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Studio Arts: Fiber Arts Classes

Studio Arts
Saturday, January 23 to February 13, 2021 – 10:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. ET

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.

Studio Arts
Wednesday, January 27 to February 17, 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
Wednesday, January 27 to February 17, 2021 – 12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. ET

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
Thursday, January 28, 2021 – 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 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.

Studio Arts
Friday, January 29, 2021 – 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. ET

Learn the basic Palestinian cross-stitch and how to create a tatreez sampler, using a standard size sheet of Aida cloth fabric and one that can incorporate numerous patterns and eventually become a wall-hanging. This workshop’s motif focus is the road of stars, originating from the Yaffa Region.

Studio Arts
Friday, February 5 to 19, 2021 – 12:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. ET

This class focuses on the skills you need to make mittens and gloves. Knitters learn knitting in the round; increases; using markers, such as holders and counters; and how to knit thumbs and fingers.

Studio Arts
Wednesday, February 24 to March 24, 2021 – 3:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. ET

Discover the illustrative potential of fiber art as you create a one-of-a-kind art book to document and preserve moments from your creative journey. Explore basic design principles with fabric, including the relationship of figure and ground, symmetry and asymmetry, and how to create perspective using color and line. Fusing, hand-stitching and embellishing techniques are also explored.

Studio Arts
Friday, February 26 to March 12, 2021 – 12:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. ET

Peries, XOX, and Boarders. These may sound like the names of rock bands, but in fact they are the patterns found in Fair Isle knitting. Students in this workshop focus on learning this stranding color technique.

Studio Arts
Friday, February 26 to March 12, 2021 – 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
Friday, February 26, 2021 – 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. ET

Learn the basic Palestinian cross-stitch and how to create a tatreez sampler, using a standard size sheet of Aida cloth fabric and one that can incorporate numerous patterns and eventually become a wall-hanging. This workshop’s motif focus is flowers, originating from the Remallah Region.

Studio Arts
Tuesday, March 2 to 23, 2021 – 6:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. ET

Gain increased confidence in your weaving skills and take your tapestry to the next level. Knowledge of basic tapestry weaving is required.

Studio Arts
Friday, March 12, 2021 – 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. ET

Learn the basic Palestinian cross-stitch and how to create a tatreez sampler, using a standard size sheet of Aida cloth fabric and one that can incorporate numerous patterns and eventually become a wall-hanging. This workshop’s motif focus is carnations, originating from the Bersheba Region.

Studio Arts
Saturday, March 13 and 20, 2021 – 10:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. ET

In quilting, the traditional Log Cabin block offers a wonderful framework for exploring color and value contrast—and for spontaneous piecing. Learn this technique, then finish ten blocks into a table runner.