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Experimental Cross Embroidery through Materiality

June 23 - 28, 2024

Ger Xiong/Ntxawg Xyooj  ·  gerxiong.com

Workshop at a glance

In this workshop, students will learn and explore various pattern making and coloration through cross embroidery. They will create their own cross embroidery work while exploring non-traditional materials including thin sheets of copper, everyday materials, discarded materials, phone cases, etc. Students can bring materials they are interested in working with and we will explore ways to cross stitch on top of it. Students will learn simple metalsmithing processes such as using a dremel to drill holes and creating our own grids to cross stitch on. Participants will leave with knowledge on how to cross stitch, drill holes, pattern making, coloration, and rethink about the materials we use for cross embroidery. This workshop is open to all skill levels. Comfortability with using dremel tools is recommended.


  • Cross embroidery
  • Found material manipulation
  • Metalsmithing
  • Coloration techniques


  • Class Materials List
  • Please note any materials you are expected to purchase prior to arrival
  • Estimated fees vary based on class size and materials used


  • Learning how to cross stitch
  • Explore shapes and forms of materials and objects
  • Pattern making
  • Rethinking the materials we cross stitch on



Fees exclude housing and meal plans. Review housing options here.

Artist Bio

Ger Xiong is an artist, maker, and educator based in Saint Paul, MN. Xiong was born in Thailand and immigrated to the United States in 1993 as a refugee of the Vietnam War. He received his BFA with an emphasis in metals and jewelry at the University of Wisconsin — Whitewater and his MFA at New Mexico State University. Xiong has exhibited his jewelry and textile work at Trout Museum in Appleton, WI, NYCJW, University of Wisconsin — Whitewater, Hopkins Center for the Arts. His work has been published in numerous articles and journals including Star Tribune, MinnPost, Surface Design Association, and internationally, Inspirations Studio in Australia. Xiong is a Fulbright Scholar who studied and collaborated with Hmong artisans working in textiles and silversmithing in Chiang Mai, Thailand.

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In order to complete your registration, a $300 deposit is required.

Call 865-436-5860 with questions about registering for this workshop.

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