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Introduction to Traditional Palestinian Embroidery


Price includes 2 hours of class.

With Wafa Ghnaim

Jan 7, 1:00-3:00pm CST

A 2-hour introductory course into the history of Palestinian embroidery and dressmaking, as well as hands-on learning in the use of waste canvas on fabric: Learn the history and use of the traditional Palestinian motif “Eye of the Camel”, from the Bedouin region of Bir Saba.

Class sessions will be recorded and remain accessible online to registered students of the class for 14 days following the event.

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Learn how to use traditional Palestinian embroidery cross-stitch methods. In the first 45 minutes, Wafa introduces the Eye of the Camel motif and the Bir Saba region traditional styles. After an hour of hands-on instruction and demonstration, the class will stitch together in a group and share progress.

Our learning objectives are:
– A brief history of the Bir Saba region, its traditional styles, and the latest scholarship on Palestinian embroidery.
– How to cross-stitch following traditional Palestinian techniques, including two different methods of stitching and the principles of successful Palestinian embroidery execution.
– How to use waste canvas on fabric.
– How to select colors, thread a needle, and begin stitching.
– Overall stitching guidance and strategy for the Eye of the Camel motif.
– Mitigating risks in the use of waste canvas.
– A recorded tutorial demonstrating the removal of waste canvas for students to reference when they complete stitching.
– Free participation in the weekly stitching circles led by Wafa (optional).

Wafa will be stitching the motif on an 8-10″ cotton drawstring pouch using 14-count waste canvas, two colors of size 8 pearl cotton thread, and a size 1 embroidery needle. Students may select similar needle, threads, and similar-sized piece of fabric for their base but should be sure it is not stretchable as the Palestinian technique does not include an embroidery hoop. Please consult with suggestions at for more details.

Special skills or knowledge needed to take this class:
While you are not required to have taken a Palestinian embroidery class, it is suggested that one familiarizes themself with traditional Palestinian cross-stitching methods to aid them in following this immersive course.

Supply List
• Sewing Basics: Needles, Thread, Sharp scissors, Notebook, Pen or pencil with eraser, Tape measure, Seam ripper, Pins

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