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.

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

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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SNAD’s Library

Did you know that SNAD has a library with over 2,400 books on embroidery and related subjects? Anyone is welcome to do onsite research in the library—including the antiquarian collection—for your projects and inspiration. You may come to SNAD and search the shelves or use our searchable database, or browse our online book list, which can be found here: SFSNAD Library Catalog

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Gift certificates are valid for classes within one year of purchase.

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 (Please Note: There will be no late night stitch in on December 28th but there will be regular Stitch-In hours that day from 11am-4pm.)
  • Monthly Saturday Stitch-In:
    Second Saturday of the month –  11:00 am – 4:00 pm