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Studio Arts: Fiber Arts Classes

Studio Arts Course
Wednesday, October 27, 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
Saturday, October 30, 2021 - 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. ET

Examine some basic styles of appliqué work used by American quiltmakers, past and present. Historical and contemporary examples illustrate techniques students can practice as they complete a project incorporating the suggested techniques.

Studio Arts Course
Friday, November 5, 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 Course
Sunday, November 7, 2021 - 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. ET

Socks are among the most popular knitting projects, because they are easy to carry, quick to complete, and require some techniques that keep the knitter's interest. Learn how to make socks in a supportive, low-pressure setting, with time between sessions to work on projects.

Studio Arts Course
Monday, November 15, 2021 - 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
Friday, December 3, 2021 - 12:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. ET

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.

Studio Arts Workshop
Saturday, December 4, 2021 - 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. ET

Inspired by the 6-Word Memoir Project, learn to capture quick images of personal stories in quilted wall-hangings.

Studio Arts Course
Saturday, December 11, 2021 - 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 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 Course
Tuesday, January 18, 2022 - 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 Course
Wednesday, January 19, 2022 - 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 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 Course
Monday, January 24, 2022 - 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. ET

Learn the basics of weaving handmade bobbin lace, from winding the bobbins to making four small lace projects.

Studio Arts Workshop
Saturday, January 29, 2022 - 12:00 p.m. to 3:00 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.

Studio Arts Course
Wednesday, March 2, 2022 - 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. ET

This class offers quilters of all levels an opportunity to become familiar with the vocabulary of color and to learn how to use printed fabric to create spectacular color combinations.