Thursday, July 4, 2024

Join me at the Tett Centre for Creativity and Learning... we are sharing our Mini-RETREAT- "Let's Stitch Again, Like We Did Last Summer" on July 13th and 14th 2024

Hi everyone... here we are in JULY and ready for some gathering and fun as we share two days of fun !! Have a peek at our notes below...

Stitching and Textile Arts play is coming soon to the Tett Centre for Creativity & Learning when those who are keen to "MAKE" together in our two-day event in the Tett Rehearsal Hall, July 13th and 14th, 9:30-4:30 both days!!

Join me in bringing friends in Kingston and the area together for two days of making new art of their own and working on their projects all the while sharing some laughter and creativity. We love working on design play, colour on cloth, weaving, hand stitching, working to create garments, journals, collage work, and many other types of cloth art! I will share a collection of my latest and most favorite collections of artwork for inspiration.
And I love encouraging those who will join in, building on skills and creativity for our new students and friends... we will all enjoy sharing our tips for helping get your ideas underway!
COME PLAY!!! Bring a friend...
(We love that so many beautiful artworks can be created during retreats!)

Fabric pattern of crisscrossed blues and greens with photos of people in a canoe overlaid.

Saturday, July 13 + Sunday, July 14, 9:30AM - 4:30PM
Rehearsal Hall
Bethany Garner

You're invited to join a this mini retreat, bringing you together with friends and newcomers keen to work on projects they plan.

The retreat offers you the opportunity to meet a great group of up to 16 students/friends who will enjoy TWO FULL DAYS of work and play, from 9:30AM - 4:30PM on July 13 + 14th.

ART PLAY is the focus. I encourage design play, colour on cloth, weaving, hand stitching, working to create garments, journals, collage work, and many other types of cloth art! Beth will have a lovely sharing of her artwork for inspiration. She encourages building on skills and creativity for our new students and will work along to help get your ideas underway!

Questions? Please contact Beth at or via her website at (for personal messages). Masks are welcome though not mandated at the Tett Centre.

Beginner/Intermediate Friendly | Ages 18+


$100 | Register by e-transfer to Bethany Garner:

Beth would love to chat with each of you as you register, so you may share the type of work you are planning to do in the retreat. Please email at or drop by Bethany's studio in the Creativity Studios at the Tett Centre (2nd Floor/Middle Level).

About the Instructor

Creativity and learning is Bethany's major focus and she look s forward to the two days where students will come join in again! Building on skills and sharing her own paths, Beth is a textile and weaving arts professional, focused on sharing her 23 years’ teaching experience as the retired Textile Arts Program Instructor at St. Lawrence College within our Community. She is keen to support those who have an interest in using fibre and stitch as their art medium. Beth is a weaver and art quilt designer who has work traveling in Canada, and the US, as well as around the world with Studio Art Quilt Associates. Beth is a local authorized dealer for Ashford Wheels and Looms.

Instagram @LiseGarner

Monday, May 22, 2023


Please join me at the annual INSPIRATION: SUMMER FIBRE ARTS CAMP I will be hosting at the Tett Centre for Creativity and Learning, July 23-29th in the Activity Room and Gallery on Level One, and our Tett Centre on the Lake Ontario waterfront. 

Students will enjoy FIVE DAYS days of wonderful art play with friends from across Ontario and right here in Kingston... so please feel free to register by using this link, below here:

(or contact Bethany through her email for registration via e-transfer if that is preferred. SEATS ARE LIMITED... so don't wait too long!)

Daily projects Sunday through Thursday, July 23-27th will find the artist friends working on:

DAY ONE: Dyeing cloth using Procion MX Dyes, 

DAY TWO: Working on  the absolute fun of Deconstructed Screen Printing with thickened dyes, creating exciting new and original prints for their cloth inventory

DAY THREE: Creating with Collage Art, and your work may include cloth you dyed on Sunday or plan to bring your choice of fabrics, tools of your choice for layering and design play and some Matt Medium for layering paper and cloth.

DAY FOUR: DYEING with RUST - the most fun project day using bits and pieces of rusty finds" from your garage, some searches in local barns, found objects, and even some metal pieces hidden in the basement that will provide rust with mordants in our dye/print pots. Stitch play is always so much fun with rusty bits on cloth!

DAY FIVE: Students will continue to play with all of the projects underway on days one - four and on Friday, and/or for fun, we will work on creating hand or machine-pieced Journal Covers with the cloth you have worked on all week. This will hopefully encourage you to enjoy the memories of ART Camp in one or more great referral journals - (5 x 7 journals provided). Please plan to tuck in your sewing machines if possible - you may need them all week, and bring an extension cord!

AND NOW - See below...

Just for fun, the students will be able to add an additional TWO DAYS to our Arts Camp adventure as they join me for an additional two days for:


Students who can and would like to stay on for a two-day additional Art Camp session on July 28th and 29th will find themselves immersed in the absolute joy of wrapping, dyeing and painting on some of their dyed cloth (or solid colour, pre-washed fabrics of your choice) using THICKENED DYES as the base cloth for adding dye-painted SHIBORI DESIGNS onto wrapped poles on Day One, July 28th of our additional two camp days...

And on Day Two, July 29th, we will be working to design and create the base cloth for a wonderful BORO ART, collaged fabric handbag... and the tutorial will be shared with registered students before the additional Camp Project on these last two days... COME PLAY!!

PLANNING for just the two days? If you can only attend Camp on the last two days, Friday and Saturday, July 28th and 29th, do try to get your tickets here as the seats are limited...

Click here to purchase your tickets:

or enter the link below:

Hope to see you all soon... looking forward to our annual INSPIRATION: Summer Fibre Arts Camp in July! Bring a friend!! All of the details are posted with the link above...

Questions? contact me at:[at]

Tuesday, March 21, 2023

Join Bethany for a lovely day creating beautiful TEXTILE LANDSCAPE artwork from 9 am to 4 pm - You are so welcome to join in on the design/stitch fun!!

Bethany Garner, Instructor
9:00 am to 4 pm, Saturday April 15th
Activity Room, Level One
Tett Centre for Creativity and Learning
370 King Street West, just east of Sir John A Blvd.
Parking in the Upper Lot on King Street next to the Tett/Isabel Bader

Hoping you will join me and also the Kingston Fibre Artists Exhibition right next door in the Gallery on Level One.

Come spend a day working along with Beth as she guides you through the ease of cutting, stitching, and embellishing your collection of cloth pieces chosen for your artwork. Bringing the vision to life as a "Maker" is what this workshop is all about, and sharing time with like-minded artist friends in the classroom will get you started or support your love of the landscapes you love. Feel free to bring photos, or your own landscape cloth artworks to share.

We start at 9:00 am - and enjoy time together until 4 pm and we will be working on pieces that will finish about 12" square (includes adding cloth that equals a 2" border all around for framing if you like). Colour play is always good fun, so bring a palette that makes you happy!

Sewing machines are welcome...handwork is encouraged. 

While the Tett does not have a mask mandate in place, we invite you to feel comfortable wearing a mask to help support others. We do not provide food for the class, but the Juniper Cafe is just down the hall and welcomes students.


$65+ | 18+ | Limited Capacity | use the link above or Click here to purchase your tickets

Instructor, Bethany Garner, is a seasoned contemporary artist, traditional quilter, Restoration Specialist, Quilt Conservator, and is a retired Professor of Textile Design at St. Lawrence College, Kingston. She has inspired her students to take chances, try new things, and explore their favourite techniques in the classroom and at home.

Beth has been sharing her favourite techniques in the classrooms since 1996, and brings her students a number of mixed-media, and cloth-based colouring workshops based on the application of easy to use Procion MX Dyes, acrylic paints, inks, and silk paints for cloth, fibres and threads. Bethany’s courses are technique based, fun and developed to ensure that every student is accepted and feels included, supported and making their way forward on their own creative path.

Monday, March 13, 2023

                                  UNIQUE BORO ART

Creating with Japanese Shibori Stitch… April 1, 2023

(In the Activity Room, Level One at the TETT Centre, Kingston, ON)

Bethany Garner, Fibre Artist, and Workshop Instructor



BORO ART is the result of repetition stitching over time and is a quiet, even solemn path to artwork as a selection for those who love the art of working with cloth. Japanese, who lived in small villages surrounded by mountains, had to repair their clothing and fabric by hand-stitching because of limited resources. They didn’t have enough money or logistics to get the new fabric from the market. In other words, they had to repair instead of replace their fabric. They patched a hole in one piece of fabric, then kept using it. When they found another hole, they patched it or mended it. The repetition of hand-stitching/repairing made a great art piece, and it is called Boro.

Today we create artwork that is often made with hand-dyed indigo-colored cloth and sometimes using items that we have in our closets and drawers, like the pocket of a pair of a family member’s jeans, or a small pile of cloth that is cut up using items from thrift stores or household linens, work a bit and often with holes of tears that leave the cloth in conditions that require mending.

The focus for our workshop day is building on the fabric we have, using the art as a learning session to encourage working along with the handouts/samples I will share and encourage you to be inspired by and strive to create your own designs. There is nothing better than a day with a few small scraps of fabric that can translate into ART… celebrating your decisions with threads, cloth, and some new friends in the classroom that will have their own path to follow and encourage you and share as you work together.

This class will bring you closer to sharing a connection with the art of Japanese BORO art and perhaps start you on a journey with bits and pieces that will inspire all new work. Join me for a full day with some samples from my handy work – and you will only need to bring some of your favourite pieces of cloth, scissors, needles, and thread. 

Oh, and don’t forget, you will need the willingness to try a new technique that reminds you of years of work done by those around the other side of our world that walked before us.     

Contact me to register and the full-day fee is $60, by e-transfer (email me at[at]

or through Eventbrite here:

A comprehensive handout will be supplied with registration... bring your lunch and a drink! (The Juniper Cafe at the Tett Centre is just down the hall! Come enjoy!!


Sunday, February 19, 2023


TWO EVENINGS, one workshop - $60
Imagine the fun of exploring fibre art play with a group of friends in a setting that will allow you to create an original piece of FIBRE ART along with a learning experience that is FUN!

Register here through Eventbrite or contact Bethany at[a]

Making cloth art and using favourite cotton or wool threads and yarns, often from her stash of weaving project yarns or handspun wool by local friends, Beth begins the design play with a few favourite, easy-to-learn stitch patterns: french knots, lines, and crosses, circles created with blanket stitch and often, just running stitch!

In this workshop, students will receive a rectangular piece of either black or white wool cloth and have a chance to try a few basic stitch repeated patterns on their cloth that will begin a journey to filling their cloth with their own pattern designs. (See my black and white stitched piece below)

A comprehensive handout will be included in the workshop, and with two evenings in a row to learn, practice and enjoy creating... students will go home with a piece that can be extended into days or weeks of work at home following the workshop as they continue in their own design play. Once finished, the work can be stretched over a canvas or laid into a frame for display.

IMPORTANT: Students will enjoy TWO EVENINGS, and the two consecutive evening WOOL ART CLASS sessions for registered students are booked with the first evening session, Part One starting at 5 pm, and running to 9 pm on March 28 th, and Part Two, second evening same hours on March 29th, 2023

Hoping you will join in on the fun. Drop by Studio 214D at the Tett Centre if you have questions.

** Samples of using hand stitches on wool bases are below... students will work on an Instructor -supplied black or white wool cloth in this workshop, using threads they bring to share. Feel free to bring your own cloth to stitch.!

My favourite project last winter, and now sharing a home with a couple in Georgian Bay, this piece is black Dorr Wool with a centre circle of blanket stitch, french knots and some cross marks, and then the fun begins as the rest of the cloth is filed with hand stitches in random placement. Good fun and EVERYONE can do this!!

This one shares wool "wet felted art" base and some cheesecloth that has been dyed on a dyed background... machine stitched... good fun for another option down the road.

Dorr wool that hs been eco-printed using natural leaves, flowers, and a couple of catalpa pods, a couple of steel washers from my hubby's garage, and lots of stitching. This project is for another day, but my summer 2023 ART CAMP at the TETT Centre is coming in July - so another workshop could be on your calendar...

Sunday, February 12, 2023

                    Please join me in celebrating the upcoming Fibre Art Exhibition featuring 

LINDA COULTER and PHILLIDA HARGREAVESKingston, ON Artists, as they invite you to visit their beautiful artwork at the 

JOHN M. PARROTT Gallery. Belleville Public Library 

March 11-April 12, 2023, Gallery One, 3rd Level

OPENING RECEPTION: March 11, 2023, 2:30-4 pm

Meet the Artists: March 17, March 25, and April 8th from 1-4 pm

ICELANDIC OUTCROP, Philida Hargreaves

Visit Phillida's website for a lovely tour of her artwork and details about her upcoming events.

THE FARM, Linda Coulter

Visit Linda's website for more artwork sharing and information 
regarding her Kingston, ON Studio, and upcoming exhibitions.

Sunday, January 1, 2023

Here we are in 2023, IMAGINE!! And we will start the year with students in our classrooms at the Tett Centre and my favourite workshops coming throughout this all New Year!

 Here we are in 2023 - and the morning daylight has brought fairly clear skies, with the snow melting away - and yes, we slept the night away knowing that we can tuck 2022 away with the other years when things were tough for so many friends and family!


TETT Centre for Creativity and Learning
January 21 and 22nd, Saturday and Sunday - 10 am to 5 pm

The COLOUR YOUR WORLD class that finds the students creating beautifully hand-dyed cloth that I am sharing with area friends at the Tett Centre for Creativity and Learning on JANUARY 21 and 22nd in the Rehearsal Hall of the Centre is full, and there will be another round of Indigo Dyeing and Fabric Painting in MARCH 2023!

In my COLOUR YOUR WORLD workshops, students will have two wonderful days of "flat Dyeing" using Procion MX Dyes on cotton, linen, ramie, silk, or any other cloth you prefer... my cloth is always used in art quilts and the joy of being able to create the gorgeous ombre effects by hand on the table is just so much fun! We will also be exploring the fun of painting with thickened dyes... new for some and a favourite of other artists!

The Indigo Workshop is also now "All Seats Filled", and I am thrilled and excited to be back in the dye pots again in March with a group of wonderful friends....a terrific start to the new year! FOR THE LOVE OF BLUE!!! Dates and details to follow!

Wednesday, December 21, 2022

January 21/22nd, 2023 - Join Bethany for two great days of fun as we work together to enjoy two days of hand-dyeing cloth for your New Year Stash.



Tett Centre for Creativity and Learning,

370 King Street West, Kingston, ON

Saturday and Sunday January 21 and 22, 2023 10 am to 5 pm each day

Bethany Garner, Instructor - 

Everyone is Welcome, Seats are limited!     


Tett Centre Resident Studio Artist, Bethany Garner, brings this TWO-DAY Workshop to students at the Tett Centre for Creativity and Learning in Kingston, ON, on January 21st and 22nd, 2023 in the Rehearsal Hall on the Second Level of this dynamic Arts Hub.

Fabric dyeing is a passion for many local artists, and we welcome newcomers to join us as the workshop days open opportunities for building a personal stash of beautiful, hand-designed OMBRE effects on cotton, linen, and silk cloth using the inspiration of samples shared by the Instructor. Students will also have the opportunity to use thickened dyes for painting on their cloth.

The skills acquired will start newcomers on a path to creativity and learning as they start a new adventure in the workshop classroom. Seasoned arts students and beginners are welcome.

Students will bring their own cloth, pre-washed and dried, ready to dye as well as a plastic table cover and old towels for the floor. Containers to take wet cloth home are needed. Beth will have ready-to-dye white cotton lawn cloth will be available for students at the workshop at $ paid to the Instructor. (Or you can pre-order cloth two weeks before the workshop)

There are no workshop refunds, but if your plans change, you may offer your ticket to a friend or family.

While the Tett Centre does not have a mask mandate required, we welcome you to join us with masks on if you like, as there may be close contact during the workshop. We will set up tables for safe distancing in the classroom.

The classes run from Saturday, January 21 at 10 am through to January 22, 2023, Sunday at 5 pm

Hope to see you join in on the fun...the beautiful cloth and smiles are worth the investment and time!!



Saturday, December 17, 2022

JANUARY 2023 will be a lovely new start for my favourite classes that return to the TETT Centre for Creativity and Learning beginning January 15/16th... FOR THE LOVE OF BLUE!!

 Here we are walking into 2023 in just a few weeks - please follow along as there is fun coming!!

My Indigo Workshop returns to the 
Tett Centre for Creativity and Learning, 
370 King Street West, Kingston, ON
Sunday and Monday, January 15 and 16th, 2023 
The classes will be 10 am to 5 pm each day. 
TWO DAYS in the Activity Room - Level One 
We will be Dyeing all day on the First Day 
and using the beautiful cloth to start new artwork on Day Two ... .

The fee is $100 for the two days and I will be posting to Eventbrite and the Tett Centre EVENTS Pages during our Christmas break. 

Everyone is welcome and there will be cloth available to order for you at $12 per metre, and may be ordered up to two weeks before the classes start. (prepared for dyeing, 100% cotton lawn - such a joy to work with!)

Hoping you will join me as I share my love of vat dyeing and the follow-up - a day of sharing BORO techniques I use in my Indigo artwork!

Let's walk into January together... drop me a note here if you like if you have questions, want to order your fabric or to let me know your interest:[at]


The following week, I am bringing my COLOUR YOUR WORLD,  two-day workshop on Saturday, January 21, and January 22nd (Sunday) to the Rehearsal Hall at the TETT Centre, 10 am to 5 pm both days. Our focus is DYEING CLOTH using Procion MX dyes for your 2023 cloth art projects and MINE!!!

Come join in the fun, and all of the dyes are supplied and ready for you on arrival - 16 gallons in beautiful, mix-ready. Questions or details - contact me at[at] or stop by the TETT (with email notice of the time of your arrival for a visit). 

The Tett Centre is located at 370 King Street West, just east of the Penitentiary and Sir John A Boulevard. Details and directions will be posted on the Tett Centre Events Pages in the next week... and the course is also $100 for the two days.

Happy Holidays everyone...


I will be sharing some of the BORO work I have been doing between now and the workshop - 

Inspiration photos: 

Wednesday, August 3, 2022

A Totally wonderful week of FIBRE FOCUSED ART CAMP with about 26 friends over 7 days...


Bethany Garner, Instructor and Resident Artist 

Tett Centre for Creativity and Learning, Studio 214D, Creativity Studios, Level 2

Here sharing the fun I had with amazing friends old and new...a week of 7 terrific days together

For the love of art.... we gathered at the Tett Centre in Kingston where I have my Resident Artist Studio and began the adventure of working with 6 different techniques over the days we had together.

Artists came from all across Ontario and we shared the fun-filled days of working on new projects - Flat Dyeing with 16 gallons of Procion MX Dyes, Mark Making, Gelli Printing, Eco-Printing, Wet Felted Art, and Indigo dyeing... all full days and full of excitement and joyful banter as the artists worked.

After introductions, the students were anxious to grab a favourite table space and get started. Their carts and bags were unloaded, and the morning "class-like" project start sharing from me, and with just a bit of demonstration, I spent the rest of each day doing individual chats, technique support, finding the right tools for the 'newbies' and providing individual table assistance as the artists began their adventures... all great fun for me!

I look forward to bringing another round of this great workshop week to more students as the months fly by - imagine the surprise as the students got home and rinsed out all of their fabrics - did the minor clean-up of all they went home with for transient dyes and bits of fibres that might just work in new projects... we had so much fun!!

Just a few photos - more to come when I get a minute to post!! THANK YOU to all of the students who made this move from Pandemic Lockdown days a treat for ME!!


                                           Carole Jane Treggett art cloth - hand dyed

Eco-Printing - Shirley MacGregor

My "drop sheets" from the students Indigo play that I will use in MY artwork (great idea)

Wet Felted art in the start mode - this turned out to be a beautiful colour block when finished