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.

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 

Announcing our next Stitch at Home Challenge!

The theme of this Challenge is:

“Jewels of the Sea”

Complete Rules for our Challenge can be found here -> Rules

The Online Entry Form can be found here -> Entry Form

What is the “Stitch at Home Challenge”?

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. For each challenge we will provide you with an inspiration and you may use any needlework technique or combination of techniques in order to make a piece of textile art. We will offer a new Challenge and Inspiration quarterly.

Who can enter?

Anyone! We know that many of you live far away. If you can’t come and visit us here in San Francisco, this is a great opportunity for you to join our stitching community. If you live close by, you may have the chance to come in and see your work on display at our school during one of our exhibits!

What do I do with my finished piece?

Your finished piece of art belongs to you but for each challenge there will be a deadline for you to submit either a photograph of your piece or the actual piece itself for display in an exhibit. The Challenge Exhibit will be up for a month at SFSNAD and it is a great opportunity to showcase your work. With your permission, we will also display your work in an online gallery on our website.

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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Click here for a schedule of upcoming events

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.

Click here for more information and dates