Kantha- Inspired by Tradition | One Day Embroidery Course | 8 December 2019


Explore Kantha- a beautiful stitch technique from the Indian subcontinent whose ethos are rooted in storytelling and upcycling.

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One Day Embroidery Course – Kantha | Inspired by Tradition

Course Venue Cockpit Arts Holborn, Northington Street, London WC1N 2NP

Date Sunday 8 December 2019 11am – 5 pm

Course Fee £150

Places 5 students

What will we do

Kantha is a traditional Indian embroidery technique that upcycles old fabrics and brings them to new life by layering them with beautiful stitched motifs. Taking inspiration from the rich tradition of Kantha textiles, you will learn to embroider preloved fabrics into something new- a wall piece or a panel that can be used to make accessories or an item of clothing. All whilst enjoying creative conversations with like minded people.

We will begin the day with a demonstration of embroidery stitches and learning about my creative process. You will learn how to use a variety of Kantha embroidery stitches, gaining inspiration from my personal collection of Kantha textiles. There will also be contemporary examples of Kantha to refer to.

The small group size means that there will be lots of opportunities for one-on-one feedback.

What you need to bring

There will also be a selection of fabrics provided that can be used to embellish your pieces. Use of embroidery threads, tools and equipment is included in the fee. You are welcome to bring preloved fabrics/ items from your wardrobe that you no longer wear but can’t bear to put out.

Where will the course take place

Right here at my studio in Bloomsbury, Central London. The studio building is buzzing with creative energy with over 70 artists and makers from jewellers, potters to milliners working here. At my studio, you can enjoy an intimate behind the scenes look at my works in progress, tools and equipments I use daily and browse through my collection of design and art books.

About your tutor Ekta Kaul 

I am an award winning textile artist and an experienced educator. I set up her studio practice 10 years ago after winning the Craft Council’s business set up award Next Move. My work is held in several private collections and is stocked at select galleries and stores the UK, the US and Japan.  I regularly exhibits at national and international events and works from her studio in Bloomsbury, Central London

What’s included

  • Some fabrics, sewing supplies
  • Use of specialist tools and equipment
  • List of suppliers

Here’s what my happy students say

“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 embroidery. You are a very talented artist and a great communicator. Thank you.”

Carol Larkin, London

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