Join textile artist Wafa Ghnaim for a two-hour introduction into the beautiful and ancient art of Palestinian tatreez embroidery! Tatreez is often used to decorate the traditional Palestinian dress, called a thobe, but also adorns many other kinds of household and decorative objects. Different villages and regions within Palestine have their own traditional patterns, and Wafa has a wealth of knowledge to share about this history! In this 2-hour virtual class, students will learn how to embroider the Beyout (Houses) motif from el-Khalil (Hebron) to create a bookmark. Learning objectives include:
How to thread a needle.
The meaning and history of the pattern in focus.
How to start a tatreez sampler. Instructions are listed here
Color selection and strategy.
The basics of traditional Palestinian embroidery cross-stitch, including two different methods of stitching and the principals of successful Palestinian embroidery execution.
Stitching strategy to execute the cleanest motif on fabric.
Tips & tricks unique to the motif.
Patterns are sent 24-48 hours in advance of the class. No experience is required. This class will be recorded and made available after the live session. Please contact Wafa at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
Supplies are listed here: https://www.tatreezandtea.com/supplies under “Aida Cloth”.
About the Instructor
Wafa Ghnaim is an American-born Palestinian artist, writer, and businesswoman. Wafa began learning Palestinian embroidery from her mother when she was two years old.
Throughout her life, she traveled alongside her mother for exhibits, lectures, and demonstrations around the U.S. from folklore festivals in Cambridge, Massachusetts, to elementary schools in Portland, Oregon. Today, she travels the world teaching Palestinian embroidery skills across the diaspora to students who have long yearned to connect with their artistic and cultural heritage.
In 2016, Wafa self-published her book Tatreez & Tea: Embroidery and Storytelling in the Palestinian Diaspora that chronicles diaspora embroidery traditions in her family, rooted from her mother’s home village in Safad, Palestine. In 2018, in honor of her work on Tatreez & Tea, Wafa was awarded a once in a lifetime New York Foundation for the Arts Artist Fellowship in the folk arts discipline. Wafa and her family currently reside in Washington, D.C.