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Palestinian Embroidery 101: Birds of Palestine on Aida Cloth

Studio Arts Workshop

Saturday, February 29, 2020 - 12:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Code: 1K00VT

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 the basic Palestinian cross-stitch to create a traditional bird motif on 11-count aida cloth. Birds are representative of home in Palestinian embroidery, and speak to a language created, used, and taught by women, to women.

Open to students of all skill levels, the workshop covers the basics of transferring a pattern to fabric, threading a needle, the use of ombre thread, two methods of cross-stitching, and motif repetition. Pattern cards include a variety of motif options for beginners and more creative, seasoned stitchers. All supplies are provided. No experience is required.

Students take home an embroidered design mounted in a hoop, as well as 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)