Catherine Nicholls

Instructor Bio

Catherine Nicholls is a painter, writer, teacher and quilt-maker.  Inspired by legends, stories and words, in general, her work is developed through drawing, painting and mixed media work in sketchbooks.  When working with textile, dyeing, drawing, painting and printing are some of her favourite techniques.  Heavy stitch by hand or machine is a bit part of Catherine’s work.  Catherine now lives and works in Gibsons, BC and draws inspiration from the natural world, her travels and the people she meets along the way.  Stories, legends and the history of people, place and culture provide the raw materials for themed exhibitions worldwide.


Workshop Description

In this hands-on workshop we will explore the tradition and history of mending.  In many cultures repairing textiles by mending has been elevated to an art form, far more than a way to patch a hole!  Using fabric collage and stitch techniques, students will learn the skill of needlework and create a small piece to take home.

Supplies List

 Participantsneed to bring the following:

  • A hand sewing kit – a selection of needles of various sizes, small sharp scissors, a thimble (if you use one) and any supplies you need for hand stitching.

  • A selection of embroidery threads/fine yarns you already have and would like to experiment with.  There will be hand dyed thread and some commercial thread in your kit and a selection of my threads to share, but if you have some thread/fine-ish yarn at home please bring it along.

  • Please bring something you would like to mend.  It can be a knitted item like socks or a sweater or a woven fabric item – jeans or whatever!

  • To work on knit articles, you will need some small double point knitting needles – I like a size 2.25mm or thereabouts.

  • A note book and pencil if you like to take notes.



                MATERIALS FEE: $20.00 – A mending kit including a selection

                                                             of fabrics and threads

             Class Size - 12

Available Now  - 12