Indian Kantha embroidery was the topic for our May meeting with local guest textile artist Gill Greany.
Gill had collected many varied samples to show us and explain their origins and traditional patterns almost exclusively using straight stitches.
Some of us who had previously tried this technique were intrigued to see how fine and small the stitches were even on large areas of fabric. Often two old saris were stitched back to back in an over-all pattern. If contrasting colours were colours were used for each sari and thread the two sides of the finished piece could result in surprisingly different effects.
Many members then enjoyed a mini practical session in which they tried their hands at a chosen design using these tiny stitches which led at least to the beginning of some lovely pictures.
Fabrics brought by Julie Chapman were also a delight and temptation for many!
West Bengali Kantha
Old Saris joined together with overall patterns