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Studio Arts: Fiber Arts Classes

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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.

Date of event
Saturday, July 11 to August 1, 2020 – 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. ET
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The thobe, a handmade embroidered dress, has symbolized Palestinian textile artistry since the 11th century. Wafa Ghnaim leads a fascinating exploration of the heritage of Palestinian embroidery and examines how generations of women have preserved and modernized these traditions in diasporic communities. Then in a workshop, Ghnaim guides participants in creating a bookmark with a stitched thobe design on 12-count Aida cloth.

Date of event
Thursday, July 16 and 23, 2020 - 2:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. ET
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Add the touch of your own hands to clothing as you apply basic hand-embroidery stitches to create modern designs to enhance knits, felted wools, and ready-made garments, including infant onesies.

Date of event
Tuesday, July 21 and 28, 2020 - 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. ET
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Textile historian Elizabeth Lay examines a trio of 19th-century British women whose exceptional skills elevated embroidery to fine-art status. Afterward, fabric artist Lauren Kingsland leads a studio project in which participants create their own Arts and Crafts–inspired embroidered needle case.

Date of event
Friday, September 18, 2020 - 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. ET
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In a hands-on workshop, quilt-maker Lauren Kingsland shares new way to use T-shirts and other garments of sentimental value: Transform them into usable quilts to give as gifts or to preserve cherished memories.

Date of event
Saturday, September 26, 2020 - 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. ET