September Newsletter
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We have many exciting things in the works here at SNAD, including getting ready for our Grand Opening Celebration on September 10th! See below to find out more about what we have been up to.

—Ellice, Lucy, Annalee & Beth

Goodie Bags!
The bags for our goodie bags have arrived. Are you as excited as we are? All entrants into our Stitch at Home Challenge will receive a goodie bag and we will also be passing them out to our guests at our Grand Opening Celebration. Please note that we will have a limited supply at the Grand Opening so show up early to make sure to get yours!

We want to keep the items in our goodie bags a surprise, but as a teaser, we have donations from great local establishments such as Britex Fabrics and The Ribbonerie!
Our office is also filling up with raffle prizes. Not only do we now have signed copies of Alison Cole's new stumpwork book for sale in our shop, but she has generously donated a few copies as raffle prizes.

Also up for grabs are embroidery kits from a number of talented designers including Sarah Homfray and Talliaferro, a subscription to Inspirations magazine courtesy of The Wooly Thread, various and sundry gift certificates and much more.
To RSVP for our Grand Opening Celebration, please send an email to We can't wait to see you there!

Sketching with Thread - Exercises in Mark Making
September 24-25th
If you are looking for an experimental class to stretch your skills, you might enjoy this one. In this class we will explore the possibilities of sketching with thread. Utilizing varying thicknesses of thread in combination with ideas taken from drawing techniques such as hatching, cross hatching, stippling and scribbling, you will learn to create value and depth at a faster pace. We will discuss how different drawing techniques are used, look at examples and work on practice exercises both with pencil and paper as well as with cloth and thread. Then we will put these ideas into practice by working on stitching a still life. In embroidery, where things are so often tight and perfect, this class will help you to develop a looser, more experimental hand.

Click here to register.

Mountmellick Embroidery
We recently recieved a fabulous donation of Mountmellick items. The donation includes a few original sketches from Sister Teresa Margaret McCarthy, who has been described as "The pheonix behind the resurrection of Mountmellick Work." Mountmellick embroidery is a traditional Irish technique that depicts images of nature in a thick white thread on cotton jean fabric. It incorporates many interesting knotted stitches including a stitch known simply as "Mountmellick stitch."

If you are interested in learning Mountmellick embroidery, we have a class coming up on November 18th!

Click here to register.
Help support SNAD when you shop on Amazon! Visit to make San Francisco School of Needlework and Design your charitable organization. Remember, when you do your shopping, start at, and Amazon will donate 0.5% of the price of your eligible AmazonSmile purchases to SNAD!

We are a 501c(3) non-profit organization. Donations help us to achieve our mission of promoting and sharing the knowledge and history of hand embroidery and needlework to ensure its future as a valued art form.

We appreciate your help and we hope to see you at SNAD soon!


We have some exciting classes coming up this fall including the continuation of our Introductory Series. Click below to see a full list of our class offerings.
Class Schedule & Registration



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