Banner Tribute for Ray Bethell

Ray Bethell’s passion and love for the sport of kiting has been an inspiration to many people worldwide. Please join this grass roots movement to create a banner tribute in honour of Ray to be displayed at the Washington State International Kite Festival August 19 – 25, 2013. The plan is to set up the array of banners from Thursday to Saturday. The exact location on the beach is still to be decided.

This is not a competition, but a tribute. There are no rules. Big or small, it doesn’t matter. Just make something special for a true gentleman and let’s fill the beach with some wonderful surprises.

Ray is aware of our idea. He is honoured to be thought of in such a way by his peers. Let’s show him what we all can do!

A Facebook page Banner Tribute for Ray Bethell has been launched and is open to the public. For those who would like to create something for Ray but won’t be able to attend WSKIF, please feel free to message me at

Get your “idea” hats on and your sewing machines going. Time will pass by quickly. Please spread the word and encourage others to participate in any way they can.

See you at WSKIF 2013
Terry Wiggill

New Years Day Fun Fly

Just a reminder, the first fun fly of the new year is January 1st 2013 at Garry Point Park in Richmond. While we may not have sunny skies, at least we can hope for dry ones! Hope to see many of you there. The Executive


The planning for our third Spring Sewing for Summer Soaring kite making retreat in Parksville is going
well. This year we are very pleased to have Sharon Musto from Alberta lead a class. Sharon has won many
kite awards both nationally and internationally for both sewing and appliqué.

Returning instructor Paul Horner joins Sharon. He has been an instructor each year of our retreat and is well
known for his dedication and skill in putting together colorful and striking kites. Paul’s project will require no
sewing, so those who don’t sew can still come to Parksville and leave with a very unique kite.
(Details about his project will be announced in early January).

For further information, Kite-Makers-Retreat-2013

3rd annual Spring Sewing for Summer Soaring

Attention Members: Call for Instructors & Participants
The BCKA will be hosting its 3rd annual Spring Sewing for Summer Soaring kite making retreat in Parksville on April 26, 27, 28, 2013. (Friday, Saturday, Sunday).

To make this a successful event, input from all BCKA members is appreciated. We would like to hear from any member who is interested in leading a class. Also, we invite members to submit their ideas for workshop classes i.e. kites, applique, banners, arches, knots and bridling etc.
To facilitate planning in a timely manner, please submit your suggestions by December 2, 2012 to either:
Wayne Pattison or Cathie Jung

Thanks for your time!
The Planning Committee

Sewing Retreat 2013 PDF

Great article on a local flyer!