Friday, April 21, 2017

Kits - You Asked For It!

We finally did it. Yarn Painting Kits available!

Brace yourself. I am about to say something shocking. Here it is:

I dislike group work.

Please don't hate me. I know this is an unpopular sentiment in the bastion days of the multi-gendered, multi-racial, multi-generational, and multi-species Super Team.

I can't help it. I am, and have always been, an introverted loner prone to hermit-like behaviour and quite happy that way so please go away now and stop knocking on my turtle shell.


Last week, watching my husband apply beeswax to canvas panels more smoothly than I had managed in ten plus years of practice, I confessed that I am starting to see the benefits of applying multiple minds to a subject.

You would think I'd be able to settle gracefully into aging without having to learn new things, but apparently not. Sheesh.

Kit contents - Instructions, application tool, prewaxed and stamped board, and a lovely selection of wool yarns. Different colours in each kit!

So here's another one.

You guys asked me for kits. At Vogue Knitting Live!, you asked me for kits. At the Waterloo Region and Beyond Quilt & Fibre Art Festival, you asked me for kits. In my summer workshops, you asked me for kits.

"Kits?" I thought. "That's a great idea. But I'm busy making art. I don't have time now."

Doug, however, saw the genius in this and decide to jump in and make it happen. So he did and did and did, and between your great idea and his large effort, these kits are a triumph of group work.

The original Sunset design in the making.

The sunset design is a tribute to Doug, modeled on his first workshop piece made almost a year ago. It is a simple design that offers a little guidance but allows for big creativity and everybody's version will be unique.

The kits are just $20 each and are available now at the Silo Weavers. I will also have some at my workshop in St. Jacobs or, if you're interested in ordering some online, email me.

Kitty's Sunset - What I created with a Sunset Kit.
We are excited to see what you make with the kits. Send us a photo of your completed Sunset Kit and we will post it.

Thanks, Doug, and thank you for making this happen!

Monday, April 3, 2017

New Expanded Workshop! Quilt and Fibre Art Festival, Waterloo Region and Beyond

I am very happy to be included in the 2017 Waterloo Region and Beyond's Quilt and Fibre Art Festival taking place May 23rd to 27th this year.

Last year's workshop was a lot of fun and I'm offering a new, expanded version this year with more advanced techniques in the morning for those of you who want an in-depth understanding of my process.

Here's the info below. Feel free to contact me if you have questions.

See you soon and Happy Spring!

PS - From now until the end of May, my work is 10% off at The SiloWeavers!

Yarn Painting with Natural Fibre Yarns and Beeswax
Kathy White
$50.00 for half day - 9:30-12:00 or 1:00-3:30 or
$80.00 for full day -  9:30 - 3:30
St. Jacobs Mennonite Church, 1310 King Street, St. Jacobs
Contact: Quilter's Nine Patch, Elmira

Kathy White’s passion for both fine art and natural fibre yarns has led to the creation of her unique method of applying yarns to canvas using beeswax to create ‘yarn paintings.’ In this new expanded version of her popular workshop, she will teach in depth history and techniques and guide participants through the application of skills to create their own work of art.

Come for the full day for a comprehensive understanding of yarn painting with beeswax or choose to attend just the morning or afternoon sessions.

In the morning, Kathy will cover the new, advanced portion of the workshop, discussing artists already exploring versions of yarn painting and teaching the application of the beeswax to painting boards, advanced selection of yarns to consider, and methods of applying the image to the board.

The afternoon session is suitable for those who just want to try out the technique and for those from the morning session who want to put their new advanced knowledge to work. Participants receive everything they need to create their own yarn painting.

All materials are provided. Participants are encouraged to bring embroidery scissors and an image for painting inspiration.