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Kawandi workshop with Lorena Uriarte - Saturday September 28

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About the course:


Kawandi are traditional quilts of the Siddi people from India, they are typically made from sari scraps patched together from the outside in.

In this one day workshop you will learn how to make your own beautiful kawandi with gorgeous patchwork prints, wovens and solids.

Stitching is very organic and relaxing, giving the finished quilt lots of texture. Picking each bit of fabric to complete your quilt can be equally meditative and challenging, like working on a jigsaw puzzle.

A class kit is provided with everything you need to complete a small 30cm quilt, ensuring you learn all the techniques to finish in one day.

That’s right, unlike regular quilts, kawandi are pieced and quilted at the same time! Making this technique perfect for a beginner quilter, if you’ve lost your quilting mojo or just need something to stitch on the move without a bunch of tools.


Your class kit includes all you need: backing, batting, fabric, 12wt Aurifil thread, needles, pins, threader, thimble and a special handmade gift from Lorena

Morning and afternoon tea are provided. Please advise of any dietary concerns!

What to bring:

Your enthusiasm for learning a new craft! All materials will be provided.

Location: 211 Dowling Street, Dungog NSW
Parking: Dowling St or nearby side streets

About Your Instructor:

Lorena Uriarte is an award-winning, modern maker who values the pragmatic nature and enduring beauty of bed quilts. 

She mostly creates larger pieces with the intention of them being used daily to bring warmth and joy to a space. Sometimes her quilts turn into coats due to storage constraints. 

Her work sits at the traditional end of the modern aesthetic, sliding up and down that scale depending on the audience. Her quilts have been exhibited in Australia and internationally.

Lorena loves to use hand and machine techniques with a bold use of colour, in both commercial prints and plain fabrics. She aims to create engaging quilts with a lot of movement.

Lorena is passionate about teaching patchwork and encourages others to live a fulfilled and creative life to cope with the stresses of modern life. She has taught all around Australia as well as overseas in Canada, USA, New Zealand, England and Scotland. 

Lorena was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina before moving to Sydney, Australia