Guild members teaching this fall at Arbutus Folk School. Current Classes include Patti Logan November 4 at 1PM
Also Emily Gray, see her note below:
Dear Olympia Area Fiber Arts Community —
I hope you’ll help me in spreading the word about a beginning drop spinning class that I am teaching at the Arbutus Folk School in downtown Olympia, the first four Tuesdays in October. While I hope that students walk away feeling confident about how to spin a continuous thread and ply it into yarn they’ll use, my even greater hope is that they will walk away with a sense of the great fiber community we have in the Olympia area.
The class will feature guests from Jorstad Creek (Madison) and the Weaver’s Guild (Sherri Hruby) to give participants a taste of the many resources we have near us. This will be the first time I offer this class, but I hope it won’t be the last. In future iterations of this class, I would love to introduce students to each of you. My goal is to help support and continue to cultivate our craft community. I believe this connection is especially important for students who are new to fiber arts, younger people, and people who may work full time, so find it difficult to attend guild meetings or knit-ins during the day.
Finally, please let me know how I can support your work. If you’d like me to provide space for you to talk about your offerings in the class, great. If I can help spread the word to my students about classes you have, specials you’re running, or events coming up, let me know. As they say, we’re all in this together!
Many thanks to the crew that set up the guild booth in Victoria at ANWG 2017, to Erica, who got these excellent photos before the crowds filled the show, and to those guild members who contributed their work to the … Continue reading →
Treadle Lightly all over the campus of the University of Victoria I did on my first NW Weavers Conference. http://www.anwgconference2017.com (see their blog for pictures)
I was so impressed with all the volunteer work that went in to hosting the conference and the delightful events that were planned. I have a lot of opportunities to expand on this year integrating the information I learned.
The guild booths had great imagination and creativity. Each represented the theme and their community with humor and a variety of techniques to tell their story. The Olympia Weavers Guild won 1st place in Best of Construction ( construction of each of the pieces shown). Thank you to all who contributed to the booth from design, construction and assembly and distribution. I have rocks rolling around in the back of the car waiting from their return to their creator.
All the shows (Fashion, Juried and Individual) inspired me with their design to the application of techniques. They really showed the diversity of the fiber arts and their utility in our lives. The keynote speaker from Maiwa, https://maiwa.com, express the need to believe in a Slow Textile Movement to support community and preservation of the art and craft of textiles.
We received clarification from Canvas Works in Olympia:
“It has been brought to our attention that an announcement was made at today’s guild meeting that Canvas Works was closing. I can assure you that this is not correct as Canvas Works is not closing and will continue business as usual. It would be appreciated if this information could be passed on to your membership. Thank you,
— Nancy Graybeal”
One of our members may have confused the Seattle Weaving Works closing announcement with the long-established downtown yarn shop in Olympia.
In February Teresa Sullivan did a presentation on art and her bead work. Some of the items she showed us she is teaching at Shipwreck one of the guilds advertisers. A couple of weeks ago a few of us took her class on making pods. She has good instructions and was very helpful in keeping us on track in learning the techniques of 3 dimensional beading. The variations on increasing and decreasing promises many different looks. June 13th she is teaching the Zig Zag bead which makes an interesting component and could complement braid work. For more information on the class see: http://www.shipwreckbeads.com/catalog/Classes/Beading-Classes//orderBy/sku/itemsPerPage/20/page/1/item/6CS0617-ZZ