Upcoming Events

Oregon Tatreez & Tea Teaching Series: Ledding Library Pond House



Ledding Library of Milwaukie The Pond House 2215 SE Harrison St. Milwaukie, OR 97222


Lecture, February 7, 2018 -- 7:00pm Workshop, February 10, 2018 -- 11am - 2pm

Workshop Registration:

All events are free and open to the public. The lecture does not require registration. To register for the workshop, please contact Robert Lanxon by calling 503-786-7546 or emailing lanxonr@milwaukieoregon.gov.


Wafa Ghnaim and Feryal Abbasi-Ghnaim will host a lecture and workshop February 7 & 10, 2018 at the Ledding Library Pond House in Milwaukie, Oregon. The Pond House is located at 2215 SE Harrison St. Milwaukie, OR 97222, and the event is a part of the Annual Ledding Cultural Forum offered by the library.

Palestinian tatreez embroidery is a centuries-old folk art, traditionally passed from mother to daughter over a cup of tea. Wafa and her sisters grew up learning the time honored folk art and tradition of embroidery from their mother, Feryal Abbasi-Ghnaim. Researching over thirty years worth of oral history interviews, recorded demonstrations, lectures, journal entries and photographs from her and her mother, Wafa documents, decodes and preserves the patterns, meanings and oral history of over a dozen traditional Palestinian embroidery designs passed on for generations between women in her family in her book, Tatreez & Tea: Embroidery and Storytelling in the Palestinian Diaspora.

Thanks to the generous funding from the Clackamas County Cultural Coalition, Wafa and Feryal are hosting a teaching series, full of workshops and lectures, at the Ledding Library of Milwaukie and Happy Valley Library during the week of February 4th.


In this 3-hour workshop, students will learn how to embroider, Palestinian style! You'll learn traditional embroidery stitches, image transferring techniques, and how to develop your own style.

Motif Focus: Tree of Life

Students will leave with an embroidered design mounted in an embroidery hoop to commemerate their first piece.

All materials are provided. No prior needlework experience required.


The Tatreez & Tea Workshops are a series of high quality hands-on classes, at low cost and low commitment. Materials, skills and fun supplied.

The workshop will focus on preservation of the indigenous, endangered art of Palestinian embroidery. The workshop is centered on Wafa's digital book, Tatreez & Tea: Embroidery and Storytelling in the Palestinian Diaspora, which preserves the craft of embroidery as well as the art of storytelling that is encapsulated in each traditional Palestinian motif.

For generations, Palestinian women have gathered together with their daughters to work collectively on embroidery projects, bonding with one another over a cup of tea. Over time, and after the exodus of Palestinians from Palestine in 1948, embroidery has become an endangered art that has been subjected to decades of cultural appropriation. But embroidery represents more than just a village craft of old Palestine -- it became the primary form of communication for Palestinian women who used needlework as a way to express their opinions, share their stories, and document their protest of occupation, war and violence.

To learn more about the project, please visit www.tatreezandtea.com. Donations are 100% tax-deductible through the Brooklyn Arts Council.