Online session exploring mindfulness through stitch. A journey companion as we emerge into a new world.
Mindful Stitch | A journey companion as we emerge into a new world
As we slowly emerge from lockdown, are there practices we could develop to navigate this new normal ? I have found my stitch practice to be a sanctuary in these strange times. It has offered me a space for creativity, contemplation and catharsis. As my experience of doing weekly online Soothing Stitch demonstrated, stitch also offers connection & community, just as it has done for centuries in all cultures around the world.
With this in mind, I have developed a series of online classes that offer tools to journey through our internal & external landscapes. Over three sessions, we explore the use of fundamental stitch techniques moulded into contemplative practice. The three sessions are intended to be a unit, however you are welcome to register for a single class. Use MINDFUL to buy all 3 sessions for £100.
Sunday 3 | Mapping Memory & Internal Landscapes | £45 | 30 Aug 2020. 6-8 pm BST
In this session you will develop contemplative landscapes pieces using stitches using a personal memory as a starting point. We will explore fly stitch, satin stitch, running stitch, chain stitch & variations. Suitable for beginners as well as experienced stitchers.
Sunday 1 | Poetics of Home | £45 | 16 Aug 2020. 6-8 pm BST
This session will focus on learning to express the idea of a home through stitch. The starting point could be an object in your home, or the architecture of the building. We will explore french knots, running stitch, back stitch, darning stitch, double darning stitch. Stitching will be interspersed with meditation, poetry reading and exchanging stories. Suitable for beginners as well as experienced stitchers. Buy HERE.
Sunday 2 | Mapping New Terrains | £45 | 23 Aug 2020. 6-8 pm BST
Develop mindfulness through stitch practice. Using a landscape as a starting point, learn to mark the land in embroidery stitches. We will explore stem stitch, whipped stitch, couching stitch, seed stitch and their variations. Stitching will be interspersed with meditation, poetry reading and exchanging stories. Suitable for beginners as well as experienced stitchers. BUY HERE
LIVE STREAM + Q&A
Each session will be 2 hours long and will include live stitch demonstrations, discussions and time for questions & answers. A Zoom link to the session will be sent to you. To continue the thread between the sessions, I will offer you suggestions of daily motifs designed to help you continue your practice.
"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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