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Palestinian Embroidery 101: The Tatreez Sampler Series

Motif Focus: Flowers, Ramallah Region

Studio Arts Workshop on Zoom

Friday, February 26, 2021 – 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. ET
Code: 1V00KW

Embroidery by Wafa Ghnaim

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For generations, Palestinian women have gathered with their daughters to work collectively on embroidery projects, bonding with one another over a cup of tea. Guided by Wafa Ghnaim, who began her training in embroidery with her mother at age 2, 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.

If you have already begun a tatreez sampler, this workshop will teach you traditional patterns and stitching strategies to further develop your piece. You are not required to take all three workshops in this winter series (Jan. 29; Feb. 26; and March 12)—you may take one, or all. The purpose of the sampler series is to develop your stitching skills, introduce you to new patterns throughout the region’s history, as well as learn more about textiles produced in the Holy Land throughout the centuries.

Open to students of all skill levels, learn the history and meaning behind traditional Palestinian patterns, basics of transferring a pattern to fabric, threading a needle, various cross-stitching methodologies, how to keep the back of your cloth clean, color theory and design, project planning, and motif repetition. No experience is required.


  • The instructor is Wafa Ghnaim.
  • One 2-hour session
  • This studio arts program is a Zoom Meeting to allow for patron and instructor interaction.


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This program is part of our
Smithsonian Associates Streaming series.