Dityam (For the Children) Embroidery Masterclass Workshop

Dityam (For the Children) Embroidery Masterclass Workshop

Space2b Social Design
144 Chapel St
St Kilda, VIC 3182
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June 15, 2024 at 11:00am - 1pm
Janine Lawrie


Create for Ukraine project unites your inner creativity with your ability to make a meaningful impact on someone’s life far across the globe. Join us for this glimpse into Ukrainian identity and folk culture through its beautiful tradition of embroidery.

Guided by the Ksenia from KX Embroidery, you will have the opportunity to create your own embroidered motif from scratch, using a beautiful design from sorochky, embroidered shirts, of the early 20th century from the region of Chernihivshchyna in northeastern Ukraine.

About the artist: Ksenia is a grandma-taught and self-taught tragic for Ukrainian embroidery. For Ksenia, embroidery is a connection to heritage and a focus on crafting truly gorgeous pieces that live up the long and rich tradition of Ukrainian embroidery. You can read about and see more of Ksenia’s embroidery at KXembroidery.

About the design: Shtapivka, backstitch, is extremely commonly seen in embroidery, adding detail or outlining a design. Here it takes centre stage. This delicate design consists of rhomboids, symbols of fertility and at their centres, the heraldic knot – the family. At each knot is a stylised eight-point star, which gives life to all, embroidered in kosa hlad’, a diagonal, counted satin stitch.

About the charity: Who brings more life to families than children? Save Ukraine is the initiative of Mykola Kuleba, Ukraine’s 2014-2021 Presidential Commissioner for Children’s Rights. He and his team are addressing the needs of Ukrainian children across three projects. Please take the time to visit their website.

We are so excited and grateful to have the kind support of Space2b Social Design for this masterclass! Space2b is an open, grassroots organization, where newly arrived migrants and refugees and local, community-based designers can come together to exchange knowledge, ideas and skills.

This masterclass is suitable for complete beginners, for those with some experience in embroidery, or for those who attended our Oberih (Amulet) and Spil'no (Together) masterclasses, saw shtapivka and want to stitch it like a pro. Places are limited to provide you with a more personal and enhanced experience.

All of the required materials will be supplied

Will you come?