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Banjara Stitches


  • Maiwa Loft #6-1666 Johnston St. Vancouver, BC, V6H 3S2 Canada (map)

With Bonnie Adie

$295 {Includes $75 lab fee] Class Limit 14. Sep 28-30 (Fri-Sun) 10am-4pm

Among India’s tribal communities, the Banjara are one of the most famous. In both stitch and pattern, the work of this group showcases a surprisingly modern aesthetic, deliberately creating and breaking symmetries while keeping alive a remarkable vocabulary of distinct stitches.

This workshop presents the embroiderer with a chance to learn the stitches of the Banjara and to gain an understanding of the Banjara approach to constructing geometric pattern on a field of cloth.

Bonnie will teach with reference to both contemporary and historic pieces from the Maiwa Collection. Bonnie was one of the stitch consultants for the newly released hardcover book Textiles of the Banjara. Her workshop will also showcase some of the stitch research that went into the first book-length study of Banjara costume and embroidery.

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Bonnie Adie is inspired by the dialogue between traditional and contemporary embroidery techniques. She is also captivated by the dynamics of thread textures and backgrounds. Bonnie has completed the City and Guilds of London Creative Embroidery and Design course presented by Julia Caprara and the Opus School of Textiles as well as several courses with national and international tutors. In 2015 she was stitch consultant to the authors of Textiles of the Banjara.

Her work has been exhibited in various galleries in British Columbia, England, and the United States. She is involved with the North Shore Needle Arts Guild, the Vancouver Guild of Fibre Arts, and she is a founding member of Arrowsmith Needle Arts. Bonnie is also a past member and treasurer of fibreEssence.

Earlier Event: September 26
Stitch Resist Masterclass
Later Event: October 1
Master the Screen Print