Spring is here!

Pat Crucil - Vessels

Spring has arrived on the Sunshine Coast–the crocuses are blooming and the robins are singing! The sun has arrived on the deck at the yurts and spring cleaning is in full swing.

We have an exciting season planned for FibreWorks Studio & Gallery, beginning with “Materialize”–an exhibition by the Sunshine Coast Surface Design Association. We have such a talented group of artists working with fibres, fabrics and multi-media and it is a pleasure to showcase this collection beginning April 05 (Saturday – 2 to 4 pm) with an opening reception. Many of the artists will be in attendance to answer questions about their inspirations and techniques.

We have postponed Kerrie Ann Riles (Australia) exhibition due to illness. Many of you will remember Kerrie Anne from her artist-in-residency period at FibreWorks two years ago. We wish her a speedy recovery and a return to her creative practices.

Mark your calendar with the following dates for exhibitions at FibreWorks for 2014:

  • April 05 to May 25- “Materialize” – Sunshine Coast Surface Design Association
  • June 01 to July 13 – “thr3fold unfinished business” (Laura & Linda Kemshall; Catherine Nicholls)
  • July 19 to August 24 – “Recovery Method” -Michelle Sirois-Silver
  • August 30 to October 05 – “Paper Beauties” – Anna du Bois
  • October 11 to November 23 – Under My Feet – group exhibition
  • November 29 to January 05, 2015 – seasonal exhibition

Workshop plans include Catherine Nicholls, Elin Noble, Mary Bentley, Sara Lamb and more…

Details for exhibitions and workshops will be posted on this website as soon as they are finalized.

We are so pleased that Elin Noble has recovered from her illness of last fall and will return to FibreWorks to present two workshops in October, 2014. Please note, we have 4 spaces available in “Additions/Subtractions” and 6 spaces in “Alternative Marbling”.

In the studio; we have local alpaca and llama fibres and lots of colour to enhance our feelings of spring.

Weaver’s Circle with Mary Bentley will begin at the end of April–every Wednesday, beginning at 9:30 a.m.–a great opportunity to explore the art of weaving with a wonderful instructor.

Enjoy the spring flowers and showers–see you at the yurts!


Our Very Best Wishes!

Very best wishes for a Merry Christmas filled with light, warmth and friendship.

Made by Hand 2013 continues at FibreWorks Gallery through to Sunday, January 5th with lots of colour and texture to take you right through the winter season.

FibreWorks Gallery will be closed for exhibitions through to the beginning of April 2014.

Look for exhibitions by Kerri Anne Riles of Australia; thr3fold of the UK and Vancouver; Michelle Sirois-Silver of Vancouver; Anna du Bois of Vancouver, and more…

Workshop plans will be finalized in the new year, with sessions by Kerri Anne Riles, Catherine Nichols, Elin Noble, Mary Bentley, Sara Lamb and more…

Details for exhibitions and workshops will be posted on this website in the new year.

If you’re looking for spinning/felting fibres or handspun yarns, FibreWorks Studio will be open by appointment only (604-883-2380 or fibreworksstudio12887@gmail.com) January 06th through to April 1st 2014.

May your 2014 be filled with the joy of colour, texture and creativity.

October News

Greetings All!

It’s been a tense few days, but Elin Noble’s work has arrived and walking into the gallery is awesome!

Opening reception is tomorrow – Saturday, October 5th – 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. Everyone is welcome! Unfortunately, due to ill health, Elin is unable to join us – but she will be with us in spirit through her wonderful silk panels.

Workshops – Colour Play and Colour Impressions with Jennifer Love – October and November.

We still have spaces available in both of these classes and are taking registration by telephone, email or in person. Please note, the Colour Play workshop will also be of interest to those of us who work with yarn, not just fabric. Unspun fibres and yarn can be dyed using this method – Procion MX works best on plant-based fibres.

Low Immersion Dyeing with Fibre Reactive Dyes

Teacher: Jennifer Love

Sat & Sun – Oct 26/27; 10am to 4pm

$180.00 + GST; Materials fee tba

Learn how to create your own hand-dyed fabrics using various colour combinations in fibre-reactive dyes, blending them with different proportions and techniques. The small amount of water used makes these techniques possible even in restricted circumstances – anyone can do this!

On Day 1 we will cover the technique of two-colour gradation dyeing – we’ll use large glass jars or zip-lock bags and end up with a range of 9 fabrics that all work well together.

On Day 2 we will experiment with simple methods of layering, clamping, binding and manipulating fabric to create visually complex fabric, using wide-bottomed trays and basins. You will leave with a range of wonderful fabrics to use in your next quilt or fibre art project. No experience required.

Procion MX Printing and Painting

Teacher: Jennifer Love

Sat & Sun – Nov 16/17; 10am to 4pm

$180.00 + GST; Materials fee tba

Jennifer will introduce you to some of the fun techniques she uses when printing and painting fabric with thickened fibre reactive dyes. Painting with squeeze bootles, printing with rollers & brushes, blockprinting, screenprinting, impression printing and more – this will be a good introduction to the many and varied methods for mark making on fabric. Some previous experience with dyes useful but not mandatory.

See you at the yurts!

- Yvonne

Primitive Elegance until September 29!

“Primitive Elegance” continues through to September 29th!  Don’t miss this exceptional exhibit.

“Many Faces of Indigo” workshop – Saturday August 24 – with Ros Aylmer is now full. We are maintaining a “wait list” and if enough interest is shown, we will schedule a second day.

“Alternative Marbeling” with Elin Noble has only 4 spaces left; however, we need 2 more participants in “Folds” with Elin Noble to make it possible to move ahead with that one.

We are very pleased to announce that Jennifer Love will be teaching two workshops in October/November, 2013 – “Colour Play” and “Colour Impressions”. Jennifer’s opening exhibition at FibreWorks this spring generated a lot of excitement for colour and texture and these workshops respond to the many requests to work with Jennifer to explore her techniques.

Registration for the workshops is by email or telephone.

Have a great summer – see you at the yurts!

- Yvonne

Architextiles opens June 22nd!


Jennifer Cooper, Pam Dangerfield, Gail Hunt, Nancy Riemersma, Lilly Thorne & Patt Wilson

June 22 – August 9, 2013

“Meet Artists” Reception – June 22 – 2:00 to 4:00 p.m.

12887 Sunshine Coast Hwy, Madeira Park (in the yurts!)

New Exhibit Opens May 4, 2013!

Holding Space/Moving Energy with Amber Friedman, BC and Erin Hamilton, NB. Join us May 04, 2013 at the yurts for the “Meet the Artists” opening reception – 2 to 4 p.m.  Exhibition continues thru to June 16. Thank you to ARTSNB and Craft Council of Canada.


Elin Noble returns to FibreWorks!

Greetings All!

We’ve been waiting for this since summer of 2011 when Elin presented her first series of dye workshops at FibreWorks. We are delighted to announce her return and have attached the information for the two workshops that Elin will present at FibreWorks at the end of September and beginning of October. We are very pleased to advise that Elin will also have an exhibition at FibreWorks following the workshops – and she will be here for the opening of her exhibition.

If you are interested in working with Elin in either of these sessions, please contact me as soon as possible – there are limited spaces in each session.


Celebrate Spring!

It’s Spring – and at FibreWorks we’re celebrating with the opening of our 6th season with the work of Jennifer Love – “Cuttings.”

This exhibition opens Saturday, March 30 and you have an opportunity to meet the artist from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. The exhibition continues through to April 28th.

We’re busy with workshop scheduling, including the Els van Baarle batik masterclass. Mary Bentley`s 4-shaft weaving classes have space available in the second session (May 11 & 12) and in the September 8-shaft weaving session.  Click here for more information.

Looking forward to seeing everyone at the yurts this season – we will be open Wednesday thru Sunday; 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and by appointment.

Winter Schedule

FibreWorks Gallery will be closed from January 7 to March 29, 2013.  FibreWorks Studio will be open, by appointment, for visitors interested in fibres and yarns. Please contact Yvonne Stowell either by email or online contact form (click here) or phone 604-883-2380.

Batik, Indigo Vats and Blooms

The sunshine at FibreWorks is creating a wonderful setting for the last week of “Me and My Shadow” – the batik exhibition by Edna Cers of Sweden. Edna will be at the gallery on Saturday and Sunday, September 08 and 09 to speak about her work.

Today and tomorrow – Wednesday and Thursday – the decks at FibreWorks are “Singing the Blues” with indigo dye vats. Ros Aylmer is creating the blue magic in two large vats – one a ferrous indigo vat – and students are bringing skeins of yarns or pieces of cloth (or small articles of clothing) to experience the colour changes. There are a few spaces left in the Thursday session – beginning at 10:00 a.m. $60 plus HST.

Yvonne and Julie are finishing their exhibition pieces and planning the installation opening “Bloom Where You Are Planted” on Saturday, September 15th – with artists reception beginning at 2:00 p.m. The artists have designed and created pieces inspired by their physical environment – rural and urban. The exhibition of colour and texture continues through to November 11th.

See you at the yurts!