Embroidery for Book Arts and Beyond Part I (Online)

  • Wednesday, January 20, 2021
  • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
  • Print & Book Zoom Room, Class Code PB012021IO
  • 2


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    Registration will close on 01/19.

Registration is closed
**This workshop will be conducted via live streaming with Zoom.**

Learn how to use basic and more complex embroidery stitches to render text and drawings. Rethink embroidery as a narrative tool. Experiment with embroidering on paper and fabric of different thicknesses and textures. Stitches will include: running stitch, backstitch, split stitch, couching, satin stitch, French knots, chain stitch & seed stitch.

If you would like to take the Part II class offered next week, it is recommended that you have these basic embroidery skills (backstitch, satin stitch, chain stitch) before registering for the Part II class. We will review some basic stitches in Part II; the precise stitches are dependent on the students and their needs. For  Embroidery class Part II, click here to register.

Materials to have on hand:

  • needles - size 18-22 chenille needles are easy to thread
  • plain, woven fabric
  • paper strong enough to withstand being poked by a needle
  • embroidery or sewing thread
  • pencil
  • embroidery hoop (optional)
  • erasable and heat erasable pens (optional), which can be used for writing on paper and fabric
  • Dental threaders to help thread needles (optional


  • Registration for this class will close on Tuesday, Jan. 19th.
  • This is an all-levels class.
  • This class will be taught via the Zoom video conferencing program. For a great video on how to use Zoom, watch this tutorial.
  • A Zoom link will be sent to the email address you registered with one day prior to each session. Please watch for this email. You may need to check your spam folder for emails from BARN.

  • Tuition assistance is available. Click here to apply.
  • BARN reserves the right to cancel this class in the case of low enrollment and a full refund will be given. 

Instructor Bio:

Iviva Olenick is a Brooklyn-born and based artist intersecting textiles, text, performance and community education. She has exhibited at the Philadelphia Museum of Art; Museum of Design Atlanta; Wyckoff House Museum and Old Stone House, Brooklyn; Sugar Hill Children’s Museum of Art & Storytelling, NYC; Hunterdon Museum, Clinton, NJ; South Bend Museum of Art, IN, among others. Iviva is an educator for the New Museum and the Studio Museum in Harlem, and is a faculty member of SVA’s MFA Art Practice program. She holds a BA in French Language and Literature/Psychology and an AAS in Textile/Surface Design.

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