Saturday, December 26, 2015

Fibreworks Kingston hosts its annual CABIN FEVER Playdate Weekend January 22-24th at the Odessa Fairgrounds...Come enjoy the fun!

Our FIBREWORKS Kingston Guest Artist for April 22-24th is the renowned LORRAINE ROY from Dundas, ON, and she posted this beautiful Christmas Quilt on her Facebook page with great New Year/Holiday wishes to friends and Lorraine Roy art enthusiasts and the message below:

Merry Christmas! Peace, Joy, Love to you and your friends and families. Be sure to enjoy the rare full moon this year!

We hope you will make time in your calendar to spend time with Lorraine at St. Lawrence College and enjoy a weekend focused on her "Tree Series" Workshop. Details are on the sidebar.

January 22-24th, 2016

As January can be the month when we all are feeling a bit of a let down and a stirring feeling of Cabin Fever... we have reserved the Odessa Fairgrounds Hall once again for a weekend of fibre play Open to everyone!  
The Fee for the entire weekend (3 full days) is $60 
(and yes, the fee applies whether  you come for 1, 2 or all three days - just to help pay the hall rental)

Happy New Year - come help me celebrate 2016!

You can come and work on whatever your heart and sewing calendar allows... 

Possible projects:

- Sewing/Embroidery/ Projects and UFO's

- Weaving or spinning projects - love to have the spinners out and perhaps the Tapestry Weavers!!

- Plan a great outfit for spring or stitch up some home decor to be ready for spring

- Work on your entries for up coming Exhibitions (Quilt Canada, THREADWORKS, a SAQA Show... KFA?

-  Play with some Modern Quilt Projects (Modern Quilt group members so very welcome) ... or work on catching up on your Quilt Guild Block of the Month project a treat from me, we will start the weekend by including a full day of 

SNOW/ICE Dyeing on FRIDAY January 22nd... 

All dye supplies (except your fabric) will be furnished - the dyes, the auxiliaries (soda ash for your fabric) and the table cover will all be in place and ready for you! 

The process is fun and easy and can work around all of the other projects you will be working on over the weekend... This project will be shared on FRIDAY morning (you will LOVE IT) and you can use my dyes all the rest of the weekend. (and yes, I will share the process on Saturday and Sunday too! Just in case you can't come Friday!)

YOU will need a bucket or dishpan for each batch with a screen or other "elevating" device in the bottom to keep the fabric from sitting in the dye. 

You will also need to bring your 1/2 to 1 metre pieces of fabric, washed and ready to dye. We will soak in Soda Ash at the workshop 

In case there is no snow, we will be using ICE CUBES which create amazing patterns...


** The workshop days will run 9-5 pm every day -  Friday the 22nd, Saturday the 23rd and Sunday the 24th  9-5 each day so just enjoy some fun with like minded stitchers!

**as this is not a "class" weekend except for Friday come when you can and stay as long as you want.

 Treats will be in the kitchen all weekend, a few power bars and lots of tables for your biggest projects!

Please copy and print /complete the  Registration Form and mail to Bethany Garner at 3275 Orser Road, Elginburg, ON K0H1M0 (on the sidebar at the Fibreworks Blog)

Hoping to see lots of you come out and join us at the Odessa hall January 22-24th... Its a New Year and we all need some time with friends after the flurry of the busy fall 2015 and the holiday shopping and planning/baking.

Please feel to call or email Bethany with questions...(seats will be held and the supplies list for Snow Dyeing sent with paid registration!)

613-376-6150 or

Saturday, December 19, 2015

Please plan a lovely winters drive to downtown Belleville for the Exhibition 'CELEBRATE THE SEVEN' which includes the beautiful work of the CONNECTIONS Fibre Artists...

Hoping you might  connect with a friend and make time for a drive to Belleville
January 7 and February 11, 2016

The John M. Parrott Gallery 
is on the third floor of the Belleville Pubic Library
Hours listed on the card detail above....

Please enjoy the beautiful hand and stitch work of our award winning 
many of whom you may know as friends from SAQA or area Stitchery/Quilt guilds
 and the many Exhibitions the members have been involved with in Ontario and beyond.

Please feel free to click on the art cards here, save in your photo organizer and forward the information to friends in your area.

Happiest New Year to each of you - See you in 2016!

Thursday, December 10, 2015

SAQA artist ROBIN FIELD of Kingston, ON joins friend and fellow artist DIANE LANDRY in new Exhibition at Mississippi Valley Textile Museum

A new exhibition premieres this week at the Mississippi Valley Textile Museum in Almonte.

focuses on the mixed-media works of artists Diane Laundy and Robin Laws Field, which bring together the diverse fields and media of architecture, photography, quilting and clay. 

You can see the show starting today, but the official opening is:

 Saturday, December 12 
 2pm to 4pm 
In the Norah Rosamond Gallery, Main Floor
Mississippi Valley Textile Museum
3 Rosamond St., Almonte, ON

Robin Laws-Field was searching for a new approach to her fibre art as she zoomed her camera lens in on the textured surfaces of sites she was visiting.  She suddenly realized that she had discovered a new way to create abstraction in her work. The images in this exhibition come from sites around the globe and all focus on surfaces: peeling paint on a shutter in Turkey or footprints in the sands of India.  She interprets these with a range of media from paint and dye to clay and yarn, always incorporating a threaded needle wending its way through the composition.


Surface Fabrications


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8 December, 2015 ~ 13 February, 2016

“Woven Photography” 
Diane Laundy

If you think that architecture and quilting seem unrelated, think again. Once you experience the Mississippi Valley Textile Museum’s new exhibition, you will never look at a building the same way! “Surface Fabrications,” which opens on December 8th, features the work of artists Diane Laundy and Robin Laws-Field.

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Diane Laundy brings the eye of a photographer and the design sensibility of the quilter to the skyscraper, where she discovers poetry, playfulness and patterns of beauty and originality.  “There is an inherent sense of order and structure in both quilting and architecture,” says Laundy, “that lends itself to the creation of pattern and rhythm. I approach architecture as a fabric to be cut and shaped by my viewfinder, and patterned and embroidered by the world around it.” Laundy presents her creations on archival paper and silk and suspends them from rods hung as quilts are hung.


Hope to see you at the Opening...
Everyone welcome...
Open Hours:
Tuesday to Saturday: 10 am to 4 pm.
Children under 12 are always free
Admission $7.00
Members admitted without charge

Mississippi Valley Textile Museum Staff
Executive Director / Curator: Michael Rikley-Lancaster, (curator(at)

President of the Board: Kathy Priddle, (president(at)
Space Rental Coordinator: Barb Dickson, (rentals(at)
Volunteer Coordinator: Barb Dickson, (volunteers(at)
Marketing Coordinator: Jill Moxley, (marketing(at)
Website content and technical issues: Mel Turner, (webmaster(at)
 Phone: (613) 256-3754

My Corner of the World SAQA Exhibitions update

To all of our Central Canada members who are awaiting notification for their entries to MY CORNER OF THE WORLD - CANADA or My Corner of the World - International

Just a note today  to say another thank you for the submission of our beautiful work to SAQA's MY CORNER OF THE WORLD- CANADA (and to those who also entered the International exhibition as well). The entries received for consideration are stunning and a hugely wide representation of the talent, varied techniques and unique and beautifully orchestrated style you each brought into your work for this exhibition.

I am so pleased to share that we received a total of 116 pieces from 73 artists in Canada (just MCOTW-CANADA) and the juror has your submissions. Each piece will be viewed in the SAQA professionally developed online Juror's gallery along with your photos of each piece and its detail shot to be carefully considered as she reads and links the artist statements you sent to tell your story about YOUR "Corner of the World - Canada".

And for those who are wondering, the International MCOTW Call to Entry netted 189 pieces from 102 artists from countries around the world. So exciting!

There are many varying sizes, and pieces presented in unique shapes, and really creative layers... stunning colour palettes and so beautifully presented stitch relief on the works. How much I wonder about the thoughts that ran through your minds and across your design walls as you planned and executed this collection of very special work. The job of selecting approximately 40 pieces from this submission of entries will be a huge task, and I do not envy the process our Juror is about to undertake.

Several of our MCOTW Ontario artists have had work in SAQA Exhibitions in the past and several others have had work selected for SAQA Exhibition Calls just ended. Congratulations to those of you who will have work traveling this next year and beyond. Your ongoing support and encouragement to friends in SAQA and sharing of bits of information that may have helped them make the decision to send their entry to this Call is appreciated and celebrated by the SAQA Board!

Little do you know how many years of work went into the planning process to bring these exhibitions to Canada, and with the support of our arts-centred host venues, hundreds of Canadians will be able to see your beautiful art as it travels across the country over the next few years.

You will be notified by email later this month as the announcement of the pieces to be included in the MCOTW-CANADA and International calls go out. We will make certain that there is a "reply" request included so we know you have received your notifications.

Planning is underway for the receipt of pieces to be shipped/delivered to the Stratford Perth Museum in March 2016. The Opening Reception is planned to be May 21, 2016 in Stratford, and confirmation of that date will be confirmed with each of you as the time gets closer.

International exhibition pieces will be required to be shipped to the SAQA Exhibition shipping Coordinator, Bill Reker in Ohio...and your Prospectus for that International Call is specific about the shipping for that side of the dual exhibition.

Once again, thanks to each of you for the time, beautiful artwork and yes, the many small details that went into making sure your entry photos were excellent, that the entry reached us on time.

Please feel free to contact me with questions along the way. Good luck in the Jury process... be back to you soon.


Bethany Garner, Curator
My Corner of the World- CANADA
SAQA Co-Representative, Central Canada