Sunday, June 21, 2015

Fibreworks Kingston launches Fall Weekend Workshops Series with award winning artist, GORDANA BRELIH....


Putting It All Together…Connecting Fragments
Gordana Brelih, Instructor
September 18-20, 2015
St. Lawrence College
945 Portsmouth Ave
Kingston, ON
Friday evening Lecture/Trunk Show 7-9 pm
Two Full Workshop Days 
Saturday and Sunday 9:30 - 4 pm
The Sunken Palace, Gordana Brelih
Traveling with THREADWORKS 2013 
Do you ever wonder what to do with your many samples from different workshops, fabric scraps, lace, eco-dyed silk, wool, beads, metal finds? You will work closely with Gordana over this weekend of stitch and design play to develop the plans to create all new work as you "put it all together". Your work may be collaged onto black felt while planning  one special dimensional piece, or you might consider mounting your design stretched onto a frame…
There are so many options this dynamic artist uses in her own prize-winning art that will be shared during this fun-filled, design focused workshop. Time to explore, plan, sketch, dream and stitch!!!
detail, CIRCLE OF MEMORIES, Gordana Brelih

Free motion machine and hand stitching will complement your  stitched designs which might include techniques shared in class: heat modified/burned felt, stamping, wax resist printing, stitching onto water soluble film, painting Stitch-witchery or Wonder Under fusible , mono-printing on fabric,  gold foil, and so much more. In this fast paced, technique-packed weekend, there will be time to learn many new skills and practice laying out several new designs for your upcoming exhibition entries or just personal satisfaction and artistic growth! 

You will try your hand at drawing and stitching on a muslin base and preparing it for inclusion in your art work after painting or other colouration techniques including embellishment with shiva sticks, artists inks or gel pens etc.  Gordana loves to share her best loved tools and will work with her students one-on-one to share favourite stitch rhythms, and encourage practice over the two days to help with free motion design play using many types of threads and stitches.


Lets be creative!

So many techniques to explore that are the specialty of this dynamic and inspirational artist. Please plan a visit to Gordana's website at and take the time to walk though her galleries for inspiration.

Artist Profile:

Gordana Brelih studied at the Academy of Applied Art and Design in Belgrade before immigrating to Canada in 1991. Following a successful career in fashion design, Gordana discovered quilting in 2002.  After receiving a strong grounding in traditional quilting she began experimenting with different techniques. These experiments cultivated a devotion to all forms of quilting and a love of hand-embellishment, free motion embroidery and machine piecing.

Her work has been in many, many exhibitions and she continues to experiment and stretch her talent in many new directions. Experimenting with all new techniques keeps her busy in the studio when not traveling the world with her family and friends.

Gordana has put many hundreds of hours into her work, stitch-by-stitch, adding lustrous threads, beads and non-traditional materials like paper and metal. Her art definitively takes on a life of its own. Please enjoy!


Three Leaves, THREADWORKS, Gordana Brelih


 In 2010 she received the Grand Prize at Threadworks and Curator's Choice Award at renowned Canadian "The Grand National" Quilt Exhibition. Her work has traveled across Ontario and Canada.

Please mark your calendar NOW and register for this exciting workshop soon, seats will fill quickly...

Registration information is on the side bar at the FIBREWORKS KINGSTON Blog and REGISTRATION IS OPEN... as final plans are underway for several additional dynamic workshop weekends this next year.

Mail Registrations to:

Bethany Garner, FW Coordinator
3275 Orser Road
Elginburg, ON K0H1M0


And just for inspirations sake, please enjoy a few more photos of Gordana's beautiful art work:


Triptych, World of Threads, Gordana Brelih


Shield of Colour, 2011, Gordana Brelih

Wellington County Museum
Hope you will plan to join us as we welcome Gordana in September... and seek a peek at our sidebar at for the spring 2016 workshop with SAYWARD  JOHNSON.

Monday, June 15, 2015

Hoping you will join us in Odessa next Monday - June 22nd. SAQA Trunk Show of ART QUILTS will be there!

We are hoping to see many of you at our planned meeting in Odessa, ON, June 22, 2015

Summer is almost here and it is SOOO time that we have a Regional Meeting  for the members who live east of Toronto, but please know EVERY SAQA Central Canada member is welcome at our Parlour meetings!

Please mark your calendar and plan to join us:

 Monday June 22, 2015
just off Highway 2 on Highway 6, South
Village of Odessa
10:00 - 3:00 pm
Exit Highway 401 at the Wilton /Odessa Exit and turn right at the end of the past the gas station and OPP offices. You will come to the light at Highway 2 and Highway 6. Drive thru the lights and after just about a good city block,  find the Fairgrounds entrance on the left.

Coming from Kingston? Or the County on Bath Road or Loyalist #33? Take Highway 6 straight in toward the Village of Odessa and watch for the Fairgrounds on the right! Find us in the meeting hall attached to the big white barn with the red roof!

CREATIVE BUFFET/SHOW AND TELL will start off the meeting at 10 am!

Bring your embellisher, some fabric and rovings and bits and PLAY!
$5 donation from all attendees will cover your coffee and treats

Friday, June 12, 2015

Kingston area Art Quilters represented at the QUILTS KINGSTON 2015 Show opening today, June 12th

SAQA members with work in show are  
Bethany Garner
Donna Hamilton
Diane Hogan
Sally Hutson
Darlene Moritz
Jeanne Stoness

SAQA's 25th Anniversary ART QUILT TRUNK SHOW "E" is on display

As you tour the Show Floor you will find spectacular hand and machine quilted Quilts... over 300 actually! The Show has a lovely MERCHANTS MALL with  favourite Quilt and Specialty shops and OUTSTANDING specials on Sewing machines including JANOME and BABYLOCK, BERNINA and  Representation by QUILTS OF VALOR Special theme areas include Miniatures, Postcard Quilts, Children's Quilts , Members Boutique, demonstrations of quilt assembly, hand quilting and great TEA ROOM... Free Parking, Accessible.

Follow Sir John A Boulevard off the 401, driving straight through to King Street at the Kingston Penitentary, turn right onto King Street and drive along past St. Lawrence College and the Dupont Plant. Watch for the lights at DAYS ROAD and turn right onto Days. The Royal Kingston Curling Club Arena will be on the right...COME JOIN IN ON THE FUN!

Friday June 12, 2015 - 10 am to 7 pm
Saturday, June 13 - 10 am - 6 pm
Sunday, June 14th - 10 am - 4 pm