Patchwork with Carolyn Forster Siddi quilts
We are delighted to be welcoming renowned patchwork tutor Carolyn Forster to Made and Making.
Carolyn has written numerous books and appeared on our screens on such channels as Sewing Quarter sharing her skills. Now is your chance to meet and learn form the expert in the comfort of the Made and Making studio.
Siddi or Kawandi quilts come from the western part of India and are made by people of African descent who came to India through enslavement by the Portuguese in the sixteenth century. Made to be slept on in hot weather, or under in the cooler monsoon season they are traditionally made using a sari base with appliqued patches of fabric built up on top, from a corner, the outside edges or the centre. The patches are held down with a running stitch and the overlapping patches are built up to cover the base cloth. Traditionally they are finished with a folded fabric square at each corner, known as a phula or flower, and some consider the Kawandi unfinished or undressed without it.
Join Carolyn for a day of a different kind of quilt making.
What will we cover?
In this workshop we willl be making a mini quilt to explore this technique using scraps of patchwork weight fabrics, personal cloth, labels or embroidery snippets. Essentially it is a quilt as you go technique as we will be sewing the patches to a backing and lining with the quilting stitches.
We’ll explore this technique by making a mini quilt of approximately 19″ x 25”
How will I be taught?
You’ll be taught in our lovely studio by a friendly and experienced tutor, through demonstration and guidance as you work.
You’ll also be able to ask questions, making sure everything is clear and that you’re getting the best results you can.
Do I need any previous experience or skills?
This is a beginners’ class using hand sewing techniques – no previous experience is required.
Are materials provided? Is there anything I need to source myself?
You’ll need to bring:
- Backing: A tea towel (loosely woven, washed and clean!) is ideal as the edge is already finished and ready to work with. If you wish to use a piece of patchwork fabric, cut 19.5″ x 25.5″ and we can turn the hem during the workshop.
- Lining: Thin cotton wadding or cotton flannel work well. You need a piece 19.5″ x 25.5″. There will be some available to purchase on the day if you need it.
- Top, fabric scraps: Bring fabrics you want to use for the top – scraps, jelly rolls or pieces that you are happy to cut up. The corner ‘flowers’ can be made from one fabric or different ones. The more fabrics you use the more interesting the quilt will be.
- Thread: Valdani cotton perle no 12, Aurifil 12wt, Wonderfil Spaghetti or equivalent. You can use a variegated thread, or solids and different colours to add interest. You will also need tacking thread.
- Needles: Embroidery or Betweens no 6 are recommended but please bring whatever you find easy to handle and can thread.
- Thimbles if you use them when quilting.
- Pinning: Fine patchwork pins, short appliqué pins or flat headed pins to hold scraps in place, or a fabric glue stick.
- Finger pressing: The scraps need to have a hem folded under. This can be done by finger pressing or by using a wooden or plastic seam iron or a seam roller.
- Basic hand sewing kit: including fabric scissors and thread scissors.
If you’d like to start with a smaller piece than suggested in the materials list then by all means do so. A suggested smaller size would be 12” x 15”.
If you’d like to do some advance preparation, then basting the batting to the backing cloth is a good start. Remember, the batting will sit inside the already hemmed tea towel. Or, if you’re using a chosen backing fabric, remember to turn a single hem over to the batting to encase it.
What will I take home with me?
You’ll take home your beautiful, small-scale Siddi quilt. (How much you complete in class will depend on how fast you stitch and how quickly you make your fabric choices.)
Look out for further workshops with Carolyn through the year – each is totally different so there are plenty of skills and techniques to learn.
Drinks and biscuits will be available but we recommend that you bring a packed lunch with you.
During all of our workshops photographs are taken for promotional purposes only. Please make us aware at the time of booking if you would prefer not to be included.