Monday, June 30, 2014

Canada's Anti-Spam Legislation comes into effect July 1, 2014....

A message to all of our FIBREWORKS KINGSTON Blog readers:
Canada's new Anti-Spam legislation will help reduce unwanted emails from appearing in consumers’ inboxes by requiring companies to gain their consent. We are supplying this information as many of our readers are arts related home-based or small business owners, or may generally be concerned about spam delivered to their inbox.

Does OUR Fibreworks Kingston Blog comply? YES...

We are a Google Blogger site here at and use a Feedburner Subscription widget (located at the top of the right sidebar of our blog Home Page). Each of our Fibreworks Kingston Blog Post subscribers "opted in" by using that form, provided their consent and are made aware that they can opt out or unsubscribe at any time. That being the case, we are in compliance. 
We do not add or import any email distribution lists to our Blog. With the Subscription Service from Blogger each individual receiving a post in their email inbox has subscribed giving express consent.
Any of our subscribers may "unsubscribe" at the bottom of any post received that arrives in their inbox from the RSS Feed via the Fibreworks Kingston Subscription Service.

We do so hope you will stay onboard to keep abreast of all of the news now and up to the start of our 2014/15 Weekend Workshops Series beginning in September 2014.
For more information check out: The Canadian Government’s site to Fight Spam.
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Saturday, June 28, 2014

FIBREWORKS BROCHURE is ready for you... please do ask for your copy!

Circulation of our 2014-15 FIBREWORKS KINGSTON Brochure in pdf. format has begun... you may have already received a copy in your email inbox! If not, we would be so pleased to share a copy so you  can have a copy including the registration form for ready reference or to hold in your files. 

Please feel free to share your copy via email with friends. (Blogger is sadly unfriendly to linking pdf's)

Email us at to request a pdf copy...

Mixed Media Assemblage, Dianne Gibson
The 2014/15 Series of Weekend Workshops promises to be wonderful as we welcome our Guest Instructors: Maggie Vanderweit Meredith. Lynne Morin, Holly Dean and Dianne Gibson. Workshops begin in September and seats are limited, so please have a look at the schedule and do plan to join us when you can!

We are talking with renowned Rug Hooking Instructor, Loretta Moore of the Westport, ON area about an addition to our line-up in March 2015... please watch our sidebar for the addition of her workshop in the near future. Many of you know Loretta from the many wonderful workshops and rug hooking events she participates in throughout Ontario and beyond.

Fibreworks will also be sponsoring a three day CABIN FEVER Retreat in February, 2014 at the Odessa Fairgrounds. Participants will have the opportunity to attend one, two or all three days. Details will follow soon...

Hope you are enjoying your summer so far...looking forward to seeing you at fibre events across our area throughout the summer.


Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Supporting your textile play and growth opportunities is what St. Lawrence College is all about... DREAM IT? Do it!!

ST. LAWRENCE COLLEGE - Kingston Campus

THOUSAND ISLANDS SUMMER SCHOOL FOR THE ARTS 2014....Week Long Study Opportunities... 

 Surface Design and Stitch   
Date(s): 7/21/2014 - 7/28/2014
This full week course in our Textile Design Program will prepare the diploma program participant or general interest student to create their own original hand coloured and stitched textile projects. The course is for anyone who has ever wanted to step out of the box, leave the familiar and perhaps traditional behind and create one of a kind quilts or embroidery while learning the foundations of design, stitch, pattern development and finishing of quilts, home d├ęcor, wearables or wall art. 
Students will explore color, support their knowledge of design principles and build all new work while spending time in the classroom divided between working into a sketchbook with art and design techniques. Printing, painting, dye work, collage, and stitch work are all a part of the fun! Students will create hand made cloth, samples or several large pieces with special effects on fabrics. The planning and successful execution of original small quilts or stitched fabrics using a wide variety of new techniques is the goal. Students are encouraged to complete several small classroom projects which are stitched by hand or machine, framed/bound and ready to enjoy.
A material fee of $40.00 to cover the cost of paints and dyes, some tools and fabrics/threads for small class samples is payable to the instructor on the first day.

Course Code: ARTS110Section: 540   $299.70 for 5 full days in classroom
Campus: KINGSTONInstructor: Bethany Garner
Come join in on the fun... the community of textile arts friends is a great place to learn and grow!

Saturday, June 14, 2014

FIBREWORKS is growing and changing as we approach our 2014/15 Weekend Workshops Series announcements.... hoping YOU will tune in often here at the blog and plan to join us for one or all of our outstanding workshop weekends...

Greetings to all of our friends and visitors here at the FIBREWORKS KINGSTON blog. Hope your summer is going a bit better than mine... unexpected events and surprises happen. (Actually my injury is fine, allowing me time now to read, just enjoy my surroundings and share some quality visits with friends and family ...and slowly one-handed type announcements for this blog!)

Bethany enjoying time with KFA Friends in June, fractured wrist and all

The best part of summer is free time to work on the planning for our FIBREWORKS Series for 2014/15 and have the chance to network with  the very best and most talented Instructors in Ontario and beyond as I plan for our next year together.

You will notice if you visit our Registration Pages that FIBREWORKS KINGSTON is now a division of my 10 year old textiles and workshops presentation business, HERITAGE QUILTWORKS CANADA

For many years, FIBREWORKS was so beautifully presented by our mentor and dear friend, Hilary Scanlon. It was always my goal and commitment as I assisted Hilary as her Associate Coordinator from 1996-2008 to strive to continue her dream. Two years ago, Hilary retired and passed the candle for continuing Fibreworks to me... and with several friends and former associates of Hilary's, we tried a "committee approach" to working with the business of running Fibreworks. With everyone very busy with their own arts studies, groups and commitment to quality personal lives, it just seemed best that Fibreworks return to an owner operated business for Administrative purposes.
The original Fibreworks Kingston mission continues: "To promote fibre as an Art Form". Our Instructors are professional designers and well-known craftspersons who skillfully share their well-honed techniques and knowledge. Participants in FIBREWORKS Workshops are professional teachers, and interested craftspersons, or amateurs wishing to learn and share together for further stimulation and knowledge.  I will always seek the very best of the best Instructors for our FW line-up, with the goal of staying in tune with our students' needs and wishes.

Fibreworks is a huge family - made up of students from now almost 35 years of enjoying together the opportunity to learn and grow together. I so hope you will join us once again this new season as Fibreworks Kingston merges with Heritage Quiltworks Canada to bring high quality, skills/knowledge based workshops not only those interested in art quilts and contemporary design, but to needle arts enthusiasts in many disciplines including traditional quilting, embroidery, felt work, painting and mixed media art work and more. Your suggestions are always welcome!

We will be enjoying workshops throughout the year, announced here at the blog and in associated social media and newsletter ads with local Groups, Guilds and Associations. Keep a watchful eye as Heritage Quiltworks and Fibreworks Kingston grow to benefit our needle arts enthusiasts in Southeastern Ontario and beyond. Please share the news and bring friends along for the great workshops.

I am pleased to announce here today the line up for our 2014-15 Fibreworks Kingston Weekend Workshops Series, and ask your patience as I prepare and post the individual class descriptions and details (one-handed typing takes SO long). Please visit the blog often for the "Pages" on the right sidebar here for each of the four workshops being announced here today.  FW 2014/15 Registration will officially open June 15, 2014 - Please mark your calendars!! Watch for me to post a pdf copy of the Fibreworks brochure here at the blog... it will be available here for you soon. 

(You may also contact me at  for a mailed/shared copy after the blog posting of the brochure)

We welcome the following outstanding Instructors for 2014-15:

"Wrap and Rust Dyeing"
September 19-21, 2014

"The Same, but DIFFERENT"
November 7-9, 2014

HOLLY DEAN, Merrickville, ON
" Creating the Muse Journal"
April 17-19, 2015

" Mixed Media Assemblages"
May 22-24, 2015

I know you will so enjoy sharing weekend workshop time with each of these very talented and experienced classroom Instructors. Renowned for their beautiful portfolios of art work, each brings a wealth of technique-focused studio and exhibition experience to our classroom. Please spend some time researching each of the artists and visit this blog often as I share news of each Instructors workshop offerings for you at FIBREWORKS this next year.

Thanks for your ongoing interest, encouragement and loyalty... we are blessed to have you as our network of FIBREWORKS friends and participants.

Fibreworks Coordinator   

Sunday, June 1, 2014

MAGGIE VANDERWEIT MEREDITH shares WRAP AND RUST DYEING in Kingston, September 2014... Come join us!


SEPTEMBER 19-21, 2014
Odessa Fairgrounds Hall, Odessa ON
Friday evening Lecture and two full days with Maggie   
FIBREWORKS KINGSTON is very pleased to confirm that leading us off this fall will be the outstanding Instructor, MAGGIE VANDERWEIT MEREDITH, who many of you know and love from her courses at Haliburton Summer School of the Arts and teaching she has done with Fibreworks Kingston, The Canadian Quilters Association and at the Creativ Festival in Toronto. Maggie's new work in the arena of natural dyeing and rust work is not only stunning, but sought out as she travels, teaches and exhibits in Ontario and beyond.
On Wrap and Rust Dyeing......
In your weekend with Maggie, you will discover the amazing process of eco-friendly direct dyeing with natural plant materials and metals. In your two days together, you will learn from Maggie which plants are most effective, how to use non-toxic mordants and rust, and how to create organic, soft, complex cloth to use in your textile art.

The weekend workshop will be all about exploring the tactile art of creating beautifully patterned cloth using natural materials and the subtle marks and colour only old iron can impart. Maggie will guide you through her favourite techniques, and share tips and techniques for building on this art form as you learn and explore.


Registration for this course is now open, so mark your calendar and join us for a full weekend of fibre play on September 19-21, 2014 will not want to miss this time with Maggie and her art.
The FIBREWORKS KINGSTON Registration Form for this course is posted here now, on the right sidebar. Please mail with your cheque to Bethany Garner, FW Coordinator/Registrar.

Publication of the full 2014/2015 FIBREWORKS Kingston Brochure sharing all of the 2014/15 courses will be here at the blog in mid-June.
Here are a few more inspirational pictures of Maggie's Art Cloth:

And some important information about Maggie and her work from her website:

Maggie is an active Artist Member of SAQA, CQA, CONNECTIONS Fibre Artists, CFUW Guelph Textile Art Group, and the Harris Artist's Collective. She offers inspirational lectures, trunk shows and classes to guilds, schools, colleges, art classes, retreats, quilt shops, private groups and international needlework shows and quilting conferences.

Her work has been exhibited in galleries and museums around the world and is in international and national private collections. She has won numerous awards, including two first place prizes in the CQA National Juried Quilt Show, one for her machine quilting for “Stone Weather”, and one for her piecing in “Fire in the Cabin - PMS and the Full Moon”. In 2013 she was honoured with the Canadian Quilting Association's Excellence in Innovation Award for "Bedolina Threads", a Threadworks Juror's Award for "Blue is the Colour of My Soul", and an Insights Purchase Award for "Unchained". Maggie has sold/sells her original textile art from her studio, galleries, museums, during the Elora-Fergus Studio Tour, Fair November, Creativ Festival, Silo Weavery, and the One of a Kind Show. She also sells her own photo greeting cards, hand-painted fabrics and threads and creates commissioned pieces for public and personal spaces.

Maggie is influenced and provoked to create by literature, good conversation, radio, colour, line, texture, her beliefs and private musings. She draws inspiration from the natural beauty of the farmlands, rolling hills, gardens and woods around her. She works with many different materials and techniques - from traditional pieced patchwork to intuitive abstract painting and depictions of political and personal events. She is probably best known for the hand-painted fabric she pieces in original and simple patterns, and then densely quilts in intricate, contemporary free-motion designs with her domestic sewing machine. She also spends her days doing spontaneous handwork: beading, embroidering, wet felting, embellishing, eco-dyeing, faux encaustic and painting. She often works in a series, but every piece emerges completely unique. Her desire is to create spiritually meaningful textile art, and she believes that every creative act requires faith and optimism.