Wednesday, February 10, 2021

The TETT Centre is open once again under the Province of Ontario "GREEN" status, and I would love to have you join me for this workshop so long in the waiting...

 


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 - better light for us and lots of plus for machines!
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

ALL STITCHERS ARE WELCOME - and your projects even if no indigo cloth is part of your plan may be worked on in this class - come play!

 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

Hello 2021 and back to the blog...hoping you are well and safe during our "Stay at Home" time - Missing each of you!


Greetings Fibre 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 you and not just me?? I think about that a lot - and all of you.

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.


Sewing, design play, and my weaving practice continue in my Studio 214D space at the TETT. 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. It is both a sanctuary and a place to contemplate my next steps.

I am loving the camaraderie of the other six Creativity Studios Resident Artists and great artist 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...

Busy working on a new project quilt - for the CONNECTIONS FIBRE ARTISTS group exhibition entitled "RE: Connections" that was to open in FERGUS, ON in early February. The Opening is 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 from 1915.

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

Sunday, September 27, 2020

 RETREAT DAYS at the TETT Centre September 25 and 26th - an opportunity for eight stellar art enthusiasts to come together for a live, two-day sewing and stitching escape into the world of art!! I am sharing a bit of the fun and accomplishment with you here...


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 Arts Gallery, which meant that we had tons of room 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. Thanks to Tett Staff for assisting with the extra space allocation!

A commitment to wearing their face masks all day for 6 hours straight  both days was a requirement and the artists 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!

Friday, September 4, 2020

 



Register Here: 
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/lets-stitch-again-like-we-did-last-summer-tickets-115922028909dd ca


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 .


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: http://www.bethanygarner.com

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 http://www.bethanygarner.com

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