Extra Embroidery

An installation of some of Iviva's work installed outdoors.
Iviva faces away from you wearing her artwork like a cape
Borders Are Meant To Be Crossed by Iviva Olenick

Event Info

This class will take place on:

  • Thurs, Feb 25th 12:00–3:00pm ET

This three-hour workshop with Iviva Olenick will focus on technique and stitches. It will also include a review of stitches from Embroidery On and Off the Page/Embroidery Beyond Basics: running stitch, backstitch, split stitch, stem stitch, seed stitch, satin stitch, plain weave, chain stitch, French knots.

Students will learn applications for these stitches, including filling an area with rows of adjacent chain stitch or French knots; how to use backstitch, split stitch and stem stitch for text. Students will also learn more advanced stitches such as: blanket stitch, pinwheel, interlaced backstitch, and interlaced chain stitch.

The instructor will demonstrate tools and techniques for working with images and text on fabric and transferring images from other media or surfaces into embroidery.


Required Materials:

  • Plain fabric, like cotton muslin
  • An embroidery hoop
  • Embroidery needle
  • Embroidery thread
  • Needle threader, if needed
  • Fabric scissors
  • Writing implement
  • * Optional: for embroidery, I recommend heat erasable pens and Frixion erasable pens


About the Instructor

Iviva Olenick is a Brooklyn-based artist developing textiles from seed to fiber and dye and textiles as texts. Her work has been exhibited all over the United States, including the Philadelphia Museum of Art; Museum of Design Atlanta; the Hunterdon Museum, NJ; Sugar Hill Children’s Museum of Art & Storytelling, NYC; the Center for Book Arts, NYC; the Old Stone House, Brooklyn; Wyckoff House Museum, Brooklyn. Iviva is a faculty member of SVA’s MFA Art Practice program where she teaches Fibers. In addition, she gives artist talks and designs intensive textile-based workshops for museums and universities.

All images courtesy of the instructor.

In order to best serve our community near and far, many of our online classes are pay-what-you-can. While each class has a suggested price, we wish to make our educational programming as economically accessible as possible as well as to make sure our students feel fulfilled in their creative processes outside of the studio. The amount you choose to pay goes directly toward our instructors and toward creating scholarship opportunities for the future.

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