In-Person Stitch Foundations with Laura Tandeske

Mae McCourt

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Date(s) - September 24, 2022
11:00 am - 1:30 pm

This beginner level course introduces the stitcher to some fundamental stitches in surface embroidery according to their “stitch family.”

This class will be taught in-person at 850 Battery Street, San Francisco.

Class length: 2.5 hours

Skill level: Great for anyone wants to improve their foundational skills.

Class Description: This beginner level course introduces the stitcher to some fundamental stitches in surface embroidery according to their “stitch family.” Each class starts with three to four basic embroidery stitches and provides stitchers with the history of certain surface embroidery stitches, how to thread a needle, how to cast on and cast off, and how to personalize a design by understanding where particular stitches may be used in an embroidered design. In addition, stitchers will get a feel for how stitches are manipulated on the fabric. Take one class or all of the classes in this series and create your own sampler of stitches to reference in future works.

Supplies: All materials will be provided to you in class.

Class Minimum: 3 students

Please click HERE to register.

About the Educator: Laura has been embroidering for 40+ years specializing in Surface Embroidery. She studied Fine Art at California State University East Bay, and embroidery with the Embroiderers Guild of America and San Francisco School of Needlework and Design. Her piece called “Balance” toured the United States and Canada as part of the 2 year Sixteenth National Exhibit with the Embroiderers Guild of America. She has won numerous awards including “Best in Show” at the California State Fair in Sacramento.

While Laura’s first love is doing embroidery, her very close second is teaching embroidery. She loves bringing this ancient healing art to students while enjoying the beautiful and growing community at SFSNAD.

Laura is also a biochemist with 32 years experience at Chiron/Novartis working in early stage drug discovery research for Oncology, Infectious Diseases, and Diagnostics. She brings this scientific and experimental mind to her Embroidery work.

Laura once believed that art had to be framed in a gallery, and sold to be ‘art’. In art school she pondered the question ‘what is art?’ After thinking about this for many years, her personal answer is ‘art is communication’. Laura wears the clothes she has been embroidering on for years – her wearable art – and realized that this is a form of communication with everyone around her. It was a profound revelation for her to realize that she was already a successful artist.


Registration for this class closes 1 day 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 with an additional expedited shipping fee.

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.


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