Friday, September 4, 2020


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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 .

Sunday, August 2, 2020

Please plan to join me a welcome students back to the awesome TETT Centre for Creativity and Learning - a Two-Day Retreat for stitchers and lovers of fibre art, Sept 25/26, 2020

LET'S STITCH AGAIN - Like We Did Last Summer!

September 25 and 26, 2020, 10 am - 5 pm both days

Two full days of IMPROVISATIONAL ( that means to PLAY, fun, easy, everyone welcome...) stitching time for all levels of fibre and stitch lovers! Planned for those who love to work with their favourite stash of beautiful fabrics and threads in a playful way - YOUR DESIGN and YOUR Rules!!
My inspiration collection of art quilts and stitched work will be on display both days in our workspace!

Students' information details are built into the Eventbrite post - so drop by for a peek or contact Beth with questions. Students are limited to 12 to ensure all of the best protections for them in our "two-room set-up and following all of the rules of the KFPH Covid-19 health regulations.

Retreat seats are $100, and include BOTH of the two days of stitch play and learning. Now available through EVENTBRITE (link above) or you may register through Bethany personally with a cheque or e-transfer.
Contact Beth through her website:

Friday, July 17, 2020

The TETT is welcoming students in a soft-opening and you are welcome to join me for a day of Dye Play... Sunday August 23, 2020

Please join me if you can for a full day, Procion MX Dyes 
COLOUR ON CLOTH, dye play date 
on Sunday, August 23, 2020
10 am - 5 pm
Tett Centre for Creativity and Learning
370 King Street West
Kingston, ON

Students at all levels of experience with colouring cloth with dyes are WELCOME... 
Bethany will be sharing her favourite techniques for creating brilliant colour on cotton, linen, rayon or silk during this one-day workshop.

The dyes are provided and students will furnish their own fabrics. The details are found at the EVENTBRITE listing page Link to your tickets for the event are in the posting from the TETT below) or directly at the TETT Centre Events pages: 

Hoping you will join in on the fun!

Questions: Drop me a note at my Contact Page at

Be inspired...have fun!

TURNING POINT, created with Bethany's hand-dyed fabrics on display in
Studio 214D, TETT Centre Creativity Artists studios, 2nd level M/W/F afternoons.
RED SKY AT NIGHT, created with Bethany's hand-dyed fabrics and on display in Studio 214D,
TETT Centre Creativity Artists studios

 FIRE IN THE BELLY, Maria Shell, SAQA artist, Anchorage AK and a great friend who creates her art quilts with flat dye and Procion MX coloured fabrics often

Friday, June 5, 2020