Following a look around our gallery space and needlework library, we will sit down for biscuits, tea, and a chat with one of the school’s principals. Through the lens of our mission to bring needlework into the 21st century, we will view selected items from our private embroidery collection, discuss craft preservation, and the modern implementation of traditional teachings. Guests will then get to engage in an embroidery experience: our “bite-size” design class. This class is appropriate for beginners and experienced needleworkers alike. Guests will choose between eight designs, as well as from a range of color combinations, and learn chain stitch, satin stitch, whipped back stitch, and French knots, as well as basic skills such as how to trace a design onto fabric and thread the needle. No embroidery experience necessary.
San Francisco School of Needlework and Design (SNAD) is a nonprofit dedicated to providing craft education in the needle arts, and to advancing the knowledge and heritage of hand embroidery. SNAD was founded in 2015 by Lucy Barter and Ellice Sperber. Ms. Barter was trained as an apprentice at the Royal School of Needlework in England and ran their courses in the U.S. for 8 years. Ms. Sperber earned her Diploma at the Royal School of Needlework. The two envisioned a school of needlework that was not only based in the U.S., but would bring a fresh and modern creativity to the art form.
San Francisco School of Needlework & Design
Our goal is to inspire the next generation of hand-embroidery artisans, building on traditional knowledge, expanded technical abilities, and an understanding of the vast methods of one of the oldest known handwork traditions. SNAD, a 501c3, serves students at all levels from beginner to professional, honoring creative thought, promoting contemporary exploration, and preserving traditional methods.
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Biscuits and other snacks
The day will be spent throughout our classrooms and design room, here at our school in the heart of downtown San Francisco. We have been operating from this location in Union Square for the past two years, allowing locals and Bay Area visitors alike a convenient place to spend time honing their craft.
Please note: Children under the age of 15 must be accompanied by an adult Please email us (email@example.com) if you have any questions before class day. We can’t wait to have you!
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