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Studio Arts: Fiber Arts Classes

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.

Studio Arts
Monday, April 12 to May 17, 2021 – 11:30 a.m. to 2:00 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
Tuesday, April 13 to May 4, 2021 – 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
Tuesday, April 13 and 20, 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. ET

Using the basic cross-stitch found in traditional Palestinian embroidery, stitch the “houses” motif-on aida cloth as you create an embroidered bookmark.

Studio Arts
Wednesday, April 14 to May 5, 2021 – 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 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.

Studio Arts
Friday, April 30 and May 7, 2021 – 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. ET

Create a lovely bouquet as you explore the basics of wet-felting techniques in a two-day workshop ideal for both beginners and more experienced felters.

Studio Arts
Saturday, May 1, 2021 - 1:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. ET

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

Studio Arts
Tuesday, May 11, 2021 - 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. ET

Traditional Palestinian thobe skirts typically feature heavily embroidered panels. Students complete a small panel segment using the Cleopatra design.

Studio Arts
Saturday, May 15 to June 19, 2021 – 1:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. ET (no class May 29)

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
Wednesday, May 19 to June 2, 2021 - 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. ET

Embark on a maker’s journey as you learn how to create a fiber art labyrinth modeled after an ancient convoluted circular path.

Studio Arts
Tuesday, June 8, 2021 - 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. ET

Traditional Palestinian thobes’ intricate chest designs communicate the embroidery’s central theme. Create a small chest design segment using the iconic Ramallah arch pattern on waste canvas.