‘Indian Treasures’ with Melanie Missin Keating *Spaces Available


Paint, Print and Hand-Stitch a highly decorative mixed Media fabric book, drawing inspiration from printing techniques and stitches originating from India.


I have been fortunate enough to visit India on a couple of occasions and was able to watch first hand and have a go at block printing with the master artisans themselves. It inspired me so much that I am now hooked on this ancient form of art printing.

This is an introduction to Indian Block Printing, with a twist, as in, making your own prints to use. You will also be using kantha stitch and couching, Indian style, along with beads and other motifs, to create a small, mixed media concertina book full of opulent ‘Indian Treasures’

Day 1:

  • Where did block printing originate from?
  • Cutting Vilene pages
  • Drawing and cutting out your own blocks with funky foam/mount board. How to apply paint to the block to create a perfect print onto vilene (Wooden blocks can be used also).
  • Decorating the background pages with paint, painted bondaweb, transfoils etc
  • Cutting shapes and fancy edges using the soldering tool
  • Hand embroidery – couching around pages, Indian style with wool/ cord and Perle threads.

Day 2:

  • What is Kantha Stitching?
  • Continue with couching. Use a Kantha style stitch to decorate and enhance the pages, other embroidery stitches can be used.
  • Applying beads to complete the opulent look.
  • Assembling the book and adding the finishing touches.

Additional information


14th and 15th April 2023, 16th and 17th June 2023


10-4pm on both days.


£6 to Mel for materials on the day.

Apron and old clothes to be worn as paints etc will be used.

Notebook and pen to make notes.

Old towel

Sewing Kit including small sharp scissors

Dye based water colour paints (Koh -I -Noor). ( You can use studio’s if you let Alex know before)

Lumiere Paints (available to buy on the day)

Acrylic Paints

Paint Brushes

Heat erasable pen (frixion)

Transfer foils/gold and coloured leaf

Iron / board and Greaseproof Paper. (alex has too)

And any of these:

Metallic beads assorted colours

Embroidery Threads assorted colours

Metallic Threads

Chunky wool or cord.

Youll also need:

Chenille Needle 22/24

Beading needles/beading thread

Craft Knife

Soldering Tool/heat resist tile and a mask

Tutor Brings:

For £6.00 Mel brings the list of materials  below and a selection of yarns/threads/ Lumiere/acrylic/foils to use on the day.

50cm x 90cm craft Vilene (vlieseline S80/240)

2 x A4 sheets of funky foam

50cm bondaweb

2 x A4 pieces of mount board.

Double sided sticky tape

Talc Powder

There will be decorative yarns to buy should you wish too.

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