Monday, March 23, 2009

kantha work

(detail of a 30" square embroidery) purchased from Dorothy Caldwell during her workshop in Sudbury 2006.
(detail of a 24" x 60" runner or shawl purchased at the Surface Design Conference in Kansas City 2007.

These are two examples of Indian kantha work from my collection of world textiles. In these pieces the running stitch is used to fill in large areas of texture and colour. In and out, in and out, the repetitive small movements mesmerize both the stitcher and the viewer. There is no doubt that my close contact with these pieces has been a huge influence on my own work.

If you like world textiles too, visit sri threads . Updated often it is beautifully photographed.