Saturday, July 28, 2018

REGISTRATION: FIBREWORKS-Kingston Weekend Workshops 2018
 Retreat Days, 9:30-5 pm on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday as scheduled.
Come when you can and stay as long as you like!
Workshops will be held at ODESSA FAIRGROUNDS HALL in the Village of Odessa, just west of Kingston. (in the hall attached to the back of the BIG BARN with the red roof.
Supply Lists available with paid registration. 

CABIN FEVER RETREAT - September 12-14, 2018 
(something for everyone)

I have been so busy with my duties at the TETT Centre for Creativity and Learning the past couple of years that FIBREWORKS has taken a bit of a back seat. This fall lets get together and spend some great days creating together. 

Hoping YOU are looking forward to fall 2018 and some days that will bring you time for getting out your fabrics and paints and trying some new works experimenting with SILK PAINTING, using a very free form style of painting I learned from friend Betty Busby as she created her backgrounds for application of Non-Woven Fabric that is also coloured with fabric paints and then cut with a small "heat tool" (soldering-like craft tool that plus in and heats up for cutting fabrics), creating free form cut out openings and holes that can be the catalyst for overlays for exciting dimensional art!

Then a day of Indigo Play, as this is a passionate art form that everyone can participate in and bring the joy of BLUE into your artwork and quilts. The Indigo play can continue into Friday or until the vats are exhausted. Cotton, linen, silk and knits that are cotton based can all be used for this project.

Day three will find you all working on an art quilt that uses up your fabric scraps or your hand dyed fabrics like the ones I have used below in TURNING POINT - flat dyed right here at the Odessa Hall with friends. 

TURNING POINT, Free Form Piecing using Flat Dyed fabrics, Bethany Garner
Now touring with SAQA's MY CORNER OF THE WORLD
Please see the "Cabin Fever Retreat" page on the right sidebar here at the blog for all of the details and then copy and print from there your registration form or email me at for a pdf copy.

I look forward to having YOU and do bring along a few creative and arts focused friends and lets fill the hall on three beautiful fall days with the excitement of Colour, Cloth, Paint and Stitch!

DAY ONE: SILK, painted and manipulated... 
and the use of hand painted, heat cut NON WOVENS for delicate stitched overlay

DAY TWO: INDIGO for the Love of BLUE

DAY THREE: Create your own IMPROV ART QUILT (using up your scraps and small bits)

Included in your full Retreat Fee of $120 is participation in and handouts for the three working art-filled days/demonstrations that Bethany will share that will bring participants a chance to learn a new skill or have the opportunity to focus in on some fun for an entire day!

YOUR Retreat Options:

(  ) FULL retreat - September 12-14, 2018 - I want to attend all Three Days  -  Fee $120
(  ) Day one -  Wednesday, Sept. 12th only -   SILK, painted and the use of hand painted, heat distressed NON-WOVENS for delicate stitched overlay    $50, single day
( )  Day Two - Thursday, Sept. 13th only - INDIGO: For the Love of Blue      $50, single day
( )  Day three - Friday SEPT. 14th only IMPROV ART QUILT  $50, single day
( ) TWO RETREAT DAYS of choice - I will attend ______Wed.  _____ Thu. _______ Fri.  $80

     (please tick the two days you plan to attend for planning purposes only)

( ) I want to attend all three days but will be working on my own art, not the planned CABIN FEVER projects and do not need the handouts and will not be using any supplies provided by Bethany - $60 to attend as a 'lone wolf' artist for all three days

Hoping you will be able to join me and fall into some fun in September. 
Do contact me with your questions and open and copy your registration form on the sidebar to the right of this article here at the blog.

Have a great August!

Friday, March 9, 2018

SUMMER SCHOOL FOR THE ARTS.. my favourite place to be during the dog days of summer... our July Workshops are open for registration and I would love to spend time with YOU!

1000 Islands Summer School of the Arts at St. Lawrence College releases their Digital Catalogue of courses planned for SUMMER 2018. Come Join in on the fun! Bring friends...

1000 Islands Summer School of the Arts 

SSOA 2018 guide cover image

2017 marked our 50th summer of providing quality arts programming in the heart of the world famous 1000 Islands and Eastern Ontario.

Hoping you will consider joining us in Brockville, Cornwall or Kingston - the summer days are filled with ART and great fun  along the St. Lawrence River and Lake Ontario! Special thanks to all our wonderful instructors and participants who made our 50th anniversary a success!
We welcome all of our fibre and textile friends to join us for the 1000 Islands Summer School of the Arts! Registration for 2018 is now open.
With ever-expanding course options ranging from traditional to contemporary painting techniques, music, dance, pottery, to culinary arts and more, there will truly be something for everyone. The course fees are highly competitive and very reasonable Residence Room accommodations on campus are available on a first-registered basis, so have a peek and get your seats reserved and your rooms booked for a terrific summer experience.
Please click on the image at the top of the page for a digital copy of the College's 2018 Catalogue
Bethany Garner, with 22 years on the staff of St. Lawrence College as a Professor in the Textile Design Program, will share two great full credit courses this year . The first week will be at her home-based Kingston Campus July 9-13th and the second at the Brockville Campus in the beautiful ARTS STUDIO from July 30-August 3rd . Beth welcomes students from across Ontario and Northern NY as the classes are launched here for this Summer School for the Arts schedule.
DARKNESS, Pine Rake in Northern Ontario, Bethany Garner 
Soy Wax Batik on vintage linen table covering, coloured with India Ink. Machine stitched. Frame mounted.
Colour on Cloth
In this course, students develop a personal inventory of colour samples using paints, natural and fibre reactive dyes, and related tools and materials as they work with the techniques for colouring fabric. Students complement and develop their arts focused skills as they study application and design potential. Classroom studies find the students applying current and innovative trends in the use of colour in fibre art, surface design, and project execution. Design work using Soy Wax Batik, Arashi Shibori, Indigo and Fibre Reactive dye protocols and dye/paint applications will be a focus. 
Instructor: Bethany Garner
Jul 9-13, 2018, Kingston Campus
$268.20 13 ARTS 109

MARKINGS II, Bethany Garner
Fibre Reactive Dyes on vintage textile table linen, pieced and hand quilted

Surface Design and Stitch
This course focuses on the development of technical skill, aesthetic, and conceptual interests through surface design. The emphasis is on techniques and approaches for paint/print work and hand/machine stitch on cloth. Students learn to colour fabric and add texture using surface design techniques to translate ideas into original works. Hand and machine stitch will fill the hours as students work to create an all new body of work while enjoying multiple techniques for building their skills in colour and design on various cloth including cotton, linen and silk.
Instructor: Bethany Garner
Jul 30-Aug 3, Brockville Campus
$268.20 11 ARTS 110
Please contact our St. Lawrence College Continuing Education Office if you wish to be on the mailing list for our 1000 Islands Summer School of the Arts catalogue (shipped February/March 2018).
Continuing Education Office Contact:

Campus Contacts:
Brockville Campus: Sara Barrie:
Kingston Campus : Debbie Baker: 613-544-5400 ext. 1670
Coordinator : Christina Chrysler :

Refund/Withdrawal Policy: Full Refund A full refund if the course is cancelled by the College.
Partial Refund: A refund less $15 administrative fee if the withdrawal request is received in writing/email five (5) business days prior to the start date of the course.
Seniors’ Fees: Seniors 65 years or older can take advantage of reduced fees for credit courses. Students must identify themselves as a senior when registering to receive a discount off the tuition
portion of credit courses. Seniors’ fees are not published.

Friday, November 3, 2017

So very pleased for and proud of our Canadian Quilters who have taken awards at the International Quilt Festival, Houston, TX this weekend... CONGRATULATIONS all.

INTERNATIONAL QUILT FESTIVAL, HOUSTON, November 2018, Canadian Award Winners

You can see all of the International Quilt Festival award winning quilts here

The Pfaff Master Award
for Machine Artistry

Sponsored by Pfaff Sewing Machines


Copper Reflections
by Donna James
of  Nelson, British Columbia, Canada

  A World of Beauty


Art-Abstract, Small
Sponsored by Benartex, Inc.
First Place
The Prairie's Changing Landscape
by Ana Buzzalino
of  Calgary, Alberta, Canada

Traditional Appliqué
Sponsored by World of Quilts Travel
First Place

For Such a Time as This
by Kathy K. Wylie
of  Whitby, Ontario, Canada

Honorable Mention

Receiving Grace
by Elizabeth McDowell Heagy
of  St. Clements, Ontario, Canada

Judge’s Choice
 Sponsored by Bohin France
See the Leaves for the Tree
by Marilyn Farquhar
of Heidelberg, Ontario, Canada
Choice of David Taylor

Saturday, October 28, 2017

I am so proudly an active member of STUDIO ART QUILT ASSOCIATES and it is time to start planning your particpation for 2018. Come on - join in the fun!


SAQA members from Kingston/Perth/Belleville/Brockville/Arnprior area meet for POD meeting in late September... 
The Kingston and area SAQA members met at the Odessa Fairgrounds Hall on September 25th for an all day 'INDIGO - For the Love of Blue' play date and all of the dye players had a super time making little or no mess and PLENTY of BLUE fabric during the day with a 1-2 pm SAQA meeting and shared 'Creative Buffet' of new work underway.  Lots of experimenting and getting the handsbue and two of the dyers took home vats to refresh and continue their play time!

Having the opportunity to spend time with our SAQA friends who are gathering across the area is a great way to keep our links and friendships growing and developing.  While the numbers were low for the Odessa play date, as we all know September is a busy travel and yard work time of year for many of our members... and we all had good fun! 
I know there are pods gathering in Toronto, London area and Fergus area though I don't know if they have official names or contacts other than our own MAGGIE VANDERWEIT - SAQA Regional Representative. Thanks to Millie Cumming and Maggie for hosting recently! Do be in touch with these members for more details .

I know there is a TORONTO POD meeting on November 7th but do not have the details for you here. Do chat with our SAQA friend Gunnel Hag at , as she will likely know.
SAQA - NIAGARA PENINSULA “POD” - contact Dianne Gibson (will try to secure their more recent October photo with more members)

Also hope there is a recent photo from their area POD meeting October 15 in Almonte that someone will share!

Ottawa Valley/St. Lawrence SAQA members at the home of Heather Dubreuil in spring 2017

Hoping this fall each of you are enjoying time for stitching together, and working up planning for Spring Retreats, more POD meetings and just being with SAQA friends along the way. Winter months are awesome for planning and creating new work  for upcoming SAQA CALLS TO ENTRY,

* Registration is OPEN now for the awesome SAQA 'TEXtiles' Spring Conference in San Antonio, TX April 5-8, 2018!

Early Bird Registration ends November 1st.  
(I have booked my room t the San Antonio Drury Inn and looking for a ROOMMATE to share the cost! 2 room suite and I will take the folding couch and the 'mate' can have the King bed...  let me know!       garner[AT]

Hoping YOU can attend! Take a friend! There is not a better city to explore in early April when the warm temperatures and sunshine abound!

2018 SAQA TEXtiles Conference, San Antonio. TX  Registration Fees 
$350 - Early Bird Registration (must register by November 1st)
$400 - Full Conference Registration ($40 late fee applies after March 1st)
$200 - Regional Representatives (must attend Reps meeting)
$150 - Full time student (verification will be required)

* Enjoy the coming months and do make time for SAQA events and friends... make some calls and meet-up for seeing a show together, check out meetings of our provincial SAQA Pods and bring along a friend or two!

* Lots of memberships renewing at this time of year and this is the very BEST time to get your membership secured for all of the great things happening in 2018! Follow the link here to renew your membership! And don't forget that there are benefits for recruiting new members - so do invite your friends to join us!

* QUILTS=ART=QUILTS opens in the Schweinfurth Art Center at Auburn, NY and is not to be missed!

Many SAQA international stars are featured on the Artists List - with HELENA SCHEFFER  from Beaconsfield, QC representing our country this year .

Let's all try to support this beautiful show with our entries this exhibition for 2018! (Open to artists from around the world)

A short drive into Northern NY and a great "road trip with friends" opportunity. I plan to get down during November!

See you along the way...

Thursday, October 26, 2017

New MODERN QUILT GUILD forming in Prince Edward County and Bay of Quinte area..... if you are keen to discover the magic of clean, fresh, contemporary quilt design, come visit!

The Truth Behind Morning Make

from her great blog here


At work in her Studio, Cheryl has infration at her blog to entice YOU to try her Early Morning Make routinee and get some work done...

As the brand new BAY OF QUINTE  MODERN QUILT GUILD begins the journey to becoming a full fledged and recognized international Modern Quilt Guild here in Ontario, we celebrate the quilters who have taken the Improv and Modern Quilt movement here in Canada to a whole new plateau. The quilts that are appearing in shows, shop class lists and at Guild Show and Tell segments are all just wonderfully exciting.  

Take a peek at the Facebook Page that Bill Stearman has set up for the start-up Guild - it is wonderful! Great photos and sure to be one that you should friend and add to your reading list!
Amazing work done by Bill Stearman and shared at the first Bay of Quinte Modern Quilt Guild meeting
Great quilts created by the members of the new Guild are shared at each meeting...

I attended this week's meeting at the Ameliasburg Hall in Prince Edward County and was truly inspired by the 'ready to get this going' commitment of all of the 12 or 13 participants. I am excited and eager to try to participate as often as possible.

Bill and friends have rented the hall for a fourth Monday 3-5 pm meeting through December 2017, at the Hall in Ameliasburg and the dates for the 2018 meetings are being booked. The later afternoon allows several members who work to participate.  

If interested in more details, do please contact bill at bill.stearman[AT] Everyone welcome.

Thursday, September 21, 2017

For all of my students at St. Lawrence College... you are invited to submit work for the 10th Annual Juried Artists Exhibition at Brockville Campus Gallery!

Attention artists!
The Marianne van Silfhout Gallery invites visual artists of all artistic levels to submit work of any medium for display in our 10th Annual Juried Exhibition. 

This year’s theme, Soul Confessions & Guilty Pleasures, challenges artists to push their creative limits to depict their interpretation of this theme. The call is open to artists across the region.

Painting is just another way of keeping a diary.”— Pablo Picasso

9pm, Friday, October 27, 2017.


Please see the attached application for submission details.

 Christina Chrysler

School of Continuing Education
Coordinator, 1000 Islands Summer School of the Arts
Marianne van Silfhout Gallery
Curator/Community Outreach
School of Justice Studies and Applied Arts
Professor/Program Coordinator, Visual & Creative Arts-Fine Arts
St. Lawrence College


Tuesday, September 19, 2017

FLASHBACK - from the exhibition sponsored by THREADWORKS currently open at Arthur Child Heritage Centre, Gananoque, ON through October 24th... a show NOT to be missed!

News for those who love fibre art, and work, quilts, woven work and embroidery! Please share with friends...

The amazing traveling exhibition that is sponsored by the well recognized THREADWORKS team, Elizabeth Duggan Litch and Sharron Deacon Begg and the CONNECTIONS Fibre Artists, along with the Ontario Network of Needleworkers . THREADWORKS, is currently being exhibited in Gananoque through October 30th ... and well worth the drive! 
THREADWORKS has been an amazing show, shared across Ontario for the past 25 years and with 11 separate shows during that time frame. The current exhibition has been seen in six galleries across Ontario over the past 20 months and just arrived in Gananoque this past week.

In the Arthur Child Heritage Museum Gallery you will find the many works shared from the beautiful collection of work on tour that will speak to each of you in very special ways - the techniques incorporated in the artwork is very well executed and the variety amazing! Jewellery, art quilts, sculpture, photo transfer, embroidery and hand stitch that will inspire and bring you close to the special effort that has gone into each individual piece. Large pieces that were designed for the walls and exciting small works that exemplify the talent and special skills of the stitchers.

Hoping you might have the opportunity between now and October 30th to visit the Arthur Child Heritage Centre along the beautiful St. Lawrence River in Gananoque and visit this truly beautiful exhibition of art quilts and fibre art pieces that are currently on display. A number of well known local artists have work in the show as well as artists from across Ontario and indeed Canada. 

The Museum will also be of interest as the keeper of an amazing collection of works that profile the history of the St. Lawrence River, the early life along the river and the talented artisans whose work is housed at the Museum. Husbands will have time to explore the shipping and outdoor exhibits while YOU enjoy the artwork. Children's exhibits are hugely important to the museum as well - so everyone is welcome.

Please plan a day trip with family or friends and enjoy seeing the work of artists you know and admire while the exhibition is in place... you will not be disappointed. Car pools of friends will enjoy time together or perhaps even day out including lunch and a walk through Gan's downtown and many antique and specialty shops. This is a great time of year to take a drive and visit Gan... the shops in the area bursting with great fall buys and the restaurants are open and welcoming. Antiques and FIBRE ART - what could be better.

Threadworms - Running the Stitch by Coralia Reid, Kingston, ON

Arthur Child Heritage Museum (on the waterfront next to the Gananoque Boat Lines docks just as you come into the town from the west off Highway 2)

125 Water Street.
Gananoque Ontario, K7G 3E3

613.382.2535 | 1.877.217.7391 (If you have questions, please call before you go to make sure you have the time to enjoy the exhibition to its best advantage)

September 4th – October 30th: 10 – 4 pm
Tours are available by appointment during the off season.

Office Hours:

Call: 613-382-2535 for office hours during the off season.


Admission is FREE, but donations are greatly appreciated.