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Palestinian Embroidery 101: Tree of Life on Star Dusted Aida Cloth

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BLUE: THE TATTER TEXTILE LIBRARY

505 CARROLL ST, SUITE 2B

BROOKLYN, NY 11215

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Instructor: Wafa Ghnaim

In this 3-hour workshop, students will learn how to embroider, Palestinian style! While not everyone celebrates Christmas, it is hard to deny the beauty of twinkle lights strung on trees and windows during the winter season, and the comfort of a warm cup of tea as we witness the stunning white snow settle onto a bustling and hustling New York City. This session is inspired by the month of December, where we can use star dusted aida cloth to represent the twinkle lights of the season, and stitch onto it trees that represent life and family. When the rest of the country will be busy engulfed in their shopping and consumerism, 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 the Tree of Life or Cypress Tree 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.





The Tatreez & Tea Workshops are a series of high quality hands-on classes, at low cost and low commitment.

Palestinian tatreez embroidery is a centuries-old folk art, traditionally passed from mother to daughter over a cup of tea.

Tatreez & Tea’s mission is to provide educational resources, namely through workshops, lectures and publications, to preserve Palestinian tatreez embroidery, folk arts and storytelling traditions in the diaspora.

The workshop will focus on preservation of the indigenous, endangered art of Palestinian embroidery. The workshop is centered on Wafa's digital book, Tatreez & Tea: Embroidery and Storytelling in the Palestinian Diaspora, which preserves the craft of embroidery as well as the art of storytelling that is encapsulated in each traditional Palestinian motif.

For generations, Palestinian women have gathered together with their daughters to work collectively on embroidery projects, bonding with one another over a cup of tea. Over time, and after the exodus of Palestinians from Palestine in 1948, embroidery has become an endangered art that has been subjected to decades of cultural appropriation. But embroidery represents more than just a village craft of old Palestine -- it became the primary form of communication for Palestinian women who used needlework as a way to express their opinions, share their stories, and document their protest of occupation, war and violence.

To learn more about the project, please visit www.tatreezandtea.com. Donations are 100% tax-deductible through the Brooklyn Arts Council.



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BLUE: THE TATTER TEXTILE LIBRARY

505 CARROLL ST, SUITE 2B

BROOKLYN, NY 11215

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