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September 23, 24 and 25, 2021
Portland Expo Center
Portland, Oregon


Kantha Stitching

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.

Skill Details:
Beginner and up
Instructor Name:
Helene Knott
Instructor Bio:
Helene is a popular longtime instructor at Expo and this year she is our Featured Artist! A special exhibit of her quilts will show the progression of her talent and skills over the years. Helene is teaching two full-day pre-Expo classes this year, each featuring an interesting technique you may not have tried before. Zen Pathways will teach you how to create padded stones to appliqu? onto your quilt, and Kantha Stitching will introduce you to an easy Indian embroidery.

Kantha Stitching

$ 95.00
includes free one-day admission ticket to the show (Thursday to Saturday)