OKAN ARTS BLOG


four september giveaways!

four september giveaways!

By Patricia Belyea This month Okan Arts is giving away a bevy of Denyse Schmidt Goodies—her book Denyse Schmidt: Modern Quilts Traditional Inspiration, her popular Free-Wheeling Single Girl Pattern, and her new Free-Wheeling Single Girl Template Set. There are four giveaways, each valued at $91.00. A graphic designer by education, Denyse has led the way with transforming […] read more +


not your mother’s thimbles

not your mother’s thimbles

By Patricia Belyea WAUCONDA WA  Many quilters rave about hand stitching—how it relaxes them and brings them so much enjoyment. With this bliss comes a sense of accomplishment with gorgeous, even stitches running through their quilt projects. There are four different elements of hand stitching—the thread, the needle, the thimble, and the stitcher. Today let’s […] read more +


susan ball faeder: 100 days of amulets

susan ball faeder: 100 days of amulets

JAPANESE TEXTILE FRIENDS SERIES By guest blogger Susan Ball Faeder of Quilters’ Express To Japan LEWISBURG PA  The 100 Day Project concept originated in 2007—the idea of Michael Beirut, a graphics design teacher at the Yale School of Art, who charged his students to embrace a daily art-making practice. The only restriction was that the action […] read more +


seven august giveaways!

seven august giveaways!

By Patricia Belyea This month Okan Arts is giving away Marcia Derse Designer Fabrics by Windham Fabrics—a set of five 7/8 yard pieces. There are seven giveaways, each valued at $52.50. A dynamic and eclectic artist, Marcia Derse brings fresh ideas to quilting cottons. With her Art History: 101 Collection, Marcia playfully developed her fabric […] read more +


quest for kimono in kyoto

quest for kimono in kyoto

JAPANESE TEXTILE FRIENDS SERIES By guest blogger Nancy McDonough of Kyoto Kimono ENDICOTT NY  Ohaiyo gozaimasu! Greetings from Upstate New York. When I lived in Kyoto for three years in the mid-1990s, I fell in love with Japanese textiles. Upon my return to the US, I started selling vintage Japanese garments and fabric, as well […] read more +


summer reveal

summer reveal

By Patricia Belyea LA CONNER WA  When I post about a summer workshop in La Conner, no one wants to see photos of the picturesque waterfront. Or the pink sunsets. Or the happy group meals. Or the pop-up shop brimming with vintage Japanese textiles. Or the excursion to the local quilt museum. Or the beautiful […] read more +


four july giveaways!

four july giveaways!

By Patricia Belyea This month Okan Arts is giving away an East-Meets-West Thread Set from Aurifil and a 2-Yard Length of Vintage Japanese Yukata Cotton from Okan Arts. There are four giveaways, each valued at $82. The East-Meets-West Thread Set was designed by Okan Arts co-owner Patricia Belyea for Aurifil—the Italian thread company. Inspired by Patricia’s […] read more +


obi transformed

obi transformed

By Patricia Belyea WAUCONDA WA  At last July’s workshop in La Conner, I asked if there were any Bag Ladies in the room. Those would be quilters who enjoy making bags. Of the three who stepped forward, I wondered if they would be interested in making a bag out of a vintage Japanese obi. They […] read more +


is marie kondo good for quilts?

is marie kondo good for quilts?

By guest blogger Teresa Duryea Wong Marie Kondo is adorable. She sparkles. Marie is a tiny Japanese woman who wrote a tiny little book, The Life-changing Magic of Tidying Up, that sold really big — over 10 million copies. Now she has a new Netflix series where she helps people “tidy up.” Her adorableness makes […] read more +


five june giveaways!

five june giveaways!

By Patricia Belyea This month Okan Arts is giving away five Steven Smith Teamaker Genmaicha Tea Sets—each with a 15-sachet carton of Rose City Genmaicha, a Steven Smith Teamaker teapot, and a pair of matching porcelain tea cups and saucers. Each giveaway is valued at $75. Celebrating its tenth anniversary, Steven Smith Teamaker of Portland […] read more +