What we're about

We are women who do arts and crafts. Some of us are professionals, some have Etsy stores or market online, and some of us just want to get together, make things and have a good time. We talk, do show and tell, and sometimes lead each other in closed workshops. We love the variety of skills and talents among us, knowing that each of us enriches the group experience.

We are now in our ninth year and our group has evolved and grown into an amazing entity, a better community than we had originally hoped for. Our mini workshops have been varied, abundant, and well attended. Our group is warm, accepting, and the friendships we are making are priceless. Our Art Journal group and our Needling Together group (fiber arts) have developed as inviting introductions to non-threatening art for all talents, skills,and visions. Monthly Craft Camp sessions are a great way to work on your unfinished projects while being inspired by others. Our semi-annual weekend retreats are a great get-away for fun and creative surges.

If you are new to our group, you may attend one of our Saturday morning meet-ups where we share what we have been working on and enjoy lunch together. If you decide to become a member, you will need to pay membership dues of $50 for a year. This will enable you to attend all our activities. Membership dues pay the cost of the meetup site, refreshments, administrative fees and subsidize some of our workshops.

This can be paid on Paypal (preferred method of payment while the January membership drive is open), by check, or at the door. If Paypal is not an option, send a check to Lorri Andrews 8403 147th St. Ct.E. Puyallup, WA 98375.

If you'd like to, just stop by and visit us before joining, or you can email us. We'd love to have you.

elisapetersondesign@gmail.com or lindabatway@aol.com

Happy Crafting,

Elisa Peterson, Founder, Queen of Everything & Star Photographer

Genevieve Glassy, Special Events

Kathy Koch, Programs

Linda Batway, Membership and Art Journaling

Lorri Andrews, Treasury

Upcoming events (5+)

Art Journaling

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Linda will make a presentation on making collage books/journals out of children's board books. They are great for small gifts or just for play on a sturdy but small surface. Supplies you’ll want to bring include: a small board book, if you have a chance sand all the pages and covers lightly and paint with gesso. If you don't have a chance I'll bring one for you. images, words, and idea for a theme helps, poem, etc. decorative papers, magazine photos, washi tapes, etc. gel medium, modgepodge or similar medium glue brush, glue, scissors, straight edge, black sharpie, exacto knife or wallpaper cutter, small piece of sand paper a sense of fun Linda will have some of the other needed supplies to share as well. Don't miss it!!! Your art journal is a small personal space for you to experiment with creating images, playing with color, write your thoughts or build upon an idea that speaks to you. No special skills required, you don’t have to know how to draw or paint or anything. You can be a beginner, a seasoned artist or anything in between. There are no rules to follow, no set way of creating a journal. Art journaling is open to all dues paying members. There is no set fee, though donations can be made to the teacher of the session to cover materials and say thanks. If you are brand new to our meetup and want to check us out, we encourage you to attend our monthly 1st Saturday meetup, but you may attend art journaling if it works better for you or if art journaling is your main interest. Bring a book to use as a journal - a sketchbook or mixed media or watercolor book will work well. Some artists use altered books or just sheets of paper they plan to bind at some point. Markers, paints, stencils, stamps, watercolors, acrylic paints and items to add for collages are all great for an art journal. Mostly bring a willingness to explore your creativity in an open, non-judgemental setting, where mistakes can lead to an insight or an opportunity to paint over that stray mark and take on a different vision for your page. IF YOU ARE HAVING DIFFICULTY REGISTERING PLEASE CONTACT LINDA BATWAY AT [masked].

Craft Camp at U.P. Library

University Place Pierce County Library

Bring a project and come craft along with us.

Holiday Hoopla! 

Dystopian State Brewing Co.

It’s almost time for our Holiday Hoopla! Come and join the fun as we get together for some Holiday cheer! Tacoma Arts and Crafts Meetup Members are gathering at Dystopian State Brewing Co. in Tacoma for an afternoon of holiday crafting and celebrating together. Feel free to include an artsy shopping excursion next door at Artists & Craftsman Supply Company. A little elf told us they have a great selection of miniatures in their gift section. (Sunday Hours 10-6pm) We will be serving lovely hors d'oeuvres, elegant desserts and providing an adorable beverage ticket for each guest. Mini Holiday Shadow Boxes are on the crafting menu! We will have a selection of holiday-themed miniatures and backgrounds on hand to select from, plus there will be some nifty samples on display for inspiration. Feel free to bring any special pieces you’d like to include your project. We will provide small jeweler’s boxes, but you are welcome to bring a container of your own for your Holiday masterpiece if you’d like. Some container examples would be; tart tins, matchboxes, jeweler’s boxes, watchmaker tins, Altoid tins, or small picture frames. See samples in the gallery for ideas. To BRING: 1) Please bring a basic kit of scissors, tape, glue, detailing pens (and tweezers if you feel you may need them), as well as any special miniature treasures you would like to include in your mini shadow box. 2) Please create one miniature handcrafted gift (anything goes!) to exchange, wrapped in Holiday paper like an English cracker. (TP tubes work well for this!) This event is a gift to all of our current dues paying members. Please RSVP as soon as possible to help us prepare accordingly. We hope to see you there! Please post carpool meeting spots, space available in car and times to meet, in the comment section below. There is free parking on Sundays. Let’s Get This Party Started! Note: This event is offered as part of our TACG Meetup dues benefits and is for dues paying members in good standing only. To attend, you need to join TACG by the November 2 meetup.

Monthly Meeting And PotLuck

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This meetup is our most popular one because it's more social than structured. It is our monthly general get together and is the best meeting to get to know us. We start with about an hour or so of sharing/show and tell (not required), and finish with lively chatting about crafts. Bring your work and share it with us. Bring your design challenges if you want us to brainstorm with you. Or, just bring yourself and share in the craft talk. If you have a project to work on, feel free to bring that along. Following chat time, we have a potluck lunch and then usually a craft camp session (free) or a organized workshop (fee) for a hands on learning experience. The group provides coffee, tea, and water. Some of you occasionally gift us with treats. We always appreciate that. You are always welcome to participate in the potluck lunch. There is no charge for this monthly meetup if this is your first time attending (and you want to check us out), or if you are a member in good standing whose dues are paid. We pay dues yearly at $50 or every 6 months at $30. If you are new to the group, see Linda and she will prorate your dues. Dues help pay the expenses of running our busy and diverse meetup. They also entitle you to participate in workshops that cost a fraction of what you would pay elsewhere. Join TACG today! Note: If the meetup is full and you want to be on a wait list, please contact the host.

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Needling Together - A Fiber Arts Gathering

Steilacoom Library

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