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Contemporary Patchwork: Sustainable Quilting Basics

Contemporary patchwork stitching.  Photo courtesy Arounna Khounnoraj.

Note: Workshop is for an Adult Audience. This workshop is for participants ages 18+.

Contemporary Patchwork: Sustainable Quilting Basics  
Sunday, October 6, 2024, 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm 

Unleash the possibilities of contemporary patchwork with fresh surface design techniques from Arounna Khounnoraj, well-known textile artist and co-owner of Bookhou. Designed for beginners with little to no basic sewing skills, this fun workshop teaches participants hand-sewing techniques and patchwork design possibilities that inspire sustainability and spark creativity. Using a foundation in textile design, Arounna’s approach expands designs into unique improvisational patchwork, quilting, and appliqué that stands out from traditional methods.

With Arounna as your workshop guide, take inspiration from your environment while learning elements of color theory, before jumping into several fabric surface design techniques, all while incorporating sustainability practices and guidance on using every scrap and piece of material. Then, master the art of decorating with stitches as you explore various sewing and appliqué techniques to make your patchwork projects pop!

We will supply basic sewing materials, including needles, scissors, thread of various colours, assorted buttons, etc. Participants are encouraged to bring in a small selection of used or discarded textiles to incorporate into their project.

Participants will also receive a basic sewing kit and a copy of Khounnoraj’s book Contemporary Patchwork as part of their registration.

Arounna Khounnoraj

Arounna Khounnoraj, artist and author.

Arounna Khounnoraj is a textile artist who received her education from the Ontario College of Art, Nova Scotia College of Art and Design and an MFA from the University of Waterloo, and has written and published several books focusing on textile design and processes on punch needle, visible mending, and embroidery. Her most recent publications include Contemporary Patchwork: Techniques in Color, Surface Design & Sewing, and Winter Celebrations, A Modern Guide to a Handmade Christmas.

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Date & Time

Event date: Sunday, October 6, 2024 1:00pm EDT

Registration starts: Sunday, July 21, 2024 3:11pm EDT


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