Sewing, embroidery and accessories

Upcycling and quilting by hand, including Kantha techniques with Lynn Setterington

Ref: S3D09005

Suitable for all


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About this course

(Please note change of course code and dates - this course will now run 23-26 June with a course code of S3D09134.) Revisit quilting by hand exploring traditional techniques using re-appropriated material with a number of processes, including Kantha work and shadow quilting. Investigate new avenues related to hand stitch as you create a set of samples to inspire your textile work.

Course Description

This workshop revisits quilting by hand exploring the traditional techniques using a range of recycled materials. It examines a number of processes from Kantha work to shadow quilting and trapunto and corded quilting. The emphasis is on re- appropriating old materials to investigate and test new avenues and outcomes related to hand stitch as you create a set of samples to inspire your textile work.

Kantha quilting is an ancient Bangladeshi technique, stitching through double or triple layers of fabric with a running stitch to 'draw' a design or image into the quilt surface.

The tutor will encourage some simple drawing from Kantha textiles to aid your understanding of the making process. The workshop focuses on sampling and testing ideas rather than producing a finished piece of work.


Arrival Day - this is the first date listed above

Courses start early evening. Residential students to arrive from 4pm, non-residential students to arrive by 6.45pm.

6.45pm: Welcome, followed by dinner (included).

8 - 9pm: First teaching session, attendance is essential.

Daily timetable

Classes 9.15 - 5pm, lunch is included.

From 6.30pm: Dinner (included for residential students).

Evening working - students may have access to workshops, but only with their tutor's permission and provided any health and safety guidelines are observed.

Last day

Classes 9.15am - 3pm, lunch is included.

Residential students are to vacate their rooms by 10am please.

(This timetable is for courses of more than one day in length. The tutor may make slight variations)

Course Materials

What students need to bring

  • A range of hand embroidery threads and needles - not just stranded cottons - soft cottons and cotton perle if you can get hold of them, and a few strands of thick wool for trapunto
  • Fabric:
  • Polyester wadding
  • Old soft cotton cloth such as pillowcases or worn sheets (nothing too thick, white or coloured but not patterned fabric)
  • Muslin
  • Net
  • A pencil and small sketchbook
  • Your sewing box
  • Ideally be prepared to swap and share resources in class - so only small quantities are required - i.e. in all half metre cotton cloth and wadding/ other filler fabrics and three to six threads

Available to buy

  • Hand embroidery needles
  • Basic sewing equipment: pins, scissors etc.
  • Small sketchbooks and pencils
  • Muslin
  • The tutor will supply some of materials for up-cycling and some threads and wadding. You will need to reimburse her for any materials you use before the end of the course, by cash or cheque.


Lynn Setterington

Lynn Setterington is a British textile artist particularly known for her hand-stitched cloths and Kantha quilts celebrating the ordinary and everyday. Lynn's work is held in many collections including the V&A Museum. She trained at Goldsmiths College and is an Associate Fellow of the International Quilt Study Center in Nebraska.


Residential option available. Find out accommodation costs and how to book here.

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