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Obsessive Chain-Stitch

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

With Bettina Matzkuhn

$250 [Includes $40 lab fee] class limit 14. Mar 28, 29, 2020 (Sat, Sun 10am-4pm).

Chain stitch is often used to embroider a line, but when it is packed together it becomes opulent, almost iridescent. Varying the thickness, direction and shading of threads permits the embroiderer to achieve a sense of motion and depth. Working in solid chain stitch is an elementary process requiring only some simple drawing and planning skills.

The way the stitches “travel” and overlap is important. Through exploring various thicknesses of thread and colour gradations, students will undertake a credit-card sized piece. We will discuss which images are most suitable for this technique, and how to best plan the work. Students will see a variety of images and original work, including ways of finishing and presenting their pieces. This workshop is open to beginners and more experienced embroiderers looking to add skills to their repertoire.

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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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