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.
The 2017 Northwest Weavers Conference sponsored by ANWG will be held in Victoria B.C. on the grounds of the University of Victoria. The dates for the pre conference workshops are June 28th to June 30th. The conference is July 1st and July 2nd.
The Theme “Treadle Lightly ” represents a concern for the environment and having a smaller footprint on the earth.
More information at http://www.anwgconference2017.com/
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