Art textiles

Bespoke maps – embroidering a sense of place with Ekta Kaul

Ref: SLW10694

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About this course

This course will focus on how to use stitch to create narrative maps commemorating personally significant places.

Course Description

Maps are incredibly powerful tools for storytelling. They have been used throughout history to narrate stories of journeys, place, politics, or mythology. While some maps can be expansive in scale and ambition, they can also be highly personal and intimate in scale. In this three day course taught by textile artist Ekta Kaul, you will learn how to use stitch to create commemorative maps of personally significant places and memories related to it.

Under Ekta’s gentle guidance, you will learn a variety of stitches and mark-making techniques that lend themselves to cartography. You will progress to creating visual compositions, and then translate them into stitched patterns and textures evoking memories of land, location and life events. Ekta suggests bringing an image of a reference map in A3 size and prompts such as personal photographs, maps, found objects or souvenirs of place for inspiration. Through stitch samples, finished works and her sketchbooks, Ekta will illustrate her process. She will also share details of techniques she uses within her own practice. The emphasis will be on developing personal creativity through individual feedback.


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


  • Medium Weight Calico for A3 sized map
  • Bonda Web
  • Some Cotton Embroidery thread
  • 1 ½ meters of linen
  • Wadding

What students need to bring

  • A3 size Reference map or larger - (Google map printout, vintage map or OS Map)
  • Personal prompts including photos, souvenirs, memorabilia related to place
  • A sketchbook to draw in
  • Hoop, Needles, Needle threader
  • Sharp Pair of Scissors - fabric + embroidery
  • Scissors for cutting paper
  • Pencils, Erasers, Tracing Paper, Glue stick, Ruler, Pens, black markers, Dressmakers tracing paper
  • Cotton floss and any other special threads you wish to use
  • Selection of off cuts/scraps in various colours (especially blues, greens)

Available to buy

  • Available from shop:
  • Sketchbook, Pencils, Erasers, Glue stick, Ruler
  • Tracing Paper, Cotton embroidery thread


Ekta Kaul

Ekta Kaul is an award-winning textile artist based in London. She creates narrative maps that explore places, history and belonging through stitch. A pared back aesthetic coupled with a highly considered use of graphic marks form the core elements of her work. These are underpinned by a thoughtful approach to making, a deep interest in heritage and a firm commitment to sustainability.


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

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