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Obsessive Chain-Stitch

  • Maiwa Loft #6-1666 Johnston St. Vancouver, BC, V6H 3S2 Canada (map)

With Bettina Matzkuhn

$195 [Includes $40 lab fee] class limit 14. Mar 3, 4, 2018 (Sat, Sun 10am-4pm).

Chain-stitch is often used to embroider a line, but when it is packed together to form a continuous surface, it creates a sheen of great opulence. Varying the thickness, direction, and shading of threads permits the embroiderer to achieve painterly effects as well as convey a sense of motion and depth. 

Embroidering in solid chain-stitch is an elementary process requiring only some simple drawing, some planning around colour, and a little faith. The way the stitches “travel” and overlap is important. In this workshop students will first make a sampler and then undertake a 7x7cm piece. 

The class will explore which images are suitable for this technique and how to plot the piece and plan the work. Students will see a variety of images and original work including ways of finishing and presenting their pieces.

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About Bettina Matzkuhn

Bettina Matzkuhn has worked in fibre with an emphasis on embroidery and fabric collage for over 30 years. She holds a BFA in visual arts and an MA in liberal studies from Simon Fraser University. In the 1980s she animated and directed three award-winning textile-based films for the National Film Board of Canada. An interest in narrative continues to inform her work. She explores personal and social narratives of history, geography, and the natural world using a wide variety of textile techniques, materials, and presentations. She exhibits her work across Canada and internationally, writes professionally on the arts, lectures, and teaches.


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