SDA WA Members News

February – March 2023


Barbara O´Steen and Therese Stein used the walnuts from one the Barbara trees and created natural dyes. The final creations were two wonderful wool jackets.

Jacket made by Barbara
Jacket made by Therese


Award-winning Port Angeles, Wash. textile artist Evette Allerdings will introduce painting on silk to those attending the Washington State University Sewing & Stitchery Expo in Puyallup, Wash. in March;

The Expo, which in the pre-pandemic era typically attracted as many as 30,000 attendees in its five-day run, is the largest annual sewing and textile event in the U.S. It was founded in 1984 to bring nationally known experts to western Washington to advise local professionals and expanded to serve hobbyists. 

Registration is open now at for Allerdings’s March 1 workshop, “Silk Painting: Resist and No Resist,” a four-hour hands-on session of working both with and without the solution that blocks (resists) the flow of dye. Participants will paint two scarves:  a silk charmeuse using an antifusant pretreatment and a silk habotai using Resistad. They will use such techniques as salt, alcohol, sponges, and brushes to create wearable art. Class cost is $90. The materials fee is $75. 

The 90-minute March 4 workshop, “Intro to Silk Painting: The Basics,” is already oversubscribed, but names are being taken for the wait list. Topics include stretching silk on a frame, using water-soluble resists, mixing basic dyes to create unique colors, and creating special effects with salt, alcohol, sponges and different brushes. 

Allerdings, who is the first to teach silk painting at an Expo, is a native of Hawaii where she spent decades creating award-winning costumes for community college theater productions, most recently “Phantom of the Opera.” The pursuit of specialty fabrics for the costumes led her to silk painting in 2015. She moved to the Northwest in 2018. 

The recipient of multiple awards at the annual Silk Painters International Festivals, she also teaches at Northwind Art in Port Townsend, Wash.,

More information and photos are also at

“Solace” by Evette Alderings


Claire is participating in Tenuous Thread exhibition at the Atlantic Gallery in New York

“Atlantic Gallery is very pleased to present TENUOUS THREADS, a two-part exhibition showcasing works incorporating textiles, fibers, threads and mixed media. Tenuous Threads alludes to the delicate lines that bring us together and sets us apart; that joins us yet repels us. All of life is connected through networks, systems, fibers and webs. Communication (visual, verbal, electrical, chemical, and kinetic) enables an exchange of information amongst all life forms. The exhibition includes innovative artworks that utilize textiles, fibers, threads (natural and synthetic) in sculpture, collage, 3D and 2D mixed media that communicates the strength and fragility of what binds all life.”

Tues. Feb. 14th – Sat. March 4th, 2023 / Opening reception: Thurs. Feb. 16th, 5:30-8pm

“SDZ” by Claire Renaut

Crystal Edwards is not anymore the leather of the Eastside group. She did a wonderful job for a long time. Thank you so much Crystal!

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