Design color theory and demos taught at SNAD          

Dear SNADers,
It’s hard to believe that July is already here which basically means fall is around the corner. Does time seem to pass by even more quickly than before? Do we need to take more time to stop and smell the roses? Probably, for most of us, both of these are true.
As with most schools, summer is a bit slower than the other three seasons here at SNAD. While all of you travel and traverse the globe, we are plotting enticing and exciting courses for the fall. And here is one BIG announcement:
Applications for our Mentorship and Technical Certificate Program are now open! This is the ideal program for stitchers wishing to pursue a career in hand embroidery and needlework. The 24 month program will guide you through the techniques of hand embroidery and allow you to build an individualized experience designed to fit your needs and your career goals with a special focus on the legacy and work of English-born American embroidery designer Erica Wilson. With the help of mentors who specialize in branding, social media, business practices and exhibition design, you will learn the expert skills you need to establish yourself as an industry professional. This is a unique program tailored to each individual’s needs. We can’t wait to meet our first cohort of future professional artists, educators, designers and entrepreneurs!

In this issue:

  • ‘resurgence’: Asif Shaikh opens in the Hanging Thread Gallery on July 23 with a Member Only Artist Reception from 1-3p. Click here to become a Member and meet this truly extraordinary embroiderer!
  • 15 Minutes of fame? Our very own Lauren Yeager tells her story on the  Fiber Talk Podcast!
  • Purple Reign is our next Challenge prompt. Deadline to email photos is August 1.
  • Feeling Lucy Goosey? Then take a class with Lucy! Now is the time! Ribbonwork and Blackwork, Gold and Silk Tudor Rose, Stumpwork Flower, Mountmellick, and Whitework will all be taught by Lucy this fall.
  • Next month’s Webinars:The Copacetic Crocheter Normalynn Ablao on August 10 and Stitching for Survival: Queer Ecologies by: Liz Harvey on August 24.
  • In-person Stitch-Ins are Thursdays from 2-4p at SNAD. Laura Tandeske will be your host. Drop in or register here.
  • Membership has its perks! July’s Membership perk is a Downloadable Design by Lauren Yeager. Become a Member in July and you can receive your copy of this limited edition design.

As always, thanks for stitching with us!

Lisa Coscino
Executive Director (she/her)

By Lisa Coscino, SFSNAD Executive Director

In light of summer travel, I started thinking about our global connections at SNAD. To preserve and advance the art of hand embroidery – a globally practiced craft is our mission. and the phrase - a globally practiced craft - is what I think about on a daily basis. How do we make these global connections? How do we tell multicultural stories? How do we teach embroideries from around the world? The answers I came up with is that we do these things by staying connected, by being inclusive, by creating relationships with communities both near and far, and by giving people space to educate and tell stories on their own terms.
The world sure does seem to be getting smaller these days - technology and data seem to create constant and immediate connections between people - the veil is thinner than in the past. But really, the world is, as it will always be, a vast place with huge blocks of land, air and water separating us. Connecting with others from across the divide is a choice we make. Allowing space for other voices is a choice we make. We make both choices daily at SNAD.
Although SNAD may seem limited by our location in San Francisco - California - the United States, we take an active role in creating and staying connected with our global community. And let’s not forget that San Francisco itself is quite a diverse city, arguably getting less so, with residents from many, many different backgrounds. Inspired by both our mission and by the unique beauty of embroideries from around the world, SNAD continues to celebrate our shared diversity: through educator perspectives, talks that explore significant cultural differences and similarities, and exhibitions that share examples of needle arts from our local and global communities. 
     Asif Shaikh embroidery 'resurgence'

This summer if you can't travel the globe, SNAD will be exploring the globe from home - with plenty of opportunities for you to jump in and join us! Kicking off our summer programming is a new exhibition opening at the Hanging Thread Gallery featuring the work of one of India’s most accomplished and acclaimed embroidery and textile experts, Asif Shaikh. A self-taught embroiderer, he has created award-winning museum-quality embroidered masterpieces which are sought after by textile lovers, collectors and museums across the world. Our exhibition will highlight the revival of India’s textile heritage with a special focus on hand embroidery. Though many techniques and crafts are no longer practiced, this exhibition brings with it the hope that what is lost can be brought back - and that which still exists can be produced with the utmost skill and quality. Opening on July 23rd, we are thrilled that Asif will be here to join us for the Member’s Reception to share his thoughts on lost traditions and bridging the East/West gap.
       Hanna Rohatynska embroidery for World Embroidery Day

On the heels of Asif’s exhibition premiere is SNAD’s celebration of World Embroidery Day, which will double as a fundraiser for Ukraine. In collaboration with Sarah Pedlow and Threadwritten, this World Embroidery Day you can take a class taught by Ukrainian embroidery artist Hanna Rohatynska. Artist Christina Shmigel will join the class to share her Ukrainian mother’s embroidery and her family’s emigration to the US in the 1940s. We are especially grateful to Ellice Sperber for shepherding and organizing this opportunity.
This summer and fall you can also see and hear a variety of presentations and talks from voices around the globe through our Webinar Speaker Series. Explore the battle between France and the UK over the origin of the Bayeux Tapestry in a talk by Alexandra Makin or learn about the extraordinary career of Helen M. Stevens of Bury St. Edmunds, a world renowned hand embroiderer and designer. Another stop in the UK, and you can visit with Dr. Lynn Hulse who will explore the figurative wall hangings stitched by the RSAN between 1875 and c. 1908, and then head on to India to explore the history and artistic vision of Atelier Shikaarbagh with Mayankraj Singh, whose inspiration is the rich repertoire of hand embroidery traditions of India & Europe and also the regal legacy of one’s family.

                     Bayeux Tapestry

If you are not completely exhausted by the trip around the world in Webinars, consider taking a class that will widen your cultural perspectives. You can learn to make beautiful Jane Austen inspired Rose Buttons with Uk based award winning embroidery artist Chrissie Juno Mann or to make traditional Korean Saeksilnubi or Bojagi with Youngmin Lee. Lastly, for those of you in Australia, Zurich and the UK, we will be teaching in your time zone this October with a class created for us by Australia-based Michelle Hamill!

   Saeksilnubi by Youngmin Lee

Whatever your travel schedule allows, consider us a launching point for expanding your worldview, for exploring cultures east to west, and for learning traditional techniques from around the globe!

Stitch-at-Home Challenge:
Out of this World: (link to online exhibition)
June 13 - September 3

Artwork: Amy Jenkins
Asif Shaikh: 'resurgence'
July 23 - November 28

Members Only Artist Reception:
July 23, 1-3p
Public Opening: July 23, 3-4p



The easiest way to see our entire course and event catalog through December is to follow this link. To see everything we are offering, you will need to click on the SHOW MORE button on our registration page.



Our Comprehensive Studies Program will be taught in-person. Registration is open.

Registration for Fall Term CSP:
CSP Metalwork Level 1: October 24-28
CSP All Concentrations Level 2: October 31-November 4
and in the same realm, introducing:
Introduction to Tambour Work Level 2 with Bob Haven: October 24-28
And Sew it begins: In-Person Stitch Solutions with Lauren Yeager: October 31-Nov. 4

July 13th, 10am-11:00am PST
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July 27th, 10am-11:00am PST
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In-person classes and workshops are taught at 850 Battery St, San Francisco.
In-Person Goldwork Butterfly
July 14, 10am-4pm PDT
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In-Person Stumpwork Ribbon
Jewelry with 
Tiffany Chin

July 16, 11am-4pm PDT
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In-Person Mandala Design for Embroidery with Laura Tandeske
August 20, 11am-4pm PDT

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In-Person Technique Tasters
August 27 - September 15
Mornings: 10am-1pm PDT
Afternoons: 2pm-5pm PDT

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In-Person Meaningful Textiles: Creative Re-Use with Juli van Tellingen
(Two-Session Workshop)

September 10 and 17, 10am-4pm PDT
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In-Person Bite-Size for Beginners
September 18, 1:30pm-4pm PDT

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All Online classes are taught via Zoom in Pacific Time (US and Canada)
Goldwork Moth with Lauren Yeager (Three-Session Class)
Aug 5, Aug 12, and Aug 19, 
8am-11am PDT

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Crewelwork Tiger with Mae McCourt 
August 13, 10am-1pm PDT

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Needlelace Workshop with Lauren Yeager (Two-Session Class)
Aug 20 and Aug 27, 10am-1pm PDT

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Bite-Size for Beginners
August 25, 5:30am-8pm PDT

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Online Saeksilnubi (Colorful Thread Quilting) with Youngmin Lee
September 8, 3:30pm-6:30pm PDT

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Online Stumpwork Iris with Lauren Yeager (Two-Session Class)
September 9 and 16, 10am-1pm PDT

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Online Introduction to Embroidery: Contemporary and Traditional Flower 
with Mae McCourt

September 10, 10am-3pm PDT
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Online Japanese Mum with Lauren Yeager (Two-Session Class)
September 10 and 17, 10am-1pm PDT

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