Okan Arts- Japanese Fabrics & a Whole Lot More


Seattle’s SDA group had the pleasure of having Patricia Belyea speak to them recently.  Patricia is both the owner of Okan Arts and the powerhouse that created “Stashfest”- a fundraiser for the La Conner Quilt and Textile Museum.  Her passionate voice in the Northwest quilting community encourages and cajoles others to try using unusual fabrics in their artwork, as well as contributing to and building the Northwest as a major quilting center.

Okan Arts imports vintage Japanese Yukata Cottons, as well as being Patricia’s business for selling her artisan quilts, being a speaker and teacher, and leading retreats.  There are a few places still available in the 2013 Okan Arts Quilt Retreat with Joe Cunningham and Patricia Belyea.  In their retreat, students mater techniques for creating simple yet innovative quilts, learning directly through cutting and sewing.  Held on Hood Canal (2 hours from SeaTac airport) the 5 night workshop includes instruction, programs, ALL meals & snacks, and group accommodations.  The dates are Sunday Nov 10- Fri Nov 15, 2013.  Patricia and Joe are generously contributing a portion of the proceeds from this retreat to support the  La Conner Quilt & Textile Museum.  For more information or to register go to the Okan Arts website at: http://okanarts.com/learn/retreat/


Patricia also leads some fun classes out of her Ballard-based Okan Arts classroom, including “Counterintuitive Piecing”, “Doodle Piecing”, and “Freemotion Quilting”.  You can check out more about these classes at: http://okanarts.com/learn/seattle-classes/

Looking to spice up your fabric stash?  Contact Patricia to come see and buy some of the lovely hand-dyed yukata cotton fabrics from Japan.  She has more than 450 bolts available!  http://okanarts.com/contact/

Meet Patricia Belyea of Okan Arts


SDA members are meeting at the home of Patricia Belyea, owner of Okan Arts.  Patricia imports and sells vintage hand-dyed Japanese yukata cottons. Right now she has the largest inventory in North America with approximately 470 bolts.

We’ll start in her quilting studio which is a transformed formal dining room and spend time talking about what’s up on the design walls.  Then we’ll head downstairs to her yukata cotton ya (“shop” in Japanese) and classroom. We’ll check out the various pattern styles of yukata cottons as well as talk about yukatas in Japanese culture and the chusen printing process.

SDA Seattle weekday meeting for October 2013

Date: Wednesday, October 2, 2013
Time:  Noon – 3 pm
Location Okan Arts

315 NW 52nd Street
Seattle WA 98107

(This is in the Ballard neighborhood, down the hill from the west side of the Zoo. The most important thing to notice it is NW 52nd, not N 52nd.)

Bring your lunch and Patricia will have something fun to munch and drink as a mid-meeting snack (gluten-free).

And please bring your current work to show the group as well.
Questions? Contact  Sharon Rowley, sharon@rowleyart.com