Leaves and Plate
A contemporary take on Kantha which references woven sari borders and the coloured stripes sometimes sandwiched between layers of folded cloth.
this quilt is made from the good parts of old worn saris, layered and held together with lines of running stitch. inspired by the free style qualities evident in the drawing of Kantha designs, the mix of non-representational images and decorative motifs, and the individuality of each Kantha.
Kantha is a Bangladeshi word for cloth, and a particular way of stitching embroidered quilts made from the good parts of old worn out saris. A wealth of animals, fish and birds feature in the designs on these quilts.
By folding layers of fabrics we will make a small embroidered quilt A4 in size which will be lovely to handle. We will trace fish designs onto the top layer, and bring these into to life using different variations of running stitch. Finally we will suggest a watery environment by quilting textures in the remaining spaces.
I will bring both historical and contemporary examples for you to handle and study. You may wish to bring your own designs. I will bring templates of designs found traditional Kantha for you to use if you wish. .
The workshop is open to everyone interested in stitching by hand and exploring Kantha making.
ONE DAY WORKSHOP
Friday 24th August 2018
The Maritime Quarter
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Please bring with you - A few sheets of white A4 paper, a glue stick, paper scissors, selection of lead pencils – hard and soft, one or two sheets of tissue or tracing paper. Your own collection of pictures/drawings/small 3D examples of fish -Look for strong, uncomplicated shapes which can be drawn with a single outline, and for details which translate readily into patterns.
For creating your Kantha: Sewing equipment – a variety of needles, pins, scissors, embroidery ring, thimble etc.., White and cream and light/ neutral threads, Several small pieces- approx A4 or A3 – of thin, soft,worn, thoroughly washed and ironed white or off white COTTON fabric , ideally muslin.
To test whether a fabric is suitable for kantha, thread a needle and run a line of stitching through several layers. The needle and thread should slip though smoothly and easily. Some old sheets and table linens are closely woven. These will be tough to stitch into and will not quilt readily.
Small scraps of transparent silks and muslins in different colours.
threads in a variety of colours, including strong dark tones. Perle No. 8 or similar threads are ideal for Kantha.
A Camera - optional
Some materials will be available for purchase during the course