Recycle fabrics using Kantha Stitch : a two day course

Amarjeet Nandhra

16 Jun - 23 Jun

OPEN Ealing Arts Centre W5 2TD

Full Price £140 : Retiree Price £125 : Concession Price £110

Class details

Recycle fabrics using Kantha Stitch is a two day course led by textile artist, Amarjeet Nandhra.


16 & 23 June

10.30am – 3pm

Course Fee: Full Price £140 : Retiree Price £125 : Concession Price £110

Limited to eight people.

Do you have a collection of fabrics that have memories or stories associated with them? You don’t want to discard them, but you have never quite known what to do with them. This is the perfect course for you. Come and take inspiration from kantha quilting and recycle your old, favourite fabric.

Kantha is a style of stitching found in Indian embroidery. Traditionally Bengali women layered together old discarded clothing with the simple kantha style stitching to make a bedspread or bed cushion. They repurposed the old into something useful and protective.

You use kantha inspired stitches and patterns to create your own unique piece. You’ll investigate the decorative or narrative language of stitch and blend old and new materials. By the end of the course you’ll have created several exploratory samples, or a small resolved piece. And, all by using the simple running stitch.

No matter your level of experience, everyone is welcome to join this course and recycle fabrics using kantha stitch.

We provide light refreshments throughout the day, but please bring your lunch. Or you could visit our neighbouring cafes in Dickens Yard – there are lots to choose from.


Students need to bring:
A range of fabrics: dyed, printed, plain (light and medium weight). It is more enjoyable to stitch on fine /medium weight fabrics. However, experiment with your fabrics.

To stitch with: A range of threads – to include stranded cotton, perlé, rayon, silk threads , flower thread. Avoid texture threads. Thread that is slightly thicker will give better coverage and showcase the pattern.

We shall supply

  • Embroidery frame /hoop
  • A range of needles
  • Pins
  • Fabric marker pen
  • Paper and pencil for drawing design
  • Scissors


Course Details

OPEN Ealing Arts Centre W5 2TD

Dates: 16 Jun - 23 Jun
Thursday 10:30 am
Fees: Full Price £140 : Retiree Price £125 : Concession Price £110

About the tutor

Amarjeet Nandhra

Amarjeet Nandhra is a practising artist, with training in Graphic Communication,
Print and Textile Art. She has also worked as an Art Director on various independent
short films. As a freelance tutor and lecturer, she has taught a range of courses;
printmaking, mixed media and textiles, at Diploma level, City & Guilds and in Adult
Education. Her teaching career expands over 25 years. Amarjeet is also a member
of Studio 21 textile art and (TSG)Textile Study Group, two of the most exciting textile
art groups.

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