Embroidery On and Off the Page

Event Info

This one-day, virtual workshop takes place on Zoom on Tuesday, August 16, from 6:00pm–8:00pm.

  • Tuesday, August 16, 6:00pm–8:00pm ET. 

Please Note: Registration for this workshop closes on Tuesday, August 9 at 11:59pm. The last day to order a Materials Kit for this workshop is Tuesday, August 9.

About the Workshop:

This in-person class at Center for Book Arts is taught by instructor Iviva Olenick

In this two-hour virtual workshop for beginners, Instructor Iviva Olenick will teach students a variety of embroidery stitches including satin stitch, backstitch, split stitch, chain stitch, and stem stitch. These stitches can be done on either fabric or paper—and Olenick will discuss techniques for stitching on unconventional materials like cardboard and plastic.

The class will also explore how embroidery can be applied to the book arts. Stitching can be used to create text, images, and designs. It is also possible to make work by piercing or poking holes into paper without using thread at all. The Instructor will also offer advice for transferring drawings and/or text onto fabric or paper from a digital or printed source.

Class size is limited to ensure an optimal student-to-teacher ratio. Register now before the remaining spots fill up!

Required Materials:

Participants are highly encouraged to purchase the materials kit for this workshop.

If you do not purchase the materials kit, you will need the following:  

  • Pencil
  • Size 18-22 chenille needles
  • Plain, woven fabric (Instructor recommends cotton muslin)
  • Paper that can be used for needlework
  • Sewing or embroidery thread (Instructor recommends DMC brand thread)
  • Pellon ultra-lightweight fusible interfacing
  • Pellon ultra-firm fusible interfacing

Optional Materials:

  • Embroidery hoop
  • Erasable or heat erasable pens for fabric
  • Needle threader


About Iviva Olenick

Iviva Olenick is a Brooklyn-based artist developing textiles from seed to fiber and dye and using 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.

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. The amount you choose to pay goes directly toward our instructors and toward creating scholarship opportunities for the future.

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