I will hold my hand up now and tell you this is not my own work but that of the fabulously talented Clare Hutchinson, a fellow member of Skipton Embroiderers' Guild. Clare has good days and bad days, but stitching is her salvation.
These two examples of her work demonstrate the application of Katha stitching to strips of torn fabric that have been woven together. One is shibori dyed cloth, the other is conventional patchwork cotton.
Kantha stitching is a traditional quilting technique which originates from Bengal. Small running stitches in tightly packed rows create ripples in the fabric. When the stitches are aligned the ripples are straight, but when off-set or worked in concentric circles the fabric becomes contorted in waves and cones.
In Clare's samples, she has used a different style of stitch on each square. With so many squares in her red OTT Bag, she diversified with buttons and scraps of trimmings to create a visual feast! A truly inspirational piece of work. You can see it at the Skipton Embroiderers' Guild XL Exhibition which takes place from 7-8th October 2016