Obsessive Chain Stitch

July 4 - July 5


Obsessive Chain Stitch

Weekend Two (2-day): July 4-5, 2020. Classes run 9 am – 4 pm daily and students are welcome to stay late in their studio.

Obsessive Chain Stitch

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, this workshop approaches how to achieve a sense of motion and depth. Embroidering in solid chain stitch is a sedimentary process requiring some simple drawing and planning. The way the stitches “travel” and overlap is important. After 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 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.

  • Student Supply List: (Click HERE): Students are responsible for bringing the supplies listed.
  • Materials Fee: $12
  • Course Level: All Skill Levels

Price: $326

Prices are listed in Canadian Dollars and include daily lunch/snacks, relevant materials fees and any applicable taxes


Bettina Matzkuhn has worked in textiles for over 40 years with an emphasis on embroidery and fabric collage. In the 1980s, her NFB animated films –using textiles– garnered awards and an interest in narrative continues to inform her work.  She holds a BFA in Visual Arts and an MA in Liberal Studies from Simon Fraser University. She explores personal and social stories about history, geography and the natural world, using a wide variety of textile techniques, materials and presentations. 

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