Kantha Workshop…..

Today I joined a lovely group of ladies in Cranwell Village Hall to learn the basics of Kantha stitching.  Our tutor,  Gilli Theokritoff, is an active member of Region 10 of the Quilters Guild, running workshops both locally and around the country.  Gilli brought along several beautiful examples of her Kantha work and provided the group with a choice of designs and threads to work with during the day.

Kantha is a simple embroidery technique consisting of running stitch often worked in parallel lines and in various directions.  The photo below shows two beautiful examples of Gilli’s Kantha work using her “Little Bird” design.

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I am sure I speak for everyone when I say what a great day we had and you can see from the following images the variety of designs and colours that were worked on during the day.

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Hand dyed and stamped blue fabrics with assorted threads, selected for the Kantha workshop at Cranwell Village Hall.

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7 Comments

    1. Hi Kitty. My understanding is that Kantha is a form of embroidery which originated as a technique with which to create new fabric from old scraps. Fabrics were layered and joined together using a simple running stitch to create elaborate motifs. I suppose it can be considered as both embroidery and quilting. I have found this site which explains it far better than I could http://deepashome.blogspot.co.uk/2010/04/rediscovering-kantha-embroidery.html

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    1. Aren’t they just! It’s such a simple thing to do but the results are all so different depending on the colour of thread and the direction you chose for each area of your stitching.

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  1. Thanks for both of your comments. My Kantha is very much work in progress as I spent so much time chatting to Gilli and the other ladies yesterday but I will post an image once it’s done.

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