Cartography in Stitch | Modern Hand Embroidery Workshop
West Elm Westfield | Ariel Way, Unit SU1233 | London W12 7HT |
Date Saturday 23 Feb 2019 11 am – 1:30 pm
If you are looking for other dates please email us at info(at)ektakaul.com and we’ll do our best to accommodate your request.
Course Fee £75
Places 8 students
What will we do
Learn hand embroidery from textile artist Ekta Kaul and stitch a keepsake map of London. Ekta will guide you in creating a dictionary of 6 basic embroidery stitches. Once confident with the techniques, you will use them to embellish a cotton London map sampler which is based on Ekta’s original drawing (size 42cm x21 cm). After the class, you will be able to take the sampler home along with an illustrated instructions booklet which is designed to help you carry on with your embroidery. The group size is small, so there will be lots of one-on-one inputs. Ekta will also share details of her creative process, inspiriation, artists and books.
All materials including threads, needles, hoops will be provided for the workshop. All levels are welcome, including beginners.
The workshop promises to be creative and convivial with the added bonus of being surrounded by West Elm’s beautiful wares. If you like the idea of slowing down, enjoy creative conversations with like minded people and want to enhance wellbeing through creativity, this workshop is right up your street.
We look forward to seeing you on the 23rd Feb.
What you need to bring
All materials, use of tools and equipment is included. Basic familiarity with a sewing machine is required. The only thing you need to bring along is a printout of your map. If you don’t have access to a printer simply email me the image of the map and I will be happy to print it for you.
About your tutor
Ekta Kaul is an award winning textile artist and an experienced educator. She creates embroidered maps ‘StoryMaps’ based on personal narratives and a small number of colourful wearables. Ekta’s textiles are imbued with character, they speak of exceptional hand craftsmanship, careful attention to detail and a sensitive use of materials & colours. Ekta’s creative voice in rooted in the plural – a unique amalgamation of her Indian heritage and British training. Her work is held in several private collections and can be seen at select galleries in the UK and abroad including Liberty’s, Contemporary Applied Arts, The New Craftsmen, Ruthin Craft Centre, The Conran Shop Tokyo. She has received awards from the Crafts Council and the Arts Council, England and was the finalist in Jerwood Makers Open 2019. She works from her studio at Cockpit Arts in Bloomsbury, Central London.
Here’s what our happy students say
Such a wonderful exciting course. Just what I was looking for. It combined my love of maps – as a geographer, with my love for needlecraft and exploring a whole new world of creating interest and texture on textiles.! Ekta, thank you!”
Veronica Mills, London
"If you want a day of pure escape, creativity and yummy food, make this the one! Ekta was so welcoming and I walked away feeling that I’d learned absolutely loads and loads! I love my map and can’t wait to have it framed."
"What a wonderful experience- to share stories of place and belonging while learning from Ekta. It was a fantastic day! Thank you for the delicious lunch. Your work is inspirational."
"I so enjoyed the course – it was really well structured and delivered in a way that was supportive, encouraged confidence and crucially – was hugely inspiring. I went home, my head buzzing with ideas and have already managed to carve out some time to do some hand stitching embellishment (place names) and dust off my sewing machine – just to be check that I could do free embroidery – ( I can)! You are a very talented artist and a great communicator. Thank you."
"What a lovely day spent in the beautiful studio of Ekta Kaul, learning to embroider maps under her encouraging guidance. Privileged to spend time under the tutelage of an experienced and passionate artist."
"I have wanted to learn more about free machine embroidery for a while. When I saw the workshop advertised on Ekta’s website I decided that I should have a go! Ekta’s work is very creative and of a very high standard (I bought one of her scarves last year!) I had seen some of her quilts at Art in Action and thought I could learn a lot from her. I wasn’t disappointed! Ekta is a very encouraging, enabling and skilful teacher. She is very patient and has a real sense of fun. I enjoyed the workshop tremendously, learnt lots of new skills and came away having started a piece of work that I now have the confidence and skills to complete!"
"I thoroughly enjoyed the course with Ekta, renewing my interest in sewing, yet doing something I had never done before ie machine embroidery. I decided to come to Ekta’s workshop because I so liked what she made for the Christmas Fair and I wanted to learn her techniques. I am close to retirement and am looking to spend time doing something creative, making items that are unique, attractive and useful and can be given as presents. I am so inspired I am now bidding on e-bay for a Bernina sewing machine!"
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