Charity Workshop Information

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Tutors:     Di Wells (Kantha) and Rosemary Rowe (Angels)

Venue:      Cowslip Workshops; Newhouse Farm, Launceston, Cornwall  PL15 8JX

Date and time: Tuesday 11th September 2018, 10 am-4 pm in the Big Barn

Cost: £35.  The two charities we are supporting this year are: The Albanian Sewing Project and Cornwall Air Ambulance

We are immensely grateful to Jo, at Cowslip workshops,  http://www.cowslipworkshops.co.uk  who has very kindly allowed us to use her Big Barn for another charity workshop day this year. Above and below, are photographs of the workshops we are offering. They are both hand sewing on the day. Please choose carefully from the information given before making your choice, because if your choice is Kantha, it will be necessary to do some preparation, before the day.

You are at liberty to do either one workshop all day, or both, as a half day each.

The kantha workshop involves some preparation of the background, before the workshop day, so that your workshop time can be spent in developing the kantha and embroidery.   A lino printed house will be included for everyone who is doing the “kantha with a house”….and there will be one available, on the day, for those who are doing one of the other options, if you would like one. Please note that you won’t finish your kantha project in the day, but will have hopefully become “hooked”. I am now totally addicted!

I feel that complete beginners and more experienced stitchers would enjoy either of our two workshops.  On both projects you could add your own spin!

Mine is Kantha. 
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The finished measurements of the little panel with the red house measures 3.5″ wide x 4.25″ long, and the panel with the pale lilac house is 4.5″ wide x 3.5″ long.

The third piece, shown below, has a finished size of 5″ square

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N.B. Measurements have only been given as a guide as it is impossible to estimate size from  photographs. You are, of course, free to work on whatever size of panel you wish, but I would advise against working on a big scale if this is your first foray into Kantha. It is a closely worked technique, and you do want to see some results by the end of your day/half day. Placement of strips and oblongs/ squares is purely up to personal choice.

Another kantha choice is this fish panel which is worked on a plain background. I chose a piece of linen which I had hand dyed. The final size of this piece is 6″ square.

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Details of all pre preparation for any of the Kantha choices will be given on the requirements sheet. I will email the details for the panel you have chosen.

You can of course plan your own piece of work, to whatever size you wish before you come to the workshop. The subject matter can be entirely your choice, but if this technique is new to you, I do suggest that you work on a small scale to start with. It is an intensively worked technique, and as such is not quick!! However, it is actually a very therapeutic, soothing, slow stitch method once you get into it.  Please Note that you will not finish the kantha during the workshop, but you will understand exactly how to finish it by the end of your session.

Rosemary will be teaching a contemporary Angel for the second workshop on offer. Below are some variations on one basic structure….and then the world is your oyster! They become individual little characters according to the materials and embellishments you choose!  These young ladies just make me smile with their “Doc Marten boots”; piercings(!) and jewellery!

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All bookings should be made through me, please, by emailing me at, diwells49@gmail.com giving the following details:

  • Your name, and  email address if it is different to the one you are emailing me with.
  • Your chosen workshop(s); Angel, fish kantha or House kantha
  • Payment: £35 for the day. Please make cheques out to; Mrs H Wells, and send to: Cedar Lodge, Trevarth, Mevagissey, Cornwall, PL26 6RX. If you would prefer to pay by Bank Transfer, let me know, so that I can email you the details

On receipt of payment, requirement sheets will be emailed to you.

If you are booking the Kantha workshop, some initial preparation at home, prior to the workshop day is required. The reason I ask you to do this is because it would make such a difference to the time available to really make progress with the Kantha stitching, on the day. You would be able to do this preparation by hand or machine, your choice.

** If you are choosing a kantha panel with a lino printed house, please also include an SAE when you send me your cheque, so that I can send you a house. If you are coming with friends, then it would be sensible to send one sae on behalf of any friends choosing the same workshop too (unless they do not live close to you)! The colours available are: green,  turquoise, red, pink/red, blue, terracotta,  lilac and grey. Please give at least a couple of colour options, because I clearly do not have an unlimited supply! **

If you choose one of the other workshops; i.e. the fish Kantha or Angel,  and would like a house, maybe to work with at a later stage, you are welcome to have one on the day. I will bring some extras!

The angels are achievable in half a day. You can see that these “contemporary” angels allow for personal embellishment, beads, buttons, bows and embroidery etc….whatever takes your fancy.

On the day we shall have a raffle table, and any contributions to this would be gratefully received. We shall also have a sales table, all made and prepared by the two of us.

An “inspiration” table will also hopefully enthuse you, and show what you might aspire to. These items won’t be for sale, but are more a “show and tell”!

You are very welcome to bring a light lunch with you, and there will also be a good selection of luches available from the cafe. I am sure that we shall be able to order before lunch time, so that when we do have our break our orders will be ready for us. Drinks will be available during the day, and home made biscuits/tray bakes etc, which Rosemary and I shall make, will accompany liquid refreshment! After all, that is part and parcel of any quilting day, is it not?

We are very dependent on the weather, and hopefully September will have warm sunny days, however, please be aware that you may need extra layers, if it is a cool day, so please come suitably attired.

Happy stitching!

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