Workshops

Workshop Index

The sharing of knowledge is the sharing of passion and inspiring others to find their guiding spirit and their passion.  If you’d like to have me teach, please reach out.

Testimonials

November 2023

Underwater Gardens, Timeless Textiles Gallery Newcastle

Cathy’s workshop is excellent!  The use of beads, sequins, and all sorts of threads leads you into a fantastic adventure creating an imaginative underwater garden that is so relaxing and beautiful.  Thoroughally recommend Cathy as a teacher and pioneer of amazing sculptural embroidery.

November 2023

Underwater Gardens, Timeless Textiles Gallery Newcastle

The most informative workshop I have attended.  No stress and a fabulous feast for the eyes.

Kerry

February 2024

Paint+Stitch=Magic, Hobbysew Figtree

Cathy generously shared her knowledge, experience, and equipment with the class. Her interactions with all the participants were kind and encouraging. I doubt that anyone in attendance left the course without feeling that their work was creative, interesting, and unique due to Cathy’s individual praise and encouragement. She ensured that she had helped to plan a way forward for each of us to finish our work before the course finished. 
Suzie 
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Embroidery on Stretched Canvas

The magic and charm of stunning hand embroidery are relatively easily employed on pre-stretched canvasses.

They make the perfect vehicle for further exploration of stitch as an artistic medium and encourage the creative and intuitive mind.

This workshop explores the concept of building or layering using simple embroidery stitches to create pattern, texture and work that just glows with colour.

Paint+Stitch=Magic

Who doesn’t love working creatively with paint?

There’s nothing more beautiful and inspiring than to watch colours ‘bloom’ into each other and top them with simple mark-making and embroidery stitches.

Paper and stretched canvasses are the beginning, topped with eye-catching mark-making and the icing on the cake, embroidery.

This is an exploration into the creative mediums of paint, paper, and canvas – not the usual home for the embroiderer but ones that opens a host of creative doors.

Check out my latest Paint+Stitch=Magic video on my YouTube channel.

 

Underwater Gardens

Let’s focus on line, shape, colour and texture in this unique and inspiring workshop, using simple embroidery techniques to achieve intricate results.

Be inspired by that busy metropolis, the underwater world that’s bursting with colour, movement, and visual interest.

Each work will be the unique interpretation of the maker where students will be encouraged to run with their ideas to produce a unique and very personal artwork.  

Techniques will be demonstrated that will add to each embroiderer’s artistic vocabulary and photography will be encouraged for use on social media, movie making or simply sharing with friends.

Check out my video Coral on my YouTube channel.

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Cactus Flower

Beaded Form

Encrustation

Welcome to endless imagination using simple materials.

Just how far can you go to make a Cactus Flower?

Well, let’s see…

This is a romp into painting, beading, textured threads and pure happiness with a needle and thread in hand.

 

Are you like me and love a little bling in your world?

Well, arrive here and breathe a sigh of relief.

This workshop will fill that need for glitz and glamour while learning how to work around a simple form – and just look what you can create.

It’s bead magic and it’s not difficult – plus you get to raid all those stunning bits and bobs tucked away and rarely seen.

Work within a monochromatic colour palette to create this exquisite beaded artwork.

Beading is so satisfying and creative.

Learn straightforward techniques that will achieve myriad unique textures – just like what you see underwater.

Be daring here, bring a sense of adventure and deep dive into that exquisite world of coral encrustation.