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Inspiration Kantha: Creative Stitchery and Quilting with Asia's Ancient Technique

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Kanthas, embroidered fabrics traditionally created by the women of northern India and Bangladesh, capture culture, history, and stitching creativity in their layers of repurposed old cloth. This book reveals the beauty in kantha's simplicity--it is based on simple running stitch--and offers step-by-step instructions that enable today's textile artists to enjoy it. Kanthas ...more
Hardcover, 112 pages
Published August 28th 2017 by Schiffer Publishing
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DelAnne Frazee
Aug 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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Title: Inspiration Kantha - Creative Stitchery and Quilting with Asia's Ancient Technique
Author: Anna Hergert
Publisher: Schiffer Publishing Ltd
Published: 8-28-2017
Pages: 112
Genre: Crafts & Hobbies
Sub-Genre: Needlework: Textiles; Art; Sewing; Textile Crafts
ISBN: 97807643574
Reviewed For NetGalley and
Reviewer: DelAnne
Rating: 5 Stars


Kanthas, embroidered fabrics traditionally created by the women of northern India and Bangladesh, capture culture, history, and stitching creativity in their laye
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Annie
Aug 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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I'm a fibreart fanatic. I have at least tried everything from hedebo to hardanger to stumpwork to quilting. I love knitting, sewing, crochet, tatting and more.

I had never even heard of kantha. The earliest written record of kantha (from a Sanskrit word which means 'rags') appears in the book Sri Chaitanya Charitamrita which was written over 500 years ago. It is a traditional quilting/embroidery form in the Indian peninsula and surrounding areas. It was a traditional thrifty method of binding to
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Nicole
Sep 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
Inspiration Kantha: Creative Stitchery and Quilting with Asias Ancient Technique by Anna Hergert explores the ancient technique of kantha.

The earliest written record of kantha appears in the book Sri Chaitanya Charitamrita which was written over 500 years ago. It is a traditional quilting/embroidery from the Indian peninsula and surrounding areas. It was a traditional thrifty method of binding together worn saris and dhoti into layers to use as coverlets. In white, red and blue stitches over the
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Tracy Shephard
Aug 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
First of all I have to say I like the size of this book...

A 10 x 7 inch book that isn't too bulky so can be easily transported to craft classes etc. and doesn't take up too much room on your craft shelf.

Inspiration Kantha is exactly what it says in the title..Inspirational. This age old craft is very simple to learn and if you think it is just a running stitch think again.

The Art of Kantha, as Anna Hergert states in the introduction is a 'personal statement'. So what this book special is not onl
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Leyla Johnson
Sep 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing
When I was doing my fibre art degree, I chose to explore kantha embroidery and I just loved it, my final piece drew many oohs and aahs, having said that, I would have given a lot to have been able to access the book like this.
This book covers the areas of stitching beautifully and it makes it look so easy - it isn't I assure you when you don't know how to place the stitches, or the designs that can be achieved with just a running stitch.
But what I really love about this book is that it not only
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j e w e l s [Books Bejeweled]
This lovely book explores the ancient technique of kantha. The author states she has become obsessed with the "humble running stitch" used in kantha. When you see the photos of kantha in this book, you will not think it is humble, but it is a subtle, beautiful type of quilting or artwork. Think needlework brought down to basics with only one stitch used to create texture and complex motifs. It is gorgeous and simple. Kantha is much like yoga in the way that the mere practice teaches patience and ...more
Kristine
Aug 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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inspiration Kantha by Anna Hegert is a free NetGalley ebook that I read in early August.

Quite intricate, yet inspired and off-the-cuff, if you can believe it - a kantha is created by quilting together 2-3 fabric plies, then embellishing the edges or center (or both) with embroidered animals, figures, or shapes. It's sort of like a less-complicated version of cross stitching, but more inventive, chakra-like, natural, and with a sense of movement.
Eileen Hall
Oct 31, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A wonderful book on the history of Kantha Quilts, originating in India.
The dedication that goes into this inspiring genre is (and this is a very over worked adjective that I don't use that often) awesome!
Prior to reading this, I had never heard of Kantha Quilts,but will certainly find out more and try my hand at making one!
Very highly recommended.
I was given a digital copy of this book by the publisher Schiffer Publishing via Netgalley in return for an honest unbiased review.
Janet May
Apr 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
If you are interested in Kantha quilting, this is definitely the book you need. Anna Hergert has developed a clearly photographed collection of Kantha stitches with excellent step by step instructions. She has included examples of Kantha work, some of her own creation and some from former pupils. I am happy to admit that one of the small quilts in the book is my own.
Archana Aggarwal
Aug 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Thank you Net Galley. What a beautiful book. I enjoy the needle arts and especially enjoy Kantha work. To my mind it is a beautiful way to upcycle/recycle one's old fabrics and preserve memories. The text is simple and the pictures clear. The art of kantha, and its philosophy, is introduced with some simple projects. A must read for anyone who enjoys fabric and needlecraft.
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