Thursday, September 6, 2018

Wednesday - Friday, September 12-14, 2018
Odessa Fairgrounds Hall, 9-4 pm

Beautiful texture created with heat distressed non-wovens and stitch on a painted silk background, 
Mary Cope, Paris ON
DAY ONE: Creating hand painted backgrounds and adding some amazing texture through the use of heat deconstructed non-wovens (PELLON 830) allows the artist to create patterns in textured fabric that will bring all new dimension to the artwork!

Daye one of the Cabin Fever Retreat September 12-14th will find us playing with this technique. Painted silk and non-wovens during the morning and heat distressed work in the afternoon. Stitching will be done at home by the artists or at Odessa if they are coming back for Days Two and Three of the retreat!

By this time next week we will be dyeing INDIO at the Odessa Fairgrounds and I will have had a great day of silk painting and the heat distressing of non-woven fabrics that will lead the workshop participants on a totally new adventure with their artwork moving forward!

BLUE GIANT, on display with INDIGO Cabins - Indigo dyes in gradations and at their deepest glory


Participating artists will have a full ay to wrap poles for Arashi Shibori, explore shibori folded techniques and stitched designs as they relax and await the Indigo Vat development. Class begins with readying the four vats and preparing they 100% white cotton, linen, ramie, rayon or silk for immersion in the dye vats.

No experience is required - just enthusiasm for the dye process and a willingness to work as a part of a team to develop an orchestrated and times entry and removal process for oxidizing the cloth during the process. SO much fun and the colour is brilliant. Students will take home their dyed cloth for 24 hour minimum batching and the rinse out after that 24-hour waiting period.

Cannot tell you how much fun this process is and once you start, you will never be without indigo in your design and colour play inventory again. Easy, fast and you will love adding this to your skills base and bringing this process forward in your dye explorations at home. 

DAY THREE:  IMPROV PIECING- developing a landscape quilt to love and repeat over and over in your arts practice

Pulling together and bringing a supply of stash fabrics that remind you of a favourite place you have visited, a sea side or woods inspired view that sticks in your memory or inspired by a favourite photograph, this class will offer the students a chance to come together as fall approaches and spend a day with Bethany and a few new friends creating a quilt that sings about 

FUN TO DESIGN,  EASY to SEW and QUICK TO BUILD using a muslin base and either cut or torn strips of fabric to build a free-form design that will be sewn using just a straight stitch. Use batiks, flat dyes, prints or solids, yarns and ribbons, and build on a creative map to a result that will remind you of that special day or place or photograph that sticks in your mind and draws you to create art.

Bethany will share her own 'best practice' methods for quickly laying out a design "map" on large-scale graph paper or starting out just "knowing' intuitively which piece to pick up from a pile of strips and add to another to bring a story to life in fabric. 

The day will go quickly as the designs are mapped out at the start of morning, with layering and stitch throughout the later morning and afternoon.

Bethany has muslin available for you at $6 a metre if that helps, and all you need is your sewing machine and accessories, a long extension cord, fabrics, threads and scissors/pins.

Do contact Bethany to register or go to the FIBREWORKS Kingston Blog side bar and print off the registration form to send to Bethany at - payment can be by cheque payable to Heritage Quiltworks Canada or by cash or e-transfer. Cost is: All Three Days - $120, Two days of your choice - $80 or a single workshop day for $50.

Coffee and tea provided... some treats as well. BRING BROWN BAG LUNCH, a drying rack for painted or dyed fabrics and supplies list will be sent immediately with registration.

Hope to see you in Odessa next week!

Bethany Garner, Instructor

Wednesday, July 25, 2018

REGISTRATION: FIBREWORKS-Kingston Weekend Workshops 2018
 Retreat Days, 9:30-5 pm on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday as scheduled.
Come when you can and stay as long as you like!
Workshops will be held at ODESSA FAIRGROUNDS HALL in the Village of Odessa, just west of Kingston. (in the hall attached to the back of the BIG BARN with the red roof.
Supply Lists available with paid registration. 

CABIN FEVER RETREAT - September 12-14, 2018 
(something for everyone)

I have been so busy with my duties at the TETT Centre for Creativity and Learning the past couple of years that FIBREWORKS has taken a bit of a back seat. This fall lets get together for a few days, catch up and spend some great days creating ART ! 
an awesome painted silk background  and overlay of non-woven fabric ( and I have some for YOU) , and hers is painted and heat cut using a small craft heat tool (soldering point).

Tote bag from Indigo dyed fabric
Hoping YOU are looking forward to fall 2018 and some days that will bring you time for getting out your fabrics and paints and trying some new works experimenting with SILK PAINTING, using a very free form style of painting I learned from friend Betty Busby as she created her backgrounds for application of Non-Woven Fabric that is also coloured with fabric paints and then cut with a small "heat tool" (soldering-like craft tool that plugs in and heats up for cutting fabrics), creating free form cut out openings and holes that can be the catalyst for overlays for exciting dimensional art! 

 Then a full day of Indigo Play -
A passionate art form that everyone can participate in and bring the joy of BLUE into your artwork and quilts. 

The Indigo play can continue into Friday or until the vats are exhausted. Cotton, linen, silk and knits that are cotton based can all be used for this project.

Day Three will find you working on an art quilt similar to mine below - the process will be domstrated for you and it uses up your fabric scraps or hand dyed fabrics like the ones I have used below in TURNING POINT - flat dyed right here at the Odessa Hall with friends. 

You can use any fabrics - batiks are wonderful, and creative artists like YOU will bring just what you need to create your own summer into fall landscape... I love telling stories as I create these IMPROV ART QUILTS, and you will too!

TURNING POINT, Free Form Piecing using Flat Dyed fabrics, Bethany Garner
Now touring with SAQA's MY CORNER OF THE WORLD
Please see the "Cabin Fever Retreat" page on the right sidebar here at the blog for all of the details and then copy and print from there your registration form or email me at for a pdf copy.

I look forward to having YOU and do bring along a few creative and arts focused friends and lets fill the hall on three beautiful fall days with the excitement of Colour, Cloth, Paint and Stitch!

DAY ONE: SILK, painted and manipulated... 

and the use of hand painted, heat cut NON WOVENS for delicate stitched overlay

DAY TWO: INDIGO for the Love of BLUE

DAY THREE: Create your own IMPROV ART QUILT (using up your scraps and small bits)

Included in your full Retreat Fee of $120 is participation in and handouts for the three working art-filled days/demonstrations that Bethany will share that will bring participants a chance to learn a new skill or have the opportunity to focus in on some fun for an entire day!

YOUR Retreat Options:

(  ) FULL retreat - September 12-14, 2018 - I want to attend all Three Days  -  Fee $120

(  ) Day one -  Wednesday, Sept. 12th only -   SILK, painted and the use of hand painted, heat distressed NON-WOVENS for delicate stitched overlay    $50, single day

( )  Day Two - Thursday, Sept. 13th only - INDIGO: For the Love of Blue  $50, single day

( )  Day three - Friday SEPT. 14th only IMPROV ART QUILT  $50, single day

( ) TWO RETREAT DAYS of choice - I will attend ______Wed.  _____ Thu. _______ Fri.  $80

     (please tick the two days you plan to attend for planning purposes only)

( ) I want to attend all three days but will be working on my own art, not the planned CABIN FEVER projects and do not need the handouts and will not be using any supplies provided by Bethany - $60 to attend as a 'lone wolf' artist for all three days

Hoping you will be able to join me and fall into some fun in September. 
Do contact me with your questions and open and copy your registration form on the sidebar to the right of this article here at the blog.

Have a great August!

Monday, May 7, 2018

MAGGIE VANDERWEIT shares the dates for the Black Sheep Festival- a fibre festival with vendors to be held in Elora Saturday July 8, with classes Sunday.

Hand Embellishment for Textiles with Maggie Vanderweit 
Sunday July 8th 10-4pm
$120 + HST

Add another layer of rich detail to your textile art by learning how to create beautiful, contemporary, free-style hand stitching and bead work. Using a wide range of decorative threads and yarns, students will begin by experimenting with new ways of applying strikingly effective embroidery stitches.

Students will also be introduced to the fascinating world of beads and learn how to create original designs with bead embroidery. Open to all skill levels.

Workshop Supply List on Web Site :

Maggie Vanderweit’s work is displayed and sold in galleries, shops, and textile museums, and in international textile art shows, like Houston, Chicago, Birmingham, England and Johannesburg. Her new book “Stone Threads” was released to great acclaim in June 2016 and she is in many publications.

Maggie has been operating her business Stone Threads Fibre Art since 2000. She creates original contemporary art with hand-painted and rust and botanical dyed fabrics, silk fusion, felt, hand embroidery, beading, collage and intricately machine quilted surfaces. Maggie presents a variety of lectures, retreats and workshops for guilds, the Haliburton School of Art, quilt stores, the CQA/ACC and Creativ Festival.

She is a Juried Art Member of SAQA, a professional member of CQA and belongs to the SDA and Connections Fibre Artists. Recent awards at the CQA/ACC National Juried Show include the 2013 Award for Excellence in Innovation, and the 2014 First Prize for Original Design in Non-Representational Wall Quilts. She also won Grand Prize at Threadworks 2.

Saturday, April 28, 2018

TEXTILE ARTS COURSES: SUMMER SCHOOL FOR THE ARTS at St. Lawrence College - Come join in on the fun!

1000 Islands Summer School of the Arts 

SSOA 2018 guide cover image

2017 marked our 50th summer of providing quality arts programming in the heart of the world famous 1000 Islands and Eastern Ontario. 

Hoping you will consider joining me in Kingston July 9-13th or Brockville July 30-August 3rd- the summer days are filled with ART and great fun  along the St. Lawrence River and Lake Ontario! Special thanks to all our wonderful instructors and participants who made our 50th anniversary a success!
We welcome all of our fibre and textile friends to join us for the 1000 Islands Summer School of the Arts! Registration for 2018 is now open.
With ever-expanding course options ranging from traditional to contemporary painting techniques, music, dance, pottery, to culinary arts and more, there will truly be something for everyone. The course fees are highly competitive and very reasonable Residence Room accommodations on campus are available on a first-registered basis, so have a peek and get your seats reserved and your rooms booked for a terrific summer experience.
Please click on the image at the top of the page for a digital copy of the College's 2018 Catalogue
Bethany Garner, with 22 years on the staff of St. Lawrence College as a Professor in the Textile Design Program, will share two great full credit courses this year  The first week will be at her home-based Kingston Campus July 9-13th and the second at the Brockville Campus in the beautiful ARTS STUDIO from July 30-August 3rd .

Beth welcomes students from across Ontario and Northern NY as the classes are launched here for this Summer School for the Arts schedule.
DARKNESS, Pine Rake in Northern Ontario, Bethany Garner 
Soy Wax Batik on vintage linen table covering, coloured with India Ink. Machine stitched. Frame mounted.
Colour on Cloth
In this course, students develop a personal inventory of colour samples using paints, natural and fibre reactive dyes, and related tools and materials as they work with the techniques for colouring fabric. Students complement and develop their arts-focused skills as they study application and design potential. Classroom studies find the students applying current and innovative trends in the use of colour in fibre art, surface design, and project execution. Design work using Soy Wax Batik, Arashi Shibori, Indigo and Fibre Reactive dye protocols and dye/paint applications will be a focus. 
Instructor: Bethany Garner
Jul 9-13, 2018, Kingston Campus
$268.20 13 ARTS 109

MARKINGS II, Bethany Garner
Fibre Reactive Dyes on vintage textile table linen, pieced and hand quilted

Surface Design and Stitch
This course focuses on the development of technical skill, aesthetic, and conceptual interests through surface design. The emphasis is on techniques and approaches for paint/print work and hand/machine stitch on cloth. Students learn to colour fabric and add texture using surface design techniques to translate ideas into original works. Hand and machine stitch will fill the hours as students work to create an all new body of work while enjoying multiple techniques for building their skills in colour and design on various cloth including cotton, linen and silk.
Instructor: Bethany Garner
Jul 30-Aug 3, Brockville Campus
$268.20 11 ARTS 110
Please contact our St. Lawrence College Continuing Education Office if you wish to be on the mailing list for our 1000 Islands Summer School of the Arts catalog.
Continuing Education Office Contact:

Campus Contacts:
Brockville Campus and Kingston Campus : Debbie Baker: 613-544-5400 ext. 1670
Coordinator : Christina Chrysler :

Refund/Withdrawal Policy: Full Refund A full refund if the course is cancelled by the College.
Partial Refund: A refund less $15 administrative fee if the withdrawal request is received in writing/email five (5) business days prior to the start date of the course.
Seniors’ Fees: Seniors 65 years or older can take advantage of reduced fees for credit courses. Students must identify themselves as a senior when registering to receive a discount off the tuition
portion of credit courses. Seniors’ fees are not published.