Experience “Women’s Work” through NMWA’s Firsthand Experience Workshops

During these workshops, participants will explore and elevate materials and techniques often disregarded as “women’s work.” Museum educators lead tours of the special exhibition Women House and artists introduce art-making practices reflected in the exhibition. All levels of experience are welcome.

Saturday, Apr. 28 Firsthand Experience: Weaving as “Women’s Work”

During this workshop, participants work with Massachusetts-based textile artist Crispina ffrench as she teaches participants to make mini versions of her large-scale potholder rugs, reminiscent of bright, woven potholders you may have made as a child. Made from an assortment of stretchy discarded clothing, they are insulating, comfortable to walk and sit on, and 100% recycled and chemical free.

Participants are encouraged to bring a few items of fabric—freshly laundered, stretchy clothing like sweaters, sweatshirts, t-shirts, leggings, single socks, polar fleece garments, etc.—to use and/or share. Take this opportunity to purge your closet of clothes you no longer wear and repurpose the fabric into something beautiful!

Ages 8 or older; every child under the age of 12 must be accompanied by an adult. Workshop will cover measuring, marking, and cutting fabric, and a variety of hand-sewing and finishing techniques. All materials will be provided. Bring any special fabrics or embellishments, including clean recycled clothing, that you want to use in your quilt, or share with others.

National Museum of Women in the Arts
1250 New York Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20005

Saturdays, April 28 and May 19, 9:30 a.m.–2:30 p.m.

$25 general; $15 members, seniors, students. Reservations required. Reserve online.


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