Hand Embroidery Day Course
Creative Embroidery | Module 1
Cockpit Arts Holborn, Northington Street, London WC1N 2NP
Dates 7 February, 14, 21, 28 | 10:30 am – 12:30 pm
Course Fee £250
Places 4 students
This course is aimed at textile enthusiasts who wish to use stitch in a creative way to embellish and express. The course will introduce you to traditional hand embroidery stitches, their creative combinations and interpretations with particular emphasis on Indian embroidery. Resources would include Ekta’s personal textile archives that she has collected and inherited as well as books from eminent authors. Ekta will also discuss the work of relevant artists, designers and artisans. You will make small samples and record instructions for future reference. Each class would introduce new techniques and students will be encouraged to experiment and develop their own expressions using the vocabulary of stitch. You will get lots of one-on-one support and top tips.
Module 1 would include darning, pattern darning, quilting (Kantha), counted thread embroidery (Phulkari), whitework (Chikankari) and working your own project.
All materials and access to tools are included.
About your tutor
Ekta Kaul is an award winning textile artist and an experienced tutor. She set up her studio practice in 2008 after winning the Craft Council’s prestigious business set up award Next Move. Her work is held in several private collections and is stocked at some of the best galleries in the UK and the US. Ekta regularly exhibits at national and international events and works from her studio in Bloomsbury, Central London.
Here’s what our happy students say
“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!”
"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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