The Art of Needle Weaving

Are you interested in the art of embellishing and mending textiles by hand? Join us for a special session with Debra Weiss, textile artist and slow stitching master. Needle-weaving not only provides an efficient means to adorn fabrics with colors and patterns, but it also serves as an excellent method for mending.

Join us on Sunday, November 5th to learn the in's and out's of this useful technique, plus a few tricks to create pattern and design. We will work with a small piece of fabric about 8" x 10", such as linen or cotton, in a neutral color, as well as embroidery thread, a needle, scissors, a heat erasable pen, and if you would like, an embroidery hoop.

All levels are welcome and no prior experience is required. There will be plenty of time to share, get feedback and meet other participants from around the world.

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What you'll need

  • A small piece of fabric about 8" x 10", such as linen or cotton in a neutral color.  
  • Embroidery thread, including variegated colors.
  • Needle
  • Scissors
  • Heat erasable pen
  • Embroidery Hoop (optional)

How to join

We'll be hosting this VAWAA Online on Zoom. We'll send the link and details to join via email 1 day and again 1 hour before it begins.

About Debra

Debra is a Los Angeles based textile artist who has been fabric collaging and stitching for over 15 years. Prior to this, she ran a handbag and apparel line. For her, the concept of layers and transparency are symbolic of our being – she loves that she can find these qualities inherent in textile scraps. She believes we collect experiences throughout our lives. These experiences mold and change us; they sway our character. When all is said and done we remain the same person, however changed we may seem. Our integrity, our soul, our being that was birthed into this lifetime remains unchanged. Through stitching layers upon layers, she creates unity and celebrates life. She makes objects of color and beauty while thinking about what life means to her and what she has seen in the world.

Visit her artist page to learn more about her in-person VAWAA.


"One of the best workshops I've attended in the past year. Very friendly vibe, easy to ask questions and share work with each other. Time was allotted wonderfully for both working and watching Debra teach. Very inspiring and learned so much!" - J Johnston

"Debra's art is wonderful. Love the layers, and detailed stitching! This technique is fascinating, meditative and fun. I see many possibilities, and am excited to continue exploring!" - Lynn Adamo

"It was wonderful to be in a community of creatives and use the power of your hand. I appreciate the openness of everyone and to be able to just have a wonderful time." - Lorenza

"I enjoyed the class very much. It was presented well, the teachers show and tell was helpful as well as her quick response to our questions." - Janet 

"Debra creates a nice classroom environment virtually." - Laura

"Debra is such a friendly and generous artist. I enjoy following her work and now her workshops are re-kindling my engagement in fiber art." - Deb

"After taking a break from hand sewing, this was the perfect way to ease my way back. I've taken several online classes with Debra and love her approach. Debra is a natural teacher, patient, kind and encouraging. I love what I made, and was able to complete a piece during class, which is a bonus. I will spend a little more time embellishing before posting, but I'm happy with the result, and I look forward to making many more... to use up my scraps!" - Nancy

"Really fun workshop. Great for loosening up your work" - Danielle

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