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Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Christmas Greetings to all of our FIBREARTS ALLIANCE blog readers...

Here we are at December 21st and the big weekend is fast approaching. This message sends a very heartfelt wish for a family focused and blessed Christmas season for you and your family. Be safe as you travel and make sure to think of those who do not have family close by and make a contact with the over the Holidays.

The Kingston and area Quilt Shop's classroom season is over, and our local Quilt Shops are holding special sales and events over the next several weeks to draw customers and patrons in for their year end specials. This is a great time to plan for next year. Make sure that you are stocking in the supplies from the sales that will serve you best in the New Year. Have a look at their Winter calendar for exciting new classes.

QUILTS KINGSTON 2012 is fast approaching as the Kingston Heirloom Quilters and the Limestone Quilters Guild members work together to plan this stellar event in Kingston for June 2012. Please visit the QUILTS KINGSTON website at http://www.quiltskingston.org for more details. Renowned quilter KATHY WYLIE will be the Guest Artist for the Show.

An amazing WEARABLES Show is up at the John M. Parrott Gallery at the Belleville Public Library. A short visit there last week saw friends enjoying the beautiful work of ANDREA GRAHAM, ELINOR RUSH and HEDY CAMPBELL along with many other talented area Artists. All of the wearables including jackets, hats, scarves, dresses and more are for sale and would make wonderful Holiday gifts. Many beautiful silk scarves dyed by CHRISTINA BARNES of Kingston are available through the Library Gallery Shops on the third floor, along with the art of many fine area artists presenting amazing wood work including hand make fountain pens, boxes, and jewellery, handbags and so much more. Glorious pottery and porcelain work is also there for the collector. Don't miss a drive to Belleville this winter holiday season! Visit the Library Website for details and library hours.

Winter Term Courses at St. Lawrence College begin again on Thursday, January 19th as we launch the "COLOUR THE QUILT ARTIST'S WAY", a  12 week course running through April 12th (there will be no class on March 29th as I will be travelling to the SAQA/SDA Conference in Philadelphia). Our course this term will cover all things colour related and will see students focusing on the layering of colour and stitch in all new contemporary work. Those who are passionate about traditional work are most welcome to join in on the fun and take a traditional design to all new and exciting heights using the beautiful new fabrics that the manufacturers are bringing to the marketplace in glorious colour. Registration is available at the Student Services Office, St. Lawrence College or by calling 613-544-5400, ext. 60 or online at http://www.SL.on.ca. Everyone welcome and this is a full credit course in the Textile Design Diploma Program. No pre-requisites for the course and all levels of skill are welcome, beginners to advanced. Interest Only students are encouraged to register and join in on the fun!

FIBREWORKS KINGSTON presents two amazing Instructors with their workshops in March and April. Travelling from Coburg will be ALICE VANDER VENNEN and from London, ON, JOHNNENE MADDISON. Each Instructor brings a wonderful and all new approach to their work and will share techniques that will excite and prepare their students to take on the challenges of creating original work in all new ways! Alice's "FINDING A NEW STORY: Working with Textiles and Found Objects" and Johnnene's "THREAD DRAWINGS WITH AQUABOND" are courses that will take Kingston and area students to a whole new place as they explore collage, and machine stitching in many exciting new ways. Please mark your calendar and plan to attend the Friday evening lectures at St. Lawrence College on the Friday evenings March 9th and April 20th in Room 12050, Upper Link Hallway, Administration Wing at the rear of the College Campus. Details from Donna Hamilton, Fibreworks Registrar at fibreworks@cogeco.ca.

Watch for two great exhibitions by the KINGSTON FIBRE ARTISTS GROUP - the foyer in the downtown branch of the Kingston Public Library during the month of April 2012 and then a 6 week long exhibition in the WINDOW GALLERY at the Kingtson School of Art on Princess Street beginning in November 2012. The group welcomes new member, JANINE GATES in the New Year. Janine's designs are truly exciting and she will be a valuable and contributing member of this active Fibre Arts group in Kingston. Congratulations to Janine.

Have a wonderful Christmas and best wishes for an amazing and art filled NEW YEAR... it is fast approaching now, and soon we will all be back together at the exciting groups and gatherings that we all love to attend.