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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

Wednesday, January 21, 2015 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, January 25, 2015 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, March 1, 2015 at 10:15 AM

Learn to create unique contemporary quilts based on patterns drawn from the rich tradition of American quilting.