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 

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

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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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