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Palestinian Embroidery 101: Create a Tatreez Sampler

2-Session Daytime Workshop

Tuesday, December 8 and 15, 2020 – 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. ET
Code: 1V00HL
$75 - Member
$95 - Non-Member
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Embroidery by Wafa Ghnaim


  • This program is part of our Smithsonian Associates Streaming series.
  • Platform: Zoom
  • Online registration is required.
  • If you register multiple individuals, you will be asked to supply individual names and email addresses so they can receive a Zoom link email. Please note that if there is a change in program schedule or a cancellation, we will notify you via email, and it will be your responsibility to notify other registrants in your group.


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. In each session, you will learn a different version of the traditional Pasha’s Tent pattern from el-Khalil/Hebron, a pattern that has dozens of iterations on the traditional Palestinian dress.

Open to students of all skill levels, learn the basics of transferring a pattern to fabric, threading a needle, the use of ombre thread, two methods of cross-stitching, color selection, project planning, and motif repetition. No experience is required.

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  • The instructor is Wafa Ghnaim.
  • 2 sessions, 2 hours each
  • This studio arts program is a Zoom Meeting to allow for patron and instructor interaction.


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  • Separate Zoom link information will be emailed closer to the date of the program. If you do not receive your Zoom link information 24 hours prior to the start of the program, please email Customer Service for assistance.
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This program is part of our
Smithsonian Associates Streaming series.