Saturday, September 23, 2017

BRIDGET O'FLAHERTY, SAQA Artist from Perth, ON invites you to visit her at Dunn Sohn's studio on the weekend of October 7 and 8th, 2017! Hope to see you there!

Bridget O’Flaherty
Fiber Art

My life in the fibre art world launches off the historical significance of needle work in our Country. Quilting can be seen in Canada’s history from early settler days and sewing, beading, textiles and fibre art reach back to times long before that with Indigenous peoples’ traditions. Textiles have often been associated with women as a utilitarian contribution, and for a long time it was the only accepted outlet for art for women. It was imported from other lands, adapted, evolved and integrated into our culture of today.

I strive to contribute to the evolution of fibre art in Canada. I learned traditional quilting from my mother over 25 years ago, but I had always been drawn to natural landscapes and exploring the blend of contemporary fibre art techniques with the traditions of quilting.I utilize layers of thread for shading effects, much like pencil crayon or pen and ink, stitching techniques, traditional piecing of fabric and quilting techniques to convey my landscape art. I search out hand dyed fabric and develop original designs through free form embroidery on a domestic sewing machine.

My current work explores the use of organic materials and natural, hand dyed, organic fabrics. My art quilts are inspired by nature, biodiversity, and I look to connect the viewer with the landscape, introducing the fragile aspects of our environment like species at risk, native and invasive species, traditional and historically significant crafts to open a conversation and reflection on these critical issues.
@ecothreadart on social media

Bridget will be at the Dunn Sohn Studio - #1 on the Tour Map

To see the complete participant list and map click here


Bridget O'Flaherty at work - come visit!

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

BENEFIT AUCTION 2017 is open for bids! Will you help support SAQA this year over the next three weeks! Imagine these quilts on YOUR walls!

Posted: 18 Sep 2017 11:00 AM PDT
Section 1 of the great 2017 SAQA Benefit Auction is now open! Check out the wonderful artwork in this quick
Section 1 video below.

Click here to learn How the Auction Works.

And click here to go straight to Section 1 to select your artwork!

Happy collecting!

This posting includes an audio/video/photo media file: Download Now

THREADWORKS, an exhibition of beautiful fibre art from across Canada reaches the Arthur Child Heritage Museum, Gananoque, ON - visit with friends or family. A must see as THREADWORKS exhibitions continue to travel this fall across Ontario.

News for those who love fibre art, and work, quilts, woven work and embroidery! Please sh
are with friends...

The amazing traveling exhibition that is sponsored by the well recognized THREADWORKS team, Elizabeth Duggan Litch and Sharron Deacon Begg and the CONNECTIONS Fibre Artists, along with the Ontario Network of Needleworkers . THREADWORKS, is currently being exhibited in Gananoque through October 30th ... and well worth the drive! 
THREADWORKS has been an amazing show, shared across Ontario for the past many years and with 11 separate shows during that time frame. The current exhibition has been seen in six galleries across Ontario over the past 20 months and just arrived in Gananoque this past week.

In the Arthur Child Heritage Museum Gallery you will find the many works shared from the beautiful collection of work on tour that will speak to each of you in very special ways - the techniques incorporated in the artwork is very well executed and the variety amazing! Jewellery, art quilts, sculpture, photo transfer, embroidery and hand stitch that will inspire and bring you close to the special effort that has gone into each individual piece. Large pieces that were designed for the walls and exciting small works that exemplify the talent and special skills of the stitchers.

Hoping you might have the opportunity between now and October 30th to visit the Arthur Child Heritage Centre along the beautiful St. Lawrence River in Gananoque and visit this truly beautiful exhibition of art quilts and fibre art pieces that are currently on display. A number of well known local artists have work in the show as well as artists from across Ontario and indeed Canada. 

The Museum will also be of interest as the keeper of an amazing collection of works that profile the history of the St. Lawrence River, the early life along the river and the talented artisans whose work is housed at the Museum. Husbands will have time to explore the shipping and outdoor exhibits while YOU enjoy the artwork. Children's exhibits are hugely important to the museum as well - so everyone is welcome.

Please plan a day trip with family or friends and enjoy seeing the work of artists you know and admire while the exhibition is in place... you will not be disappointed. Car pools of friends will enjoy time together or perhaps even day out including lunch and a walk through Gan's downtown and many antique and specialty shops. This is a great time of year to take a drive and visit Gan... the shops in the area bursting with great fall buys and the restaurants are open and welcoming. Antiques and FIBRE ART - what could be better.

Threadworms - Running the Stitch by Coralia Reid, Kingston, ON

Arthur Child Heritage Museum

(on the waterfront next to the Gananoque Boat Lines docks just as you come into the town from the west off Highway 2)

125 Water Street.
Gananoque Ontario, K7G 3E3
| 1.877.217.7391 (If you have questions, please call before you go to make sure you have the time to enjoy the exhibition to its best advantage)

September 4th – October 24th: 10 – 4 pm
Tours are available by appointment during the off season.

Office Hours:

Call: 613-382-2535 for office hours during the off season.


Admission is FREE, but donations are greatly appreciated.

Monday, September 11, 2017

My Corner of the World - CANADA touring France with four locations over the next year. Thank you to SAQA Exhibitions management team and our SAQA Central Artists!

Exhibition sites in France during 2017-18


LINK for exploring the site:

Catalogue available!

Sunday, September 3, 2017

JUST A REMINDER - the SAQA BENEFIT AUCTION opens September 15th and continues weekly through October 8th!

The 2017 Benefit Auction will kick-off at 2pm ET on September 15, 2017 with Diamond Day bidding - an early bird opportunity to purchase ANY quilt for $1000.

Bidders will then vie for the remaining art quilts, starting with those in Section 1.

View Random Selection
How the Auction WorksView the Quilts

Links are here for you! Have a look......make time to see ALL the quilts!

There are so many wonderful benefits to bidding on a SAQA Artist's work during the annual Auction!

* The first is the joy and connection you will find in having a very special piece of work to hang in your home or studio, and know that YOU have made a contribution to keeping our Association alive and well!

* The BEST is the friendships that you can establish with the artist who created your piece for years to come and the opportunity to build a connection, albeit at a distance, that will last a lifetime.

* Consider how YOU will support the Annual Auction as the opening approaches and the SECTION 1 quilts will offer you many amazing choices. Follow along online and see the quilts sold through each of the three weeks!

Good luck everyone... stretching my digital fingers and already have Martha's email in my saved folder so I can get to it quickly. I have quilts from nine years of auctions that delight me day after day!


Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Kingston, Belleville, Brockville, Perth and area SAQA members - Our next SAQA POD meeting is scheduled for Monday, September 25th - a full day of INDIGO DYE PLAY - come join us!


A ONE-DAY, focused SAQA Central Canada PLAYDATE
Bethany Garner - your Indigo Guide

Monday, September 25th, 2017 9 am - 6 pm
Odessa Fairgrounds Hall
located on Highway 6 just south of Highway 2
in the Village of Odessa ON, direct access via 401

BROWN BAG Lunch/SAQA MEETING - 1-2 pm (while the indigo rests)

A supplies list will be sent with registration and attendance confirmation/payment
Coffee/tea and treats provided, dress for dye work if participating

Participant's playdate registration fee of $35 each will cover shared hall rental costs, comprehensive handouts/dye and auxiliaries supplies 

RSVP INDIGO playdate participation intent to:

Cheques to be payable/mailed to 
Bethany Garner
3275 Orser Road
Elginburg, ON K0H1M0

Email Bethany for your Indigo Playdate Registration form in pdf format.

If you cannot join us for the full day with INDIGO dye work, do think about coming for lunch and the meeting just afterward!

ALL of our SAQA Central Members are most welcome to join us! We will share  brown bag lunch at 12:30 p , and yes, you can attend only the POD Meeting from 1-2 pm and NOT participate in the dye day project 

We will have a great space set up available for CREATIVE BUFFET of artist's recent work by our SAQA Central members attending... please do plan to bring and share what you have been working on! Hoping to have a great turn out and a fun filled day as we pursue the beauty of BLUE!


* Bethany has pfd (prepared for dyeing) white, TEST Fabrics cotton available for dyeing at the play day - $9 a metre and all fabric must be ordered by September 10th.

* Linen dyes beautifully as does silk in this safe and easy dye bath system. Old clothes and gloves are the "desired outfit" of the day!

* Participants will be sharing three or four synthetic Indigo Vats. You will be required to come prepared with poles for wrapping, thread for stitching, table cover and containers for taking the indigo dyed fabrics home WET from the indigo play day for rinsing and washout.

Some Indigo work samples from St. Lawrence College, July 2017:

Sunday, August 20, 2017

Join CATHERINE TIMM as she opens her current exhibition "PUSHING THE LIMITS WITH FIBRE AND GLASS" at the Atrium Gallery,

Atrium Gallery,
Ben Franklin Place 
Nepean (101 Centre Point Drive)
Directons and hours of the showing at the link below: .

Rosemary Driscoll & I would like to invite you to attend to my newest Gallery Show to take place at  the Artrium Gallery, Nepean.

As artists, we will be in the Gallery Tuesday August 29'th from 5 to 8 pm to answer questions and speak about the exhibition!  I hope you can join us on that date, but if not please drop in to see the work during the month long exhibition! 

Hope to see you there,

Friday, August 18, 2017

News from our SAQA Central Canada Regional Representative: MAGGIE VANDERWEIT - Hoping you will make time to join Maggie for the events detailed below:

#MASTERCLASS with Maggie Vanderweit

Wrap & Rust Dyeing

September 16 @ 10:00 am - September 17 @ 4:00 pm
Discover the fascinating process of eco-friendly direct dyeing with natural botanical materials and rusty metal.  Learn which plants are effective, how to use non-toxic mordants and rust and how to create organic, soft, complex, layered cloth to use in your textile art. A variety of finishing options will be explored and each piece created will be beautifully unique.

Friday –  Wine & Cheese September 7-9pm @ artists’ studio

Saturday & Sunday –  September 16 &17  10am-4pm

$265 +tx member $275 +tx non member  ($15 kit fee payable direct to teacher at workshop)
Student material list supplied/  along with artists address for Fri wine & cheese on registration.

In textile shows across Canada and internationally, you will find the imaginative wall hangings of Maggie Vanderweit, created in her Stone Threads Textile Arts Studio, Fergus.

In this purposely designed space, with glass doors giving onto trees and the Grand River, Maggie chooses fabrics, paints them, dyes them and quilts on her simple domestic sewing machine.

“I am inspired by my spiritual beliefs about why we are here and what we are supposed to be doing while we are here, and I hope my work conveys wonder and joy. I find the whole process of working with textiles meditative and invigorating and I feel most blessed to be able to teach and create”.

640 Colquhoun Street, Fergus, Ontario  |

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

CONNECTIONS FIBRE ARTISTS participate with the Oakville Stitchery Guild at Joshua Creek Heritage Centre. Exhibition Opening September 15, 2017... please come!

Current Exhibition:

Once a year Joshua Creek Heritage Art Centre invites its members, otherwise known as Friends of Joshua Creek, to exhibit their art. This collaboration is one of our finest. 

The artwork currently displayed at the Gallery is a mix of various types of media — from watercolour and acrylic to fibre art.  It’s wonderful to see the talents of a varied group of artists in one location. The Current FRIENDS exhibition runs through September 10th, followed by

Upcoming Exhibition:

Joshua Creek Heritage Centre
Sept 15 - Nov 12
Opening Reception Sept 17, 2 - 5 pm
featuring selected works by

We have always been connected by the threads of time. Stitching cloth or skins together has been elemental to human survival, and for centuries, embellishing cloth has been a cultural heritage. Playing with a needle and thread can be a pleasurable pastime but embroidery is a refined skill, and creativity takes it to another dimension.

Connections Fibre Artists

The Connections Fibre Artists will celebrate 150 years of Canada with work inspired by settlers and pioneers, and the Oakville Stitchery Guild will pay tribute to Constance Howard, the great teacher who brought embroidery to Canada in 1972.

SAQA Central Canada Members participating: Micaela Fitzsimmons, Dianne Gibson, Gunnel Hag, Bethany Garner, Maggie Vanderweit, Dwayne Wanner

The Connections Fibre Artists group is comprised of artists stretching across Canada and into the UK. Fibre is the medium that connects them, giving their art depth and texture that other media can only dream of. Their work is highly diverse, from silk fusion to thread painting, soft sculpture to machine embroidery, hand-quilting to photo transfer, fibre wrapping and beading, with new techniques and disciplines occurring regularly. 

Oakville Stitchery Guild

The Oakville Stitchery Guild meets monthly at Joshua Creek Heritage Art Centre, with guest speakers and instructors, classes, and workshops on stitchery techniques and fabric art. Characteristic work includes experimental embroidery by hand and/or machine, mixed media fibre work, soft jewellery, lace-making, knitting, crocheting, quilting, doll making, beading, stumpwork, altered book-making, and silk ribbon embroidery.

Oakville Stitchery Guild

Meets: 4th Monday – September to May  (excluding December; AGM – June)
7:00 – 10:00 pm  at Joshua Creek Heritage Centre, Oakville

Please join us for this wonderful exhibition. We look forward to seeing you!

Gallery Hours

Joshua Creek Heritage Centre
Tuesday through Sunday
1 pm to 4 pm
or by appointment
All Mondays
Sept 3, 10

Also, FIBRE ART  exhibiting across Ontario this fall:

Mark your calendars and try to attend as you travel and enjoy summer and early fall:


A Juried Exhibition of Needle Arts

Threadworks mandate is to mount, every three years, a juried exhibition of exceptional creative needlework stitched by artists from across Canada. Since its inception in 1987, Threadworks is supported by the Wellington County Museum and Archives (WCMA). After an inaugural exhibition at the WCMA in 2016, the show is traveling for up to three years, to many museums and galleries throughout the Province of Ontario.

The theme is FLASHBACK. The fibre art/stitchedwork is diverse and beautiful - a MUST SEE Exhibition:

What does that word bring to your imagination? Just how far back does it take you? Whether it's to your own youth, your Grandmother's time or pre-history, anything other than this minute or tomorrow qualifies. Here are a few suggestions: Fashion, Art Deco, Architecture, Environment/Nature/Fossils, Summer Camp, Holidays, Music (e.g. song titles), War, Hippies, Home, Death, Grandma's influence/Ancestors, Weddings, Babies...


image: On the Land by Micaela Fitzsimmons (detail)

Threadworks - Flashback
July 4, 2017 – August 30, 2017
Temiskaming Art Gallery
325 Farr Drive,
Haileybury ON P0J 1K0
Phone: 705-672-3706 for times and details

Threadworks - Flashback
September 12, 2017 – October 31, 2017
Arthur Child Heritage Museum
125 Water Street, Gananoqué ON K7G 3E3
Phone: 613-382-2535 for times and details

Thursday, August 3, 2017

SAQA's Annual Benefit Auction Opens Online September 15th.. Hoping you will participate with your bids to support the ongoing SAQA International Exhibitions funding and members educational, seminar and outreach pogramming. Please share the news with friends!

2017 Benefit Auction begins on September 15!

Please plan to participate and invite your friends and family as well...

Our participating SAQA Benefit Auction Artists

from Central Canada include:

Robynne Cole,
Millie Cumming, Bethany Garner,
Gunnel Hag, Helene Scheffer, Anne Solomon
and our Regional Rep,
Maggie Vanderweit Meredith

So many thanks for sharing your beautiful artwork. It will certainly not be difficult to make sure that I have my bidding 'fingers' on during the three weeks of the Auction...

The quilts below are each so wonderful and demonstrate a terrific love of the particular art techniques that the makers have demonstrated in their shared art work. Do go to the website and see ALL of the Donation Quilts and make YOUR list of favourites to be ready for the auction days ahead.

You can't always participate and send off  a donation, but if you are keen to support our wonderful  Studio Art Quilts Association, do consider bidding on a quilt.
I can only say that every one that has come into my personal collection is wonderful in so many ways and bring great joy each day as I pass them on the walls or our home and my studio. 
Robynne Cole

Millie Cumming

Bethany Garner

Gunnel Hag

Helena Scheffer

Anne Solomon

Maggie Vanderweit

See  a grid of each of the beautiful 2017 Benefit Auction pieces here:

The 2017 Benefit Auction will take place from September 15 through October 8. The Auction will kick-off at 2pm ET on September 15 with Diamond Day bidding - an early bird opportunity to purchase ANY quilt for $1000.  
The 12" x 12" Auction Quilts have been divided up into three sections for bidding purposes. Each week, a different section of quilts will be available for bidding, starting at $750 and further reduced throughout the week.  
At the end of each bidding period, remaining quilts will be available for purchase in the SAQA store. Unsold quilts will also be sent to Houston for the International Quilt Market and Festival (early November). 

  • The online bidding form will be live on September 15 at 2pm EDT for Diamond Day bidding. All quilts will be available for $1000.
  • Starting September 18th at 2pm EDT, bidding starts at $750 - only pieces in the section listed will be available for bidding at this level. Each day thereafter, the price is reduced according to the chart below.
  • You can bid on up to 7 pieces at a time - the first bid on each piece wins.
  • Once the auction starts, any piece in an upcoming section can be purchased at the Buy It Now price of $1000.

SAQA 2017 Benefit Online Auction Pricing prices change at
2 pm edt

Section 1Sept 18Sept 19Sept 20Sept 21Sept 22Sept 23
Section 2Sept 25Sept 26Sept 27Sept 28Sept 29Sept 30
Section 3Oct 2Oct 3Oct 4Oct 5Oct 6Oct 7
* All quilts will be available for a buy it now purchase of $1000 for the duration of the auction (even if their section isn't open for bidding). Unsold quilts will be sold in Houston (November) and in the SAQA Store (through December 28). 

Sunday, July 16, 2017

  COMPLEX CLOTH For the making

      Creating Fabrics with Dyes and Pigments


JULY 31-August 4, 2017, Brockville Campus

A full credit component of the TEXTILE ARTS  Program at
  St. Lawrence College Brockville Campus

CLASS IS A GO!!!! We will hope to see you along with a great group of new friends on Monday, July 31st in Brockville! 

We would be so pleased to have you join us if your week of July 31 to August 4th is clear and coming on over to our Brockville Campus at St. Lawrence College is a possibility... 

This will be a week of creative play time that will result in a terrific stash of all new, original fabric to inspire your new textile work. Lots of time for stitching, dye work, screen printing and more. Extensive dye work, gelatin and screen printing, fabric painting, Arashi Shibori, creative development of art quilts and mounting/framing will all be on the five day plan.
Into the Bog, Bethany Garner
So much opportunity exists in a full week class to learn, share with like-minded students and create some beautiful new work. Pull a carpool of friends together and make this a week that could change your 2017 year of creativity, exploration and learning in a supportive and encouraging environment!

Our students are looking forward to acquiring new skills and leaning techniques that further hone their existing skills and having time to translate them into dynamic creations.  
You are encouraged to bring along works in progress, sketchbooks filled with ideas, and plans for work that is waiting to take form but may need encouragement to be released into reality. Using your sketchbook is encouraged during the week and recording the beauty of Brockville and the St. Lawrence River!
Your favourite fabric/tools/stitching supplies will be coming with you from home. (Supplies list with paid registration).

Our students receive a comprehensive set of course handouts and and have access to Bethany's extensive resource library, daily video lessons and some project based tools and supplies will be available in the classroom as a part of the Instructor’s teaching package.    
So whether you love to design and stitch pieces that use your own hand painted and dyed fabrics, or bring together a wonderful stash of fabrics you have been accumulating and want to use, this is a class that will help you take steps toward those goals!  
SOLITUDE, Indigo, B. Garner

This full-week, Monday to Friday course is designed for those with a passionate interest in fibre arts and as a vehicle for artistic expression and creation of functional art and personal, original textile design. 

Students will study complex but easily learned processes for fabric coloration and dye work, including pole wrapped and Arashi Shibori patterning. We will work together to explore a complete series of Indigo studies, and develop a personal inventory of beautiful colour and pattern on cloth during our week together and more.

While on-campus residence MAY NOT available at this late date, many area hotels and B & B residences are in the area for those who would like to join us. Share the cost with several friends for a great chance to learn together....

Plan to use this experience as a “get away” for personal development of a new stash of fabrics for work as the year progresses, exhibition calls that are on the calendar, or if you just need a time to focus on your new work.

There will be time for machine work and lots of design play. The studio classroom will be open 8 am through 10 pm each day.
We have a terrific group of students enrolled who bring with them all levels of experience. You can be assured that the classroom is  a place to play and your friends, old and new will certainly be eager to work along with you in support of our warm and welcoming creative learning  environment.
Course Information/description in the course catalogue here:

Information: Sara Barrie, Program Assistant

Brockville  Campus Location/Contact
2288 Parkedale Avenue
Brockville, Ontario
K6V 5X3
Bethany Garner, Instructor
  613-376-6150 Email:
Please feel free to write me with questions!

Register online at SSOA,
MARIPOSA, Bethany Garner 2016 - Traveling with THREADWORKS

Brockville Campus Residence 
(call to see if there are cancellations that might mean there is a room for YOU!)
60 Magedoma Boulevard
Brockville, Ontario K6V 7N7
Tel: 613-345-0660, ext. 3510