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Drawing & the Mark of the Thread

July 28, 2024 - August 2, 2024

Joetta Maue  ·  website

Workshop Overview


This class will explore hand embroidery as a form of drawing with a focus on the characteristics of the individual mark and how one can artistically utilize and push the mark of the needle for their own artistic purposes. Through direct drawing, transfer and projection students will build technical skills and methodologies for idea development. Traditional drawing techniques such as contour, gesture and hatching will be addressed and considered in terms of application with embroidery. Students will learn basic-to-advanced embroidery techniques, including various stitches, appliqué techniques, and three-dimensional building of textiles. This workshop will look at the work of contemporary textile and mixed media artists and how they use the principles and legacy of drawing traditions to make dynamic embroidery and appliqué based works of art. Along with a focus on new techniques, students will also consider the conceptual role of “thread” and how it relates to the content and form of one’s artwork. Work will be created in the style that is uniquely the interest of the student and their practice.


  • Basic embroidery stitches
  • Thread count techniques
  • Drawing techniques
  • Creating value rendering with stitches
  • Basic applique techniques
  • Transfer techniques
  • Some advanced stitches


  • 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


  • Knowledge of the historical and conceptual context of embroidery
  • Embroidery and needlework based skills
  • Apersonal project begun during the workshop, to complete at home



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

Artist Bio

Joetta Maue is a multi-faceted artist working across the mediums of photography, drawing and textiles as an exploration of the profound in the everyday. Maue has exhibited with numerous galleries and museums nationally & internationally. Including but not limited to: the Arts Complex Museum, San Francisco Museum of Craft + Design, San Jose Museum of Quilts and Textiles, MK Gallery & Institution in Britain, and the Masur Museum of Art. Maue’s work has shown in cities including; New York, L.A, San Francisco, New Orleans, Washington D.C., Boston, London, Edinburgh and Tokyo and institutions such as Harvard University, Arizona University, University of Rochester and Tufts University. Maue has been an invited lecturer and/or instructor at numerous esteemed institutions including New York University Gallatin School of Individualized Study, The Japan Society Museum in NYC, Fuller Craft Museum, Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts, and the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston. Her work and critical writings have been featured in numerous books and journals including Indie Craft, PUSH Stitchery, Fiber Arts Now Magazine, Martha Stewart Living and the Surface Design Association Journal. She is a Lecturer at Northeastern University, UMASS Boston, Lesley University and Massachusetts College of Art and an invited instructor at a number of programs and institutions across the country. Joetta lives in New England with her family.

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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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