Kantha is a form of needlework from India that falls somewhere between hand quilting, sashiko and Scandinavian darning. It consists of a simple running stitch placed and staged to define design components and often creates secondary patterns. Denser in application than sashiko or hand quilting, traditional Kantha was used to stitch multiple layers of fabric together for utilitarian objects. Much of what you see commercially marketed as Kantha these days is actually big stitch quilting. It can be charming in a rustic way, but it has very little in common with traditional Kantha. In this class, you will learn the real thing. Choose to stitch a contented kitty or stitch a simpler leaf in swirling wind currents.
Optional kit fee: $35/Kitty; $25/Leaf, includes background fabric, stabilizer, floss, needle, Saral Transfer Paper, marking pen/pencil and patterns/instructions. If you get the kit, check Helene’s supply list for other items and tools to bring. The optional kit fee is paid to Helene in class.