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Palestinian Waste-Canvas Technique

2-Session Daytime Workshop

Tuesday, November 10 and 17, 2020 – 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. ET
Code: 1V00HK
$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.


The traditional Palestinian embroidered dress, also known as the thobe, has traceable origins from the beginning of the sixteenth century and tatreez, or embroidery, has an iconographical and symbolic significance that ultimately dates back to Chinese symbols found around 5,000 BC. Waste canvas is the most traditional form of embroidery guidance used by Palestinian embroideries for at least the last two centuries. Guided by Wafa Ghnaim, learn the waste-canvas technique by embroidering a small size chest panel on a blouse, drawstring pouch, tote bag, and more.

Learn how to implement waste canvas for small to medium projects, use it and remove it, learn the running and traditional cross-stitch, transfer a medium-sized pattern onto fabric using waste canvas, develop your own style, stitching strategies to execute the cleanest outcome on fabric, and learn tips and tricks unique to the motif and size of fabric.

You are welcome to use any non-stretchable fabric. Open to students of all skill levels, beginner Tatreez & Tea class (Level I) recommended.

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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.


  • Once registered, patrons should receive an automatic email confirmation from
  • 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.