Moving the Needle Forward

The art of hand embroidery is enjoying an artistic and commercial renaissance throughout the world. Through classes taught by world-class stitchers and textile artists, The San Francisco School of Needlework & Design is bringing a fresh and modern creativity to this ancient art form.

We are excited to announce our Grand Opening Celebration and our Inaugural “Stitch at Home Challenge”

Please join us for our Grand Opening Celebration on September 10th from 11am-6pm. If you haven’t had a chance to visit us yet, this is the time! There will be snacks, an exhibition, and everyone who visits will receive a goodie bag!

We wish you could all be present for this momentous occasion, but for those of you who can’t make it, we have devised an exciting way for you to be represented. Introducing our Inaugural Stitch at Home Challenge and Exhibition.

We have created the “Stitch at Home Challenge” as a way to encourage and inspire people to stitch. This is not a competition but a challenge. We hope to turn this into a tradition at SFSNAD and to offer a new challenge quarterly. For each challenge we will provide you with an inspiration and you may use any technique or combination of techniques in order to make a piece of textile art. Anyone may participate and all individuals whose submissions are received by the deadline of September 6th will receive a goodie bag from the Grand Opening, entered into a raffle for unique prizes and have the opportunity to include their piece in our Grand Opening Exhibition.

For details on the Stitch at Home Challenge, please download the pdf below.

Stitch at home challenge – How to Enter

What We Teach

We offer learning pathways for students at all levels – from beginners to professionals.

Introduction to Embroidery



Counted Thread & Canvas Embroidery

Combined Techniques


Design & Color Theory SFSNAD

Design and Color Theory

Experimental Techniques





Artist credits:  Appliqué Bird: Barbara Filipek.  Purple & Gold Thistle:  Jessica Fanego.  Photography:  Anastasiia Sapon, Joseph Carillo 

Free Weekly Stitch-Ins

  • Weekly Stitch-In:
    Wednesdays – 11:00 am – 4:00 pm
  • Late Night Stitch-In:
    Every last Wednesday of the month – 11:00 am – 7:00 pm
  • Monthly Saturday Stitch-In:
    Second Saturday of the month –  11:00 am – 4:00 pm

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Stitch Retreats

Come and spend a week stitching! Our Stitch Retreats focus on further developing and enhancing your skills and knowledge. These retreats are intended for students who have completed a formal embroidery course or program in the past. If you have studied embroidery in an in-depth course, then our retreats are a great place for you to dive deeper into a technique(s) of your choice.

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