Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Call To Entry
Open to Central Canada members

Deadline: May 31, 2018 at 11:59pm 
On-line submission only

This will be our Fourth Biennial Juried Exhibition of Contemporary Fibre Art.  Fibre Content exhibits the best of contemporary Canadian Fibre Art that reflects a wide range of mediums.  

Our primary goal is to raise the profile, awareness and acceptance of Fibre Art as a true art form.  Fibre Art includes fabric, paper, yarn, thread and various mixed media materials.

Premiere Location:      Art Gallery of Burlington, Burlington, ON
Dates: September 6 – 16, 2018

Selected pieces from the premiere show will form a smaller version to travel to these additional venues:

       Lake of the Woods Museum, Kenora ON           September to November 2018

       Dryden and District Museum, Dryden, ON      December 2018 to January 2019

       Fort Frances Museum, Fort Frances, ON            February to March 2019

       Thunder Bay Museum, Tunder Bay, ON             April to June 2019

       Timmins Museum, Timmins, ON                       July to September 2019

       Simcoe County Museum, Minesing, ON             September to  November  2019

Participation in the travelling show is optional. Artists can indicate for each piece submitted if they agree to
make it available for inclusion in the travel show. Show curators will select pieces for the travelling show during the premiere show and advise the artists of their selections.

Show Concept:

This will be our Fourth Biennial Juried Exhibition of Contemporary Fibre Art. Fibre Content exhibits the best of contemporary Canadian Fibre Art that reflects a wide range of mediums. Our primary goal is to raise the profile, awareness and acceptance of Fibre Art as a true art form. Fibre Art includes fabric, paper, yarn, thread and various mixed media materials.


       William Hodge, retired after 40 years as Textile Professor at OCAD University, Armure Studios, Stoney Creek, ON
       Elaine Cheasley Paterson, Associate Professor of Craft History, Faculty of Fine Arts, Concordia University, Montreal, QC
       Susan Warner Keene, Toronto-based Artist, Independent Educator, Writer and Curator

Important  Exhibition Dates:

March 1, 2018                     Online entry submissions open at www.fibrations.org

May 31, 2018                       Online entry deadline at 11:59pm

July 14, 2018                       Accepted entries notification by email  

August 18, 2018                  Optional delivery of artwork to outlying special locations

September 4, 2018              Delivery of accepted artwork to AGB no later than 12:00 Noon 
September 6, 2018              Show opens

September 9, 2018              Opening Reception from 1:00 to 3:00 pm

September 16, 2018            Show closes

September17, 2018             Pick up artwork at AGB 11:00AM to no later than 1:00PM         
After September 22, 2018  Optional pick up of artwork from outlying special locations
Return of pieces selected for the travel version of the show by June 2020.

Eligibility  and Guidelines

You must be a member of one of the following groups: Studio Art Quilt Associates (SAQA) Central Canada Division, Burlington Fibre Arts Guild, Burlington Handweavers and Spinners Guild, Burlington Hooking Craft Guild, Connections Fibre Artists, Grand Guild of Fibre Artists, Group of Eight Fibre Artists or Oakville Fibre Artists; OR become a SAQA member (at www.saqa.com) if your work is accepted.
Original artwork must have been completed within the last five years and must be the result of independent effort. Work must be ready to hang, including rod or device, and may be framed or unframed (glass not acceptable). Three-dimensional works, including wearable art pieces, may not exceed 40 pounds and 9 feet in any direction.


Entries are accepted online only, at www.fibrations.org, and will be considered on the basis of submitted digital images. Photographs must be of good quality, at least 3 MP (e.g., 2,000px × 1,500px), one photograph of the complete piece and one detail image. Photographs must be free from textual or other information revealing the artist’s name and should be taken on a plain or neutral background. Deadline for online submissions is 11:59 pm on May 31, 2018. A non-refundable entry fee of $20.00 for each piece is payable online upon submission. Maximum of 3 submissions per artist. An illustration of the online entry form is shown below for your information  and preparation.

Jury Process

Each entry will be assigned an identification number. In making their decision, members of the Jury will only have access to entry number, title of the artwork, dimensions, photographs and your artist’s statement.

The jurors will evaluate all entries and assign a numerical evaluation. The show committee will accept entries with the highest numerical evaluation up to the level exhibit space permits. Each juror will select one piece for a Juror’s Choice Award, which will be highlighted in the show, in the catalogue and on the website.

Delivery and Pick Up

Detailed packaging and shipping instructions will be provided to successful entrants with their acceptance notices. Special drop off locations will be made available to minimize shipping costs, however for any special handling requirements or oversized items, the artist will have to make their own arrangements.
All accepted work must include a label on the back with the piece’s ID number, artist’s name and contact information, as well as the title of the work and the completion date. Organizers reserve the right to reject delivered artwork that does not match digital photographs in quality or content.

Please refer to Important Dates above for delivery and pick-up dates. Details on outlying delivery and pick-up locations will be provided to successful entrants with their acceptance notices.

Terms and Conditions

Works can be for sale. The Art Gallery of Burlington requires a 20% commission and will complete the sale on the artist behalf. Artist will receive their 80% portion from Fibrations after the show closes. Work must remain hanging for duration of show. The same process will hold for any sales made by gallery locations during the travel version of the show, and the commissions may vary for those locations.
Disclaimer: Fibrations, the Studio Art Quilt Associates and the Art Gallery of Burlington assume no liability for the artwork and cannot be held responsible in an unlikely event that it is damaged or lost. If this is of concern, the artist is advised to obtain commercial insurance to  cover their work while in transit, in storage and in exhibition.

Submission of artwork for the Fibre Content 2018 Exhibition constitutes permission for photographs of the artwork to be published on the Fibrations website, Fibre Content 2018 catalogue and promotional materials used by Fibrations, Fibre Content and/or SAQA.

 For a pdf copy of this information, including a link to the sample entry form,  please contact Robynne Cole at robynne@fibrations.org.

Thursday, November 16, 2017

CANADIAN QUILTS ARE MOST WELCOME... love that Judy Martin's quilt is featured! YOU must have a quilt that could be a part of this amazing exhibition!

Debuting at Quilt Festival Chicago; Registration open now through January 11, 2018

This annual judged competition and exhibit is open to quilts—created in any style or technique—that “celebrate” color through design and/or vibrant fabrics.

A $5,000 Best of Show and three $1,000 prizes each in Traditional, Modern, and Art categories will be awarded.

Featured quilt: Reconstructed Color by Petra Soesemann. From the 2017 "A Celebration of Color" exhibit. 
Debuting at Quilt Festival Chicago; Registration open now through February 1, 2018

This exhibit features recently made traditional-style quilts by artists from the Midwest states of Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Minnesota, Missouri, Iowa, Wisconsin, Michigan, Ohio, and the Canadian provinces of Manitoba and Ontario.

Quilts must have been made between January 2015 and February 2018.

Featured quilt: The River Beneath by Judy Martin. From the 2017 "Traditional Midwest & Canadian Quilts" exhibit. 

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Enjoy this Wonderful article featuring information and recommendations about SAQA POD meetings from three Regional Representatives across the State of Florida...

Defining SAQA PODs:  A concept

Former Representatives Nancy Billings and Jayne Gaskins felt a system was necessary for Florida’s membership to create connections through networking and friendship. To meet this need, in 2012 Nancy and Jayne developed the much-acclaimed POD system (also known now as Local Connections).

After painstakingly plotting each member on a map, they drew circles around clusters of members within reasonable driving distance of each other. They contacted the members in each cluster, asking for volunteers to host introductory POD meetings. The meetings could have as few as two members; they asked for no other commitment. The PODs were left to create their own structure. There were only two rules: that each meeting be open to all SAQA members, and that all meetings had to be announced to the entire region.

Current Reps Ellen and Karol agree the POD system is successful but concur that it has taken some time to become fully operational. One last POD is just now getting off the ground, but the network has come together. Here’s how the Florida reps make it work.

Best practices for starting and nurturing PODs : Ideas that are working...

POD boundaries are fluid. When membership ebbs and flows, boundaries are re-vamped to accommodate those fluctuations. A couple of PODs have divided into two sections to better facilitate driving times. Mapping is done by volunteers responding to advertisements in the monthly newsletter. Geography is not a constraint; several SAQA members attend more than one POD.

Each POD decides together what is appropriate for the group. Some PODs issue challenges, others employ critiques, plan field trips, as well as search out alternate meeting locales and events. Generally meeting every other month, they typically include a short business meeting, program (often presented by POD members), and Show and Tell. Lunch is sometimes included.

The reps have learned a lot about organizing PODs. The first lesson is that PODs are important to connecting members, even though it can be difficult getting groups together. Secondly, certain areas might not be as active, or become inactive, if another fiber arts group is in that area. Third, and perhaps most unsettling came the significant realization that members’ expectations for a good POD can influence whether or not to renew their SAQA membership!

SAQA Volunteers - True rock stars that deserve so much credit!

 For successful volunteer participation, Ellen shared Florida’s basic policy: “be warm, welcoming, and appreciative of the workers/volunteers.” Volunteer recognition is provided through public acknowledgment with praise issued verbally and announced in Florida’s monthly newsletter. The reps also hand-write thank you notes to all volunteers on SAQA notecards. In our age of technology, this somewhat outmoded nicety lets volunteers know how appreciated they are. These personal touches have far reaching benefits — members will be more likely to volunteer in the future.

Additionally, they suggest searching for enthusiastic members willing to step up to the plate. At a recent retreat, someone proposed making it an annual event. The Reps had their hands full with two upcoming juried shows, but liked the idea of more retreats. They were surprised at how quickly three volunteers stepped up to take charge. Those three are now busily organizing the retreat. A plus of working together allows friendships to be made while volunteers carry out essential tasks. These friendships create strong bonds as Florida’s members unite in their common goals.

Regional exhibitions and workshops provide Florida members with creative opportunities.
Both Ellen and Karol greatly appreciate Nancy Billings’s and Jayne Gaskins’s fundraising endeavors which created Florida’s generous treasury. This allows scheduling events such as retreats with guest instructor a year in advance with plenty of planning and promotional time.

Leveraging technology to connect members:

The Florida reps rely on Skype meetings to organize upcoming juried exhibits. Skype meetings are also an effective and efficient means to recruit volunteers. Seeing their reps’ enthusiasm stimulates interest among the membership. The upshot: members readily volunteer for various tasks necessary for successful events. Zoom is also another option to connect virtually.

Calling All Volunteers

Stressing how important a personal approach is when recruiting volunteers, Ellen and Karol announce jobs in the newsletter. At annual regional and POD meetings, a clipboard is circulated detailing assorted tasks for various events. This modus operandi was re-iterated several times to emphasize how essential it is to be specific both in detailing tasks needing oversight as well as what each task entails.

Mailing Lists

Karol emphasized that it’s imperative mailing lists be current and meeting/event dates be listed in the regional newsletter. She has seen lack of communication lessen participation in PODs.
New member info is sent to a volunteer who keeps track of membership using spreadsheets. She sorts new member info and determines which POD is closest. This pertinent info is dispersed to both Reps and relevant POD leader who then sends personal letters of welcome.

Regional Meetings

Each year, at least one and possibly two Regional “Art, Meet, and Greet” full-day meetings are hosted. The day customarily includes combining a short business meeting with attending a fiber exhibit, gallery walk, or enjoying a speaker. Other enticements include the ever popular “show and share,” and social time, which allows members to mingle. Quilters and food are a time-honored combination, so time to enjoy a meal together, which could perhaps be catered sandwich lunches or a sit down at a nice restaurant, is earmarked. “Give-aways” further increase the day’s festivity!

Regional Newsletter/Social Media

Florida’s monthly newsletter does much to enhance statewide camaraderie. To promote community, extensive POD info is included. Individual member “brags” and Calendar of Events alerts are encouraged. Ellen laughingly confided, “including photos in the newsletter encourages members to actually read it!”

Since many are technically savvy these days, social media is a huge draw for sharing information. Posting on the region’s Facebook page as well as Instagram is encouraged, ensuring membership “connectivity” across Florida.

Appreciation/Thank You

Deemed essential, appreciation gifts are routinely presented to volunteers in recognition of their efforts. As mentioned, Ellen and Karol are especially creative when it comes to amusing and unusual thank-you ideas.

One such playful idea is “fabric cookies” which are small fiber art pieces. These were made for an east coast POD to thank them for hosting a regional exhibit. Quite an array of “baked goods” were represented which not only included cookies, but buns and bagels as well!

Final Thoughts

All in all, Ellen and Karol are enthusiastic, affirmative women continually on the lookout for original ideas and events to tempt and captivate Florida’s membership. Thanks to their resourcefulness, earlier retreats featured 1-hour sessions on significant subjects such as surface design, marketing (which might include presentations on Pinterest or artist statements), Photoshop, and myriad other diverse topics. To unwind kinks, a relaxing 10 minute session of chair yoga concluded the day!
Ellen and Karol’s success hasn’t been conceived in a vacuum. With nurturing and “outside the box” forward thinking together with membership reciprocation, these energetic women hold “hands steady at the helm” guiding Florida’s journey. Through friendship and networking, together the members are cultivating the circle of connectivity across the state, keeping it alive and well.

Article written by Diane Powers Harris. Photos provided by Ellen Lindner and Karol Kusmaul.
Captions for photos:
  1. These happy faces evidence the great time everyone had learning from Elizabeth Barton over a three day period. The beautiful grounds and wonderful meals at Atlantic Center for the Arts, in New Smyrna Beach, added to the enjoyment of the event.
  2. This group photo of POD 3 members being silly, was taken at the local quilt shop which hosts their meetings.
  3. Tampa Bay area members of Pod 3 having a blast with a “hands on” collage activity.
  4. Visitors to the Florida juried show, Growth, were greeted by Susan Rienzo’s colorful piece. The exhibit, juried by Pamela Allen, was displayed at Dunedin Fine Arts Center, in Dunedin, FL.
  5. Viewers were mesmerized by the work of Marianne Williamson and other SAQA fiber artists at Florida’s juried show, Stitched:  Embracing the Quilt as Art.  The show was juried by Rosalie Dace and displayed at the Martin County Cultural Center Gallery, in Stuart, FL.
  6. In the midst of an Elizabeth Barton workshop, member Gabriele DiTota examined her in-progress piece with the help of her camera.
  7. (& 8) Close-up shots showcase different groupings of the playful and colorful “fabric cookies” to thank east coast POD 8 members who helped immensely with Florida’s regional exhibit, Stitched:  Embracing the Quilt as Art.

Saturday, October 28, 2017

Area SAQA 'Pod Meetings' are happening across the Central Canada region and really great to see/hear about everyone who has been particpating! Stay in touch with each other in this exciting new way thanks to our volunter Pod Coordinators...


SAQA members from Kingston/Perth/Belleville/Brockville/Arnprior area meet for POD meeting in late September... 

The Kingston and area SAQA members met at the Odessa Fairgrounds Hall on September 25th for an all day 'INDIGO - For the Love of Blue' play date and all of the dye players had a super time making little or no mess and PLENTY of BLUE fabric during the day with a 1-2 pm SAQA meeting and shared 'Creative Buffet' of new work underway.  Lots of experimenting and getting the handsbue and two of the dyers took home vats to refresh and continue their play time!


Having the opportunity to spend time with our SAQA friends who are gathering across the area is a great way to keep our links and friendships growing and developing.  While the numbers were low for the Odessa play date, as we all know September is a busy travel and yard work time of year for many of our members... and we all had good fun! 

I know there are pods gathering in Toronto, London area and Fergus area though I don't know if they have official names or contacts other than our own MAGGIE VANDERWEIT - SAQA Regional Representative. Thanks to Millie Cumming and Maggie for hosting recently! Do be in touch with these members for more details .

I know there is a TORONTO POD meeting on November 7th but do not have the details for you here. Do chat with our SAQA friend Gunnel Hag at colourvie@istar.ca , as she will likely know.
SAQA - NIAGARA PENINSULA “POD” - contact Dianne Gibson or Greta Hildebrand

Attending in Niagara: Dianne Gibson, Al Coté, June Robertson, Jo Vandermey, Donna Pree, 
Janet Rhind, Lynne Forrester, Robynne Cole, Harriett Rynberk, Pat Wild, Karen Sirianni, Tia Phillips, Wen Anderson Breedveld, Greta Hildebrand


Ottawa Valley/St. Lawrence SAQA members at the home of Heather Dubreuil in spring 2017

Hoping this fall each of you are enjoying time for stitching together, and working up planning for Spring Retreats, more POD meetings and just being with SAQA friends along the way. Winter months are awesome for planning and creating new work  for upcoming SAQA CALLS TO ENTRY,

* Registration is OPEN now for the awesome SAQA 'TEXtiles' Spring Conference in San Antonio, TX April 5-8, 2018!

Early Bird Registration ends November 1st. 

Hoping YOU can attend! Take a friend! There is not a better city to explore in early April when the warm temperatures and sunshine abound!

2018 SAQA TEXtiles Conference, San Antonio. TX  Registration Fees 
$350 - Early Bird Registration (must register by November 1st)
$400 - Full Conference Registration ($40 late fee applies after March 1st)
$200 - Regional Representatives (must attend Reps meeting)
$150 - Full time student (verification will be required)

* Enjoy the coming months and do make time for SAQA events and friends... make some calls and meet-up for seeing a show together, check out meetings of our provincial SAQA Pods and bring along a friend or two!

* Lots of memberships renewing at this time of year and this is the very BEST time to get your membership secured for all of the great things happening in 2018! Follow the link here to renew your membership! And don't forget that there are benefits for recruiting new members - so do invite your friends to join us!

* QUILTS=ART=QUILTS opens in the Schweinfurth Art Center at Auburn, NY and is not to be missed!

Many SAQA international stars are featured on the Artists List - with HELENA SCHEFFER  from Beaconsfield, QC representing our country this year .

Let's all try to support this beautiful show with our entries this exhibition for 2018! (Open to artists from around the world)

A short drive into Northern NY and a great "road trip with friends" opportunity.

See you along the way...

Minutes from the recent NIAGARA POD Meeting:

October 16, 2017 SAQA Niagara Pod Meeting

Dianne Gibson graciously hosted the October 16 meeting at her home in Fonthill.

Convened at 10:45 am 

Attendance of 14 members:

Dianne Gibson, Al Coté, June Robertson, Jo Vandermey,

Donna Pree, Janet Rhind, Lynne Forrester, Robynne Cole, Harriett Rynberk,

Pat Wild, Karen Sirianni, Tia Phillips, Wen Anderson Breedveld, Greta Hildebrand

Two guests:  Lesley Staite and Effie Faubert

Agenda: Dianne welcomed us and briefly outlined the agenda:

A group introduction with show and tell and any relevant information to share, followed by a presentation by Al Coté and Karen Sirianni about their recent arts and crafts trip to India.

Jo Vandermey presented information about the:

v  “Canadian Nine Patch Exhibit” showing at the Houston Quilt Festival through November.  When the quilts return to Canada they will hang in the Brant Hills Community Centre, Burlington on Tuesday December 5th.  All are invited to this free, one day event, 2:30 – 4:00 pm.  Al, Harriet, Debbie, Karen, June and Jo have quilts in this show. 

v  A special note:  Houston is open to proposals for exhibitions; however, the exhibitors must cover the costs involved. 

Donna Pree showed us her expertly tailored reversible jacket which was fashioned using a “throw away” wool fabric designed by Annette Wellings in dark brown and light beige for the more flamboyant patterned side.  Donna had chosen a subtle, complimentary fabric for the conservative, everyday side.  A clever idea that allows for two garments in one, especially for travel.  Donna will be in the Polynesian Islands and New Zealand for our next meeting.  We wish her a safe and wonderful trip.

Pat Wild brought along “something off her wall.”  A beautifully “sentimental” work that incorporated fabrics and pearl beads that had belonged to her mother.  This memory piece was constructed using three, free hanging, joined sections.  Many in the group offered ideas for Pat to continue with her experimentation work including adding sections to the quilt as an evolving work.

Harriet Rynberk showed us her wonderful vertical quilt that incorporated rows and columns of flattened coffee pods, each machine stitched down in circles that were reminiscent of tree rings.  She had added blue stones from New Mexico and completed the composition with large running embroidery stitches.  A work that was both creative and balanced, and a pleasure to view.

Robynne Cole began by discussing:

v  2018 Fibre Content show preparations.  Pieces will be displayed in the large gallery of the Burlington Art Gallery between September 6 – 16th.  There will be artists’ talks on each of the Saturdays during the show.  Please see attachment for details.

v  John Willard Residency Programme which has a December 1st deadline for applications.  Attachment with the minutes.

v  If you do not receive all SAQA minutes and updates, please contact

Maggie Vanderweit
Central Canada Regional Representative
Studio Art Quilts Associates


SAQA information should come from the US international source, from Central Canada Region and from our local Pod in Niagara

Robynne brought a new quilt that is part of a commissioned series which depicts meaningful images of her client’s cottage life.  Her current work is of the cottage itself which she has been expertly assembled with subtle shades of yellow and white and accented with crystal-like beads.  We discussed tracing and projection as methods to capture correct perspective and how this can lead to challenges when larger views are incorporated into the composition.  Her quilt edges incorporate unusual angles which led to a discussion about various techniques for finishing.  In this case the faced edge is most useful.

Lesley Staite came as a guest and hopes this group might inspire her with new ideas.

June Robertson was passionate about her trip to the

v  David Kaye Gallery to view Judy Martin’s “The Cloud in Me” exhibition.  The artist had offered a hands on experience relating to the blanket which she had made for her father.  For June, this had been a most memorable experience.

v  June spoke about the SAQA seminar series and how useful they are as a resource.  If you are having difficulties logging in, go to the bottom of the page to sign in.

June showed us 3 printed cloth samples that she had worked on with the Studio Co-op Contemporary Textiles Group. Lining up the woodblocks had presented a challenge far greater than anticipated.  Participants had used Gunnels colour and G. & S. Dyes.

Effie Faubert joined us as a guest, and as Lesley, came to be inspired by the group’s experimental pieces.

Wen Anderson Breedveld had been interested in the commercial fabric printing offered by

v  Design Your Fabric by The Emmerson Group which I had discussed at the last meeting.  She had ordered the sample booklets that show customers 14 Standard swatches ranging from quilting cotton to linen and the Premium swatches which include silks, viscose and hemp fabrics.  This full range of 25 fabrics provides endless possibilities.  They recommend that you order a $5.00, 8 x 8 inch sample print of your photo before ordering the larger ce, piewhen venturing into new, untested fabrics.

Tia Phillips brought along an interesting quilted work on a wool base.  Sections featured felted wool bound to the surface with an appliqued design incorporating beads.  The subtle design in plum shades was extremely tactile and beautiful.

Our host Dianne Gibson explained the nature of textile pieces displayed in her home.  She began with an interesting piece depicting the currents and tides in the waters of the Marshal Islands (South Pacific).  She had worked with fine pieces of bent wood, each lashed to intersect the other.  Tiny Cowrie shells were attached to mark the position of individual islands.  The border was defined with symbolic motifs stitched in various metallic and other threads, a signature which denotes Dianne’s work.  She went on to discuss the Viking model size ship that her husband Bill had designed and built with an element of movement activated by air drafts. Dianne’s collaborative role was to add sails to this vessel.  Dianne is a member of the Connections Group that explore Fibres. 

We later visited her studio to see the results of folding, smudging and sandwiching foliage, metal and wire.  She showed us the slow cooker into which the wrapped and tied bundles of cheesecloth, silk and cotton were placed on a wire rack and steamed.  Dianne noted that metal vessels produce different colour results according to the release of the metal itself.  Some artists add metallic objects such as nails to produce different results.

v  Dianne raised the question of whether our SAQA group would be interested in participating in a retreat at the Crieff Hills Retreat.  She had just returned from the group retreat in which they had explored eco dying and print making (as seen in her studio). 

Lynne Forrester showed us her experimental post cards (worked over a 6 x 4 inch photo) which serve not only as postable gifts, but the basis of larger pieces that she looks forward to working on.  Her work incorporates interesting fabrics cut as various shapes and angles that she accents with contrasting machine stitching.

Janet Rhind talked about her “Hanging by a Thread” 3-dimensional pieces then passed around a beautiful bird ornament which she presented to Dianne as a hostess gift. 

Greta Hildebrand showed the group the completed “Sumac” quilt that she had printed by The Emmerson Group.  Her passion for this sculptural form of quilting has continued into the new Decew Falls image.  She spoke about the trapunto and various techniques for creating the 3-D effects and about finishing the edges of quilts as framed, bound or faced works.  Some or all of these methods could be demonstrated, hands-on in future meetings if there is an interest.

v  Greta would also be open to working with anyone to format and upload their own images to the printing company.  Give me a call at 905-892-6974.

The meeting recessed for lunch.

Al Coté and Karen Sirianni began a presentation on their two-week Arts and Crafts Expedition to India.  Karen had fulfilled her wish to find a sari, and in fact had found 3.  The one that she wrapped around herself into a wearable garment was a functional cotton sari made from 5 yards of printed cloth.  Another that she showed us was even finer, with elephant prints between the border designs. 

Al unrolled a very large decorative quilt in a palette of rich reds, made from numerous rectangles and squares of various fabrics from cottons to synthetics.  These were stitched down to a cotton backing with a long “kantha” stitch that traversed the entire surface horizontally. He explained that this would be used on floors as a decorative covering.  Al showed us an assortment of carved blocks used as woodblock print stamps. Their price (about 5 cents for the small fish stamp) was daunting and helped remind us of labour disparity in the developing world.  One was a Paisley design which is actually derived from the shape of a gourd.

They continued the presentation by delving into aspects of travel, hotels, funerals, weddings, film industry, internet, ATM’s and a general overview of culture and life – a fascinating taste of modern India.

Thanks to both Al and Karen for sharing and for the elephant ornament gifts that Al gave each in the group – a challenge for us to work with.

Adjourned at 2:15 pm

Next Meeting:

Date:  December 4

Where:  Greta’s home:

28 Cherry Ridge Boulevard, Fenwick.  Call me at 905-892-6974 if you need directions.

If you go to Google maps please excuse the image which is now over 3-years out of date. 

Time:  10:30 – 3:30

We can explore various techniques for sculpting work into 3-D relief and finishing edges.  Bring a piece of your own work if you’d like to try something out.

Bring show and tell, information, your own lunch and if you wish, a small plate of something festive to share.


Membership list.  This also includes people who have attended as guests.  Please advise of any errors or changes, including membership status.

Information from Robynne regarding the Fibre Content Show and the John Willard Residency Programme.

If you need to be added to SAQA’s 3 information sources (international, regional and local)

Please contact

Maggie Vanderweit
Central Canada Regional Representative
Studio Art Quilts Associates



Greta Hildebrand