The Olympia Weavers Guild was invited to demonstrate weaving and related textile skills during Nordic Heritage Day at the Sons of Norway Lodge in Lacey, WA. The demonstration included tapestry, inkle and tablet weaving looms, books and discussion of historical production and uses of textiles. There was also an ongoing demonstration of drop-spinning prepared flax fiber into linen yarn, complete with a distaff tucked into a belt.
Here is a video prepared by the organizers, showing all of the different displays and demonstrations during the day.
Deadline: September 9, 2014
Parallel Patterns – Significant Schemes, Seams, & Symbols
North Olympic Fiber Arts Festival
Museum & Arts Center
October 1, 2014 to November 29, 2014
Parallel Patterns – Significant Schemes, Seams, & Symbols is a juried fiber arts exhibition revealing meaningful themes, designs, and relationships through fiber, fabric, and fashions with creative consideration that reflects and sometimes repeats imaginative motives, motifs, lines, and serendipity.
Eligibility requirements, entry forms, and more information available at
Information for the North Olympic Fiber Arts Festival is available at http://fiberartsfestival.org/
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!”
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)
Harvest of Quilts 2013 Quilt Show
Over 300 quilts
Vendors, Gourmet Lunch, Bed Turning
Quilt Appraiser Beverly Dunivent
Washington Land Yacht Harbor
9101 Steilacoom Road S.E.
Olympia, WA 98513
Friday, October 11 and Saturday, October 12. 9:30 am – 5:00 pm.
Admission $5; Under 12 free
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.
The President of the Board of the San Jose Museum of Quilts & Textiles just released a letter that they are in dire financial straits, and are trying to raise money, or will be forced to close the doors.
Here is the letter.
Complex Weavers just released a Save the Date announcement for 2014. This will be right next door in Tacoma! Definitely worth taking a look at: http://www.complex-weavers.org/seminars2014.htm
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.