Kantha Embroidery Homework

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.

About ruthlane

When I discovered felting in 2007, I finally found the creative outlet for which I had been searching. I love that the versatility of fiber allows me to “play” with a wide variety of materials including wool, silk, fabrics, yarns and threads. Creating one of a kind fiber art pieces to share with the world fulfills my creative passion.
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10 Responses to Kantha Embroidery Homework

  1. shepherdessann says:

    Great work Ruth, the bent leg circle and the nautilus are my favourates.

  2. I like the use of Canadian pennies instead of mirrors! Especially since the Canadian government has decided to discontinue its use in the near future. Great way to keep a souvenir of “pennies from heaven”, piggy bank, penny for one’s thought…and luck! Cheers!

    • ruthlane says:

      Thanks! I heard about Canada discontinuing the penny. The US government keeps threatening to do that here as well but hasn’t happened so far.

  3. Lyn says:

    The nautilus is wonderful – must have taken hours!
    I like the pennies used in place of mirrors and the colours are really pretty together.

    My favourite is the leaf pattern because it’s pretty as well as calming to look at.

    • ruthlane says:

      Thanks Lyn – the nautilus took between 3 and 4 hours. I tried to keep the colors in all my samples fairly similar so they would all go together as a group. The photos really don’t do the colors justice as they were taken in fairly low light.

  4. koffipot says:

    These are really lovely Ruth, and all the better for the beautiful shades in the fabric.

    • ruthlane says:

      Thanks – I love to use hand dyed backgrounds for my stitching. It always makes the stitching look more impressive 🙂

  5. zedster66 says:

    Wow, they’re really lovely, Ruth 🙂
    I love the hand dyed fabric too. Is the thread your own hand dyed too? The colours all work really well.

    • ruthlane says:

      Thanks Zed! The thread is my hand dyed and it helps to be able to match colors a little better if you dyed the fabric and the thread at the same time.

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