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Studio Arts: Fiber Arts Classes

Tapestry Weaving

Develop skills in a range of weaving techniques as you design and create a one-of-a kind miniature tapestry on a small-frame loom.

Date of event
Monday, April 13 to June 8, 2020 – 6:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. (no class May 25)

Women of the Arts and Crafts Movement

Textile historian Elizabeth Lay examines a trio of 19th-century British women whose exceptional skills elevated embroidery to fine-art status. Afterward, fabric artist Lauren Kingsland leads a studio project in which participants create their own Arts and Crafts–inspired embroidered needle case.

Date of event
Friday, April 17, 2020 - 1:00 p.m.

Knitting in Living Color

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.

Date of event
Saturday, April 18, 2020 - 10:15 a.m.

Indigo and Shibori

Japan and India have a long history of using brilliant blue indigo dye to apply dramatic patterns to fabric. Learn to work with this timeless natural color as you create one-of-a-kind silk scarves using the classic Japanese shibori resist-dyeing technique.

Date of event
Friday, May 1, 2020 - 10:00 a.m.

Indigo and Shibori

Japan and India have a long history of using brilliant blue indigo dye to apply dramatic patterns to fabric. Learn to work with this timeless natural color as you create one-of-a-kind silk scarves using the classic Japanese shibori resist-dyeing technique.

Date of event
Friday, May 8, 2020 - 10:00 a.m.

Quilting for Beginners: A Small Handmade Quilt

Learn the basics of hand-stitched quilt-making—including piecing, applique, and finishing techniques—as you work on a small-scale piece that can be used as a doll quilt or a wall hanging.

Date of event
Saturday, May 9 and 16, 2020 – 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Back-to-Basics Boot Camp for Knitters

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.

Date of event
Friday, May 15, 2020 - 10:00 a.m.

Nuno-Felted Scarf

Nuno, the Japanese word for fabric, lends itself to the name of one of the newest textile trends. Create a one-of-a-kind nuno-felted scarf and explore variations on this unique and versatile technique used to create accessories, jewelry, wall hangings, curtains, and other projects.

Date of event
Sunday, May 31, 2020 - 10:15 a.m.

Silk Painting

This 2-day introduction offers the rare opportunity of working in the home studio of artist Diane Tuckman, who helped introduce this ancient Chinese art to America, to learn basic techniques while creating several beautiful painted silk pieces.

Date of event
Saturday, June 6 and Sunday, June 7, 2020 – 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Necktie Quilts: Repurposed Finery

Get a jump on Father’s Day by giving a new life to the fabulous silks found in men’s neckties in both traditional pieced-quilt patterns and contemporary art quilts.

Date of event
Saturday, June 6, 2020 - 10:30 a.m.

The Language of Palestinian Embroidery

The thobe, a handmade embroidered dress, has symbolized Palestinian textile artistry since the 11th century. Author and Wafa Ghnaim leads a fascinating exploration of the heritage of Palestinian embroidery and examines how generations of women have preserved and modernized these traditions in diasporic communities. Then in a workshop, Ghnaim guide participants in creating a bookmark with a stitched thobe design on 12-count Aida cloth.

Date of event
Saturday, June 6, 2020 - 12:30 p.m.

Knitted Botanicals

Capture the color, texture, and grace of plants and flowers in your knitting. This workshop teaches techniques to make flowers, leaves, and vines, all perfect to use in your next knitted garment or art project. 

Date of event
Saturday, June 13, 2020 - 10:00 a.m.

Circular Weaving

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.

Date of event
Saturday, June 20, 2020 - 10:30 a.m.