Botanical Embroidery: Spring Stitching, Online Workshop with Iviva Olenick

In this workshop with artist Iviva Olenick, students will learn different embroidery stitches used to render flowers and plants.

In this two-hour workshop, students will create an embroidery sampler emphasizing stitches used to render flowers and plants. Students will stitch on both fabric and paper, while learning the basics of how to use embroidery tools, such as setting up your embroidery hoop and threading a needle. The instructor will cover a variety of stitches that can be used in embroidery projects, while guiding students in rendering text or translating existing images into a stitched piece.

Students should have the following materials:

– sewing or embroidery thread

– needles with eyes big enough to accommodate whatever size thread they have

– fabric to stitch on — can include garments to be mended, old linens, etc.

– optional: paper to stitch on

– optional: embroidery hoop

– optional: a conventional needle threader or these dental threaders, which can be used instead

– optional: text or imagery to interpret in embroidery

About the Instructor:

Iviva Olenick is a Brooklyn-born and based artist working primarily with textiles as text and performance. She has shown her work at the Sugar Hill Children’s Museum of Art & Storytelling, NYC; Museum of Design Atlanta; Philadelphia Museum of Art gift shop; Wyckoff House Museum, Brooklyn; Old Stone House, Brooklyn among other venues. Iviva holds a BA in French Literature/Psychology from Binghamton University and an AAS in Textile/Surface Design from FIT.

All images courtesy of the instructor.

About the Center for Book Arts:

The Center for Book Arts promotes active explorations of both contemporary and traditional artistic practices related to the book as an art object. The Center seeks to facilitate communication between the book arts community and the larger spheres of contemporary visual and literary arts, while being a model organization locally, nationally, and internationally within the field. We achieve this through exhibitions, classes, public programming, literary presentations, opportunities for artists and writers, publications, and collecting.