Dear SNADers,
Warmer, longer days are approaching. The winter gloom and chill will be a memory soon. What will you fill your days with? What projects are waiting for you to uncover and finish, or better yet, which are waiting for you to start?

Spring always feels like new beginnings to me - I think I write this each year. Although I live in San Francisco now, my midwestern childhood muscle memory brings me right back to the days when the ice cream truck would start up its route after winter hibernation. The excitement of lining up while there was still snow on the ground with a quarter (dollar? Apple Wallet? Venmo?) in my hand, anticipating the saccharine sweet taste of too much sugar always makes me smile. 

Spring at SFSNAD is a bit like the ice cream truck visiting after a long break. We have so many delicious new courses, fresh ways to approach textile and needlearts, new exhibits and programs. And many of the fan favorites are still on the menu.

We are super excited to bring Sara Rickards of Well Embroidered to San Francisco to teach three unique courses for intermediate and advanced stitchers. Sara will be teaching onsite in August. Here is a tasting menu of her offerings: Art Nouveau Whitework Portrait, Frida Kahlo Stumpwork & Goldwork, and Summertime Crewelwork. More information on each of these course can be found by clicking the hyperlinks. 

In this issue:

  • Membership has its Perks! If you are an inaugural member st SFSNAD, your membership renewal is Now! For those of you who joined later in 2022, your renewal letters will go out one month before your membership expires. New members are always welcome!

  • It’s all about Bob (again!): Join us on Wednesday, March 22 from 4-6pm in the Hanging Thread Gallery for a reception for Bob Haven's half-scale fashion samples created between 1995 and 2014.They represent a wide range of  historical eras from the Elizabethan to the 20th century. No RSVP necessary, just stop by if you can!

  • It's always sunny when you look on the Bright Side: Our Challenge Exhibit is sure to brighten your day. In the Corridor Gallery through June.

As alway, thanks for stitching with us!

Lisa Coscino (she/her)
Executive Director
Image: Sample from Frida Kahlo Stumpwork & Goldwork by Sara Rickards

Textile Tell All
By Lisa Coscino, SFSNAD Executive Director
Most - if not all - of us are familiar with The Antiques Roadshow by now. It is fun to watch people discover the value of their heirlooms, to uncover the origin stories of their 'stuff' and to see the tears and cheers of delight in both the expert’s and the collector’s eyes when something rare has been revealed. Most of us have an attic full, garage full or, at the very least, a closet or drawer full of memories and treasures, and have imagined ourselves stepping up to the expert’s table and learning the hidden story of our heirlooms. Well, what if you could do just that at SFSNAD?
On April 29th, we will be hosting our first (of many, we hope) Textile Tell All, our riff on the Antiques Roadshow, where we will bring together textile and needlework experts from diverse specialty areas. Participants can bring textiles, embroidery, stitching, lace, quilted treasures, etc to learn more about them. So far, our areas of expertise include: Lace, Samplers, Antique tools, care, preservation and conservation, value and appraisal, quilts, and fashion.

In addition to having your treasures reviewed by experts, we will be hosting 30 minute informative Textile Talks in the Ellice Sperber Community Room about all sorts of interesting topics related to textile collecting. We will be featuring some very special speakers and some very special collections - including some from SFSNAD’s own textile collection.

Everyone collects something, and like the things we collect, the reasons for doing so vary. Some people do it for pleasure while others do it for discovery and a yearn to learn more. There are also people who collect to show status, loyalty or attraction towards a specific subject. In general though, we all collect because objects represent something that we value, or serve as a tool for us to connect with others. Through our love of certain items, we discover peers and groups of people that share similar tastes. This creates a community which grows over time. We invite everyone to join in this wonderful community 'Show and Tell' and to deepen their knowledge and appreciation of the needle arts. Please pre-register so we can organize our space. This will be a super fun days of learning and sharing. If you do not have a special textile or embroidery you'd like to learn more about, join us for the Textile Talks in the Community Room!

images top to bottom: 1&2 - SFSNAD visiting Lacis, 3 - SFSNAD Collection

Design Through Time: Showcasing the portfolio of Gillian Creelman
January 15 - June 30, 2023 
Liz Harvey: 
the lost ones: iterations and murmurs
Closing Panel Discussion March 11, 3-4p


To search for classes by Educator, Technique, Level, Location or Session type, click here.


Web: Exploring 18th Century
Embroidered Sewing Rolls  
April 5, 10am-11:00am PDT

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Web: The Developments of
Medieval Dress  
April 19, 10am-11:00am PDT

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Taught at 850 Battery St, San Francisco.
In-Person Technique Taster:
Crewelwork with Laura Tandeske

March 4, 10am-1pm PST
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In-Person Technique Taster:
Needlepoint with Margaret Timbrell

March 9, 11am-2pm PDT
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In-Person Stitch Foundations: Straight Stitches with Laura Tandeske
March 11th, 11am-1:30pm PDT
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In-Person Panel Discussion: Collaborating on the lost ones
March 11, 3pm-4pm PDT
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In-Person Comprehensive Studies Program: Counted Embroidery (L1) with Lucy Barter
March 20-24, 9:30am-4:30pm PDT
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In-Person Textile Tell All
April 29, 11am-4pm PDT
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In-Person Stitch Foundations: Woven Stitches with Laura Tandeske
April 15th, 11am-1:30pm PDT
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In-Person And Sew it Begins with Lauren Yeager
April 30-May 1, 9:30pm-4:30pm PDT
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All Online classes are taught via Zoom in Pacific Time (US and Canada)
Online Creative Mark Making
with Felicity Alice

March 18, 10am-2pm PST
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Online Bite Size for Beginners
with Allison Railo

March 23, 5pm-7:30pm PST
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Online Mini French Éclairs
with Normalynn 
March 25, 10am-2pm PST
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Online Technique Tasters
March 31 - April 29
Mornings: 10am-1pm PST
Afternoons: 2pm-5pm PST

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Online Jumeoni Pouches
with Youngmin Lee

April 1, 10am-1pm PST
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Online Introduction to Embroidery: Animal with Mae McCourt
April 1, 10am-3pm PDT
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Online Crewelwork Tiger
with Mae McCourt

April 13, 10am-1pm PDT
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Online Needlelace Workshop with Lauren Yeager (2 sessions)
April 14 and 21, 10am-1pm PDT
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Online 17th Century Garden with Lauren Yeager (4 sessions)
April 15, 22, 29, May 6, 10am-1pm PDT
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Online Fluttering Butterfly
with Connie Chow

April 15, 10am-2pm PDT
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Online Stitch Foundations:
Woven Stitches 
with Allison Railo
April 20th, 5pm-7:30pm PDT
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Online Finishing and Mounting with Teri Michele King
April 22, 10am-2pm PDT
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