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The Stitches of India


  • Maiwa Loft #6 - 1666 Johnston St Vancouver Canada (map)
The Stitches of India

With Bonnie Adie

$295 [Includes $75 lab fee] Class limit 14. Sept 6-8 (Fri-Sun) 10am-4pm.

Few countries can lay claim to the wealth of stitch traditions that exist in India. Centuries of royal patronage, cross-fertilization from multiple migrating communities, and influence from parallel textile techniques such as weaving and bandhani have resulted in some of the most vital needlework being done today.

Join Bonnie Adie as she teaches the embroidery of India and explains new ways to work with pattern, colour, and stitch. Bonnie will draw on techniques practised by groups such as the Banjara (showcasing a surprisingly modern aesthetic, deliberately creating and breaking symmetries while keeping alive a remarkable vocabulary of distinct stitches) and the Rabari (the great nomadic herders of the Kachchh Desert, working with stylized motifs and geometries). In addition, Bonnie will cover techniques such as mirror work and chain stitch, which are found across traditions.

This workshop is an extraordinary opportunity to take the art of needle and thread one level deeper, learn how something as simple as a stitch can define a culture, and realize the incredible power that exists in India’s living stitch traditions.

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Bonnie Adie

Bonnie is inspired by the dialogue between traditional and contemporary embroidery techniques. She is also captivated by the potential 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.

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 and the Vancouver Guild of Fibre Arts and assisted in forming Arrowsmith Needle Arts. Bonnie is also a past member and treasurer of fibreEssence.

Earlier Event: September 4
Ajrakh Masterclass
Later Event: September 9
Dyeing & Weaving From the Kachchh Desert