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.

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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Hand & Lock at SNAD

Setting up home for one week at the San Francisco School of Needlework and Design, Hand & Lock will be teaching the famous embroidery technique, Tambour beading.

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Or, join them and learn the beautiful art of monogramming. This three day Monogramming class with teach you you how to set a full size embroidery frame, transfer your chosen letters to the material and then show you how to stitch out your letters in the traditional way still used in the London based Hand & Lock Atelier.

Register here.

Join the Challenge!

Bur·lesque, noun: An absurd or comically exaggerated imitation of something, especially in a literary or dramatic work; a parody.

Kreinik, maker of sparkly, metallic threads, inspired this theme and they have graciously donated threads for all of you to use on your Challenge pieces.

Join Stitch-at-Home Challenge: Burlesque!

SNAD is a nonprofit organization committed to preserving and promoting the traditions of hand embroidery. If you are able, you can make a donation which will allow us to continue to develop fun and innovative community outreach programs.

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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 – 9:00 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

Quick Look

Hanging Thread: Gillian Creelman
June 1 – August 31, 2018.
Gillian attended the Royal School of Needlework (RSN) in Kensington, London in the early 1950s. Her nearly complete portfolio documenting three years of intense coursework, including needlework samplers, paintings, sketches, and journals are an historic testament to a centuries old tradition of needlework education.