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.

Join our current

Stitch-at-Home Challenge: Choices

Get inspired. Read complete Choices Rules
Deadline to submit artwork: October 30, 2020 via EMAIL ONLY. 

Fill out Part 1 of the Entry Form before beginning your piece.
Fill out Part 2 of the Entry Form once you have completed your piece.


Choices are our power. Good or evil. Inspirational or dreaded. Collaborative or authoritative. Easy or complex. Influential or coerced. Courageous, bold, ambitious, daring, gallant, spirited, heart-felt. The outcome of the choices we make throughout our lifetime impacts not only ourselves, but our families, our community, and our entire world. Every choice we make bolsters the essence of who we are.

When our right to make choices is taken from us, we are resentful, sometimes internalizing our anger, and sometimes exploding in rebellion. At other times, we may have an anxiety-provoking choice-overload when faced with too many options, or, a giddy feeling when there is a plethora of fun and exciting options. When we are bold  we can make choices that change the world, as well as our place in it. 

Be bold. Dive off the cliff with us, choose some colors and some stitches, and tell us what the consequences are of the choices in your life, how you make them, and who you choose to be and why.

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!