OKAN ARTS BLOG


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 +


learning in la conner

learning in la conner

By Patricia Belyea SEATTLE WA  Earlier this month I taught an Improv + Curves Workshop in magical La Conner. Just one hour north of Seattle, this historic town overlooks the Swinomish Channel—with the snow-capped Cascade mountains in the distance. OKAN ARTS CURVES WORKSHOP The Workroom in La Conner Country Inn was our choice location. Our […] read more +


spring quilt market round-up

spring quilt market round-up

by Patricia Belyea KANSAS CITY MO  My favorite part of Spring Quilt Market is learning what’s new and catching up with industry leaders. Here are some of the folks who participated in this year’s trade-only event: No one sleeps in Tula Pink’s brilliant booth for Free Spirit showing off her Monkey Wrench collection. “They’d better […] read more +


four may giveaways!

four may giveaways!

By Patricia Belyea This month Okan Arts is giving away an important tome about art quilting: Art Quilts Unfolding: 50 Years of Innovation, published by Schiffer. With Sandra Sider as editor and contributing authors Nancy Bavor, Lisa Ellis, and Martha Sielman, the book presents every aspect of the art quilt movement. There are four giveaways, […] read more +


cracking the Japanese color code

cracking the Japanese color code

By Patricia Belyea SEATTLE WA  When Victoria was in Portland a few weeks ago, she picked up a book for me: A Dictionary of Color Combinations. That young lady knows her mother well. Who wouldn’t want a book that reveals what colors look great with one another—from a Japanese perspective! Originally Sanzo Wada (1883-1967), an […] read more +


stain removal results: F and A+

stain removal results: F and A+

By Patricia Belyea SEATTLE WA  In February 2018, I had a jet-setting moment when I flew down to the Bay Area for one day to attend Julie & Rod’s Incredible Quilt Sale. Quilt dealer Julie Silber and quilt curator Roderick Kirakofe were mounting a huge sale of quilts and quilt tops in a warehouse in […] read more +


four april giveaways!

four april giveaways!

By Patricia Belyea This month Okan Arts is giving away a pair of Kai 8″ professional shears, an East-Meets-West Thread Set from Aurifil, and two yards of hand-dyed yukata cotton from Okan Arts. There are four giveaways, each valued at $147. Kai Pro Shears are the sharpest scissors you will ever own. On my quilting […] read more +