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Introduction to Palestinian Embroidery

Studio Arts Workshop

Sunday, July 21, 2019 - 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Code: 1K00NL
By Wafa Ghnaim

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 this time-honored technique as you cross-stitch a traditional Tree of Life pattern on Aida cloth fabric.

Open to students of all skill levels, the workshop covers the basics of transferring a pattern to fabric, threading a needle, two methods of cross-stitching, and motif repetition. Pattern cards geared to beginners and more seasoned stitchers are offered by the instructor, and all supplies are provided. No experience is required.

Students take home an embroidered design mounted in a hoop, as well as personal insights into the role that embroidery plays in Palestinian cultural traditions.

One 3-hour session

S. Dillon Ripley Center
Room 3031
1100 Jefferson Dr SW
Metro: Smithsonian (Mall exit)