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Studio Arts: Fiber Arts Classes

Studio Arts Course
Tuesday, July 6, 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, July 7, 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
Wednesday, July 7, 2021 - 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. ET

Hand stitching is a great way to reduce stress, and the portability of handwork projects makes them ideal take-alongs to fit into your day. Learn the basics of hand-stitched quilt-making by creating an 18-by-24 inch piece as a doll quilt or a wall hanging.

Studio Arts Workshop
Saturday, July 17, 2021 - 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 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.

Studio Arts Workshop
Friday, July 23, 2021 - 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. ET

For generations, Palestinian women have gathered with their daughters to work collectively on embroidery projects, bonding with one another over a cup of tea. Guided by Wafa Ghnaim, who began her training in embroidery with her mother at age 2, learn the basic Palestinian cross-stitch and how to create a tatreez sampler, using Aida cloth fabric. Motif Focus: Road of Stars, Yaffa Region.

Studio Arts Course
Sunday, August 1, 2021 - 12:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. ET

Explore the wide range of colors that nature can yield. In this workshop, learn how to establish a dye studio at home, dive into various dyestuffs and colors, and walk through the process of dyeing fiber with natural materials.

Studio Arts Course
Saturday, August 7, 2021 - 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. ET

Center yourself through the calm flow of the rhythmic motion of hand stitching. Create a therapeutic textile panel using a hand needle and materials you have at home, which can include vintage family textiles such as table napkins to add a connection to warm personal memories.

Studio Arts Course
Wednesday, August 11, 2021 - 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 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 Workshop
Friday, August 20, 2021 - 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. ET

For generations, Palestinian women have gathered with their daughters to work collectively on embroidery projects, bonding with one another over a cup of tea. Guided by Wafa Ghnaim, who began her training in embroidery with her mother at age 2, learn the basic Palestinian cross-stitch and how to create a tatreez sampler, using Aida cloth fabric. Motif Focus: Flowers, Ramallah Region

Studio Arts Workshop
Friday, August 27, 2021 - 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. ET

Nothing can be more frustrating than realizing there’s something wrong with your knitting, and not knowing how to fix it. This workshop focuses on avoiding errors, learning to detect them sooner, and what to do once you know there’s a problem.

Studio Arts Workshop
Saturday, August 28, 2021 - 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. ET

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

Studio Arts Workshop
Saturday, September 11, 2021 - 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. ET

Inspired by the 6-Word Memoir project, learn to capture quick images of personal stories in quilted wall-hangings. Fusing allows students to appliqué shapes quickly, while embroidered details emphasize essential ideas.

Studio Arts Workshop
Friday, September 17, 2021 - 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. ET

For generations, Palestinian women have gathered with their daughters to work collectively on embroidery projects, bonding with one another over a cup of tea. Guided by Wafa Ghnaim, who began her training in embroidery with her mother at age 2, learn the basic Palestinian cross-stitch and how to create a tatreez sampler, using Aida cloth fabric. Motif Focus: Carnations, Bersheba Region