Allison Rialo CSP Surface Embroidery Traditional Design

Hello SNADers,
We appreciate that these are unprecedented and difficult times. We miss sharing our creative space with our community and although we remain closed until further notice, we cannot wait to get back to in-person classes as soon as it is safe to do so. In the meantime, we love connecting with our creative community through our social media platforms and our new virtual Stitch-Ins (more details on that below!).
For the day we can finally come back together at our physical space, our instructors continue to prepare exciting classes and new designs. Until then, you can join us for the grand opening of our online shop(link) to find fun kits, colorful thread packs, and other supplies. We’ll add more items weekly.
We thank those of you that have been able to make donations to SNAD during this time. Your support is a gift and we thank you from the bottom of our hearts. For those of you that are able to donate, please click on the donation button below or send a check to our address, listed at the bottom of this newsletter, as we continue to gather the mail. 

Side by side we will weather this storm as we find ways to provide connection and a respite for our creative community. We look forward to welcoming you back to the school as soon as we can.

And happy Mother’s Day to all those celebrating — we hope you treat yourself to some stitching time.
Laura Maloney and the SNAD Team
In this newsletter:
  • Two students in SNAD’s Comprehensive Studies Program share their embroidery journeys.
  • Announcing the grand opening of our new online shop.
  • Stay connected: Join us for virtual Stitch-Ins on Wednesdays and Saturdays.
  • SNAD instructors share what they are up to during shelter in place.
Allison Railo and Jodi Sprague are currently making their way through SNAD's Comprehensive Studies Program in Hand Embroidery. They have both recently completed Level 2 designs in the Surface Embroidery concentration. In this level, students have the option to choose between a traditional or a contemporary design. The purpose of this level is to see how the students work with color and design in the piece as well as testing the technical aspect of working with the threads and stitches themselves. Below, Allison and Jodi share their embroidery journeys with us along with their final pieces for level 2 of this course.

My embroidery journey started with learning needlepoint in honor of my grandmother, whom I an named after. I still have many of her pillows and and an unfinished canvas. I made several pillows for gifts to family and friends over the years.  Then I learned how to knit from my Mother-in-Law, and have always loved to buy cross-stitch kits when we travel.
Allison Rialo CSP Surface Embroidery Traditional Design
Progressing through the SFSNAD CSP Surface Embroidery program has given me a greater feeling of artistry and creativity and so much confidence in my ability to create, rather than just follow others ideas with kits. I still like to do the kits, especially at a time like this when I don’t have the option to go out and select fabrics and threads in person. I’m looking forward to going back to SFSNAD as soon as possible! 

My embroidery that is a bit of a windy path.  I got my first two embroidery kits when I was in 4th grade.  One was a small cross stitch for my 4th grade teacher (which I was so proud of that I couldn't give it to her...but eventually did like 10 years later) and the other was a small petite point pansy for mother's day (which was lost partly completed and then found while I was in college - finished it and gave it to her- she still remembered).  While neither really interested me much at the time but it planted a seed. A couple years later, while I was watching my aunt do Hardanger embroidery I begged her to teach me.  I was fortunate that at the time she taught me the basics and for years I did Hardanger off and on as my escape.
Jodi Sprague CSP Surface Embroidery Traditional Design
I still embroider as my sounding board and time to destress.  In the last 5 years, I've been exploring different techniques and trying to improve my basic techniques.  When I found SNAD a couple of years ago it was like a love affair come true.  My first visit was for a stitch retreat and it was awesome.  I finally found my tribe.  My people, those who really wanted to not just embroider but to try and embroider at a higher level.  Being part of this community means so much to me.  It keeps me connected, it keeps me sane and it allows me a breather from my everyday life. All of that has really helped me get a handle on my mental health.
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Crewel Work Stag Kit Designed by Lauren Yeager
If you have been waiting to be able to purchase SNAD kits and supplies online, Good News! We now have an online shop up and running. Our shop site features kits, thread packs, books, and equipment. We will be adding more items every month, so keep checking back. We appreciate your support
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  • Join us for a virtual Stitch-In with our SAND instructors and special guests.  We will host weekly Stitch-Ins on Wednesday and Saturday. Join us to share  what you are working on with SFSNAD Instructors and ask questions as needed! Hope to see you there! To join this stitch in, please use the following codes on Zoom for access:
    • Wednesdays from 2pm to 4pm PST  
      • May 6th, 13th, 20th and 27th
        • Meeting ID: 92451729979
        • Password: 539583
    • Saturdays from 2pm to 4pm PST 
      • May 9th, 16th, 23rd and 30th
        • Meeting ID: 93815515976
        • Password: 929602
  • Treat yourself to something from our new online shop.
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Mae McCourt welcomed baby H at the beginning of January. As you can imagine her days are full. She found a video tutorial on making a 10-minute mask and stitched a friendly Hello to her neighbors for her daily ventures out. She has carved out a little time here and there to stitch up some pins with H's age for photos. She says they are usually stitched in a rush at the last minute and safety pinned onto whichever pajamas he was wearing that day! She plans to make a little felt book to keep them all in at some point. 

Lucy Barter is working on compiling short videos of tutorials, information about projects and collection items as well as some
fun ideas for working on your wardrobe and home textiles. These can be found on our Facebook page. She gives an old blouse a new lease on life using sequins and beads. She also spiffed up one of her husband’s old ties.

Lauren Yeager is, as always working on many varied and unique projects. The one shown here is a counted design using blackwork stitches, it was originally being designed for a SNAD class but may soon be available as a kit in our shop.
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