Try your hand at weaving while sipping cocktails

Normal Heights hotspot Sycamore Den takes the ancient art of weaving to its coolest heights with an upcoming workshop with local artist Sarah Eli on March 22. The skillful craft has shaped humanity throughout time, and dates anywhere from 6000 BC to a whopping 27,000 years ago (that’s the Paleolithic era for you non-history buffs) depending on your source.

In the bar’s true style of merging the past with the present, the beyond-cool retro Sycamore Den brings art, craft and a little imbibing to the scene this week.

From 6-9 p.m. burgeoning artists and craftsmen can create their own woven wall hanging (in ‘70s colors) and learn skills to take home for future weaving endeavors. There’s even complimentary wine and prosecco to ease your artsy performance jitters.

PACIFIC recently spoke with artist Sarah Eli to find out more about the event and her experience with weaving.

PACIFIC: What’s the lowdown on the workshop? Can anyone come?

SARAH ELI: The workshop is very introductory, and people will be learning three main techniques. We provide all the equipment, including a loom, along with basic skills to take home and continue on their weaving journey! The workshop will definitely have a retro feel with ‘70s earth colors and hues to vibe with the Sycamore Den.

What are the three techniques?

The basic weave, the sumac weave, which looks like a brain, and the fringe technique, which people think of at the bottom, but can be incorporated anywhere on the tapestry.

How did you get into weaving?

I was on a vacation and I decided I wanted to learn a skill. I started looking at books and the internet and I self-taught.

Have you always been into art?

I did projects at younger age and it’s funny how that all came full circle. I’ve been doing other projects, like photography, and art has always been something I enjoy. Weaving allows me to use fun colors and express myself.

You are originally from South Dakota. Any Native American influences to your work?

That’s interesting you mention that. I’m starting a new piece, and it feels very Native American to me. It’s an influence that is probably in me that I’m not even conscious of.

Follow Sarah on Instagram @sarahelistudios and look for future collaborations with Sycamore Den and Little Dame.

Space is limited, so grab your tickets for the workshop here.

Sycamore Den, 3391 Adams Ave., Normal Heights, 619.563.9019,