STITCHTEMBER is a series of four, unique and exclusive stitching workshops, with accompanying historical lectures in the month of September - in honor of New York Textile Month, led by artists and educators.

Purchase any workshop for $150 or the entire series for $500.

Japanese Boro Textiles and Hand Stitching Workshop, lecture by and highlights from the collection of Stephen Szczepanek, owner of Sri Textiles, in Brooklyn, followed by stitching workshop ‘The Boro Tote,’ created and led by esteemed author Kaari Meng, owner of French General in Los Angeles, California.

This course will begin with a lecture about the history of Japanese folk textiles with diverse examples of antique mended cloth and sashiko stitched yardage and garments. Students will then hand-piece a beautiful square sampler using traditional Japanese stitched to adorn a linen tote.

When: Saturday, September 16, 2017, 1 - 5PM


Hungarian Written Embroidery, lecture and stitching workshop by artist Sarah Pedlow of San Francisco, California.

This workshop teaches the basic stitches of Hungarian written embroidery, a folk style that originated in Transylvania, Romania in the late 18th Century. Students will stitch a heart or tulip design on a piece of linen that can later be sewn into a small bag, pin cushion, or decorative hanging or added to a quilt or clothing. Stitchers will also take home resources on Hungarian embroidery and patterns.  Sarah will share her knowledge of the culture and history of Transylvanian textiles and her extensive travel experience in Hungary and Romania.

You can learn more and follow her research, work and travel at

When: Sunday, September 17, 2017, 1 - 4pm

Traditional Palestinian Embroidery

Traditional Palestinian Embroidery, lecture and workshop by artist and educator Wafa Ghnaim, Brooklyn, NY.

Traditional Palestinian Embroidery will focus on the preservation of the indigenous, time-honored and endangered art of Palestinian embroidery. The workshop is centered on her new digital book, Tatreez & Tea: Embroidery and Storytelling in the Palestinian Diaspora, which attempts to preserve the craft of embroidery as well as the art of storytelling that is encapsulated in each traditional Palestinian motif. Participants will learn how to embroidery a traditional Palestinian embroidery motif, using the cross-stitch technique, to create a small wall-hanging to frame.

To learn more about the book project and organization, please visit

When: Wednesday, September 27, 2017, 6:30 - 9:30pm

Modernist Smocking, lecture and workshop by artist, designer and architect Annie Coggan.

This workshop will investigate the modernist potential of smocking and explore the world of three-dimensional embroidery.

Designer Annie Coggan will share her historical research conducted at the TatterBlue library this summer; her method of visual scholarship and brand of “hand-making history” that has lead her to create a smocked armchair for the library. The evening will include Coggan’s insights on the history of this technique as well as a hands on workshop examining smocking techniques and modernist experiments.

You can see her work at

When: Thursday, September 28, 2017, 6:30 - 9:30pm