Manjari Singh, textiles teacher

Manjari Singh

location_on Eltham, Melbourne

local_activity classes: Sewing and EmbroideryTextiles

5.0 (14)

Kantha by Manjari provides mindfulness through slow stitching in their workshops using traditional Indian embroidery techniques. Manjari is a trained fashion designer with vast experience in Indian embroideries and textile. Our workshop explore creativity, freedom of expression and versatility in basic stitching techniques. These workshops are for all skill levels.




Amanda Marshall Mar 2024

I absolutely loved this workshop! Manjari is a wonderfully generous-hearted woman, who delighted in the opportunity to share her experience of Indian cultures from different regions. I loved what she taught us about embroidery. It is exactly what I have been looking for. I am a high school art teacher, so have been craving an artistic outlet that is mindful, where I don’t have to think, and can work very intuitively, expressively and freely, at the end of a day/week where I have small pockets of time. I took my sister in law, and we had a fabulously relaxed time. My mother passed recently, and she was a very gifted artist who enjoyed embroidery as well. This was a way of celebrating her and her birthday, by engaging in a craft she loved. Manjari comes from a background of rich cultural experience, tied in with her formal fashion and textiles training. She was so generous with her knowledge and came prepared with such a wide array of coloured threads, designs, and beautiful fabrics that participants could use to work embroidery onto. That was my chosen approach. I loved it! Thank you Manjari! Such a beautiful enriching time! I’d happily do the same workshop again! A very good price. Well worth it. My piece isn’t finished yet. I’m taking manjari’s advice not to rush it.️

Textiles class review by Amanda Marshall - Melbourne

Teacher's response

Thankyou for your kind and beautiful words Amanda ️ I feel so blessed to be able to see your Mum’s beautiful work, she was very talented and has definitely passed on her legacy to her children. Your work is looking so special and I love the fact you are slowing down with it!

Cate Laidler Mar 2024

Great workshop - excellent teacher - felt like being in a village and working communally - thanks <3

Susan Yammouni Mar 2024

Manjari was amazing and very generous with her time and with all the materials she provided for Kantha embroidery. I really enjoyed the class and it was nice to get instructions from an experienced stitcher. I highly recommend this class. Comfortable venue, yummy treats. What more can you want?!

Ros Bonomi Mar 2024

Once again, Manjari taught us fabulous new stitches to create lovely shadow work. I loved hearing the background cultural information that Manjari gave us as context. I have learnt new sewing skills today thanks to Manjari’s expertise and patience. Thanks also for the delicious morning tea!

Teacher's response

Thankyou for such kind words Ros, it’s always so lovely to have you in the workshop, you bring so much joy to the class ️

Ros Bonomi Jan 2024

2 ClassBento workshops attended • 2 reviews

Manjari was so generous with her knowledge of embroidery as well as sharing with us many fascinating cultural perspectives. Highly recommended!

Teacher's response

Thankyou Ros, it was such a relaxed morning yesterday and I’m so glad I finally got to meet you, well worth the wait!

Dianne Wilson Jan 2024

4 ClassBento workshops attended • 3 reviews

A relaxed and supportive class to explore this craft. Suited a wide range of skill levels and inspired us all. Would recommend

Teacher's response

Thankyou Dianne, you are so inspiring yourself! It was so lovely to meet you.

Lena Xiao Jan 2024

14 ClassBento workshops attended • 8 reviews

Manjari was very friendly, approachable and knowledgeable. I had a blast learning about the culture background, the history and the techniques of this traditional embroidery style. It's absolutely beginner friendly - it's my first time learning back stitching and blanket stitching and I think I did alright for a first timer. Manjari even brought brownies she made herself, absolutely delicious! This experience definitely brought up my curiosity and interest in doing more of this style of embroidery!

Teacher's response

Oh this is so beautiful work Lena ✨
Thankyou so much for your kind words and for sharing your creations! Keep up the good work!

Brooke Burton Nov 2023

My daughter and I loved this class. We learnt so much and the teaching was so generous.
Very much looking forward to completing our work and getting better at hand crafts

Suzy Bragulla Nov 2023

Manjari is a warm and patient teacher with such a wealth of knowledge and experience and it was a delight to be in her workshop today.
The materials were beautiful and plentiful and Manjari generously offered to let us take home as much thread as we would like to complete our projects and then some!
Such a wonderful way to spend an afternoon connecting with our community and learning Kantha Embroidery which I’ll use for all sorts of gifts.
Thank you Manjari xxx

Liz Blakesley Oct 2023

Fantastic class and I loved hearing about the history of Kantha as well. Manjari is fabulous and I can't wait to do more classes with her.

Lulu Wood Oct 2023

My daughters and I loved Manjari’s class, she was very patient and friendly. All materials were provided including delicious refreshments. We had a great and relaxing afternoon. Would definitely recommend to anyone interested in arts and craft! Highly recommended

Veneta Cue Sep 2023

I loved this workshop! The teacher was very friendly, knowledgeable and approachable. She had a good lot of examples of work, and provided a generous amount of supplies to work with. I would definitely recommend this class

Teacher's response

Thankyou so much Veneta for your lovely review. It was so lovely to meet you and your work as well as personal life is so inspiring, you are amazing ♥️

Maria-Louise Culcasi Sep 2023

Manjari lead an informative lesson that taught the historical story of the art and that helped to create a connection with the craft. Manjari was encouraging and positive.
The materials provided were of excellent quality and will be useful at home. Thank you for a beautiful morning of creativity and engaging support.

Teacher's response

Thankyou so much Maria Louise. It was so lovely to have you as part of the group yesterday and you created such a beautiful journal ♥️

Sonia Wainberg Sep 2023

2 ClassBento workshops attended • 2 reviews

Such a great class. Manjari was a wonderful teacher- she gave us lots of historical information as well as easy instructions for the craft. I’m a total beginner and feel prepared to go home and work on a project now. Thanks for a wonderful morning!

Teacher's response

Thankyou Sonia for your beautiful review. It was so lovely to meet you. Your work was so creative and wonderful. I can’t wait to see what more Kantha you create ♥️

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