Join us for an exciting new addition to our SNAD program! Online lectures will now be offered monthly through Webinar, featuring experienced stitchers and historians on the subjects of embroidery and other fiber arts. Each month SNAD will have available two separate special guest events for registration; where our speakers will give an insight into their favorite subjects on a fascinating fiber topic.

Webinar ticket sales are not refundable.

2022 Lecture Series (Online)

May 4th: Fine Cell Work, founded by Dr. Katy Emck OBE, is a charity which makes beautiful handmade products in British prisons. Their unique products have been designed in collaboration with some of the country’s leading contemporary designers and are all hand-produced in limited editions. Teaching prisoners high-quality needlework boosts their self-worth, instils self-discipline, fosters hope and encourages them to lead independent, crime-free lives. Register here.

May 25th: Chrissie Juno Mann is an award-winning embroidery artist based in the heart of the New Forest, in the UK. She is also the author of the popular embroidery book: “50 Essential Blackwork Patterns.” Trained by The Royal School of Needlework at Hampton Court Palace, Chrissie teaches a variety of techniques as a tutor for Royal School of Needlework both across the UK and abroad. She also created her very own embroidery brand: Cloud Juno which has exciting workshops, designs, and pieces for exhibitions. Register here.

June 1st: Dr. Tricia Wilson Nguyen is a teacher, historian, entrepreneur, and engineer. Her interests stretch between the embroidery and technology of the past and present. Dr.Nguyen’s primary field is engineering where she has been part of a small group of scientists and artists who have pioneered the new field of electronic textiles. Her product developments in that field have been seen in Land’s End, Brookstone, the fields of World Cup Soccer and have been exhibited at the Smithsonian. But in this venue, Tricia is best known for her knowledge and interpretation of historical needlework through projects such as the Plimoth Jacket. She is the owner of Thistle Threads, a company that researches and designs historically inspired needlework. Register here.

June 8th: Robert W. Haven, author of “Tambour Beading and Embroidery” has featured his award winning work for the Behringer Crawford Museum in Covington KY, the Fashion History Museum in Cambridge Ontario, as well as at the World of Wearable Art Museum, in New Zealand. Bob has also authored various articles for Vogue Patterns as well as Piecework Magazine. Bob Haven throughout his career has taught both as a professor of Costume Technology and as well as a Tambour embroidery instructor for fashion schools in the US as well as abroad. Bob continues his practice from his home Studio in Lexington Kentucky. Bob Haven will touch on the history and practice of using the techniques of Tambour work embroidery for the fashion industry as well as touch on his own methods of making and design. Register here.

July 13th: Dr. Alexandra Makin takes on a journey about the creation of the Bayeux Tapestry! Dr. Makin is a textile archaeologist specializing in early medieval embroidery and a professional embroiderer, having trained on the Royal School of Needlework’s three-year apprenticeship. At present, she is a Post-Doctorial Researcher on the Unwrapping the Galloway Hoard project and a published a research book, “The Lost Art of the Anglo-Saxon World: the sacred and secular power of embroidery” and consults for a number of institutions including the Musée de la Tapisserie de Bayeux. She also runs and hosts the ‘Early Medieval (mostly) Textiles’ blog and YouTube channel, ‘Early Medieval Embroidery’. This presentation will take us into the world of the Bayeux Tapestry, but with a twist. We will focus on the reverse of this famous hanging, exploring what it tells us about how it was made. Get an exclusive look at rare photographs of the reverse of the Tapestry and learn about the people who made it! Register here.

July 27th: Doug Kreinik, owner of the Kreinik Manufacturing Company, sits down in conversation with SNAD to discuss the joys and challenges of running the thread brand company that we know and love! Kreinik is a family business started by Doug’s parents, Jerry and Estelle Kreinik, that sold portable sewing cases to hold threads, needles, and stitchery projects. Now they offer a variety of silk and metallic threads for hand and machine embroidery, plus real metal threads and iron-on fibers for embellishments. Register here.

August 10th: Normalynn Ablao also known as The Copasetic Crocheter has been a crochet pattern designer for 16 years. She may best be known in the crochet community to have shared the basic cake template patterns that are seen in many crochet cakes today. Currently Normalynn offers in her delightful webpage unique food patterns, as well as her popular cake patterns for curious crocheters that will satisfy any palate guilt free! Register here.

August 24th: Liz Harvey is a queer artist who makes textile-based works, including mixed media, collage, and performance, in ways that disorient viewers while pointing towards queer and environmental liberatory futures. Liz Harvey will share and discuss her work and how it engages with stitching as a way to deal with the bittersweet, particularly around dealing with climate disruption during the Anthropocene. Liz will also share how disorientation and embroidery come together as strategies to “queer” our relationship to nature. Using dance, textiles, and text, her work often makes use of what she calls time-traveling, to engage with overlooked stories. Her recent project, the lost ones, invited participants to embroider critically endangered flowers on a garment worn by a performer in multiple outdoor performances in order to help viewers navigate yearning and melancholy. Register here.

September 21st: Join a Curator’s Conversations with artist Ryan Carrington and curator Amy DiPlacido, where they will discuss the artist’s work and Carrington’s involvement with the San Jose Museum of Quilts & Textiles and upcoming projects. Ryan Carrington has been teaching sculpture, site-specific, and professional practice courses at Santa Clara University since 2012. He earned his BFA at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and after undergraduate school, he spent 18 months as an artist-in-residence at the Anderson Ranch Arts Center in Colorado. He went on to receive his MFA from San Jose State University. He exhibits his work nationally, and has produced multiple large-scale public art commissions, as well as a solo exhibition titled Contradictions at the San Jose Museum of Quilts & Textiles during the summer of 2021. In 2014 he received the Silicon Valley Creates Emerging Artist Laureate Award, and he was selected for the 2021 Center for Arts and Humanities Fellowship at Santa Clara University. Register here.

September 28th: Dr. Lynn Hulse is a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of London and co-founder of Ornamental Embroidery. Recent exhibitions include The Needles Excellency: contemporary raised work at the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford (2017) and the Knitting and Stitching Show (2018), and The Needles Art: contemporary hand embroidery inspired by an early Tudor pattern book at the Bodleian Library, Oxford (2021). She has published widely on the development of art embroidery and is the editor of May Morris: Art and Life (2017), longlisted for the 2018 William M. B. Berger Prize in British Art History, and The Needles Excellency: English raised embroidery (2018). Listen as she explores the figurative wall hangings stitched by the RSAN between 1875 and c. 1908 after pre-Raphaelite painter and designer, Edward Burne-Jones (1833-1898) textile designs. Register here.

October 12th: Helen M. Stevens  of Bury St. Edmunds, is a world renowned hand embroiderer, designer, and bestselling author of 12 wonderful embroidery books. In 1981 she began her very own business and created her formal practice the True Embroideries Studio. She has done commissions for clients such as Harrods of Knightsbridge, The Stanley Gibbons Gallery, the NHS, RSPB, the House of Commons, and the British Museum; the latter would spark her later interest in Anglo Saxon embroidery. Helen has also exhibited by invitation as a member of the Society of Women Artists, at Central Hall, Westminster, The Mall Galleries, the Palace of Westminster and as a regular contributor to the Arts Pavilion at the East of England Show. Her exhibition experience also extends to a one-woman show held regularly every two years both in the UK and overseas. Register here.

October 26th: Maayankraj holds a Masters in the History of Arts from Maharaja Sayaji Rao University, Vadodara. He is pursuing his PhD in ‘The Evolution of Rajput Royal Costumes’, from Kota Open University. In the year 2010, he recorded ‘Oral History of Costume Traditions’ as a written thesis, through extensive travel and research. These endeavors have sensitized him greatly, not just to the nuances of his profession, but also to the seeds of future potential therein. Maayankraj Singh’s inspiration has been the rich repertoire of hand embroidery traditions of India & Europe and also the regal legacy of one’s family. Register here. 

November 9th: Join SNAD for an informative conversation between artist Christine Meuris and Curator Amy DiPlacido where they will discuss the artist’s work and Meuris’s slow making processes. Bay Area artist Christine Meuris has recently created a series of works utilizing original techniques that interweave multiple, labor-intensive processes much beloved by the fiber art community.

During the pandemic, while things felt simultaneously dangerous and vague, and social systems revealed themselves to be more fragile than previously imaginable, Christine began exposing more and more of the transparent scrim of her works throughout the creation process of this series. By presenting this body of work of veil-like pieces with varying levels of concealment, Christine visually communicates the tenuousness of these past years using the iconography of a veil as a metaphor for a false sense of safety. In her talk, Christine will explore both the symbolism she chose for the series “Veiled” and how she explored its faceted meanings throughout this body of work. Register here.

Webinar ticket sales are not refundable.