UNDERWATER GARDENS with Cathy Jack Coupland

Course Overview

This 2 day workshop offers an explorations into innovative embroidered creativity using traditional hand techniques to work contrasts of line, shape, size and texture, portraying the beauty of our underwater world as well as bringing awareness to the devastation caused by coral bleaching events. 

Simple stitches and unusual beading techniques express the intricacy and diversity of living and bleached coral forms, creating unique and surprising dimensional effects.
There will be dialogue on drawing ideas from images, of taking work-in-progress images as well as a demonstration of a photoshoot of work done. 

Students will be encouraged to run with their imagination, and to explore possibilities, showcasing the expressive art that is hand embroidery. 

Teacher Profile

Colourist and artist, Cathy Jack Coupland paints her world in stitch.  Love of country, Australian poetry, art and colour are inspirations Cathy uses in her work.  With her ‘threaded brush’, Cathy endows her work with texture and substance colouring her designs with bold dimensions.  Combining these inspirations produces stand-alone, original works full of exuberance.


Cathy has honed the technique of thread painting over a number of years to produce an exceptional body of work.  Her work has evolved from traditional pieced quilts to fully machine stitched works, covering the entire surface with shimmering, joyous colour combinations.

Cathy is an exhibiting artist whose work has been acquired by private collections as well as The Embroiderers’ Guild of NSW.  Work of this calibre stands tall in the world of textile art.

Cathy is an Accredited Tutor with the Embroiderers Guild of NSW, Accredited Tutor and Valuer with the Quilters Guild of NSW, has judged at the RAS Royal Easter Show Sydney and the Sydney Quilt Show.  Cathy completed the Proficiency Certificate with the Embroiderers Guild of NSW with Distinction and has attended numerous master-classes with well known quilters and embroiderers.

Materials List

Kit Required: Cost $10 (will also include supplies provided by tutor such as paint, acrylic wool and cotton thread)

• White acrylic felt

• 2 felt balls

• 1 Silk cocoon

• 2 Wooden beads

• Several cotton buds • 2 Beetle wings

• Pipe cleaner

Requirements List:

• Hand embroidery needles including beading needles – at least 3, milliners needles and tapestry needles

• Small, sharp embroidery scissors

• Pincushion for needles

• Variety of beads in multiple colour ways – include seed beads, bugle beads, large and

small beads, quirky beads, unusual beads

• Variety of sequins

• White beading thread

• Tray or beading mat to contain beads while working

• Variety of embroidery threads – include thick, thin, shiny, matt, silk, cotton, gimp and


Workshop Terms

While our fibre art 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 fibre art 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.


25 - 26 Nov 2023


9:30 am - 4:30 pm


Timeless Textiles Gallery


Timeless Textiles Gallery
90 Hunter Street, Newcastle NSW, Australia