Comprehensive Studies Program: Surface Embroidery (Level 1)

Mae McCourt

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Date(s) - June 13, 2022 - June 17, 2022
9:30 am - 4:30 pm


Surface Embroidery is a broad term that encompasses many styles and techniques of embroidery where the stitches are decoratively applied to embellish a ground fabric with needle and thread. This course will discuss techniques typically associated with surface embroidery. We will cover thread choice in relation to stitch types as each thread has unique qualities of twist, strength, feel, and look. A variety of thread types will be provided for practice and experimentation in class.

While studying some of the surface embroidery techniques, the course will cover:

  • Color choice
  • Thread choice
  • Stitch families
  • Shading
  • Project design and design balance
  • Fabric selection
  • History
  • Overall best practices

Surface embroidery is a very accessible technique; it does not require specialty fabric or costly threads, and provides endless opportunity for exploration and creativity.

The Surface Embroidery concentration builds a valuable stitch vocabulary, making it an excellent choice for beginners. A large stitch vocabulary is important because many of the surface embroidery stitches are found in other techniques and this knowledge will prepare students for study in future concentrations.

Prior to the course start date, each student will receive a pack of detailed course instructions, describing the course, required pre-work, class schedules, and an equipment list.

For more course details please visit our Comprehensive Studies Program page on our website.

Please click HERE to register.

Registration for this class closes 1 week prior to the start date. If you would like to inquire about the possibility of late registration, please contact Late registration will be accommodated when possible.

Cancellation policy: SNAD will refund tuition less a $25 processing fee up to 3 days (72 hours) prior to class start time. No refunds for cancellations with less than 3 days notification before class start time. 

San Francisco School of Needlework & Design (SFSNAD) follows the City and County of San Francisco Department of Public Health’s guidelines to reduce the risk of COVID-19. Consistent with CDC recommendations, SFSNAD requires proof of vaccination in order to participate in onsite, in-person courses and classes. We require visitors, students, and guests to the site to wear a well-fitting, non-vented mask such as an N95, KN95, or KF94 respirator.

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.

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