Fibre Arts Symposium - Journeys in Thread

This graphic is a close up of a small section of a Susan Selby creation 

June 4th and 5th, 2022

This is the first Fibre Arts Symposium to be held in Western Manitoba.  Birtle Centre for the Arts is excited to be able to bring together these talented presenters and wonderful exhibits for you to enjoy all in one location. 

The symposium is Sat. June 4th at 11am until Sunday, June 5th at 4 pm.  There are additional opportunities for early arrivers.  

Scroll down for information on the speakers, accommodations, schedule, location and other event details.  If the information you are looking for is not there or if you have questions, please feel free to email us at or call Shirley at 204-842-3655.

Birtle, Mb Journeys in Thread Fibre Art Symposium


Registration Fee:

Registration on or before April 1st, 2022.                            $180 

After April 1st. 2022                                                                 $220 

Complimentary Friday Meet and Greet at Birtle Centre for the Arts for early arrivers.  

Optional Saturday morning pre-symposium opportunity      $10 

Online Registration form is below.

Registration includes: 

All speaker presentations and workshop and associated supplies, all meals during the event (Saturday lunch and supper, Sunday continental breakfast and lunch, and nutrition breaks), TFAM Shifting Perspectives exhibit and SAQA Touch exhibit and an extra surprise or two, Friday evening meet and greet for early arrivals and Saturday social evening.

We will be doing our best to be environmentally friendly.  Drinking water will be provided but if you would like to bring your own vessel to refill, that will assist us to meet our minimal landfill goal. 

IMPORTANT: If you have food allergies or require a vegetarian meal or decaf beverages, or other special food requirements please email to at least one week in advance.  We will do our best to make arrangements to accommodate you. 


To register online, please click here and it will take you to a sign up form.  Your registration fee can be e-transfered to (please note Fibreart in the comment area) or you can mail a cheque payable to Birtle Centre for the Arts to Box 460, Birtle, Mb  R0M 0C0.  You will be asked if you plan to attend the complimentary Friday evening or the optional Saturday morning event ($10). 

Be sure to review pre-symposium opportunities below before you register.  

Refunds for the event will be issued if we receive notification of withdrawal no later than one week before the symposium (May 28th).  In the event that the symposium cannot take place due to restrictions, etc. all participants will receive a full refund.  To see Birtle Centre for the Arts registration, withdrawal and refund policy for classes, workshops and events, click here.

Opportunity to Share Your Work

You are invited to bring along one piece of your original work (maximum size 16″ x 22″) for a table display.  They will be on display from registration until noon on Sunday but there is no formal presentation.  It can a piece that represents part of your journey, a unique technique or just a piece that you would like to share.  Please attach a label with your name, a title and anything you want people to know about your piece. 


  1.  June 2nd and 3rd – Monika Kinner Sketch to Stitch workshop Special registration fee for symposium participants. 

Click here or on the poster to access the registration form. 

This creative workshop is suited to any skill level.  No previous artistic experience necessary. 

Registration for symposium participants: $180

Non-symposium participants registration fee: $200

 Maximum of 12 participants.  

Minimum required to go ahead is 10 participants.

As of May 17th there are still a few spots available.

2.   June 3rd 7:00pm to 8:30 p.m.  Complimentary Friday Night Meet and Greet 

at Birtle Centre for the Arts at 671 Main Street in Birtle.  Come and have a look at our art centre, meet fellow fibre artists, have a snack and get registration details out of the way leaving more time on Saturday to view the exhibits and shop with the vendors on site

3.  June 4th – 10:00 am to 11:30 am.  Visit Val Thomson’s award winning 5 acre garden where there will be additional exhibits  $10 Registration  

BREAKING NEWS:  Additional exhibit for Val’s garden:  Anishinaabe Traditional Beadwork by Binesi Ikwe,      Thunderbird Woman (Maureen Twovoice) from Wewezhigaabawing (Waywayseecappo) First Nation,   Treaty 4 Territory

Exhibits will also include Valerie Tulloch original embroidery collection and Melva Widdicombe original clothing designs.  This morning opportunity is exclusive to symposium participants 10am to 11:30 am.  You will come the Birtle Community Hall 0after 9:30 a.m. to register for this exclusive event].  When you register you will be given a map and information about the artist exhibitors.   

Click here to see the poster if you have know others who may like to view it in the afternoon when it is open to the public.  

Click here to learn more about Val’s Garden on her website.  


Click on the presenter’s name below for their biographies and samples of their work.

Cathie Ugrin    Yvonne Rempel    Susan Selby    Dawn Piasta    Monika Kinner      Dana Corr    

Event Schedule

Sat. June 4, 2022 
11am – 1pmLunch, Registration, view exhibit
1pm-1:45Cathie Ugrin – Art and Mental Health – based on her personal experiece
2pm-3pmYvonne Remple – fabric painting demo enhanced with stitch
3:15pm-4:15pmDawn Piasta – surface design techniques, thread education, free-motion skill 
4:15pm-5:30 pmbreak
5:30 PMcatered supper
following supperSAQA Touch exhibit and social time
Sun. June 5th, 2022 
8:15-9:15continental breakfast, view exhibit
9:15 – 9:45Dana Corr – art therapist
9:45am-(noon)Susan Selby – presentation and hands on fabric landscape workshop
12:15pm-1:15golf course
1:30pm – 2:30pmMonika Kinner – sharing freestyle embroidery work, art enriching lives
2:30pm-4pmPanel of stitchers  Q&A (the 5 artist presenters from the 2 days)
Finish up/farewell 


Click on each location to go to their website. 

Desjard Inn is located on Main Street just a few minutes walk from the event location.  Please mention that you are attending the event when you call to book. They are holding rooms until one month before. 

Birtle Riverside Park and Campground is a 4 min drive from the event location.  This is a great option if you enjoy nature and especially if you have family members travelling along with you.  Located in a scenic natural setting in the valley along the Birdtail River, there are many amenities right in the park including a 9 hole golf course and restaurant, tennis courts, and hiking trails. Call ahead to make arrangements to book a kayak or canoe.  

Naylor Properties RV is located along the Birdtail River just a few blocks from the symposium event. 

Local Residents have also opened their homes and/or RV’s to event participants for accommodations.  This is for accommodation only and will not include breakfast or other meals.  For more information or to make arrangements, please contact Dana by email at  You will get a call back on Monday to Thursday between 4pm and 8pm if not sooner.  Please include the best way to reach you in your email.

Russell Inn – A short 30 minute drive away is the Russell Inn in Russell, Mb which has numerous rooms and many amenities.  If you called here earlier, try again as more rooms opened up.  

Comfort Inn and Suites – is 68km away in Virden, MB.    There is a block of standard rooms set aside under Birtle Fibre Arts.  They will be held until May 13th.    

Best Western Plus – Moosomin Hotel in Moosomin,SK is 79km from Birtle and has a block of rooms set aside under Birtle Fibre Arts.  They will be held until May 2nd. 

Location and Directions

Registration, event presentations, TFAM exhibit and will take place at Birtle Community Hall (160 Centre Street, Birtle Mb).  SAQA exhibit and social evening will take place at Birtle Drop in (663 Main Street and a 2 min walk from the hall) and Registration and the Friday night Meet and Greet will take place at Birtle Centre for the Arts (671 Main Street).  These venues are all within 2 minutes of each other. 

Val’s garden is an acreage just north of town. You will receive a map at registration. 

The google map below can provide you with directions from your location to the event.