Learn to hand embroider a custom map that celebrates memories of a place of personal significance under the expert guidance of Ekta Kaul. This live Masterclass will be held over two afternoons (or mornings depending on where you are) and will be held virtually. A material pack with fabrics and threads will be sent to you.
Venue Live Virtual Masterclass on Zoom
Dates Fri 5 – Sat 6 January 2021
Timing 4pm – 7 pm GMT or 8am PT or 11 am ET
What will we do
Learn to hand embroider a custom map of a place that is personally meaningful to you. This masterclass is an opportunity to celebrate places where we find ourselves the happiest at- it can be where live or a place that you love travelling to or one that exists in only memory. Working with a map of your choice, you will learn to develop a drawing of the map, transfer your drawing on to fabric, use a variety of stitches to embroider your map. Taking inspiration from objects, photographs, maps and ephemera we will add motifs and patterns to the map.
This course is suitable for beginners and those who wish to develop their creative skills further.
Ekta will demonstrate all stitches & processes and offer individual help and feedback to guide you. The emphasis will be on developing your personal ideas. By the end of the masterclass you will have the skills and confidence to develop your map project further.
A materials pack including fabric and threads will be sent to you. If you are based outside the UK, there will be an additional charge of £15 EU, £20 North America to cover shipping.
What you need to bring
Please bring a printout of your map (in A4 or A3 size) and images/objects/souvenirs for reference. Ekta will be in touch in advance of the masterclass to help you select a suitable map. You will need access to a laptop/tablet with a camera and speaker.
About your tutor
Ekta Kaul is an award winning textile artist and an experienced tutor. Her work is held in several private collections and showcases her work at select galleries in the UK, US and Japan. Ekta regularly exhibits at national and international events and works from her studio in Bloomsbury, Central London.
Kind words from students
“Beautiful masterclass with Ekta creating stitched maps of treasured base points in turbulent lives plus restorative conversation on significance of place, landscape and borders”
Bethany Skuce, London
“I have always been attracted to maps, so Ekta’s Maps masterclass was a winner. Her ideas for scaling and transferring the image to fabric were very helpful. I made great progress during the 2 days and picked up tips for completing my piece soon.”
Linda Bassett, Bovey Tracey, Devon
“What a lovely day spent with Ekta Kaul learning to embroidery under her encouraging guidance. Privileged to spend time under the tutelage of an experienced and passionate artist.”
"If you want a day of pure escape, creativity and yummy food, make this the one! Ekta was so welcoming and I walked away feeling that I’d learned absolutely loads and loads! I love my map and can’t wait to have it framed."
"What a wonderful experience- to share stories of place and belonging while learning from Ekta. It was a fantastic day! Thank you for the delicious lunch. Your work is inspirational."
"I so enjoyed the course – it was really well structured and delivered in a way that was supportive, encouraged confidence and crucially – was hugely inspiring. I went home, my head buzzing with ideas and have already managed to carve out some time to do some hand stitching embellishment (place names) and dust off my sewing machine – just to be check that I could do free embroidery – ( I can)! You are a very talented artist and a great communicator. Thank you."
"What a lovely day spent in the beautiful studio of Ekta Kaul, learning to embroider maps under her encouraging guidance. Privileged to spend time under the tutelage of an experienced and passionate artist."
"I have wanted to learn more about free machine embroidery for a while. When I saw the workshop advertised on Ekta’s website I decided that I should have a go! Ekta’s work is very creative and of a very high standard (I bought one of her scarves last year!) I had seen some of her quilts at Art in Action and thought I could learn a lot from her. I wasn’t disappointed! Ekta is a very encouraging, enabling and skilful teacher. She is very patient and has a real sense of fun. I enjoyed the workshop tremendously, learnt lots of new skills and came away having started a piece of work that I now have the confidence and skills to complete!"
"I thoroughly enjoyed the course with Ekta, renewing my interest in sewing, yet doing something I had never done before ie machine embroidery. I decided to come to Ekta’s workshop because I so liked what she made for the Christmas Fair and I wanted to learn her techniques. I am close to retirement and am looking to spend time doing something creative, making items that are unique, attractive and useful and can be given as presents. I am so inspired I am now bidding on e-bay for a Bernina sewing machine!"
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