Palestinian embroidery is a centuries-old art form, representing cultural identity, heritage, and resilience throughout generations. In this custom project, stitch a small village sampler incorporating motifs from el-Khalil, Bethlehem, Jerusalem, and Bir Saba on even-weave cloth. The instructor incorporates calligraphy into the sampler to symbolize the diasporic condition of the Palestinian people today.
The class offers an in-depth exploration of traditional Palestinian concepts and styles of embroidery as well as the basics of transferring a pattern to fabric, threading a needle, color theory, and more. It also is a history lesson, identifying the styles, practices, and political context in which each of the motifs was practiced and preserved in villages.
No experience is required. Basic understanding of counted cross-stitch is helpful.
This class will be recorded. Please see our FAQ for recording terms and conditions.
- 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.
- 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.
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