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Workshop & Lecture: Palestinian Embroidery 101

  • TATTER Blue Library 505 Carroll Street, Suite 2B Brooklyn, NY 11215 (map)

Class: Palestinian Embroidery 101
Motifs: Star of Bethlehem
Material: Star-dusted Aida cloth (silver or gold options are available)

Wafa Ghnaim, author of Tatreez & Tea: Embroidery and Storytelling in the Palestinian Diaspora, will teach you how to embroider traditional Palestinian motifs that celebrate the New Year!

The Star of Bethlehem is a motif that has been well preserved in the diaspora, and has many names -- Branch of Star, Flower or Rose, Eye of the Camel, Moon, Wide Open Eye, and more. The Star motif also has many meanings in different cultures, but in Palestinian culture, stars and discs are used as symbols of generosity. We find stars lavishly adorning fabrics, worn by Palestinian women who assign the highest moral value to their generosity and kindness to their guests.

When the rest of the country will be busy and engulfed in their shopping and consumerism hang over of Christmas, step outside of the frenzy to relax and create in the warmth and comfort of good company.

In this session you will learn how to sparkle and dazzle your pieces by using metallic threads, how to strategize design transfers to a medium size peice of cloth, two types of cross-stitch, and motif repetition. You will leave with a twinkling embroidered design to hang on your wall, or give as a gift. You may also use the piece as a patch on clothing or accessories.

We will be stitching our motif on glittery Aida cloth using normal and metallic threads. If you are intimidated by metallic threads, don't worry, we will only use them to embellish our work, not to carry out a full motif.

No experience required. All materials are provided.

Everyone, ages 14 and older, are welcome to attend.

Earlier Event: December 30
Class & Lecture: Palestinian Embroidery 101
Later Event: January 20
Indian Mirror Embroidery