What is the course about?
Do you have a collection of fabrics that have memories or stories associated with them? Never quite known what to do with them? Well come and recycle life back into these pieces. You will use kantha-inspired stitches and patterns and investigate the decorative or narrative language of stitch, create your own unique kantha piece.
What students liked most about this course run in 2015/16:
"Being able to work on a personal project. 2 full days to develop personal project. Being with other like minded people. Good group / class atmosphere. Inspiring course! Techniques that can be continued at home."
What will we cover?
Kantha work uses the simplest stitch in the language of embroidery, the running stitch. You will cover the different ways and arrangements that create the vocabulary of kantha. Develop and use your own personal patterns and motifs to inform your stitching, consider using these stitches in a decorative and or narrative manner. You will recycle your old and new fabrics/paper using a combination of layering, patching and piecing techniques.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
- Explore Kantha quilting as a method of recycling and reusing a range of materials
- Demonstrate an understanding of the different arrangements of running stitch used in kantha work
- Create and use personal patterns and motifs
- Produce a small quilt or a set of samples
Students with some experience will also:
- Produce quilt or samples exploring a decorative or narrative approach
- Demonstrate a high standard of design and craftsmanship.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
The course is suitable for all levels; beginners will be introduced to a range of basic recycling and kantha quilting techniques. More experienced students will have the opportunity to try out a wide range of experimental techniques, creating a visual narrative in their work and build on current skills. An open mind and a willingness to explore are also desirable. Please be aware that the class will be made up of students of differing levels of experience.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
You will be set practical exercises, which are supported by demonstrations, discussions, illustration and handouts. Tutorials will take place individually, with small groups and with the group as a whole. Extension exercises can be set if requested, to be completed at home.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
Basic materials are provided. However the nature of the course is to recycle your own fabrics that have memories and stories associated with them so please bring your own fabrics to use.
If you would like to buy art materials for your personal use outside of the course, City Lit students receive 10% discount off everything* from Cass Art, the UK's leading art supplies retailer. Your tutor will advise you on what you should buy. You will need to show your enrolment receipt in-store to receive your discount. Visit the Charing Cross shop at 13 Charing Cross Road WC2H 0EP or find your local shop at www.cassart.co.uk. *Terms and conditions apply, visit www.cassart.co.uk/students.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
General information and advice on courses at City Lit is available from the Student Centre and Library on Monday to Friday from 12:00 – 19:00.
See the course guide for term dates and further details