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Textile Arts Center

Gowanus, Brooklyn, New York
(228 Reviews)

Textile Arts Center (TAC) is a NYC-based resource facility dedicated to raising awareness and understanding of textiles through creative educational programs for children and adults. At TAC, we aspire to unify the textile community and advocate for the handmade by providing accessible, skills-based classes that reinvigorate engagement with traditional crafts. Techniques like weaving, sewing, and dyeing are practical, connective, and process-driven -- common denominators for designers, artists, and creative practitioners around the world. Because these activities are so widely used, they help to foster community and bring creativity back into our daily lives. They are part of our collective history and vital to our ongoing expressions of design, art, and culture.  

We appreciate the unique values of textile arts and want to expand opportunities for new practitioners to engage with the medium. Participatory learning is the foundation of our model and enables students from all backgrounds to make meaningful contributions to a growing community of fiber artists. Workshops, courses, events, and special programs at TAC allow professionals and novices alike to explore their creative ingenuity through handcraft processes. By engaging with groups ranging from newcomers to experts, we increase the positive social impact of textile arts and nurture innovations and leadership in the field.  


Textile Arts Center was founded in 2009 in Brooklyn, NY. Its main workshop hosts youth and adult programs in a wide range of media. The Brooklyn location also houses the Artists in Residency program, and is home to Sewing Seeds, a program dedicated to the dissemination of accurate information on natural dyes.  In 2011, TAC opened the doors of its Manhattan studio, which hosts youth and adult programs, as well as textile-related events.

Reviews of Textile Arts Center

(228 Reviews)

Erin R.

Attended: Intro to Macrame + Knotting

This class was great. Learned a bunch of basics and how they can be expanded upon. The class size was small so we were able to ask lots of questions and get the attention we needed to fix our mistakes and make a great project. I would recommend this class for anyone looking to understand more about macrame or just learn a fun new skill.

Jennifer T.

Attended: Silk Painting

Amazing silk painting class by Naomi Clark. She is very experienced and is a wonderful teacher. Thanks!


Attended: Intro to Leather Working

The instructor was knowledgable, explained all processes with limited equipment and answered all questions well. I came away with a small project and enough confidence to make things on my own. I wish there were a list of tools and techniques covered as I did not take the time to write it all down. Also a short email a couple days before the first class to start thinking of ideas for the first project would have been helpful. Otherwise, it was a small and enjoyable class. Definitely worth the time and money.


Attended: After Workshop: Hand Quilting

Emma was excellent at explaining the steps and had a great sense of humor which made the class fun!

Molly P.

Attended: After Workshop: Embroidery Sampler

I learned a lot in the class but you don't get to keep the materials or accomplish any projects during the class

carol h.

Attended: Bobbin Lace

The instructor was great, very knowledgeable and knew how to teach a beginner. Was also very patient. I learned how to make lace! Looking forward to a little more advanced class.

Melissa H.

Attended: Tie Dye Explorations

Joey was amazing!! So knowledgeable and personable. We all had a ton of fun and left with all we needed to know to recreate and experiment on our own. I highly suggest this or any class at the textile arts center !!

Mamie M.

Attended: Leather Working 101

So fun! Murphy Theil is wonderful, really knowledgeable and excited about leather and new techniques. I made a couple things, got a lot of inspiration, and will keep it up on my own! One suggestion- open studio time at the Textile Arts Center would be great.

Mariana G.

Attended: After Workshop: Shibori Dyeing

It was amazing. I enjoyed it a lot , the class was super clear and informative.

Jamie L.

Attended: After Workshop: Bead Embroidery

It was good, although not with the instructor advertised, Nadia Albertini, whose course I had taken before. I had been looking forward to learning more from her so was a disappointed when another teacher was there when I arrived. Edward was very good however and I appreciated learning new techniques from another pro with a different aesthetic.

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Textile Arts Center
Gowanus, Brooklyn
505 Carroll St
Btwn 3rd & 4th Avenues
Brooklyn, New York 11215

Teachers at Textile Arts Center

Lindsay Degen Addison Walz Adrienne Antonson Adrienne Sloane Ahna Hughes Aimee McLaughlin Alicia Scardetta Amanda Denham Andrew Benincasa Annie Egleson Barbara Pearsall Blair Wilson Callen Zimmerman Candice Thompson Cara Piazza Caroline Kaufman Chi Nguyen Chris Moffett Chris Claire Schipke Clare Frost Colette Aliman Constance Sepulveda Dee Clements Denise Maroney Elena Kanagy-Loux Elise McMahon Ellyane Hutchingson Emily Fischer Emma Redmond Erin Considine Etta Sandry Fay Koplovitz Fay Koplovitz FIT Professional Speakers Fort Makers Francesca Capone Hae Jung Shin Hannah Schultz Helen Dealtry Ilana Kohn Isa Rodrigues James Bickham James Bickman Jamie Lau Jennie Maydew Jessica Marquez Jessica Dell Jessica Marquez and Rebecca Kelly Jodi Usher Joetta Maue i Joetta Maue Joey Casey Joey Korein John Bartlett Julia Elsas Julia Silver Gordon Juliana Sabinson Kaelyn Garcia Karen Young Kat Roberts Kate Phillips Katharine Lentini Katherine Levinton Kathryn Malik Kathy Hattori Katrin Reifeiss Katy Fischer Kayla Carpitella Kelly Valletta Kira Baker Kira Silver Kira Silver Baker Kristen Lombardi Kristen Arnett LeBrie Rich Lily Piyathaisere Lindsay Degen Lisa Sikorski Liz Smith Liz Spencer Liza Sikorski Lynn Hunter Lynn Hunter Maeve Broome Malika Green Mandy Kordal Maria Biehn Mark Schuyler Mark Schuyler Matt Tommey Megan Piontkowski Megan Canning Michael Kehrlein Molly George Mr. Chris Ms. Shannon Murphy Theil N'Ketiah Brakohiapa Nadia Albertini Naomi Clark Natalie Stopka Neil Goss New Friends Nicole Asselin Nina Zilka Nina Zilka Owyn Ruck Pam Paterson Penelope Reichley Peter Lappin Peter Olsen Phoebe Sung and Peter Buer Polly Fossey Rachel Milano Rachel Rose Rachel Miller Rebecca Ringquist Sara Peterman Sarah Hein Sarah Bahr Scarlett Larson Sewing Seeds Staff Shabd Simon-Alexander Sheridan Black Shiva King Simone Evans Solange Roberdeau Tali Weinberg Titania Inglis Toshie and Marico Chigyo Travis Boyer Victoria Manganiello Vien Le Wood Visnja Popovic Whitney Crutchfield Zoe Latta
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