Kantha quilts are made in India and Bangladesh from layers of fabric, stitched together with rows of simple running stitches. The quilt itself is upcycled – a product of rescuing tired,worn out fabrics as many quilts around the world are. These textiles are better suited to making clothing than quilts with a fat batt inside. This workshop will provide you with techniques to quilt your own fabric scraps – of any shape and size – and then build a new fabric by joining them without making bulky, overlapping seams. Something new can be fashioned and there should be enough time to complete a bucket bag or a vest. I often combine tribal kantha with my own homegrown kantha made from favorite scraps from my own stash – scraps too small to use for anything else. If you want to use tribal kantha scraps too, they are available on Etsy.
Additional Supply Fee: $10 for incidentals the instructor will provide. These include some of her own scraps, flannel, Velcro, and snaps.
Additional Supplies Participants Must Bring to the Workshop:
Sewing machine with a wide (6mm or wider) stitch – at least a zig-zag or 3-step zig-zag. Other wide stitches are a plus.
Steam iron and pad – perhaps some can be shared?
Kantha scraps – If you want to incorporate tribal scraps, buy bags of them on Etsy.
Your much loved fabric scraps
2 yards of cotton flannel
Many spools of thread in several colors and several bobbins
Powder type chalk marker
Extra sewing machine needles size 80 and 90
Paper for making a bucket bag pattern and a vest pattern if that’s what you want to construct
Yardstick and/or triangle
Rotary cutter and cutting board if you have one
About the Instructor
Ellen Hauptli designs and fabricates simple, elegant, fun clothing crafted individually and sturdily for women of all ages and sizes. She uses a variety of fabrics with a traditional respect for geometric shapes to achieve form and fit, all with her signature thread-bound seams and edges. Ellen strives to create clothing that visually, sensually and spiritually pleases, that complements and enhances the wearer’s personality and goals, because it’s always more than just looks.
M.F.A. Textile Art, Fiber works Center for the Textile Arts, Berkeley, CA, and Lone Mountain College, San Francisco, CA. 1977
B.S. Design with an emphasis in costume and textiles. University of California, Davis, CA. 1973
Happily residing in Berkeley, Ca with her family, she just sews all day long.