Thursday, November 1, 2018

Please MARK YOUR CALENDAR and visit with our group of nine talented and committed fibre arts friends as we share a wide variety of  our beautiful new work in fibre and fabric at the

Kingston Yacht Club
Sunday, November 25th, 2018
11 am to 6 pm
We will be upstairs in the VIBRANT Sale and Display Room 

The very best part of knowing these amazing women is that they are all practicing their skills and techniques as Studio Artists and working from their homes to create items with their hands, using the fibre, fabric and practiced techniques that they love. We are each presenting beautiful and useful items that started as an idea and have evolved into tangible, carefully and thoughtfully created and sought after treasures. You will find hand spun, woven, knit, hand and machine-stitcheditems and MORE! all created with love...wearables, home decor, wall art and small and large gifts for all ages, ...something for everyone. 

The variety and quality of the artist's offerings will give you the chance to choose special gifts for friends, family or yourself, and knowing that each has been crafted by a committed artist in fibre and fabric will be the best part of your visit! Always being able to chat and get to know the makers personally is a terrific opportunity, and this group of fast friends will make you smile! Come see for yourself!

Do bring a few friends or your family! Everyone welcome...and the Kingston waterfront is truly beautiful this time of year. The view from the upstairs KYC display room providest a beautiful vista for you to enjoy as you have a look up and down the St. Lawrence along the east end of Lake Ontario as you move among the table displays and enjoy a great chat with the Fibre Artists friends. 

Parking is available on Maitland near the Yacht Club, and you may choose to park a block or two away and enjoy a walk through City Park and down two short blocks to the Yacht Club. Entry is through the main level doors and up the stairs , or choose to join us via the outside starirs which open directly into the Sale Room! (FYI: The Yacht Club is not wheelchair accessible.)

You might plan to see if you can slip downstairs and purchase a light lunch  in the KYC dining room as you visit our 1st Annual VIBRANT Sale...enjoy! 

We hope you will join us November 25th.

Friday, October 12, 2018

DYE DAY COMING AT Odessa Fairgrounds Hall and all of our fibre friends as well as our weaving friends are welcome to join in on the fun!

Fibre Reactive Dyes are so much fun to play with, and when I recently shared a 'Play Days Retreat' with a few friends here at Odessa, the students said "DO LET ME KNOW" when another day that is devoted to dye play is available and I would love to come out!

Well, the date is set in my calendar and I invite you to join me and bring several friends who LOVE colour on cloth!

We have the Odessa Hall at the Fairgrounds 
Odessa, ON (just south of the 401 on Highway 6) 
9:30-5 pm
Workshop Fee: $45 for the day, INCLUDING a $10 materials fee and
your comprehensive dye handout covering dye work for both fabric and yarns processing

Email Bethany for additional details or directions to Odessa...

A fun filled day for fibre lovers...
Welcome to Quilters and Fibre Arts Enthusiasts
 YOU are invited to join me and spend a full day dyeing cotton, linen, rayon, silk or other cellulose fabrics of your choice.
and  YES, 
 For our friends who are Weavers!
YOU can prepare and bring your pre-skeined cotton, linen 
or silk yarns 
for dye painting or immersion dyeing,
and/or several pre-wound warps for dye-painting.

 I will have 15 glorious colours of  Procion Fibre Reactive Dyes all prepared and ready for your use and sharing all through the day

SUPPLIES LIST - please plan to bring

* Pre-washed fabrics and/or yarns that are ready for dyeing
*FLAT DYEING Projects require thin, roll plastic for laying between the layers of fabrics that you can dye in this one day (8 - 10 half metres by the width of fabric are normal in the day!)
* You will need to bring plastic table cover and old towels to catch drips UNDER your table
*Paint brushes if dyeing warps ( I use foam brushes)
*Gloves and wipe up towels or paper towels
*A container or bin (something to take the wet fabrics home in)
* Beer Cups or small containers to hold your dyes
* For flat dyeing, a slanted paint brush (dollar store) is great for working out the air bubbles between layers of plastic and your fabrics as you build one layer after another or painted fabrics

** You can dye so much more than fabrics and yarns - paper, a shirt or blouse, dye paint a jacket or dye paint some tea towels or other home d├ęcor items at your table (no immersion dyeing this time)

** Bring a few poles that have been string wrapped for shibori or fold some fabrics and prepare them for clamped paint work with dyes from small flat containers at your table. 

** You will need a bucket or other container for transporting wet fabrics home in, as they will all require batching for 24-48 hours after the workshop day before rinsing and wash out!

** Wear old clothes and bring your LUNCH. Coffee, tea and water provided and a few treats for the sweets/chocolate lovers!

Registration form may be printed from the sidebar link at the right side of the Blog or use the brief form below (copy and print from home).

Payment by cheque may be mailed to : Bethany Garner, 3275 Orser Road, Elginburg, ON 

OR:  you may do an e-transfer online through your bank to Bethany using her email:

Hope you will join me for a fun filled day and get ready for a wonderful winter of sewing or weaving  using your own hand-dyed fabrics and yarns!


CONTACT:   613-376-6150   email:


REGISTRATION FORM: (Please mail or email to Bethany at the address above)

I WILL ATTEND THE  FIBREWORKS KINGSTON Dye Day at the Odessa Fairgrounds Hall on Friday, November 30th from 9:30-5 pm



Telephone:                                                             Email:

I will  need one table _________   or Two Tables_______________

I am paying by Cheque __________ Or will send an E-Transfer________________

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.