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Studio Arts: Fiber Arts Classes

Studio Arts Course
Wednesday, October 13, 2021 - 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. ET

Log Cabin quilts—popular in the United States since the Civil War—are made of arrangements of a repeated single block pattern consisting of hand-pieced strips of fabric around a central square. Explore color and value contrast using this simple and familiar pieced block as a framework for spontaneous piecing—and be open to not knowing exactly how the finished piece will turn out!

Studio Arts Course
Monday, October 18, 2021 - 12:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. ET

Learn the basics of bobbin lacemaking, from winding the bobbins to making four small lace projects, in this introductory class. Colored threads are used to make it easier to see what is happening.

Studio Arts Course
Thursday, October 21, 2021 - 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. ET

Palestinian embroidery is a centuries-old art form, representing cultural identity, heritage, and resilience throughout generations. The class offers an in-depth exploration of traditional Palestinian concepts and styles of embroidery as well as the basics of transferring a pattern to fabric, threading a needle, color theory, and more.

Studio Arts Course
Friday, October 22, 2021 - 2:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. ET

Discover the illustrative potential of fiber art as you create a one-of-a-kind art book to document and preserve moments from your creative journey. Explore basic design principles with fabric, including the relationship of figure and ground, symmetry and asymmetry, and how to create perspective using color and line. Fusing, hand-stitching and embellishing techniques are also explored.

Studio Arts Workshop
Saturday, October 23, 2021 - 12:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. ET

In this workshop, beginners are introduced to surface freestyle hand embroidery. In this style, the stitches are applied freely, disregarding the weave or structure of the ground cloth. Students learn how to select and prepare fabric using a simple design, ready their hoop, and begin stitching.

Studio Arts Course
Monday, October 25, 2021 - 6:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. ET

Begin by learning basic tapestry weaving techniques and design. Then, create a miniature woven tapestry on a small frame loom. Techniques covered include warping the loom; color mixing and hatching; and how to create horizontal stripes, vertical lines, irregular shapes, shading, and contour.

Studio Arts Course
Wednesday, October 27, 2021 - 10:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. ET

Explore a liberating style of abstract embroidery using an array of improvisational stitches on found fabric, specifically scraps of vintage kimono silk. Learn some of the principles of abstract art making, developing a language of marks through different stitches, and discuss color palettes, as well as how to “edit" what doesn't work in your composition.

Studio Arts Course
Saturday, October 30, 2021 - 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. ET

Examine some basic styles of appliqué work used by American quiltmakers, past and present. Historical and contemporary examples illustrate techniques students can practice as they complete a project incorporating the suggested techniques.

Studio Arts Course
Friday, November 5, 2021 - 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. ET

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.

Studio Arts Course
Sunday, November 7, 2021 - 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. ET

Socks are among the most popular knitting projects, because they are easy to carry, quick to complete, and require some techniques that keep the knitter's interest. Learn how to make socks in a supportive, low-pressure setting, with time between sessions to work on projects.

Studio Arts Course
Monday, November 15, 2021 - 12:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. ET

Explore many new techniques and build new skills as you create four small projects in an intermediate-level course.

Studio Arts Course
Friday, December 3, 2021 - 12:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. ET

Circular weaving is a fun and versatile technique for new weavers as well as experienced fiber artists. Learn how to warp and weave on several sizes of circle looms as you create projects from coasters to cushions to home décor.

Studio Arts Workshop
Saturday, December 4, 2021 - 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. ET

Inspired by the 6-Word Memoir Project, learn to capture quick images of personal stories in quilted wall-hangings.

Studio Arts Course
Saturday, December 11, 2021 - 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. ET

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.