Thursday, November 1, 2018

Please MARK YOUR CALENDAR and visit with our group of nine talented and committed fibre arts friends as we share a wide variety of  our beautiful new work in fibre and fabric at the

Kingston Yacht Club
Sunday, November 25th, 2018
11 am to 6 pm
We will be upstairs in the VIBRANT Sale and Display Room 

The very best part of knowing these amazing women is that they are all practicing their skills and techniques as Studio Artists and working from their homes to create items with their hands, using the fibre, fabric and practiced techniques that they love. We are each presenting beautiful and useful items that started as an idea and have evolved into tangible, carefully and thoughtfully created and sought after treasures. You will find hand spun, woven, knit, hand and machine-stitcheditems and MORE! all created with love...wearables, home decor, wall art and small and large gifts for all ages, ...something for everyone. 

The variety and quality of the artist's offerings will give you the chance to choose special gifts for friends, family or yourself, and knowing that each has been crafted by a committed artist in fibre and fabric will be the best part of your visit! Always being able to chat and get to know the makers personally is a terrific opportunity, and this group of fast friends will make you smile! Come see for yourself!

Do bring a few friends or your family! Everyone welcome...and the Kingston waterfront is truly beautiful this time of year. The view from the upstairs KYC display room providest a beautiful vista for you to enjoy as you have a look up and down the St. Lawrence along the east end of Lake Ontario as you move among the table displays and enjoy a great chat with the Fibre Artists friends. 

Parking is available on Maitland near the Yacht Club, and you may choose to park a block or two away and enjoy a walk through City Park and down two short blocks to the Yacht Club. Entry is through the main level doors and up the stairs , or choose to join us via the outside starirs which open directly into the Sale Room! (FYI: The Yacht Club is not wheelchair accessible.)

You might plan to see if you can slip downstairs and purchase a light lunch  in the KYC dining room as you visit our 1st Annual VIBRANT Sale...enjoy! 

We hope you will join us November 25th.

Sunday, October 21, 2018

DYE DAY COMING AT Odessa Fairgrounds Hall and all of our fibre friends as well as our weaving friends are welcome to join in on the fun!

We have the Odessa Hall at the Fairgrounds 
Odessa, ON (just south of the 401 on Highway 6) 
9:30-5 pm
Workshop Fee: $45 for the day, INCLUDING a $10 materials fee and
your comprehensive dye handout covering dye work for both fabric and yarns processing

Email Bethany for additional details or directions to Odessa...

Fibre Reactive Dyes are so much fun to play with, and when I recently shared a 'Play Days Retreat' with a few friends here at Odessa, the students said "DO LET ME KNOW" when another day that is devoted to dye play is available and I would love to come out!

Well, the date is set in my calendar and I invite you to join me and bring several friends who LOVE colour on cloth!

A fun filled day for fibre lovers...
Welcome to Quilters and Fibre Arts Enthusiasts
 YOU are invited to join me and spend a full day dyeing cotton, linen, rayon, silk or other cellulose fabrics of your choice.
and  YES, 
 For our friends who are Weavers!
YOU can prepare and bring your pre-skeined cotton, linen 
or silk yarns 
for dye painting or immersion dyeing,
and/or several pre-wound warps for dye-painting.

 I will have 15 glorious colours of  Procion Fibre Reactive Dyes all prepared and ready for your use and sharing all through the day

SUPPLIES LIST - please plan to bring

* Pre-washed fabrics and/or yarns that are ready for dyeing
*FLAT DYEING Projects require thin, roll plastic for laying between the layers of fabrics that you can dye in this one day (8 - 10 half metres by the width of fabric are normal in the day!)
* You will need to bring plastic table cover and old towels to catch drips UNDER your table
*Paint brushes if dyeing warps ( I use foam brushes)
*Gloves and wipe up towels or paper towels
*A container or bin (something to take the wet fabrics home in)
* Beer Cups or small containers to hold your dyes
* For flat dyeing, a slanted paint brush (dollar store) is great for working out the air bubbles between layers of plastic and your fabrics as you build one layer after another or painted fabrics
** You can dye so much more than fabrics and yarns - paper, a shirt or blouse, dye paint a jacket or dye paint some tea towels or other home d├ęcor items at your table (no immersion dyeing this time)
** Bring a few poles that have been string wrapped for shibori or fold some fabrics and prepare them for clamped paint work with dyes from small flat containers at your table. 
** You will need a bucket or other container for transporting wet fabrics home in, as they will all require batching for 24-48 hours after the workshop day before rinsing and wash out!
** Wear old clothes and bring your LUNCH. Coffee, tea and water provided and a few treats for the sweets/chocolate lovers!
Registration form may be printed from the sidebar link at the right side of the Blog or use the brief form below (copy and print from home).
Payment by cheque may be mailed to : Bethany Garner, 3275 Orser Road, Elginburg, ON 

OR:  you may do an e-transfer online through your bank to Bethany using her email:
Hope you will join me for a fun filled day and get ready for a wonderful winter of sewing or weaving  using your own hand-dyed fabrics and yarns!


CONTACT:   613-376-6150   email:
REGISTRATION FORM: (Please mail or email to Bethany at the address above)
I WILL ATTEND THE  FIBREWORKS KINGSTON Dye Day at the Odessa Fairgrounds Hall on Friday, November 30th from 9:30-5 pm
Telephone:                                                             Email:
I will  need one table _________   or Two Tables_______________
I am paying by Cheque __________ Or will send an E-Transfer________________

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Global Warming will travel with FIBRE CONTENT all across Ontario for next two years... thanks to the Jury and teams of organizers for this amazing Fibre Art Exhibition opportunity...

Global Warming, Bethany Garner, Kingston, ON 2018

Inspired by a photo taken by Astronaut Mark Kelly, from the International Space Station as it passed over the Hudson’s Bay in 2016.  Artist’s dyed/spun rovings, hand-stitched on her spun and woven wool  background. Couching threads hand dyed by Dianne Gibson.

The 2018 Fibre Content Exibition was the Fourth Biennial Juried Exhibition of Contemporary Fibre Art. It showcased 90 works by 60 artists from across Ontario, in fabric, paper, yarn, thread and mixed media materials. The goal, as always, was to raise the profile, awareness and acceptance of Fibre Art as a true art form.

The Premiere was, again, at the Art Gallery of Burlington, from September 6th to September 16th, 2018. A selection of 40 pieces forms a smaller version of the Exhibition which will travel to seven Northern Ontario locations into 2020!

You can see the full Gallery of all 90 pieces at the link here:  Gallery Link

Lake of the Woods Museum, Kenora Sept 25 to Nov 10, 2018

Dryden and District Museum Nov 27 to Jan 28, 2019

Fort Frances Museum Feb 4 to April 1, 2019

Thunder Bay Museum April 8 to June 28, 2019

Timmins Museum: NEC July 8 to Sept 9, 2019

Simcoe County Museum Sept 28 to Nov 5, 2019

Orillia Museum of Art & History Nov 9 to April 26, 2020

Congratulations to Robynne Cole and Dwayne Wanner, founding members of the FIBRE CONTENT Show.

 Thank you to each of the many volunteers, the jury and the Special Lecture speakers and Workshops Instructors that helped during the run at the Art Gallery of Burlington.

Do try to follow along as the traveling show makes it's way across Ontario and try to see the beautiful work.

CONGRATULATIONS to everyone who submitted work for consideration and to the 60 artists chosen to share their work .

Tuesday, August 28, 2018

Do plan to visit this important and the ONLY all Canadian Art Exhibition from SAQA . The quilts will be on display at the Mississippi Valley Textile Museum until September 22, 2018.

"Artist Walk and Talk" gallery tours will be available on 
Sunday September 9th at 10 am, 1 pm and 3 pm 
with Bethany Garner,  My Corner of the World - Canada Exhibition Curator 

The Museum is hosting the huge FIBREFEST weekend September 8 and 9th 
as well, so a wonderful time to visit the Village.

The Art Quilts represent 40 wonderful art quilt designers and stitch artists from across Canada who are part of Studio Art Quilt Associates (SAQA). This travelling exhibition, developed by SAQA, together with the Stratford Perth Museum, features the artists’ interpretation of their particular “corner of the world.” 
The designs and techniques are wonderfully varied. Some pieces depict an actual place, while others are abstract and evoke a feeling of place in time. All of them are technically intricate, and each deserves careful study.

SAQA is dedicated to presenting and preserving thought-provoking cutting-edge artwork and has 3400 members around the world. It is known for developing outstanding, museum-quality exhibits. The catalogue that accompanies the exhibit features all 40 pieces, as well as 40 more by international artists that are on display at the Stratford Perth Museum. Make sure to come and enjoy these fascinating depictions of special Canadian spaces.   

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!