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Cultural Workshop: Year of the Dragon Stitched Postcard with Judilee Fitzhugh

Portland Japanese Garden is partnering with textile artisan, Judilee Fitzhugh, to provide a one-day workshop that will have its participants make a charming stitched postcard in honor of the Year of the Dragon. Soar into the new year or make a treasured holiday gift with this Japan-inspired textile project!

According to folklore, those born under the Year of the Dragon are ambitious, confident, and seen as natural-born leaders. Capture the imagery of the powerful dragon by “painting” with layers of fabric and a variety of hand embroidery stitches in this meditative workshop. Students will leave with a large postcard-sized (5″x 7″) textile appropriate for display or gifting for the New Year.

This workshop will run from 9:30am-4:00pm, which includes 6 hours of instruction and a 30-minute lunch break. Participation is limited to 20 students. The workshop is open to students of all levels of sewing abilities.

All tools and materials are included in the workshop fee. Coffee, tea, water, and light snacks will be served. Students should bring their own lunch and a water bottle. Students may bring a small sewing kit if desired.

About Judilee Fitzhugh

Instructor Judilee Fitzhugh on the left assists a student in a textile workshop

Judilee Fitzhugh is a textile artisan who specializes in natural plant dyes and couture sewing. A tour of duty in Japan with the U.S. Navy led to a profound Japanese influence and a lifelong affection for indigo and plant fibers. She gained her Certificate in Craft at the Oregon College of Art and Craft in 2002 and taught in the BFA and Studio School programs until the school’s closure in 2019. Her finely crafted work combines natural objects with vintage fabric remnants, hand weaving, and surface design to portray a single moment in history.


Jordan Schnitzer Japanese Arts Learning Center

The Jordan Schnitzer Japanese Arts Learning Center was designed to be the cultural, educational, and architectural hub of the new Cultural Village. “With a new classroom, library, and performance space, the Learning Center provides an open and welcoming space where visitors can learn more about the culture that gave us the Japanese garden art form,”