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Studio Arts: Fiber Arts Classes

Studio Arts Workshop

Fabric Printing with Natural Materials

Saturday, May 21, 2022 - 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

Smithsonian Knits: The War Years

Wednesday, June 1, 2022 - 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. ET

Take a deep dive into the creation and accession of 6 knitted items from the Smithsonian collection—and discover the iconic fashions and fascinating histories they represent.

Studio Arts Course

Landscape Quilting: The Virtual Vacation

Thursday, June 2, 2022 - 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. ET

Re-create a vacation spot—real or imagined—in fabric. By hand or machine, appliqué basic shapes onto a pieced foundation, then add details with quilting, hand or machine embroidery, and embellishments.

Studio Arts Course

Color Theory for Embroidery Artists

Friday, June 3, 2022 - 12:30 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. ET

Find your personal sense of color confidence while learning to apply color to embroidery art as would a painter using pigments and a palette.

Studio Arts Course

Sustainable Closet: Mending and Darning

Saturday, June 4, 2022 - 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. ET

Find out how to make your clothes last longer by using a host of sustainable fiber practices. They are one part of a new lifestyle that embraces a “regenerative” economy rather than an extraction-based one. Consider taking this class as a step in the right direction for our world and future generations.

Studio Arts Course

Palestinian Embroidery, Storytelling, and Resilience

Thursday, June 9, 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 Course

Today's Quilts By Hand Continued

Wednesday, July 6, 2022 - 10:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. ET

Hand stitching is a great way to reduce stress, and the portability of handwork projects makes them ideal take-alongs. Expand your skills while working on a small quilt of your choice.

Studio Arts Course

Log Cabin Improvisation

Saturday, July 9, 2022 - 10:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. ET

The beginning quilter can use the simple and familiar log cabin block as the framework for exploring color, value contrast, and spontaneity in piecing. Projects may vary in size from that of a table runner to a bed-sized quilt, depending on the student’s experience.

Studio Arts Course

Basic Weaving on the Rigid Heddle Loom

Monday, July 11, 2022 - 6:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. ET

Acquire the basic skills to work with the versatile and portable rigid heddle loom—a great entryway into weaving scarves, placemats, dishtowels, and more.

Studio Arts Course

Color Theory for Embroidery Artists

Thursday, July 14, 2022 - 12:30 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. ET

Find your personal sense of color confidence while learning to apply color to embroidery art as would a painter using pigments and a palette.

Studio Arts Course

Knitting in Living Color - In Person

Tuesday, August 2, 2022 - 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. ET

Ready to take your knitting to the next creative level? Explore color techniques with expert Ann Richards and find inspiration for your new projects.

Studio Arts Course

Introduction to Bobbin Lace

Wednesday, August 3, 2022 - 12:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. ET

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

Studio Arts Workshop

Freestyle Embroidery Basics

Saturday, August 6, 2022 - 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. ET

In this workshop, beginners are introduced to surface freestyle hand embroidery. In this style, the stitches are applied freely, disregarding the weave or structure of the ground cloth. Students learn how to select and prepare fabric using a simple design, ready their hoop, and begin stitching.