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Studio Arts: Fiber Arts Classes

Studio Arts Course
Saturday, January 22, 2022 - 10:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. ET

The kolam is a daily artistic practice from southern India in which lines and dots are arranged in symmetrical patterns. Study and practice these designs and then create your very own quilted wallhanging.

Studio Arts Course
Monday, January 24, 2022 - 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. ET

Learn the basics of weaving handmade bobbin lace, from winding the bobbins to making four small lace projects.

Studio Arts Workshop
Saturday, January 29, 2022 - 12:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. ET

Use basic stitches to create an embroidered rainbow-watermelon patch to embellish a favorite jacket or pair of jeans. Learn how to prepare fabric with a simple design, then ready a hoop and begin stitching.

Studio Arts Course
Friday, February 11, 2022 - 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. ET

Palestinian embroidery, or tatreez, is centuries-old textile art traditionally passed from mother to daughter over a cup of tea. Explore the history and evolution of traditional costuming, the transformation of the art form, and the preservation and study of Palestinian embroidery today.

Studio Arts Course
Tuesday, February 15, 2022 - 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. ET

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.

Studio Arts Course
Wednesday, March 2, 2022 - 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. ET

This class offers quilters of all levels an opportunity to become familiar with the vocabulary of color and to learn how to use printed fabric to create spectacular color combinations.

Studio Arts Course
Saturday, March 5, 2022 - 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. ET

Find out how to make your clothes last longer by using a host of sustainable fiber practices. They are one part of a new lifestyle that embraces a “regenerative” economy rather than an extraordinary one. Consider taking this class as a step in the right direction for our world and future generations.

Studio Arts Course
Friday, March 11, 2022 - 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. ET

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

Studio Arts Course
Saturday, March 12, 2022 - 10:15 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. ET

In an in-person class, learn to create unique lightweight wearable art using the nuno felting technique, which combines wool blended with fine mulberry silk finished with felted designs.

Studio Arts Workshop
Friday, March 25, 2022 - 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. ET

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.