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Tuesday, April 20, 2021

Introduction to the Couching Stitch: Online Worksh...

Couching Stitch

About Introduction to the Couching Stitch: Online Workshop

In this workshop, learn the basics of one of my favourite stitches- couching stitch. This versatile stitch will allow you to hand embroider with experimental materials from scraps of thread, to yarn, to ribbon for a bold effect. Learn to layer color and texture and materials in fiber arts, add embroidery to your multimedia artwork, or just liven up your home sewing projects.

This interactive class is offered via zoom and is limited to 12 students. Registered students will receive the zoom link by email prior to the class.

Materials List for students:

  • Hand Sewing Needles
  • Needle Threader (can be handy!)
  • Scissors
  • Light coloured fabric (ideally you should be able to see through this fabric when you hold it up to a window!)
  • A Pen
  • Embroidery floss in a variety of colours
  • Embroidery hoop
  • Materials like ribbon, yarn,

About the Instructor:

I make installations and objects by folding, cutting, coating, stacking and stitching into different types of materials. I create systems of combining materials and processes within my studio where I am simultaneously making and unmaking in my constant rearrangement of objects and materials. I am motivated by an interest in the natural formations of plant life and mineral structures which manifest themselves in interpretations of these phenomena. These mimicked forms act as the marks of drawings where the lines are sculptural and exist in three dimensions

Amanda McCavour holds a BFA from York University where she studied drawing and in May 2014 she completed her MFA in Fibers and Material Studies at Tyler School of Art in Philadelphia, PA. McCavour shows her work in galleries nationally and internationally with solo exhibitions in 2018 in Tulsa (OK), Stratford (ON), Annapolis Royal (NS), Grande Prairie (AB), Antigonish (NS) and Edmonton (AB). She has recently completed residencies at Harbourfront Centre’s Textile Studio in Toronto, at Maison des Métiers D’art de Québec in Quebec City and the Klondike Institute of Art and Culture in Dawson City, Yukon. She has received numerous awards and scholarships from The Canada Council for the Arts, The Ontario Arts Council, The Toronto Arts Council, The Handweavers and Spinners Guild of America, Craft Ontario, The Ontario Society of Artists, The Surface Design Association and The Embroiderers Guild of America.

Email Sarah at for information regarding partial or full financial assistance.

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