Palestinian Embroidery: The Tea Towel

Traditional Palestinian embroidery uses the cross-stitch technique to bring life to the storied history of its motifs. Artist Wafa Ghnaim, brings the love and pride of her culture, to all of her classes and students. In this 3-hour workshop, students will learn this time-honored technique held by Palestinian women for centuries -- use of the waste canvas fabric. This fabric allows you to adorn any piece of cloth or clothing, and is a wonderful skill to master. Whether you aspire to create traditional Palestinian garments or to embellish your own contemporary items, we highly recommend learning Wafa's expert technique.

Students will embroider on a white handkerchief with a traditional Palestinian embroidery motif, learning image transferring techniques, and how to strategically place embroidery on a piece of cloth. Stitching in this way, connects us to a rich history of women who sat beside one another, to bring beauty, artistry, and much needed companionship to their communities.

Various patterns will be offered, such as the tree of life and other floral motifs. While the history of Palestinian culture and imagery is rich,  the technique can also be applied to your own designs.

TATTER is a proud sponsor of the Tatreez and Tea Project. Says artist Wafa Ghnaim, " Palestinian tatreez embroidery is a centuries-old folk art, traditionally passed from mother to daughter over a cup of tea." For this reason, this course is offered at a reduced rate, and all proceeds go towards Tatreez and Tea, and its mission "to provide educational resources, namely through workshops, lectures and publications, to preserve Palestinian tatreez embroidery, folk arts and storytelling traditions in the diaspora." If you wish to additionally support Wafa and her organization, this can be done directly through her, or her website.

Join us!

Date: March 10, 2018
Time: 11:00am- 2pm (3 hrs)
Location: TATTER Blue Library, 505 Carroll Street Suite 2B, Brooklyn NY 11215
Cost: $40
What To Bring: All materials are provided in this course

Our Teacher: 



Wafa Ghnaim, Palestinian Textile Artist

Wafa Ghnaim is an American born Palestinian businesswoman, writer and artist. She and her two sisters began learning Palestinian embroidery from their mother at 4 years old. Throughout her life, Wafa has traveled alongside her mother for various exhibitions, lectures and folklore festivals from Massachusetts to Oregon. Wafa was awarded a two-year apprenticeship opportunity through the Oregon Folklife Network and the University of Oregon in 1993 through 1995 with her older sister, Fida, which enabled them to assist their mother in the completion of a Palestinian dress titled “The Gardens.” “The Gardens” was displayed in the Oregon State Capitol as “the dress of a million stitches”.

Wafa is the founder of the Tatreez and Tea Project. She resides with her husband and beautiful newborn baby, in Brooklyn, NY