Slow Stitch Textile Collage with Andrea Varga

$115, $90 mbrs. (discounted price will display for members upon login)

Limit 16 students

Students will meet in the third floor Heinen Design Lab, 533 Eaton Street

PLEASE NOTE: you will be required to provide proof of a recent negative Covid test, or of full Covid vaccination, to attend this program, as it is indoors. Masks required. Click here for details on the Covid-19 precautions we’re taking.


If you’d like to attend, but just can’t afford it, we may be able to help. Learn more about The Studios Accessibility Fund here.


Class Description

Find joy and express creativity through textile collage. Using techniques and practices of the “Slow Stitch” movement, students will learn to repurpose beloved,  un-used, worn-out or simply interesting textiles and small found objects into artwork that can express identity, emotion, history or honor loved ones. Textile collage is a mindful, simple practice that engages hands, heart and memory into a tactile experience creating beautiful, meaningful artwork out of cloth and thread. We will find stories in left-overs, worn-out items, passed down pieces, or discarded textiles to create something anew embodying hope for the future while honoring our past and the people that we love.

No sewing experience needed, all skill-levels welcome.

Meet Your Instructor

Andrea Varga is an Associate Professor of Theatre Design at SUNY New Paltz. She holds an MFA in Costume Design from Florida State University and has worked as a designer and assistant designer on Broadway, Off-Broadway, in television and academia for many years. Some of her favorite collaborations have been with The Mint Theatre (Off-Broadway, NYC) and include her Drama Desk nominated design for The Fatal Weakness by George Kelly, and most recently The Mountains Look Different by Michael MacLiammoire in 2019. In 2018 and 2019 she collaborated with The Studios of Key West and The Tenessee Williams Museum/Key West Art and Historical Society on the productions of Underwater and Life Story directed by Stephen Kitsakos. As an educator and artist Professor Varga works to incorporate sustainability education and practice into her craft, courses, lectures and leadership on campus and in her community. Her work is informed by years of doing laundry for theatre, working with and in the fashion industry, and growing up in a conservation-minded and activist household. She firmly believes that change can be made by individuals, and that optimism is the way forward.

Supply List

Suggested Supplies:
I will provide supplies, but if you have the following items, or want to get your own either at The Seam Shoppe or online here is a list.
  • 9” Embroidery Hoop (or any sizes that you have)
  • Embroidery Needles (variety pack)
  • Sashiko Needles (long & short)
  • Thimble (this is probably the most important thing for you to have!)
  • Small fabric/embroidery scissors
  • Fabric Pins
  • Glue Stick
Thread (Your choice of colors):
  • Cotton sashiko thread
  • Embroidery Floss
  • Cotton Quilting Thread
Fabric (I encourage you to use things that you have, and I will also bring a variety of scraps)
Items could include:
  • Embroidered or monogrammed handkerchief, Teatowels, pillowcases, table runners, etc.
  • Clothing items that are nostalgic but no longer wearable.
  • Bits and scraps of fabric, lace, yarn, etc.
  • Old quilts or baby blankets.
Other Ephemera (Lots of things can be incorporated into textile collage!):
  • Photographs (we will do fabric transfers, so a photo copy is perfect, or we can get a photocopy done.)
  • Old letters
  • Postcards
  • Maps
  • Jewelry
  • Shells
  • Book, magazine, catalog pages
  • Old tins or other small containers like jewelry boxes
  • If you love it and aren’t sure how to include it, bring it and we can figure it out!

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