ONSITE: Sewetry: Embroidered Poems (Only be offered once a year!)

Learn how to craft a strong image in poetry as you write an original poem and embroider that image to take home and display. We'll explore imagery in poetry and craft your own image driven poem that will be workshopped in class and then choose one image from your own poem to embroider. You will create your design and transfer it onto fabric. You’ll learn to backstitch, chain stitch, and stitch french knots to achieve your design. You'll leave class with a beautiful hand stitched image, framed with an embroidery hoop, ready to display!

Special Notes

  • Students may want to bring a notebook and favorite writing instrument. Students can also bring their laptops or tablets. All materials will be provided.

    Classes are confirmed one week prior to the start date. In order to help us confirm classes, please register as early as possible.

    This is an On-site course. Students must follow current Covid-19 protocols, as outlined on our website. For more info visit On-site courses do not come with studio access outside of class time. Paid open studio access is available through our Studio Access Program: if interested please visit
About the Instructor

Emily Okamoto-Green

Emily Okamoto-Green is a half-Japanese essayist, poet, and animal lover. Originally from Shizuoka-ken, Japan's green tea capital, her family relocated to Richmond, VA in 1998. A 2018 Graduate of George Mason University’s Honors and English Honors College, she graduated from GMU again in 2021 with her MFA in Poetry. Her accolades include the Virginia Downs Poetry Award, the Joseph Lohman III Poetry Prize, The Alan Cheuse International Writers Center 2020 fellowship, YesPoetry Magazine’s Poet of the Month, and inaugural winner of the Berkey Essay Contest. Her life highlights include Arthur Sze once saying her poem had a sense of wonder, bowing on stage at Carnegie Hall as a teenaged poet, and any time a cat or dog has come up to her without her first initiating the interaction. Emily tries to spend as much time as possible with her feet in the Atlantic or dreaming of them in the Pacific once more. She currently serves as the Writer in Residence for the Visual Arts Center of Richmond.

Instagram: @emi.dori

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Lisa Hutchinson

Lisa Hutchinson started Top Stitch Mending five years ago, to help keep clothing out of landfills and keep family heirlooms in circulation. Top Stitch offers clothing repair services, including visible mending and sewing lessons to spread sustainability. With a goal of zero waste, all scraps from past projects are used for future repairs. Lisa is personally driven by reuse, sustainable practices and low impact living. These ideas are explored in the classes she teaches both at her studio and The Visual Arts Center. She has been sewing for 27 years and received her bachelor's degree in fashion design from Drexel University.

Instagram: @topstitchmending

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ONSITE: Sewetry: Embroidered Poems (Only be offered once a year!)

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Class Details
March 29 - April 266 p.m. - 9 p.m.
Day: Wed
Tuition: $175.00
Member Tuition: $157.50
Additional fees apply
Level: All Levels