Make Your Own Valentines Day Artwork in Workshop Exploring Traditional Ukrainian Embroidery


Learn how to make a Valentines sampler in the Ukrainian lyshtva embroidery method, led by artist Nataliia Shynkarenko. This workshop at the Cayuga Museum of History and Art offers the opportunity for aspiring artists to explore Ukrainian traditional embroidery, regardless of experience level. Participants will be provided with the chance to learn the basics of diagonal lyshtva embroidery, including stitches, tips, and techniques while working on a heart-shaped sampler. A wood canvas will be used to allow individuals to better focus on the project. All materials will be provided by the instructor.

Nataliia Shynkarenko is a self-taught embroidery artist based in Auburn, NY. Born and raised in Ukraine, and starting in childhood, she became influenced by her grandmother’s artwork. Working initially in contemporary cross stitch technique, Nataliia also pursued her studies in Kyiv, Ukraine and in Syracuse, NY. She has a Master’s Degree in Environmental Science. Since 2017, Nataliia has become fascinated with Ukrainian traditional embroidery. Variety of Ukrainian folk symbols and techniques have inspired her to implement traditional art in modern-day wearable items. In her works Nataliia uses a traditional color palette and experiments with color combinations. She obtained qualifications from Prekrasa Studio, a Ukrainian folk art school, and through many discussions with fellow artists back in Ukraine.

“Lyshtva” is an Ukrainian counted stitch embroidery technique that originated in the 19th century. It is an archaic Ukrainian word that, literally translated, means “trim around a door or window,” because of the elongated appearance of the stitches. Typically, stitches are worked from left to right in a form of a line, weaving around several threads of fabric. In the next row the pattern shifts by several threads, forming a geometric shape. As a result, the pattern looks almost identical on both sides. Visually it appears like a satin stitch, the difference being that lyshtva threads are counted.

The workshop fee is $30, and registration is required as capacity is limited. The workshop will be held on Sunday, February 11 from 1 to 4 p.m. in the Cayuga Museum’s galleries. The Cayuga Museum is located at 203 Genesee St. in Auburn, NY. Parking is available on Genesee St. in front of the museum or in the lot behind the museum on Orchard Ave. Reservations can be made at or by caking 315-253-8051.

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