Sunday, August 28, 2016

Still time to decide to come on out to ODESSA and play for a few days... bring what you are working on or just get into what I am doing!

Maybe some piecework and stitching... Friday September 23
The Fibreworks sponsored FALL FIBRE RETREAT weekend is September 23-25th at the Odessa Hall at the Fairgrounds, and I will be there working away on some of my own things and sharing some tricks and tips I use in my exhibition work and just playing around...

I have a new piece in the works or the spring Kingstn Fibre Artists Show at the TETT mid-March through mid-April 2017, so have to get some sewing underway! The calendar is so busy and making time for stitching is just mandatory now as we head into September.

Maybe a bit of Dye work on Saturday... September 24th
You know me... most of my work is dye based and I like using MY OWN fabric - sure it is a white cotton base, but I add the colour, textre, line and stitch.

So I will make up some pre-mixed dyes (I will mixing them up on Friday night at the hall Odessa in case you want to join in and learn how to set up a dye run that can be saved and used over and over... likely 5-7 pm.)

Everyone who shows up on Saturday is welcome to join in and make it a DYE DAY!

I want to explore some TEXT on cloth Sunday - so will be developing some cloth to be used in hand stitch exercises... and one of the formats I love is the "discharge" process, using paste that I can water down a bit and paint on with a brush, and also a gel bleach pen... so that will happen early Sunday the 24th of September - and when the Sunday demo starts at about 10 am, I will be sharing some new books and techniques I use as inspiration for SLOW STITCH... hand work - you know, time to fill an afternoon and a piece of cloth!

Sari Silk, stitch practice
Stiching is a passion, and something you have to commit to and make time for and love...

I have to admit that sometimes it is just too tedious for the arthritis plagued hands of this old artist, but I mutter "Yes, You Can" over and over as I start and soon I just find myself able to carry on.

It the colour and the texture and the line and shapes you can image up as you add the stitch. There are friends I really admire for their stitch abilities - Robin Field, Phillida Hargreaves, and Judy Martin... and now Mita Giacomini is my stitch idol.

The collection of threads grows, and I have more needles than I will ever use - time to get busy!
PACKED in, the stitches become the fabric of our lives...
I would love to have you join me for some fun on this fall weekend, so see the Fall Fibre Retreat REGISTRATION FORM on the blog sidebar here at FIBREWORKS Kingston's blog... just glance right!

Hope to see you soon... bring a couple of friends and spend a day or the whole weekend with us!

If you need a pdf copy of the registration form, email be at


Monday, August 22, 2016

CLASS BEGINS at St. Lawrence College on September 15th - hope to see you join us for 12 weeks of fun and sharing!


Bethany Garner Instructor,  
 September 15 - December 1, 2016
12 weeks, 6-9 pm 

Colour, the Quilt Artists' Way  

Colour represents the most exciting of the visual elements for creative expression. Effective use of colour brings a variety of moods into your work. 

Come explore the aesthetic value of colour as you gain a strong understanding of colour principles, tonal gradation, colour mixing, discord, contrast and illusion. You will create a series of small compositions as you develop themes and effects in your quilts that tell a story or make a definitive statement. Visual support materials will be provided during the course to inspire and stimulate your creativity.


Our 2016 Fall Term at St. Lawrence College course is all about exploring COLOUR-PLAY and enjoying the experience both together with classmates and in independent study.  Demonstrations, samples and hands-on study will include the use of contemporary techniques to illustrate the extensive exploration and updating of contemporary processes for developing dynamic COLOUR relationships as you plan and work with fabric and mixed media in your choice of medium and layout for stitching and embellishment.
Course components include the development of personal inventories of colour samples
created through the use of paints, dyes and other forms of color specific materials throughout the 
12 weeks we will spend together in the classroom.. some fabrics and all of the paints and dyes are supplied 
for classroom samples as a part of your materials fee.

UPCOMING SHOWS for 2017...
Exhibition ready work is a goal for many of our students and we will cover all aspects from paper layout, planning and selecting fabrics, embellishments, threads and framing/finishing techniques.

Machine work as well as hand stitch studies focusing on all new work are planned.  Students wishing to work within the guidelines of tradition may certainly work on quilt projects, and those who are brave enough to experiment may go one step farther to create new fabric in colors and dye patterns for use in their personal and original designs for art quilts and wall art or wearables.

One particular focus will be MODERN QUILT design and assembly techniques... using your designers eye to bring the fabrics you have in your stash to life as you develop all new wall and bed quilts that are lively, colourful and destined to be a delight for family an friends both at home and in exhibition opportunities.

We love to have all new students in the course, and welcome returning students wanting to work within the context of shared studio time with like-minded friends. Every student will benefit from the focused classroom creativity and shared techniques.

Visit the St. Lawrence College Part Time Studies Registration pages at in early December to register. Your questions directly to me are most welcome: or

Contact Bethany at 613-376-6150 or for details or with questions.

Saturday, August 13, 2016

Please join me in celebrating the FIBRE CONTENT Exhibition opening, September 8, 2016 and plan to see each of the 125 beautiful pieces of art from 80 Ontario Artists...

Fibre Content 2016 at the Art Gallery of Burlington

September 8 to September 18, 2016

 Meet the Artists” 
Sunday September 11, 1pm-3pm

1333 Lakeshore Road, Burlington, ON L7S 1A9
Location: Lee-Chin Family Gallery & RBC Community Gallery

Juried Exhibition of Fibre Art
125 fibre art quilts and mixed media works by 80 artists from across Ontario.
Admission is Free!
A full colour catalogue of all works will be available for $10.

NEW for 2016: Interactive Exhibit and Artist Talks

An Interactive Exhibit - artists made numerous samples of their work, which you can touch and examine to understand how the work is done!

Artist Talks on how their pieces are made, 
free of charge and open to everyone.

Dianne Gibson             Saturday Sept 10th from 1pm to 2pm
Maggie Vanderweit     Wednesday Sept 14
th from 10am to 11am
Mita Giacomini            Sunday Sept 18
th from 1pm to 2pm

REFLECTIONS, Lake Ontario Spring 2016, Bethany Garner

AGB Mission

The Art Gallery of Burlington is a champion of visual art and fine craft in Burlington. We engage the community in the appreciation and creation of visual arts and are home to our art and fine craft guilds. We provide opportunities for discovery and ‘hands-on’ learning, as well as mentoring and showcasing visual artists at all skill levels.