It’s winter in San Francisco; that means rain, rain, and more rain. What fantastic weather for working on embroidery projects and reading up on needlework. Speaking of reading, 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
Earlier this month, I (Ellice here), attended Annalee’s superb lecture and class on Portrait Embroidery. The lecture covers embroidered portraits throughout history and covers some adventurous contemporary embroidery artists, as well. Next time it’s offered, I highly recommend you consider taking it. It inspired me to play around a little more with my stitching.
The Jewels of the Sea exhibition will be up at SNAD from February 4–March 4. We also invite you to the exhibit opening/party Saturday, February 11 between 11am and 4pm. Come see for yourself the 70-plus amazing entries from ten countries. We are thrilled with how the artists were inspired by the theme and the crystals—and that so many participated with so much pizzazz!
No matter where you are from, we hope to see you soon. If not, we hope you take part in our next Stitch at Home Challenge, based on designs provided by Anna Garris Goiser. For the patterns and details, click here.
Don’t get your Valentine’s chocolate fingers on your Challenge pieces!
Ellice, Annalee, Beth & Lucy
Volunteers are a welcome and fun addition to our in-house community. We have a wonderful growing group, who clocked in over 250 hours in 2016. Our inaugural feature on SNAD volunteers focuses on Jai Carrillo, sewer, blackwork artist and textile lover.
On volunteering at SNAD, Jai reports, “I love textiles and I love embroidery and I love supporting creativity. There’s so much to learn from helping other
people… Everyone [here] has so much knowledge and is excited about stitching.” Jai got his start by stitching clothes, including boxing shorts and boxing gloves. He says, “I got into stitching because one grandma was really into crafts, but she said, ‘Boys don’t knit.’ But my other grandma supported me.”
Of his varied SNAD volunteer tasks, which have included tracing monogram patterns on vellum, wrapping hoop frames, packaging metal thread, and pinning photos to Pinterest on behalf of the school, he counts transferring kit designs onto fabric for classes among his favorite: “It’s the idea of preparation for a project.”
SNAD welcomes volunteer assistance on small tasks or big projects. Whether you are interested in an ongoing commitment or just have a few hours, sharing your time helps us in so many ways.
We, and 50 students, were so lucky to welcome Marie-Sophie Lockhart to the school for two evenings of Fashion Embellishment in the spirit of the 1960’s and 1970’s. It was a great evening and all of us have better-looking clothes as a result. We were thrilled to welcome so many new students. Thank you so much, Marie, for bringing the joy of fashion embellishment to SNAD!
Many people brought jackets and jeans that they had already spent time customizing.
It was great to see everyone's creativity!
Unsurprisingly, "Rise Up Sisters" was one of
Marie's most popular designs.
Explore the essential stitches and nuances of Ribbon Embroidery through an imagined garden topiary design. Learn the basics of design transfer and tools, as well as essential ribbon embroidery stitches, such as the ribbon stitch, lazy daisy variations, looped and ruched stitches, french knots.
Cartonnage is a centuries-old French Boxmaking process of creating fabric-covered boxes. Mary Jo has been creating cartonnage for over 30 years and written two books on the subject: “Making Decorative Fabric-Covered Boxes,” Sterling/Chapelle and “Making Romantic Fabric-Covered Boxes,” Sterling/Chapelle.
A great introduction to crewelwork as well as the design process. Stitch the design as it is shown or, working with your instructors you can choose a new colorway and redesign the stitch plan to make it your own.
Jewels of the Sea Challenge Exhibition - Feb 4 - March 4, at SNAD
Join us for an opening celebration on February 11th, 11am-4pm
White on White: Hand stitching through time, Exploring the evolution of monochromatic needlework from 16th century examples to work being done today
Feb 7- June 24 at The Lace Museum of Sunnyvale, in collaboration with San Francisco School of Needlework & Design