Sunday / September 20 / 12:30 PM


It’s Crafternoon: Time to get your stitch on.

This is a hands-on, beginner-friendly workshop led by designer and illustrator, Jo Zhu. Learn how to interpret images through embroidery and practice applying stitches and textures to create illustrative compositions. No previous experience is necessary — and families are encouraged to attend. This will be a fun and creative way to spend the afternoon!

Make sure you’re fully stocked on thread and supplies before the event kicks off! Here’s a list of supplies you’ll need:

  • A plain T-shirt (new/used)
  • Sewing needle
  • Floss (DMC 6 Strand Cotton Floss recommended, patterns and colors will provide later)
  • Water or heat soluble fabric pen (use it to draw patterns on t-shirts)
  • Hand embroidery hoop (optional, but it makes stitching on fabric easier)
  • Scissors


Date & Time

Sunday, September 20

12:30 PM - 2:00 PM




Jo (Xuejiao) Zhu

Graphic Designer and Illustrator

She | Her | Hers

Jo Zhu is a graphic designer and illustrator currently working at the Spy Museum in Washington, DC. She holds an MA in Graphic Design from Maryland Institute College of Art.


Platform and Prerequisites

This event will be streamed via Zoom. In order to participate fully, attendees should plan to join on the Zoom app via their computer, tablet, or mobile device with enough bandwidth to support viewing video. In order to ensure only those who have registered for the event are able to attend — and to create space for intimate conversations — only those whose display name fully matches the name on our registration list will be admitted from the waiting room. You can find more about joining our virtual events, including how to connect, directions to troubleshoot, and information about our refund policy in our FAQ.


No experience is necessary, but make sure you’re fully stocked ahead of time — see above for a shopping list of everything you need!

Accessibility and Accommodations

All DCDW events will have real-time CART (live captioning) services. If you need any additional accommodations, please contact us before 9/14 by email, through the provided Google Form link, or by phone. We honor your privacy and no personally identifying information (e.g. your name) is required to request an accommodation.

  • Request an accommodation through this Google Form.
  • Email us at
  • Call our Accessibility Lead, Josh Kim, by phone at 571-302-1504.

Please note that full participation in this event will require fine motor skills, though the instructor will provide some modifications.

Code of Conduct

All AIGA DC events adhere to our Code of Conduct .

More Information

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