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Complete a Kantha paisley piece with Angela Daymond

Angela Daymond has always stitched. Her mum and grandma were both passionate crafters and as Angela grew up she forever had a needle in her hand, working on her latest project. It ignited a passion that has shaped her life.

Initially, Angela qualified as a teacher but after having her son and returning to teaching part-time, she began to consider how she could build on her needlecraft skills. This led her to complete three different City and Guilds qualifications where she was introduced to Kantha and natural dyeing techniques.

Kantha (meaning ‘patched cloth’ or ‘rags’) refers to both the tradition of producing quilted blankets, usually from discarded but beautiful pieces of fabric, as well as the craft and stitch itself, which is a small, straight running stitch in Bengali embroidery.

With her new qualifications under her belt, Angela initially split her time between teaching and running needlecraft classes. Her experience and techniques were soon in such demand that she gave up the classroom and began teaching needlecraft full-time.

About three years ago, Angela decided it was time to explore different ways of reaching people who wanted to learn from her. So many people were getting in touch saying that they couldn’t attend her classes but would love a kit or instructions that they could follow unaided.

This led Angela to release Kantha Stitching, her first book of Kantha patterns and stitch diagrams, and kits that people could complete at home. The following year, she released a DVD about natural dyeing.

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Since 2015, Angela has produced four books and rolls out new kits and patterns every year. Her first book has been reprinted four times and she has just released her fourth book, A Drove of Hares in Stitches, containing quilting, Kantha and applique projects that focus on the hares that roam the Fenlands where Angela lives.

Angela will be bringing her books, Kantha kits, natural dyeing starter kits, patterns, threads and fabrics to the Makit LQ&N Fair on Sunday 13th May. We are also looking forward to her joining us at the Makit Fenland Fair on 6th October 2018 in St. Ives.

Make & Take with Angela Daymond

Paisley is a traditional Indian motif often found in Kantha work.

Drop in to Angela’s Make & Take to learn how to adapt a paisley design using different types of running stitch to create a simple but stunning piece of Kantha. Angela will be on hand to get you up and running.

Kantha is ideal for all experience levels – whether you’re a life-long needlecrafter or you struggle to tell one end of a needle from the other. The size of the stitch isn’t relevant – the variations add interest, tell a story and just go to show that people aren’t robots!

Angela will also have examples of natural dyeing techniques to hand if you’d like to find out more.

Want to know more about Angela Daymond? You can find her at:

Angela also appears on Hochanda every 6-8 weeks (approx.). Hochanda is on Freeview channel 85, Sky 663 and Freesat 817. Or you can watch on their website (including catch up).

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