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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, October 10, 2015 at 10:15 AM

Ready to take your knitting to the next creative level? Spend a day exploring color techniques with expert Ann Richards and find inspiration for your new projects.

Saturday, October 17, 2015 at 10:00 AM

Hone your needlepoint skills and learn about needlework history as you visit—and create work at—a number of local sites, including the Textile Museum, Washington National Cathedral, and Hillwood Estate, Museum and Gardens.

Saturday, November 7, 2015 at 10:15 AM

Learn the fundamentals of knitting, including casting on, basic knit and purl stitches, increasing, decreasing, and binding off. Students learn by practice, and knit a scarf during and between classes.