Gull Harbor Art & Craft Fair at North Olympia Fire Station 10/25-10/26


Come join us at this wonderful community event for a chance to meet local artists and support a great cause. Enter a pie in our contest, donate some baked goods, or just come ready to enjoy some treats and wonderful handcrafted original treasures.
Friday October 25, 3 to 7
Saturday October 26, 10 to 4:30
 North Olympia Fire Dep, 5046 Boston Harbor RD


OWG Hosted the 2013 COE in Spinning

The Handweavers Guild of America (HGA) offers certification in fiber arts: Weaving, Spinning, Dyeing, and Basketry.  Application who pass the rigorous requirements receive a Certificate of Excellence (COE) in their chosen field.  There are two levels of certification: the first requires proficiency in the basic arts, and the second, Master of Specialized Study, requires a focused, specialized study. An overview of the program can be found at

Olympia Weavers Guild was privileged to host the 2013 COE in Spinning.  This year, applicants included one in Level 1 and two in Level 2.  The program involves a registrar, who assembles the submitted work for review by two examiners.  The process is overseen by two representatives from HGA.  The OWG chairperson was Lana Schneider, who generously offered her own studio as the site for the examination, which took three days: one to assemble the team and the work, and two intense days of judging and documenting the process.  Several members served as scribes, assisting the examiners in documenting the findings, and other members provided food for the committee and lodging for the HGA representatives and examiners.


Examiner Jane Fournier and Scribe Terri Standley


Examiner Judith MacKenzie and Scribe Kathy


2013 COE in Handspinning Committee – Examiners Judith MacKenzie and Jane Fournier, Registrar Kate Jantz-Koprivnik and Chair Lana Schneider


Examiners Jane Fournier and Judith MacKenzie


Photos by Sandra Swarbrick, HGA.

Mary Ann Sanborn, the other HGA representative, gave a very interesting presentation at the October Guild Meeting on Shaker textiles.

Both of the Level II submissions were accepted, and the applicants were announced on the HGA website, and in an upcoming issue of Shuttle, Spindle, and Dyepot Magazine.

OWG: Fiber Arts at Olympia Timberland Library, October 23, 2013

Fiber Oct 23 2013


Timberland Regional Library District

415 Tumwater Blvd. SW

Tumwater, WA 98501

(360) 943-5001 or 877-284-6237 ·

News Release October 15, 2013

Media Contact: Leanne Ingle, Communications Specialist, 704-4508; 877-284-6237 x 2508

Olympia Weavers Guild to enlighten on fiber production

Fiber: Our Common Thread” program will be at Olympia library at 7:30 p.m., October 23

Many of us are becoming aware of where our food comes from and how it is produced, but what about the fibers we wear every day? Members of the Olympia Weavers Guild will present “Fiber: Our Common Thread,” a program on fiber and the fiber arts, at the Olympia Timberland Library on Wednesday, October 23 at 7:30 p.m. Learn how cloth is produced, watch fiber artists in action, and try a bit of fiber production yourself. The event takes place after library hours.

In many places in the world, if you want a new shirt or a rug, you create it from the fibers on up. Guild members will describe the production of cloth from seed or animal to closet or home. A brief slide show will introduce the main fibers and techniques used to create textiles in this country, including information on home production of flax into linen and fleece into wool.

Program attendees will be able to see textiles made by guild members as they model or show them and to talk with the creators. Much of the evening will be a chance to watch spinners, weavers and felters in action and to see up close what is involved in the production of cloth. There will be an opportunity for attendees to try some of the techniques.

The Olympia Weavers Guild was founded in 1949. It is a nonprofit organization that promotes the study of weaving, spinning and many other fiber arts. Members meet once a month for most of the year and sponsor programs and workshops on weaving, spinning and other related crafts. More information about the guild is at

The Olympia Timberland Library is located at 313 8th Avenue SE. For more information, contact the library at (360) 352-0595 or visit


Timberland Regional Library provides for the information, reading and lifelong learning needs of the Grays Harbor, Lewis, Mason, Pacific, and Thurston county public at 27 community public libraries and 6 library service partner locations. The library system is funded mainly by local property taxes. Anyone needing special accommodations to participate in a library’s program may contact the library one week in advance.


Janice Arnold: Palace Yurt at Evergreen Gallery

Janice Arnold gave a presentation to the Guild a couple years ago. For another look at her work, be sure to visit the Evergreen State College Gallery for this exhibit:

Evergreen Gallery
Palace Yurt: Deconstructed
by Janice Arnold
Opening reception: Thursday October 10, 2013, 5-7 pm
Exhibition continues through December 11, 2013
Artist lecture:  Wednesday November 20, 11:30-1:00, Lecture Hall 1
Evergreen alumna Janice Arnold’s art and installation work has been redefining the boundaries of handmade FELT for more than 10 years. Her massive installation, Palace Yurt, a contemporary translation of traditional Mongolian structures, was the centerpiece of the Smithsonian Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum’s 2009 Fashioning Felt exhibition in New York.
Palace Yurt: Deconstructed gives visitors a rare look behind the scenes of this groundbreaking work of textile art, including many pieces from the original installation. See how it all came together, from inspiration to logistics and technical drawings, the raw materials to the full artistic vision.
Gallery hours TBD, please check web site after Oct. 8
Evergreen Gallery - Library 2204 | 2700 Evergreen Parkway NW | Olympia, Washington 98505 | (360) 867-5125

Call for Entries – Fiber Arts Show, Sebastopol Center for the Arts

Introducing our international fiber arts show.
Now seeking entries.

Call for entries
International Juried Fiber Art Exhibition

Fiber Arts
Dear Fiber Artist,
The Sebastopol Center for the Arts & The Surface Design Association  are proud to announce FIBER ART VI, —one of the largest international juried fiber art exhibitions in the San Francisco Bay Area—running October 24 through November 30, 2013.
We will be hosting this show in our newly renovated, state of the art gallery, located 45 minutes from San Francisco, in the heart of the world famous wine country in Sebastopol CA. During the show, TheSebastopol Center for the Arts, will be celebrating its 25th year, and this show will be the showcase for our celebrations.
As part of this new venture, the Sebastopol Center for the Arts is joining with the Surface Design Association and is welcoming artists from all over the world to participate in a unique celebration of fiber arts.
We are encouraging thought-provoking, unconventional and innovative fiber works in a range of materials–metals, mesh, paper, wood, natural or manmade fibers–applied to fiber techniques. Two- or three-dimensional pieces are accepted including wearable art and installations.

$500 Best of Show
$100 Second Prize
$100 Third Prize
Merit Awards
Awards of Excellence from SCA and SDA
Susan Taber Avila is an artist, Professor of Design (Textiles & Fashion) at the University of California, Davis and a Chutian Scholar at Wuhan Textile University in Wuhan, China.
Joan Schulze is an independent artist and lecturer in 17 countries since the 70s, She has work in many museums and private collections, exhibits; teaches internationally and is highly regarded for her work in collage and the fiber arts.
Deadline for entries is September 9, 2013.
Submit your entry online HERE.

We thought you might be very interested in being part of this exciting exhibition. Please feel free to share and forward the opportunity with artist friends or associations. We are raising the bar of fiber art in our community and we look forward to having your work in the gallery at this ground breaking show.

Best regards,
Catherine Devriese
Visual Arts Program Manager
707 829 4797

Tumwater Middle School Teacher Seeks Spinning Demonstration

[forwarded by Larye: anyone interested in helping please request contact info by email]
To whom it may concern,

My name is Tyler Haywood. I am an 8th grade Social Studies teacher at Tumwater Middle School. I am one of two teachers who run the Homesteader program, which educates students on the life and times of the early Puget Sound pioneers. As part of this, we teach them hands-on skills.

Over the next three weeks, I will be teaching the girls how to knit and spin wool into yarn. Unfortunately, I do not know how to use a spinning wheel or a drop spindle, and the people who usually help us are not available this year. I understand that this is extremely short notice, but would there be any members of your guild willing and able to volunteer their time in my class? It would just be for two to three days, from 8:00 to 8:50 in the morning.

If this is not possible (and once again, I understand that this is very short notice), would next year be a possibility?

Thank you for your consideration.

All best,

Tyler Haywood
[email for contact info for Mr. Haywood]

Beach Grass Trip

Hi Bill

Can you share this with the Guild members who might be interested ? Lois Thadei, Olympia

Dear Olympia Weavers Guild Members:

OK, my Aleut basket weavers. It’s beach grass getting’ time again. Hooray. This is the traditional grasses I harvest every spring for weaving. You are invited to join me.

If you’ve been weaving with the waxed linen following our presentation last month for the Oly Weavers Guild you can join me. If you wish to continue your weaving using the traditional wild grasses, this is the last time I will be sharing a wild grass harvest session.

Hopefully you can make it.

How it Works:

Let me know if you are coming, so I can expect you. leave me your name, e-mail, phone including cell phone.

We meet at Trader Joe’s parking lot at the 2nd exit to left on Highway 101 just N of I-5 in Olympia, WA.

May 26, 2013 8 AM.

On the coast it will probably be blustery, blistering hot, colder than heck, sunny, rainy, foggy, wet raining, snowy, windy and, and, and …….. Wear layers, bring a scarf, weather resistant shoes/boots, gloves and such.

What to Bring:

· a couple gallon jugs for collecting sea water

· a sharp harvesting knife (I use a pareing knife and also brind a big old chef knife)

· an old bed sheet

· a few zip loc bags (who knows, might find something you want to take back)

· a pocket full of cordage or strings

· munchies, juice

· A damp washrag in a zip loc bag so you can freshen up

· Money so we can stop at a restaurant and eat a hearty lunch when we are done

· Sun block, bug spray, eye glasses as needed, cameras.

What we Harvest

We will be collecting an armload of Elymus Mollis, which appears to be having a GOOD YEAR. We will swing over to Bowerman Basin and also check on the 3 cornered sedge, cat tails and water iris. If it looks like we can harvest some big handsful we will. Also, canary reed grass is usually ready for a harvest at this time. We time the harvest to concide with the ripening of Salmonberries. But, given our hectic urban schedules, sometimes we are off by a week or two. We work with it.

Again, where we meet and how we Travel

We meet a 8 AM at the street edge of Trader Joe’s parking lot at Hwy 101 and Harrison/Cooper Point in Olympia. Once there, we will arrange any carpools that wish to form. We’ll be back before dark. Of course, if you take your own vehicle, you are in charge of your own time schedule. It’s about a 11 ½ hour drive to the harvest site not far from Westport, WA.


Lois “Louie” Chichinoff Thadei (Aleut-Sealaska)

MAILING Address Only: 120 State Ave. NE #1455 – Olympia, WA 98501

Phone: 360-539-5031

Cell: 360-259-4827


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Openings Available for Nancy Hoskins Beyond Boundweave Class (Seattle Weavers Guild)

A note from Mora E.L. Jackson, Seattle Weavers Guild:

“I am the educational chair (workshops) at the Seattle Weavers Guild and would like to let you know that a few more slots are open for the upcoming Nancy Hoskins workshop scheduled March 2 + 3 in Seattle. If anybody is interested in the workshop, please contact me ( or call 253-217-829 between 9 am and 9 pm).

Thank you,
Mora E.L. Jackson”

SWG Workshop Sign-Up
Workshop: Beyond Boundweave
Instructor: Nancy Hoskins
Workshop Dates: Sat March 2 – Sun March 3 (2 days)
Loom requirement: 4-8 shaft, 10 (preferred) or 12 dent reed, 2-4 small shuttles (you can substitute butterflies)
Skill level: Intermediate (know how to dress loom, if using a floor loom know how to change the tie-up, weave with multiple shuttles)
Beautiful boundweave structures– from the simple to the complex — will be our inspiration as we cover theory, technique, and the basics of weaving weft-faced patterns. We’ll explore the functional and decorative possibilities of boundwoven cloth for clothing, rugs, and art fabrics by weaving a set of samples on 4 or 8-shaft looms. In a content-filled and
friendly workshop you will discover how to draft, design, and weave weft-faced textiles that are both decorative and durable by weaving a set of examples with patterns — geometric, floral, flamepoint, or figurative — on a variety of threadings and shafts. Table or floor looms with 4 or 8 shafts will be dressed with plain weave, twills, point twills, krokbragd, rosepath, and other threadings to create colorful boundwoven cloth.