Monday, May 22, 2023

Bethany will be sharing her annual "INSPIRATION: FIBRE ARTS SUMMER CAMP at the Tett Centre for Creativity and Learning in Kingston, July 23-29th... Hope you will have a peek and see if it is the summer Arts Event you have been waiting for this year!!

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: Create 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

Bringing the joy of working with TEXTILE and Stitch at the Tett Centre for Creativity and Learning, April 15, 2023

 TEXTILE LANDSCAPES - A Day to Paint with Cloth
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 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 | 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


Creating with Japanese Shibori Stitch… 

April 1, 2023

9:30-4:30 In the Activity Room, 

Tett Centre for Creativity and Learning , Level One

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 son 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 HARGREAVES, 

Kingston, 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, Artist

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!

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

SOLD OUT, this time around!

OUR Workshop is FILLED - with 15 eager students joining me on January 21st and 22nd in the Rehearsal Hall at the Tett Centre.

The two days together will find the students creating beautifully hand-dyed cloth as they work together, all the while sharing time with area friends at the Tett Centre for Creativity and Learning.

We will have two wonderful days of "flat Dyeing" using Procion MX Dyes on cotton, linen, ramie, silk or any other cloth preferred... 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 on January 15/16th is also now "All Seats Filled", and I am thrilled and excited to be back in the dye pots again with a group of wonderful friends....a terrific start to the new year! FOR THE LOVE OF BLUE!!!

Wednesday, December 21, 2022

January 2023, A time to come together and enjoy some fun dyeing/painting cloth for your stash of ARTWORK



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 starts a whole new season of workshop classes with Bethany Garner at the Tett Centre for Creativity and Learning... We start January 15/16th with INDIGO, two days dyeing cloth "FOR THE LOVE OF BLUE

My Indigo Workshop returns to the Tett Centre for Creativity and Learning, 

Sunday and Monday, January 15 and 16th, 2023 

10 am to 5 pm each day - The course fee is $100 for the two days 

 I will be posting to Eventbrite and the Tett Centre EVENTS Pages during our Christmas break.

We will share TWO DAYS in the Activity Room - dyeing all day on the first day and using the beautiful cloth to start new artwork on Day Two ... .

 Everyone is welcome and there will be cloth available to order for you at $12 per metre, which 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 my Indigo-dyed/BORO artworks...


Inspiration photos: 

Friday, June 17, 2022



Together Again... "FOR THE LOVE OF BLUE"

Tett Centre for Creativity and Learning, 370 King St. West, Kingston, ON

JULY 30 and 31st, 9:30 am to 5 pm 

( Saturday and Sunday, two full play days)

Our beautiful Arts Hub welcomes you to enjoy time in our Activity Room/Half Gallery

with rooms on Level One, ground level near the Juniper Cafe (for your lunches if you like)

Registration link below:

I am busy these summer days preparing to share my two-day Indigo Dye Play Retreat Workshop at the Tett Centre for Creativity and Learning. Our Centre is steps away from the Lake Ontario Waterfront shoreline and is certainly an inspiration for students coming to enjoy learning and creating with our Resident Artists and instructors.

I have planned a fun-filled opportunity for you to come and enjoy an opportunity to learn about working with friends in our Community of Fibre Artists and those who are learning the art of creating with Natural Dyes (we will be using Jacquard Natural Indigo in this workshop weekend).

Mark your calendars and visit the Eventbrite link above to join me for these two days as our students will dye their pre-scoured cloth (2 metres of the beautiful white cotton lawn I use in all of my dyeing work will be provided to each student) or yarns of their choice with INDIGO dye the first day. 

On Day Two, students will enjoy time and space for creating new artwork at their own tables and with their cloth or yarns that were created on day one. A supplies list for what you need to bring for the workshop weekend will be supplied with confirmed registration. Sewing machines and related accessories including rotary cutting tools, scissors, and threads are needed. (or stitch by hand - your choice)

Hope you will join me as we share two great creative days together... dye play is exciting and learning the many various techniques for folding, clamping, tying, and stitching designs for your samples. The fun of dipping your cloth into the dye vats is a valuable skill. 

On Day Two, we will find students creating a new piece of their own original artwork... or perhaps a small garment or other items like Jornal covers, home decor items of your choice.

Seats are LIMITED to 10 participants and so, please don't wait! Do contact me with questions and I look forward to seeing YOU soon.


Contact link for questions :

Sunday, June 5, 2022

 NOTE: A Special thank you to everyone who registered - Our Fibre Arts Summer Retreat is FULL... I am so excited to see our students!

Please do enjoy a two day with me focusing on INDIGO DYEING July 30 and 31st if you can! See my post from June 16th for details.

(Note the beautiful Inspiration in the red FINE ART quilt by SAQA Artist Heather Pregger above)

Hi everyone…

 INSPIRATION happens when everyone in a classroom is up for just some design play that has no rules and offers them the chance to create as they go... sharing, caring, and trying new things, open to improvisation and either the hand or by machine... what could be better!.  

The plans are underway for our Tett Centre  7-day FIBRE ARTS CAMP Retreat in late July, and it is to be the celebrated "return to almost normal" workshop series to be launched in late July!


Scheduled at the TETT Centre for Creativity and Learning the week of July 25-31st : (Check your calendar as only 12 seats are available)

Register on Eventbrite today!

The Retreat plans include my Hosting/Instruction over five days of sharing five days of different technique classes and a SPECIAL two-day INDIGO Dyeing Party the last two days... and these FIVE DAYS are open to everyone who loves experimental art classes, sharing what we all love the most about fibre art with friends and focused play with various play time cloth activities ... no pre-requisites. 

We will start with a full day of  FLAT DYEING (Monday), followed by Mark Making/Print work (Tuesday), Natural Dyes, Rust and Eco-printing (on Wednesday), Wet/Embellisher felting/ demos, and Hand Stitching (Thursday), and we will create an Improvisational, Original Art Quilt (Friday). 

I will start each day with the demo of the slated techniques during the week, with the goal to get you excited about using all new and some of our fibre art friends' favourite techniques ... including overlays of dyed cheesecloth, embellishing machine accents (I would love you to bring your embellishing machine - time to get them going again!), exploration of yarn inserts, and yes, all the thread and needle play I can convince you to bring together with your imagination...

On the 30th and 31st of July, we will have a separate event: INDIGO DYE WORK

A separate Registration will be on EVENTBRITE for the weekend event… or add it into your plans for all 7 days!


TWO Indigo Dye Days - one day for the dye play and the second for creating your own artwork with samples of the cloth you dye...

Everyone, regardless of experience, is welcome at my 2022 Fibre Arts Camp... and you have every chance to take new steps toward art play or just time to be with friends and learn from each other!

Lots of room in the classrooms will include our use of the Activity Room and 1/2 of the TETT Art Gallery space on the ground level... and parking is available nearby...

Distance participants could stay with friends or drive back and forth if close by or living in the County... but there are many Hotels (and I suggest the "summer accommodations"  at the very close by St. Lawrence College Dorms...).

 So if summer days allow, consider a drive to Lake Ontario's Beautiful TETT Centre for Creativity and Learning and join me for 7 wonderful days if possible, or at least 5!



 Contact:[at]   or 613-893-0529 for mobile calls/messages/texts

( I have a pdf that I can send you with more information about each day's project work if you email me, and the Course Student Supplies lists will be provided to registrants after I have received news from Eventbrite.)