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Knitting, quilting, and appliqué classes are all encompassed within our fiber arts courses.  The Smithsonian Associates offers beginner, refresher, and independent project-based classes for each medium.  Learn to how to use new tools and techniques, or simply sign up to meet and sew alongside other participants.  We offer courses that concentrate on specific techniques, such as Fair Isle Knitting or Pen-and-Ink design, as well as more general courses that allow you to learn the fundamentals and set your own pace.  Whether new to the medium or a long-time artist, these courses offer a communal working environment that is geared towards refining techniques and facilitating the journey from inspiration to completed project.

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current fiber arts courses

Saturday, March 5, 2016 at 10:30 AM

That drawer of T-shirts that hold warm memories can keep you warm in a whole different way. Learn how to transform favorite garments into heirloom-worthy quilts full of personal meaning.

Saturday, March 12, 2016 at 10:15 AM

Tangled up in a knitting problem? From dropped stitches to difficult pattern instructions to twisted stitches and more, learn a protocol to follow when you’re stuck on a project.

Friday, April 8, 2016 at 10:00 AM

Washington-area museums and textile collections offer rich inspiration for needlework enthusiasts. Hone your needlepoint skills and learn about the art’s history as you tour and create work at a number of these sites.

Thursday, April 14, 2016 at 6:30 PM

Ready to move your skills to the next level or sharpen your rusty technique? Expand your knitting know-how in a relaxed and supportive setting as you work on a project of your choice.

Sunday, April 17, 2016 at 1:00 PM

Create a lovely bouquet as you explore the basics of wet- and needle-felting techniques in a workshop ideal for both beginners and more experienced felters.

Sunday, April 17, 2016 at 1:00 PM

Eastern sacred design—and contemplative practice—meet Western textile techniques as you create quilts based on the kolam design tradition of Southern India.

Sunday, May 8, 2016 at 1:00 PM

Explore the creative possibilities of combining wool with other decorative elements such as metal, beads, and stones to make distinctive necklaces, rings, pendants, earrings, and other jewelry.

Saturday, May 14, 2016 at 10:30 AM

A group quilt is a uniquely American gift that commemorates a special event. Learn the practical and creative strategies to bring together people of varying skill levels to make a memorable personal keepsake.