging raindrops this weekend, definitely stop in to the 10th Fiber Festival from the Schafer Meadows Fiber Arts Guild. This year it is in Elma at the fairgrounds, in the main Exhibit Hall.
Inside the Exhibit Hall at Elma Fairgrounds
Demonstration of Alpaca fiber processing.
Merino/Alpaca yarn from one of the vendors.
Besides all the lovely yarns and rovings, you will also get to see some familiar faces doing demonstrations, such as Jean showing how alpaca is processed.
The class for new weavers in September is full. We are now looking at February 2016 for the next class.
Students learn how to warp a loom and weave off one or two projects, learning ancillary information along the way.
Classes are limited to 3 minimum and 4 maximum and once you have committed to the class, the fee of $125.00 is non refundable.
Students must be a member of the guild to enroll. Once a member, looms are available for rental during the course from the guild. Costs include the $125.00 for the 3 1/2 day course, spread over 3 weeks. Loom rental is approximately $25.00. The only other expense is the purchase of materials for weaving, which doesn’t cost much.
Come see what the Olympia Weaving Guild has been making this year!
Stop in this weekend, chat with members, and find one-of-a-kind handmade items for gifts for loved ones, or perhaps something for yourself. Handspun yarn; knitted, felted, and handwoven articles; kumihimo jewelry; handmade baskets; tapestries and many, many other items created by our members will be available.
Olympia Fire Station #7, 5046 Boston Harbor Rd NE, Olympia WA 98506.
Saturday, December 6th, 10 am to 6 pm
Sunday, December 7th, 10 am to 4 pm
To see what the 2013 Show & Sale looked like, click here.
Olympia Weavers Guild display at the Timberland Regional Library, downtown Olympia branch, during November 2014.
If you haven’t had a chance to see the displays at the libraries, please pop in. The display group did a lovely job!
There is a display at both the Olympia Downtown branch and the Tumwater branch of the Timberland Regional Library. The displays will be up through the end of November. After that, some of the items will be available at the Guild’s annual Show & Sale in December.