When saris wear out, the good sections of the cloth are cut into scraps and
stitched into wall hangings or blankets creating beautiful beaded and
stitched items. Inspired by these items, this sari scrap art piece was
conceived. Some blocks are odd patterned while others are medallions;
stitched with all colours of sequins and beads. Some blocks are bobbin
couched to created a thicker stitched line while others are hand
embroidered. Students will be shown how to design patterns for the blocks,
and some patterns will be provided. Bobbin Couching, beading, sequins and
hand embroidery will be elements of the workshop. Experience in free motion
stitching is necessary for this class.
Knights of Columbus Hall
5 Robie Street, Amherst
Students should Bring
8 - 5 ¼” squares of fabric in a similar range of colours – Cotton, satin, silk, etc. Two or three of the fabrics should be an alternate colour
– I used turquoise to compliment my darker blues. Organza could overlay the **One-sided Fusible Interfacing- if you are using flimsy fabrics
Tear Away or Cut Away Stabilizer – Medium or Heavy Weight – 1/2 meter
cut into 8 5 ¼” squares
Pencil & Eraser
Pearl Cotton size 8 or Crochet Cotton size 8 – in various colours. (I will have some for sale in the workshop)
Seed bead to larger beads in a variety of colours.
Beading needles or slim hand stitching needles
Embroidery Needles – for hand stitching
Embroidery floss for hand work or you can use the pearl cotton.
Sewing Machine with free motion capability – drop feed dogs & free motion foot, manual for machine.
Tiny screwdriver for sewing machine
Chalk pencil or Chacoliner
Basic Sewing Kit
Rotary Cutter, Ruler (6” square or larger), & mat
Iron & Mat
Cotton thread to match the Pearl Cotton
Number of Participants