Artist Credit: Jessica Fanego

We are currently open for online classes and by appointment only.

The health and well-being of our community is important to us and we are committed to doing our part to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 virus.

All of our online classes and appointments are held in Pacific Time (US and Canada).

Please continue to follow us on Facebook and Instagram for inspiration during this challenging time.

If you need to contact us we will be checking email and phone messages. You can reach us at

Moving the Needle Forward

The art of hand embroidery is enjoying an artistic and commercial renaissance throughout the world. Through classes taught by world-class stitchers and textile artists, The San Francisco School of Needlework & Design is bringing a fresh and modern creativity to this ancient art form.

Make a Donation

SNAD is a nonprofit organization committed to preserving and promoting the traditions of hand embroidery. If you are able, you can make a donation which will allow us to continue to develop fun and innovative community outreach programs.

Stitch-at-Home Challenge:

When This You See, Remember Me

Deadline to submit artwork is May 1, 2021

Exhibition runs Online and in Tinsel Trading*

Legacy is what we leave and do that others remember us by. It is made up of the parts of ourselves that are the most meaningful and enduring – both deeply personal and public. It is the cumulation of a lifetime of experiencing and giving back to the world, yet freely given and intended to be shared, and leave an impression.

Please visit our current challenge page for more details and rules.

Free Virtual Stitch-Ins via Zoom

Weekly Stitch-In via Zoom:

  • Wednesdays – 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm (Pacific Time, US and Canada)
  • Saturdays – 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm (Pacific Time, US and Canada)


Meeting ID: 91708144336
Password: 778321

SNAD’s Library

Did you know that SNAD has a library with over 3,000 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

Purchase a SNAD Gift Certificate

Purchase a class certificate for yourself or a loved one!

Class certificates do not expire and make perfect gifts for a holidays, birthdays, or “just because” days!