Exploration of Reverse Appliqué

An In Person Workshop with María José Durán


Spend the day exploring the endless possibilities of reverse appliqué with María José Durán.

María José will begin by presenting cross cultural context to reverse appliqué traditions, with a focus on the uses of the technique by the Hmong and Gunadule people.

Guided by global and historical inspiration, students will gain hands-on experience in creating appliqué motifs with up to three layers of fabric. María José will provide insight into appliquéd curves, invisible stitches, and the application of embroidery.

Deepen your understanding of this enduring quilt tradition and sharpen your design skills through conversation around, and practice with, color composition and adaptation of illustration.

This workshop is open to beginner and seasoned stitchers alike.

Date & Time

Saturday, June 29th, 2024

10 am – 4 pm


Tatter Textile Library

505 Carroll Street, 2B

Brooklyn, NY 11215



Class Materials

The following materials will be provided by Tatter. You are welcome to bring your favorite notebook for sketching along with special materials that you hope to incorporate in your work

  • Shears and Embroidery Snips
  • Assortment of cotton fabric scraps
  • Sewing threads in the same colors (or similar) to the color of your fabric selection.
  • Pins
  • Sewing and embroidery needles
  • Embroidery floss
  • Two cotton fabrics of different colors, in a 6 x 6 in each. 
  • Three cotton fabrics of different colors, each measuring 8 x 11.75 in.

Our Teacher

María José Durán is a Chilean Fulbright alumni, visual artist, textile researcher, and art teacher with an MFA from the School of Visual Arts. She explores embroidery and natural dyes on fabrics to create landscapes and fabric books of poetic, playful and painterly sensibility that reflect on the natural world. She has guided community and female collective projects funded by Fondart and the FNDR funds in Chile as well as projects funded by private local and foreign commissions. Her researched-based embroidery workshops aim to rescue women’s memories around local ecosystems, rural living and traditions. Her work has been exhibited at museums and galleries in the US, Colombia, Canada and Chile and it has been published in magazines and film. Her textile work is part of private collections in New York, Miami, Vancouver, Berlin, Beirut, Mexico City and Santiago.