Learn ways of creating playful patterns using stitch resist techniques with natural dyes under Ekta’s gentle guidance.
Stitch Resist Dyeing Online Masterclass
Venue Live Virtual Class on Zoom
Date Fri 22 – Sat 23 Oct 2021
Timing 4-7 pm GMT. Check your local time here
Learn ways of creating playful patterns using stitch resist techniques with natural dyes. Under Ekta’s gentle guidance you will explore a range of techniques of using stitch to resist parts of your fabric and create dynamic patterns. Techniques drawn from Japanese Shibori and Indian Bandhani traditions will be explored. You will learn to dye with a natural dye which does not need a mordant or any specialist equipment.
Materials pack will be sent to the participants. This will include medium weight cotton suitable for hand dyeing, strong thread, needles and a food dye which will not require any specialist equipment to use at home. Participants will need access to a saucepan for boiling cloth bundles, a kettle and a hob/electric plate. Instructions on the techniques and dyeing at home will be provided during the workshop. You can also bring along onion skins, avocado skins along.
Where will the course take place
This virtual masterclass will be held on Zoom. A link to the class will be sent to you. You will need access to a laptop/tablet with a camera and microphone.
About your tutor Ekta Kaul
Ekta is an established textile artist and a highly experienced educator. She creates ‘StoryMaps’ – narrative embroidered maps that explore place, history and belonging through stitch. Ekta’s work is held in several public and private collections including the Crafts Council’s , Liberty London’s and Gunnersbury Museum’s permanent collections. You can see her work at a select group of galleries in the UK and internationally including The New Craftsmen, Contemporary Applied Arts, Museum of Art and Design NYC, Conran Shop Tokyo among others. Ekta loves to share her skills and 20 year’s worth of experience at embroidery Masterclasses at museums including Victoria & Albert Museum, Kettles Yard, Leighton House Museum amongst others.
"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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