Stitched Masterpieces with Cathy Jack Coupland
Use your creativity and imagination to design your very own original, stitched masterpiece – a free standing, beautiful bowl.
Made from felt and thread, thesegems would grace any sewists studio or workroom in pride of place. Stitched using my thread painting technique, they are addictive. Each is finished with a separate base, enabling the work to stand easily. Why stop at one?
This two day workshop would suit those with some machine stitching confidence, although the technique itself is notdifficult. All stitching is done with the feed dogs disengaged.
At the conclusion of the workshop you are welcome to include your work in a short video showcasing the wonderful work you’ve done.
Australian textile artist Cathy Jack Coupland is best known for her vibrantly coloured embroidered quilts covered in thousands upon thousands of machine made stitch.
Using simple techniques, representational and abstract designs Cathy transforms soft substrates into compressed, rigid textiles, rippling with masterful fabric manipulation.
Cathy uses the machine needle as a sketching, drawing and colouring tool, exploiting the age-old allure of thread and stitch collaborating to produce uniquely tactile artworks. She says ‘I love to see a design come to life under the machine, day by day, simply by the addition of time and stitch. It’s mesmerizing.’
As her career evolves, Coupland devotes herself to exhibiting throughout the world and has work held in many private collections.
- Sewing machine in working order with ability to cover or lower feed dogs.
- Topstitch 90/14 machine needles.
- Related sewing items (replacement machine needles, small scissors, pins, spare bobbins – you will need a number, sewing machine manual, oil etc.).
- Thread stand.
- Hand sewing needles.
- 50cm white acrylic felt (I buy mine from Spotlight).
- Rayon and polyester threads. You will be using two threads of the same colour through the needle and variegated threads on the bobbin, so bring a selection or work to a pre-determined colour scheme. Bring plenty if you’re unsure.
- Paper and coloured markers if you feel more comfortable designing before stitching.I advise keeping it simple for the first one – just lines and circles, so this isn’t mandatory.
- Fabric marker or chalk pencil.
- Craft glue that dries clear and can be used on fabric. This is just to join the base to the work prior to stitching it on by hand.
- Camera or phone to take process shots.
Material fee ($10) payable to the artist
While workshops are usually held in the gallery's historically significant workshop space, the workshop venue may change according to the needs and wishes of the artist tutor. Likewise, the times of the workshops may vary depending on the type of workshop and its presentation.
Timeless Textiles Gallery will, at its own discretion, where a participant is unable to attend a workshop, an exchange or credit note will be made available or a refund of the deposit or payment in accordance with the following Workshop Refund Policy.
Major commitments must be met, and in fairness to all, the policy concerning the refund is:
Cancellations 3 months prior to workshop date - refund 80% fees paid
Cancellations 2 months prior to workshop date- refund 50% fees paid.
Cancellations 1 month prior to workshop date- no refund.