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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, September 27, 2014 at 10:15 AM

Whether you know how to knit a scarf but not much more, used to knit but now feel rusty, or are confident in your beginning knitting skills but want to make sure you're ready for an intermediate class or project, this workshop is for you.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014 at 7:15 PM

Learn the fundamentals of knitting, including casting on, basic knit and purl stitches, increasing, decreasing, and binding off. Students learn by practice, and may start a knitting project during class.

Sunday, November 2, 2014 at 10:15 AM

Every quilt tells a story. Learn how to tell your own in this introductory class on sewing techniques designed for those attracted to the possibilities of the quilt, regardless of their skill with needle and thread.

Sunday, December 7, 2014 at 10:15 AM

This course is designed to introduce students to a variety of techniques and stitches available to create an appliqué. Choosing from the instructor’s patterns or from their own designs, students make sampler blocks using different methods for both on-lay and reverse appliqué.

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