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Studio Arts: Fiber Arts Classes

Hand Sewing for Mindful Reflection

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There’s something centering and calming in immersing yourself in a hand-sewing project. Create a textile panel featuring a spiral design that inspires reflection.

Date of event
Monday, June 1, 2020 - 11:00 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.

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
Tuesday, July 7 to August 11, 2020 – 6:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.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, July 11 and 18, 2020 – 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Hand Embroidery for Today

Add the touch of your own hands to clothing as you apply basic hand-embroidery stitches to create modern designs to enhance knits, felted wools, and ready-made garments, including infant onesies.

Date of event
Saturday, July 25, 2020 - 12:00 p.m.

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, September 18, 2020 - 1:00 p.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
Saturday, September 26, 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, September 27, 2020 - 10:15 a.m.