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Studio Arts: Fiber Arts Classes

Studio Arts
Sunday, November 8, 2020 – 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. ET

Use colorful Akua water-based printmaking ink to create evocative prints on fabric.

Studio Arts
Tuesday, November 10 and 17, 2020 – 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. ET

In the spirit of centuries-old embroidery traditions, learn the waste-canvas technique by embroidering a small size chest panel on a blouse, drawstring pouch, tote bag, and more.

Studio Arts
Friday, November 13 and 20, 2020 – 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
Saturday, November 14, 2020 - 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. ET

Textile curator Elizabeth Lay illustrates how three of the world’s style capitals developed plans to help their fashion industries survive the war, and the extraordinary efforts made following the conflict to rebuild with limited materials. Inspired by the thrifty American home front spirit, artist Lauren Kingsland leads a hands-on project in which participants make a kitchen apron from a recycled shirt.

Studio Arts
Tuesday, November 17 to December 15, 2020 – 12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. ET (no class Nov. 24)

Center yourself through the calm flow of the rhythmic motion of stitching as you create a therapeutic textile panel using a hand needle and materials you have at home.

Studio Arts
Sunday, December 6, 2020 - 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. ET

In this workshop, learn to transform a milkweed pod and its floss into a whimsical nesting swan using both wet and needle-felting techniques that will add a touch of nature to your holiday décor.

Studio Arts
Tuesday, December 8 and 15, 2020 – 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. ET

Learn the basic Palestinian cross-stitch to create a traditional bird motif on 11-count aida cloth, a project that provides insights into an artistic language created, used, and taught by women to women across the generations.