Sunday, August 1, 2021

I am so pleased to be a new member of the CLOTH IN COMMON Artists group...learn more about the Group and celebrate these amazing Artists along with me!


QUESTIONING, What's Next, Bethany Garner, 2021, Art Quilt

CLOTH IN COMMON

https://clothincommon.com/

Summer is flying by and it has been a busy albeit fairly locked down summer... and being able to create ARTWORK is all the fun I need to just keep working away during these days when we all are still pretty well homebound. We arts practitioners are busy enjoying walks, taking solace in the world around us, and yes, setting calendar dates for possible openings for galleries and shows. MAYBE even being together with the friends and relatives we all love so very much to be with... LIVE, in the same room or at least out of doors... a few feet apart!

Living in the beautiful City of Kingston, ON, and sharing the water views from Lake Ontario through my Studio window with a few visitors is wonderful! As the Tett Centre for Creativity and Learning opened its doors once again to the public - all Kingston Frontenac Health Unit rules in place and being observed so well, we are seeing a few visitors now and then. Many folks are just staying close to home and immediate family!!

I recently accepted an invitation to become a member of CLOTH IN COMMON, a tremendous 12 Artist Collective of the most amazing artists, living and practicing their art worldwide. Having followed this group for MANY years now as they shared their new artwork, created in the homes/studios that I would dearly love to be able to step into one day... I am honored to have this opportunity. Over the past few weeks, I finished my first contribution to the group's ROUND 3 Series. Each year, 6 quilts, created by each member, working on the agreed STRUCTURES theme and with a prompt by Karol Kusmaul to work on FACES.

My 40"h x 26"w quilt started with the base fabric from Cultured Expressions and owner Lisa Shepherd in New Jersey, USA. Her cloth lines are original, created by young artists in Africa, and are a group I have supported with cloth coming into my collection over many years. This piece is Jacquard linen, hand-dyed and purchased as a 2 m. piece. It speaks to me of the virus that is circulating through the background of our lives... and while yes, I know this piece was created long before we knew about the Covid-19 virus, the artist who created the cloth may have had experience with circulating. deep visions in her own creative mind.


I selected fabrics from my growing Marcia Derse collection, and drafted some small line figures and card stock patterns, and got going... creating a group of ten figures with BLANK faces - unknown but collective friends I may know, but perhaps are gathered somewhere about the world during these pandemic days. What are they considering - "QUESTIONING, What's Next". Africa has billions of humans who have not even seen a vaccine... no shots in arms, no outdoor vaccination centres, drive-throughs, health unit walk-in centres... AND SO MANY LIVES LOST TO THE PANDEMIC..

The people gathered here in my workspace... each little figure a bit different and giving me the time to think about where we are, and who we could be if we just all pitched in to save the world!



The finish line was set by a "prompt sharing" on the 27th-31st of  July, when each member of the collective shared their work and story on our blog: (have a good peek and enjoy all of the series and artwork, and if you have time, go into Rounds 1 and 2 and see what has happened as the artists worked through the various themes and prompts over the years.

https://clothincommon.com/category/musings/

Finally, I added a series of hand-stitches and may add more now that the piece is "finished and framed (and yes, I can do that now, filling empty spaces carefully by hand). Hope you enjoyed the story!

See you along the way - at my Studio 214D the TETT Centre for Creativity and Learning on W. King Street in Kingston, or here at the blog. I will try harder to get back to posting along the way! Hard to believe we are walking into August! 



Saturday, May 8, 2021

  (photo inspiration, Virginia Spiegel, SAQA Artist, and arts practice friend)


ART of Creativity and Survival during the Pandemic

Bethany Garner

The Tett presents resident artist for a ZOOM presentation on May 20, 2021

6:30-8 pm in Studio D, Tett Creativity Studios

Registration: https://art-of-creativity-tett-talk-with-bethany-garner.eventbrite.ca 

During the past year, the time I have been able to spend with my Arts Practice while a Resident Artist at the TETT Centre's CREATIVITY STUDIOS has been a quiet meditation on the situation we have all been exploring together during the Pandemic Days here in Canada and specifically in Kingston.

I am so pleased to be one of nine Resident Studio Artists who each practice their skills and create amazing new art in their studios at the TETT. Since joining the cohort in 2019, I have so enjoyed the opportunity to share my skills and artwork with students and visitors across the Kingston and Frontenac County area and beyond. While the time is available, we all are using our studios to create as the pandemic Health Regulations allow. The chance to be actively teaching our in-person classes has been restricted for quite a long time. 

WE MISS YOU, our art friends, dancers, musicians, and visitors!

This presentation allows me the chance to not only support the Kingston Arts Community through your registration and attendance at the TETT Centre's TETT TALK on May 20th but to have the time for sharing an evening of my artwork, talk about what inspires me to continue exploring new skills and techniques. It will be fun to enjoy an in-person chat with each of you attending and share how I have survived the quiet days and weeks during the pandemic's progression over the past 13 months.

I do hope that you will come along and enjoy time with our Community friends who love a Zoom talk... and the chance to have time for questions and share your thoughts about your artwork is important to me. We will have time at the end of my presentation to do just that!

Joining the presentation is easy: just click on the EVENTBRITE link at the top of the page and register through their tickets portal for your seat in our evening talk. The donations of your fee will go directly to the TETT Centre for the ongoing support of classroom events starting as soon as our KFL&A Public Health professionals are able to lift the restrictions for in-person classes at the TETT. 

We all look forward to those wonderful days with area friends and especially the youngsters to seek to come and visit and learn with us here at the TETT.

PLEASE FEEL FREE TO SHARE THE LINK to register with friends near and far. Everyone welcome!

https://art-of-creativity-tett-talk-with-bethany-garner.eventbrite.ca 

I look forward to having time with you and please feel free to share our link for the talk... the more who attend, the more chance for YOU to share in the evening of slides sharing, artwork viewing and learning about my inspiration with friends around the world as I work on projects during these quiet days.

Bethany

www.bethanygarner.com

The TETT Centre, 370 King Street West, Kingston, ON


TWO GIRLS AND A CANOE, Bethany Garner, 2021 
Now on display at the Wellington County Museum and Archives in Elora/Fergus, ON

      Under the needle in Studio 214 D at the TETT, Bethany's new Indigo wall quilt ready for framing...


Friday, April 2, 2021

Welcome to SPRING - where we are sharing another Ontario "shutdown" 28 days and loving the sanctity of the trails, the beauty of new growth, and time here together as we take this gentle walk into another season... 

Just thinking of the preciousness of this beautiful April 2nd Good Friday morning ...starting off as a beautiful day! The sun rises earlier now and the days are growing longer, and the clouds have been moving out. Bits and pieces of the world are seeming to fall into place as the green of newly sprouting tiger lily pants are just outside the bedroom window, and the crepe myrtle plants are coming back to life.

I have been creating art and using studio time for some "just be in the space" time. One new Indigo quilt hanging on the wall and another is awaiting its change for being under the needle. A goal is to work toward surrounding myself with Indigo this spring and celebrate BLUE - blue water and blue skies and all things blue. 


FOR THE LOVE OF BLUE, Bethany Garner 

The Blue Jay and the Northern Bluebirds are returning to our yard, seeking nesting. The trails are open and the creeks are flowing. Porcupines are coming out of hiding and climbing to the tops of the newly budding maples to feast on the first leaves. Coyotes have returned to howling at the moon, and this week, our grandson stood on the deck with our son and listened to the song... wondering and waiting to see them, but they never appear... 'just out there" somewhere nearby.

Creating for another Art Exhibition took a week or two off of March 2021...and "Pandemic Lockdown - PAIN" has winged its way via Priority Courier from Canada Post to the show... I hope.

This piece was created as a replacement for several art quilts I made for the same CONNECTIONS Fibre Artists show at the Grimsby Art Gallery in 2020 which was canceled. I sold the three pieces to help support the rental payments for my studio space at the TETT Centre, and they were only in my collection at the studio for a short time. I am always happy to see my work appreciated and become part of a collector's art in their home or office.

This piece just needed to express a story - behind the screen printed barbed wire is a story of days that made me pause and consider a bit clearer what life is all about. The words that are hand-stitched at the bottom (and this is not a great photo) reflect the pandemic days we are stepping into..

Family, Health, Outdoors, Cooperation, Love, Vaccine, Determined, Forgiven, Anger, Hikes, Participation, Reading, LIVE!

Black cotton, match-stick quilted, and hand-embroidered letters in the words. DONE!

So, as we move through the holiday weekend, and make our way along the "shutdown" days... may your lives be calm and the opportunity to create be a major part of your daily plans. Take some walks and be inspired by what is happening in the world around you. Take along your camera and share the beauty with others. 

Join an online classroom and make some new art in ways you have never thought of: My Plans are

* tor work through an amazing online "Community Stitch Challenge - Paper Samplers" class with Jennifer Collier through TEXTILEARTIST.org - great fun!

* to wind multiple warps for hand dyeing using both Procion Fibre Reactive Dyes and Natural Dyes

* to work on the OHS Weaving Unit One samples that need to be finished so I can get the warps I am dyeing onto the JANE 40 loom and keep that moving forward. 

* to work on Tien Chen "Krokbragd" weaving and try some at new pattern designing for the samples

* to work some magic on my new Ashford 32" rigid heddle loom - weaving linen yarns into stunning cloth for new art quilts (I have 32 cones of Boken's Linen ready to go!)

to sell my ASHFORD Knitters Loom/Stand and four reeds - $450 (anyone interested)

* to find a new home for the 36" Leclerc Loom in my studio, with three reeds...$400

Have a wonderful walk into spring 2021 everyone - Happy Easter weekend...

Wednesday, March 31, 2021

 





Last 10 days to see Colour with a U Too at Agnes Jamieson Gallery!


Tuesday, March 16th - Saturday, April 10, 2021
10am - 4pm

176 Bobcaygeon Rd.
Minden, ON

Masks required. Maximum 10 people at a time. 
No appointment is necessary. 

Sunday, March 14, 2021

Welcome to the Classroom - A Visit after
Let's Stitch Again - For the Love of Blue, 
March 6, 2021, at the TETT Centre for Creativity and Learning
Nine brave and returning students came along to just have a spring "after lockdown" day together and spend the time creating using fabrics that they love and NEEDED to use.

CONJUNCTION, Created with samples from a teaching day at the Kingston School of Art in 2020
 Bethany Garner Art, 36 x 42", frame-mounted for hanging

The classroom was set according to TETT Centre COVID-19 guidelines and was a  "tables at a distance" and mask mandated shared space from 10-5 and everyone had a great day. I set up a small display and shared some inspiration for creating pieces of art that could be created using either a favourite piece of stash fabric or the INDIGO FABRICS that they had dyed with me in previous workshops.


First 2021 Artists in the TETT classroom... what an amazing start to the CLASS CALENDAR for Fibreworks Kingston at the TETT Centre for Creativity and Learning after a rough winter of lockdown from Dec. 16-March 1st and now we are celebrating with GREEN Status in the Kingston Frontenac Health Centre area... so more classes to come - STAY TUNED!! (we are missing Betty who left just before the photo)





The artists got right to work developing some plans on paper for the future piecing of a special project they imagined at the workshop, and at day's end, were really actively working to create!


Beautiful hand dyes by Elaine Armstrong, and she worked hard all day to create a map of a project piece that could incorporate MANY of her beautiful indigo prints.



On the design board, a new piece that may or may not follow this plan but artist Lori Everett knows the path she wants to follow as she develops some of her hand-printed dyed fabric and we cannot wait to see the final piece down the line.


Joanne Meisner joined us from Peterborough and worked on the start of this magnificent indigo mirroed print as she developed a path forward... much more is expected to be added to this wonderful composition!


Hard at work throughout the day, Denise Sokolsky shared time and many wonderful conversations with the newer artists that were fascinated and delighted to hear all about her beautiful art that is created with hand-painted silk and stitched for display using a Sulky Solvy overlay to join the 


New Stitch Pals for me, but LONG TIME friends, Wendy and Rhonda joined us for the day and  both created nonstop throughout the day, developing original design projects for a set of placemats with a table runner as a base fabric and a set of masks (Wendy's project above)


And Rhonda created a stunning handbag from a single piece of gorgeous samples fabric she had in her stash... a gorgeous plan and a hugely beautiful result with red leather handles and specialty closure!





Joining in for a  little chatter and some  "critiques" and learning among new friends during classes is always great fun!

Hoping you will join me when the next set of
 FABRIC ART DAYS
at the TETT Centre are shared here.

Do make time to drop by TETT and find me in Studio 214D in the Creativity Studios on the second floor. I tend to be in M-F and usually, 9 am - 3 pm so I can slip in a trail walk every day before dark.

Contact me: www.bethanygarner.com for news
and do follow the TETT Centre Events Pages online here: 
https://www.tettcentre.org/events/event-list




 


Wednesday, February 10, 2021

WELCOME Students - Kingston and area have moved into the GREEN status ' PROTECT' and we are open once again at the TETT Centre for Creativity and Learning

 


We have waited so long -  and I would be so happy to see you and have you join me for a day of fun!

Let's Stitch Again - JUST FOR THE LOVE OF BLUE
A full Day workshop for those who have worked with INDIGO Dyeing
and now are ready to create artwork using their beautiful cloth and yarns

Saturday, March 6th, TETT CENTRE FOR CREATIVITY AND LEARNING
10 am - 5 pm
ACTIVITY ROOM, Level One
Bring your fabrics, sewing machine, and accessories 
Lunch available at the Juniper Cafe or Brown Bag, bring your own drinks

https://www.tettcentre.org/events/lets-stitch-again-just-for-the-love-of-blue



 I will be so happy to host the workshop day for up to 10 students in the workshop classroom at the TETT. Details here and registration is open through EVENTBRITE. Please visit the TETT Centre website and go directly to the EVENTS page where you can scroll down to find the link for the registration and all of the class details...

REGISTRATION LINK:

https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/lets-stitch-again-for-the-love-of-blue-rescheduled-from-jan-23-2021-tickets-131326614439

Please feel free to contact me at www.bethanygarner.com, contact page 

or at bethanygarner.art[at]gmail.com


Bethany

All levels of experience are welcome.

Beth loves the chance to share her tips and guidance through the class for developing original design and assisting students to create a plan for the "making" part of the day with ease and creative energy built-in. Please know that this is a no fear classroom! Classroom samples will be shared!

Students: bring your cloth, threads, favourite sewing supplies including scissors and rotary cutting equipment if you have it (a rotary cutting station will be available in the classroom), and your sewing machine/extension cord or power bar for this play day. Hand- piecing is a welcome alternative. You choose! A supplies list reminder will be shared via email with registered students before the workshop.

NOTE: We at the TETT are working consistently to ensure the safety and health of our students: ensuring that our classrooms are safe and self-distancing, require that masks be worn inside the classroom, hand sanitizers are furnished and we are following the Kingston Frontenac Health Unit regulations for tracking student participation and maintaining contact tracing information.

Workshop tickets/ seats are non-refundable, but you may pass your ticket to a friend or family member or arrange to reserve the seat for a future date with your Instructor.








Monday, January 18, 2021

Greetings friends... 

I am finally back to the blog...starting the new year with a different take on sharing.  I hope to be able to continue with a more "reader-friendly" chat blog rather than always advertising classes and things to do... we are all doing a whole lot of "not much" just now, and that needs some support!

Has this been 'THE most difficult time in my life' for more of all of you, artist friends, than just me??

 I am so pleased that the calendar has turned and that we are all thinking about changes happening in the world that are on the POSITIVE side rather than focusing on difficult days. January has been just a bit scary lately - so hoping that you are all focusing on support for our Community, neighbors, and friends.

Here in Ontario, we are on a "soft lockdown" or pandemic holding period and once again a 'Stay at Home' order has been issued that is focused on keeping us all safe and protecting our neighbors and those we come into contact with as well as our family members and ourselves.

I am still traveling into Kingston (when the weather permits) to my little Stone-walled Artist's Studio at the TETT Centre here in Kingston, ON. I am loving the camaraderie of the other six Resident Artists and good friends who are allowed into our BIG EMPTY BUILDING because our Studio spaces are like apartment rentals - we can come and go, but it is lonely (and sad that we do not see friends and neighbors coming for their "Art" fix.) The Galleries are dark, the Weavers, Potters and Lapidary Guilds and the Dance School is not running classes at all... with the only people in the building being staff, and who are Guild members and have building access on a very limited basis. I have Lake Ontario just outside my window, so the days pass quickly, watching the skies and the changes in water and weather...

I am working on a new project quilt - for the CONNECTIONS FIBRE ARTISTS group exhibition entitled "RE: Connections" that was to open in early February and now delayed by the pandemic shut down. We are hoping for a Gallery opening for the exhibition with limited admission for visitors on February 20th (please follow the Wellington County Museum and Archives website for more information), but there will not be our normal and much-loved Opening Reception this year.

This artwork just happened - fun, bright colours and with a focus on an artifact from the Museum's Archives - "Two Girls and a Canoe". Based on a photo that I selected to use for my inspiration.


The quilt is in the last stages of the quilting process and will perhaps be done today - with borders to be added before the week is our and frame mounting to happen soon. I will be adding some photographs soon that will be fused onto the finished surface, and lend a hint to my inspiration. Below is the inspiration photo


I will be adapting some silk organza prints of  'Two girls in a canoe - A Century later' into the final piece... tracking and finding photos is good fun... sample below.


Have a good week ahead and I hope to be able to post more often...

Note that my "Let's Stitch Again - Indigo Cloth Piecing" class scheduled for January 23rd has been postponed once again and will not happen now until March.

Miss seeing you...

bethany

Tuesday, September 29, 2020

You are invited - Join the Creativity Studios Artists for their beautiful Fall Exhibition in the TETT Centre Gallery, Level One, Kingston ON

 



Our Resident Artist Studios are filled with activity and the artists are working in their Studios to create new artwork specifically for this show!

The Gallery Exhibition opens on 
Friday, October 2, 2020, in the Gallery 
TETT Centre for Creativity and Learning
370 King Street W., Kingston, ON
Hours: 10 am to 6 pm


Participating Artists:

       Natalie Bohnen-Twiddy, ART BY NATALIE: https://www.art-by-natalie.com/

       Florina Ehninger-Cuervo, COLOURFUL CROW STUDIO:
                                                                                     https://www.colourfulcrowstudio.com

       Rhonda Evans, GLOCCA MORRA FARMS TUDIO:https://www.gloccamorrastudio.com/

        Bethany Garner, ART IN TRANSITIONhttps://www.bethanygarner.com/

        Melissa Howlett, DUST and BREATHhttps://dustandbreath.ca/

       Lisa Morrisey, DRAGONFLY HANDMADEhttps://dragonflyhandmade.com/

       Michelle Reid, MICHELLE REID ARThttps://michellereidart.com/

        Peng Wang, STUDIO 214C ARTIST/PAINTERInstagram: @pengyuan529

        Adele Webster,  ADELE WEBSTER ARThttps://adelewebster.com/


Hope to see you at the TETT during our show.

Our artists will be rotating through the Gallery during the full show run. 
Most artists will be working to share special techniques and conversations with visitors.

 


Bethany Garner, CONVERSATIONS


We the Nine Art Exhibition

Open Daily 10 am - 6 pm 

Tett Gallery, Bottom Level

The Tett Centre's Creativity Studios are home to 9 resident artists that can be found creating every day of the week. You can visit the studios to engage with the artists, look around the studio spaces, and maybe even pick up a special piece of art for yourself before its hung in this group show.

A huge THANK YOU to the Tett for donating the gallery space to allow us to showcase our diverse works in a beautiful contemporary setting and share it with our community on October 2-14th. Resident Artists are busy creating until then and encourage visitors to the Tett to have a sneak peek into their studios leading up to the show. It is so inspiring to see them at work.



Sunday, September 27, 2020

Our September 2020 "Let's Stitch Again - Like We Did LAST Summer" workshop is over - and what a wonderful two days with friends old and new it was! Thank you so very much to each of the participant friends.....

 


Great artist pal, Rhonda Evans was first to arrive... we work together as Studio Resident Artists at the TETT Centre - Creativity Studios

Opening morning as the doors opened at the TETT Centre's Activity Room, and it was eerily quiet - a bit echo filled. After a few minutes, our Retreat participants started to arrive - eight in all, and everyone eager to have a quick introduction to those they would be working with over the two days and get started!

I shared a long table filled with some resource materials, great books, and a few pieces of my own work. Inspiration really came from the shared art I have collected from my great artist friends over many years - a treasure trove of beautiful art pieces for this collector for sure.
 

The room was opened into one-half of the TETT downstairs Gallery space which meant that we had tons of space for self-distancing and each of the stitchers had room to work, breathe and remain safe under the Kingston Frontenac Health Unit protocols that are in place.

A commitment to wearing their face masks all day for 6 hours straight was a requirement and the women who were working together in this retreat were bold, committed, and did just that! We shared lunchtime out of doors, and we had some great conversations over the work tables that included how we are each managing through this difficult time. Most agreed that having the peace and joy of hand and machine work to fill some of our days is a blessing.



We welcomed a wonderful young aspiring Textile and Design student, Lia Mei Pilon McKeen, from OCAD University in Toronto who is starting her first year by working online at home here in Kingston. What a way to start her exciting journey into the world of fibre art and design...

Everyone gave her great support and welcomed her interest in what they were working on, offering some shared skills in things like Drop spindle play (with well-known Kingston spinner, Ainslie Thomson) and she created her first piece of hand made felt... along with some stitched work. She is planning to creat an original design on a T-Shirt that will be hand-stitched and shred a beautiful project - embroidered stitch on the bottom of the legs on a pair of jeans for a gift to a good friend.at the 




Shared pieces for inspiration with embroidered or hand stitched embellishment including a piece by a great friend,  Lynda Watson from London (the Dancing Trees).

Books for inspiration and project stitch options...


One of the projects - inserting lines into a larger piece of cloth using 3/4" strips set in using a 1/4" seam on each side of the insert... Lori Everett's work above, underway but not yet finished.

Wendy McNaughton was attending her very first sewing Retreat and had a dream and photo on her cell phone to inspire her creating this wonderful piece (above) done in just two days - and using a sewing machine her father had given to her that has set quietly patient over many years - waiting for this day. Wendy was so moved by the experience - using the machine and knowing that she COULD create an art quilt making her day!



The piece above (and centered on the wall below) is the most beautiful piece of artwork created by a dear friend, PENNY BERENS of Annapolis Basin, NS.  I purchased her "She Loved the Woods" for my art collection as it hung in the Connections Fibre Artists' annual exhibition at the Wellington County Museum in Guelph last spring. The exhibition traveled to the Southhampton Art Gallery before coming home to the artists/buyers as the pandemic landed into our lives.


I shared a few pieces of my art along the walls and on tables in the gallery space/Activity Room. The friends in the Retreat used them as inspiration and for some design play ideas as they worked on smaller projects that used my technique in sharing the inset process for creating "Lines, a Dilemma" style fabric art...



Each student chose a piece of my hand-dyed cloth and several strips of the various pieces I had precut to create their own piece of artwork - one of their own design during the workshop. They also received pieces of black and grey wool to use as a base for hand stitching projects on day two... time flew and that stitching may have to stake place at their home base now.


And this is THE most devoted friend and wonderful designer, Lori Everett at work on a new piece for an upcoming Kingston Fibre Artists Show in 2021 - fingers crossed!

Loved having you with us Lori!!


I have not enjoyed a retreat more than this session - and look forward to seeing all eight of these artists again one day soon!

Saturday, August 1, 2020



Register: 


definition: IMPROVISATION. making do. Time to escape for a weekend and be with friends old and new... Hand and Machine stitch, two days!

About this Event

LET’S STITCH AGAIN– Like We Did Last Summer

FRIDAY and SATURDAY, September 26/27, 2020, Two Day Retreat Workshop

9 am – 5 pm, Activity Room/Gallery, Level One

TETT CENTRE for Creativity and Learning

$100 - WELCOME BACK fee (for TWO full days of workshop fun!)

I am so happy to be able to invite you back to our TETT Arts Hub for good fun!

definition: IMPROVISATION... making do... Time to escape for a weekend and be with friends old and new... just making "STUFF"… and having FUN! Meeting new friends and a welcome to FALL sewing 2020!

Using what you have and committing to keeping the faith when it comes to your own work. Whether you have projects on the go, deadlines to meet or just need some time away from the house - this weekend will get you some free time with friends and see what is happening in the outside world. Bethany will share her favourite hand-stitch designs on wool or linen, and the great line focused stitches and piecing she loves so much!

This Friday/Saturday workshop is FIBRE FOCUSED retreat - relaxing days with NO Patterns, NO deadlines, and NO stress about what is good enough or if all the points meet... and yes, it would not be fun without an "original design and play date… so come join Bethany and learn some of her techniques for free form stitching – both by hand and by machine!

We will meet in The TETT Lobby between 9:30 and 10 am and I work until 5 pm. So here is the breakdown for your Friday, Sept. 25th fabric design play day!

IMPROV STITCHING and design play – landscape style (or change it up and make the project your own)

Students will begin the day with graph paper, a ruler, and a pencil - just about an hour to get some ideas down on paper. Then we start the cutting, layering, and stitching processes!

There will be a large supply of general inspiration artwork by Bethany for you to think about and help you get started! Your original design will use a favorite palette from perhaps a very traditional stash or go to super contemporary with just the click of the scissor blades and the fabrics that YOU choose to bring along! This is intended as a STASH BUSTER workshop day.... so go searching through the closets and see what works for you! OR visit the local quilt/fabric shops and bring a small supply to get started on new work!

Below is TURNING POINT ...machine pieced and quilted created for the SAQA “My Corner of the World-Canada’. This piece is home from Australia and a world tour. Just took a Third Place - Abstract Landscapes award at Quilt Canada in Ottawa this past year... a fun surprise.

Also, find a photo of my “LINES A DILEMMA” quilt – a technique for quick pieced blocks that can be joined in any design layout you choose. Fast and easy piecing.

Saturday will see you learning Beth’s technique for pieced “inserting lines” blocks like you will see in several of her “Structures” and “Lines” pieces on display in her Studio at the TETT and in our classroom. She will also share her "STITCH ON WOOL" techniques early in the morning for those who want to start a piece to take home!

It is amazing to see the work grow on a design wall, and even more satisfying to take it to the finishing stages with stitching and binding or mounting over a canvas. I have made numerous Improv pieces that will be in the classroom for you to enjoy! Just come love the freedom of the piecing - playful in it's own, unique "it just happened this way" results!

Really, NO PATTERNS NEEDED -bring your sewing machine (or stitch by hand) and a big box or bag of the scraps (or new, yet to be used) fabrics that have been haunting you, cluttering your closets or sitting in the pile - the pieces that you painted or dyed or bought on a whim and WANT so much to use up and turn into a new quilt, art piece or a gift for someone special. Threads of all types are welcome!

These are days among friends to learn a bit more about how I start and work through my free form quilts – YOU can take yours to bed quilt size or create a small 12 x 12 to get started! SO MUCH FUN!

*A supplies list will be sent along immediately to paid registrants.

* You will receive a comprehensive handout package for after class reference.

Simple cutting – scissors work! Simple sewing – just straight seams! Assembly – FUN!

Please note that this class is non-refundable. If a student is unable to attend, they may make plans with a friend to take their place. In emergency situations, a credit will be issued for a transfer to a future class. Please notify the Instructor if unable to attend, by email to bethanygarner.art@gamil.com .