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In Stitches Workshops

Learn BEGINNER AND ADVANCE techniques in knit, quilt and bead making.

Join certified knitter Gail Edwards and artists Omi Gray and Sylvia Hernandez and make time to create. Register today. Give yourself permission to create.

All materials included. $25+EB fees

Wednesdays, November 29 and December 6;6pm-8pm


Prerequisite knit and purl

Wednesdays, December 13 and 20; 6pm-8pm


Prerequisite knit, purl, increase and decrease

Saturday, December 9; 11am-2pm

STRIPE QUILTING Beginner – Artist: Sylvia Hernandez

Friday, December 15; 6pm-8pm

PAPER AND LEATHER BEADS Beginner – Artist: Omi Gray

Gail Edwards

As an avid knitter Ms. Edwards enjoys sharing her love of knitting with others. A certified instructor with the Craft Yarn Council, Ms. Edwards host workshops for corporate team members and organizes a knitting club for her church and building community center.

Most notable of her teaching experience includes Museum of the City of New York, Safe Horizons, Harlem United and Harlem Needle Arts. Additionally, Ms. Edwards manages client commissions for her knitting apparel business.

Omi Gray

Deborah Omi Gray was born in New York. She received a B.A. degree in Liberal Arts from City College of New York along with several jewelry and fiber art certificates. She conducts workshops throughout New York and New Jersey at the Dream Center, 92nd Street Y, and Union County Department of Parks and Community Renewal.

An advocate for helping people discover their own ability to create, Omi involves her students in a variety of creative, “Make it and Take it” workshops. Her artistic interest focuses on the process of creating jewelry, and fiber arts as a tool for problem solving.

Sylvia Hernandez

Born on the Lower East Side and raised in Williamsburg Brooklyn, Sylvia Hernandez’s love

affair with art dates back to high school, when she discovered a talent for drawing and painting while attending the High School of Art & Design in NYC.

Today as a celebrated and self-taught master quilter, she is able to pinpoint how illustration brought her to her current fascination with fabric and sewing machines. Sylvia creates timeless, handcrafted works that address community and human rights issues. She has exhibited locally, nationally and internationally as a part of a number of high-profile art exhibitions including Brooklyn Quilts Show, Made in New York Quilt Show, the Pennsylvania National Quilt Extravaganza, Journey of Hope in America: Quilts Inspired by President Barack Obama, We Are the Story: A Visual Response to Racism in Minneapolis, Fabric of a Nation: American Quilt Stories in the Fine Arts Museum of Boston, and most recently at the Skirball Cultural Center in LA and the James Museum of Western & Wildlife Art in Florida.

Her work has appeared in multiple publications including the New York Times. In most recent years Sylvia served as the president of the Quilters of Color of NYC and the co-president of the Brooklyn Quilters Guild.

She is also a member of Women of Color Network and is currently a teaching artist at El Puente Academy of Peace and Justice HS. She is the recipient of a 2-year grant from Creative Rebuild NYC-Mellon Foundaion. She has quilts in the private collection of Spike Lee, Dr Carolyn Mazloomi and the Fine Arts Museum- Boston. She works out of her home studio in Brooklyn NYC, where she currently resides with her husband Miguel.

November 01 2023


Start: 1 November @ 11:00
End: 20 December @ 20:00
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1791 Lexington Avenue
New York, NY 10029 United States

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