Text and Textile (online)

We often think of our lives – and of stories we read – as threads spun, knitted or interwoven with others into the fabric of texts. This course will explore the ties of text and textile through the study of both classic and modern works in Hebrew and English literature including S.A. Agnon, Nikolay Gogol, Susan Glaspell, and the myths of Greek mythology. It will focus on the many instances in which for women the needle served as a substitute for the pen.The literary study will be accompanied by exercises in practical embroidery stitches and techniques.We will occupy our minds with stories and poems, and our hands with thread and cloth (optional).

This course will be given in English.
Dr. Esther Horovitz, Lecturer in Literature at Herzog College, will be teaching this innovative course
on Thursday mornings from 9:30-11:00 a.m. Israel time (12 meetings) as a live online class, recorded for later viewing at your convenience.


Session  Date Literature Embroidery technique
1 29.10.2020 Introduction: Etymology of Text and Textile Backstitch and Stem Stitch
2 05.11.2020 Moira – The Thread of Life in Greek Mythology Transferring an Embroidery Design to Fabric
3 12.11.2020 The Penelope Phenomenon: Women Wait and Weave Chain Stitch and Lazy Daisy
4 19.11.2020 Three Sisters – Shmuel Yosef Agnon Satin Stitch
5 26.11.2020 The Legend of the Scribe –  Shmuel Yosef Agnon Long and Short Stitch
6 03.12.2020 The Legend of the Scribe (continued) French Knots
7 10.12.2020 The Overcoat – Nikolay Gogol Bullion Knot Stitch
8 24.12.2020 Seamstresses in Literature Blanket Stitch
9 31.12.2020 Coats of Many Colors Chicken Scratch Stitch
10 07.01.2021 Cambric Shirts and Muslin Frocks Woven Wheel Stitch
11 14.01.2021 A Jury of her Peers – Susan Glaspell Herringbone Stitch
12 21.01.2021 Summary

Basic Drawn Thread Work


Price for the entire series:  960 NIS +  50 NIS Registration Fee
Payment for this course will cover participation for an individual or a couple watching together from the same device. For this reason, only one of the spouses needs to register.


20%  discount if when you register for another continuing education course (discount will be applied to the lower priced course)

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Please note that you will need to enter your TZ or Passport Number in order to begin the online registration. If you are unable to provide this, you can register with this form instead.

+972-2-993-7337 /  rishum@herzog.ac.il