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The Artists of Heartside Gallery and Studio-- Fiber Arts Program

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Heartside artist and neighbor, Jennifer Beaven talks about why our Fiber Arts program has much to sing about.
Hand and machine work in-progress by Kathy Goote

Hand and machine work in-progress by Kathy Goote /Heartside Gallery and Studio

Fiber Arts Team with handmade goods and our yarn-bombed tree

Fiber Arts Team with handmade goods and our yarn-bombed tree /Heartside Gallery and Studio

Crocheted mini-owl by Candace Benson

Crocheted mini-owl by Candace Benson /Heartside Gallery and Studio

Heartside’s Fiber Arts room serves as a creative environment for people to sew, weave, knit and crochet, while sharing artistic camaraderie with one another.  Supplies are provided by donation and are free to use by individuals for their projects.  Finished products may be sold in the gallery, and 20% is then donated back to the gallery for buying more supplies. 

Volunteers are available to assist in learning the use of the different tools such as weaving looms or sewing machines.  Most of our volunteers are experienced and assist with learning crocheting, knitting, hand and machine sewing, clothing and backpack repair, pattern reading, and well as offering support and, most importantly, friendship. 

Heartside Ministry has been very supportive to those of us in the community by offering a safe and creative environment that encourages self-growth and creativity, as well as counseling and support.

For myself, Heartside is my sanctuary, as well as a major support for my sobriety and spirituality.  Sewing volunteer and neighbor Kathy Goote says ‘This program has helped me to understand what my talents are.  I didn’t know that I could organize a room full of supplies so that people could use them.  I didn’t know I could teach people sewing skills.  But I also didn’t know that I could say ‘no’ to people, which has been an ongoing problem of mine.  Now I have more confidence in myself, I know I am doing a good job here, and I don’t always need approval from everyone.  I come here because I feel needed, I want to give back, and I want to learn.’

Our front window of the studio features various forms of fiber art workings, so please stop down and see what magic we make.


--Written by Jennifer Beaven, artist and neighbor. 


The Artists of Heartside Gallery and Studio is a monthly feature to highlight some of the wonderful people of the Heartside neighborhood.  Visit , Facebook and our Flickr page to keep up with us, to learn about volunteering and other ways to get involved.

Sarah Scott is Arts Coordinator for Heartside Gallery and Studio at Heartside Ministry, and can be reached at [email protected]

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