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Studio Arts: Fiber Arts Classes

Studio Arts Course

Bobbin Lace: Beyond the Basics

Thursday, October 13, 2022 - 12:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. ET

Explore many new techniques and build new skills as you create four small projects in an intermediate-level course.

Studio Arts Course

Written in Fabric: Memory Messages Through Quilts

Wednesday, October 19, 2022 - 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. ET

Create your own memory block through writing prompts, mindfulness practices, and design and color principles for fiber artists. Learn techniques from hand piecing and machine and hand appliqué, to creating text using needle and thread.

Studio Arts Course

Tapestry Weaving

Tuesday, October 25, 2022 - 6:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. ET

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.

Studio Arts Course

Abstract Embroidery

Thursday, October 27, 2022 - 10:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. ET

Learn to apply the principles of abstract art to making embroidery. Develop a free-flowing approach to embroidery that emphasizes form, color, line, texture, pattern, composition, and process.

Studio Arts Course

Knit Yourself a Scarf! - In Person

Tuesday, November 1, 2022 - 6:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. ET

Learn the fundamentals of knitting, including casting on, basic knit and purl stitches, increasing, decreasing, and binding off.

Studio Arts Course

Palestinian Embroidery, Storytelling, and Resilience: History Through Textile Art

Thursday, November 3, 2022 - 12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. ET

Palestinian embroidery, or tatreez, is centuries-old textile art traditionally passed from mother to daughter over a cup of tea. Explore the history and evolution of traditional costuming, the transformation of the art form, and the preservation and study of Palestinian embroidery today.

Studio Arts Workshop

When Good Patterns Go Bad: Avoiding and Fixing Knitting Mistakes

Friday, November 18, 2022 - 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 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 Course

Studies in Textiles: The Fold

Monday, November 28, 2022 - 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. ET

Take your textile practice to the next level. Explore 3D-fabric techniques including pleating, smocking, and origami—then, create your own innovative and experimental samples.

Studio Arts Workshop

Natural Milkweed Floss Ornament

Friday, December 2, 2022 - 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. ET

Learn to transform a milkweed pod and its floss into a whimsical nesting swan that will add a touch of nature to your holiday décor.

Studio Arts Course

Felted Jewelry - In Person

Saturday, December 3, 2022 - 10:30 a.m. to 5:00 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 Workshop

Embroidered Patch Workshop - In Person

Saturday, December 3, 2022 - 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. ET

Use basic stitches to create an embroidered rainbow-watermelon patch to embellish a favorite jacket or pair of jeans. Learn how to prepare fabric with a simple design, then ready a hoop and begin stitching.