I had a request for further photos of my Kantha embroidery homework from my stitch class. Although my initial tries at Kantha weren’t all that enjoyable, I have really learned to appreciate the stitch. It takes a bit of practice but is well worth the effort.
This first two photos are NOT by me. The photo above is a stitched sari from Penny Peter’s collection that we got to study in class. I just wanted to remind you of what elaborate patterns Kantha can make.
This is another sari from Penny’s collection. I just love the endless possibilities of pattern that Kantha involves.
Here is one of my samples showing different ways to make a Kantha circle.
Here is a leaf pattern.
And this is bending stitch. I used a stencil pattern that I made several years ago in the shape of a nautilus.
This last sample is showing shisha stitch and flat stitches and is technically not Kantha but still based on Indian embroideries. I used Canadian pennies as I didn’t have any shisha mirrors. I’ve enjoyed learning how to use the Kantha stitch. If you have tried it, I’d love to see your samples.