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.
2021 Lecture Series (Online)
October 20th: Devi Vallabhaneni, created her first embroidery pieces in 2011, experimenting with sequins and beads. As her enthusiasm grew, she decided to take courses in fashion design in Chicago, followed by textile classes at the famed Central Saint Martins, London. In 2016, she studied the craft of ‘crochet de Lunéville’ at Hand & Lock, winning first place at the annual embroidery competition. Transatlantic consecration of her talents came in 2018 when Neiman Marcus Beverly Hills commissioned three panels. Register here.
November 10th: Hugh Belsey, a graduate of the Universities of Manchester and Birmingham, is an experienced lecturer in Europe, Australia and the United States. For twenty-three years he curated Gainsborough’s House in the UK where he formed one of the largest collections of the artist’s work. He has taught at the Universities of Melbourne and Buckingham and curated many exhibitions. Register here.
December 1st: Dr. Jessica Grimm studied archaeology at the University of Groningen in the Netherlands and hand-embroidery at the Royal School of Needlework. Combining her academic and hands-on skills, she researches and recreates medieval goldwork embroidery. Currently, Jessica compiles a database of all medieval goldwork embroidery from Europe. Register here.
December 15th: Jen Goodwin graduated from the Royal School of Needlework’s apprenticeship scheme in 2003 after 3 years of intensive training in all aspects of traditional hand embroidery. In the years to follow, starting with a small range of embroidery kits alongside occasional workshop tuition. Jen Goodwin Embroidery was born. After spending time in the RSN studio working on the wedding dress of the Duchess of Cambridge, Jen found herself wanting to get back into stitching more ambitious projects. From there, thinking of stitching everyday was just the last push Jen needed to begin working in embroidery full time. Register here.
2022 Lecture Series (Online)
January 8th: Nicola Jarvis, UK based embroidery artist, is widely known in the global stitching community for her beautiful embroidery kit projects. She operates her art practice, embroidery design and teaching business from her studio space on the outskirts of Royal Leamington Spa, Warwickshire, England. Register here.
January 26th: Dawn Cook Ronnigen, author of Antique American Needlework Tools, is also a historian, needle worker, quilter and long-time collector of sewing and embroidery tools. Dawn is also a collector of antique textiles. Register here.
February 9th: Isabella Rosner is a second-year Ph.D. student at King’s College London, where she researches and writes about Quaker women’s decorative arts before 1800. Her project focuses specifically on seventeenth-century English needlework and eighteenth-century Philadelphia wax and shellwork. She received her BA from Columbia University and her M.Phil from Cambridge University and has been lucky enough to work at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, LACMA, Colonial Williamsburg, and Fitzwilliam Museum. Isabella specializes in the study of schoolgirl samplers and early modern women’s needlework in addition to hosting the “Sew What?” podcast about historic needlework and those who stitched it. Register here.
February 16th: Anne Kelly, UK based textile artist, is an award-winning artist, author and tutor. Her multi-layered and densely stitched textiles have been described as ‘small worlds’. Anne was Trained in Canada and at Goldsmiths College in London, and creates wall hangings and objects using a mixture of mixed media collage and hand and machine embroidery. Her inspirations are taken from travel, memory, nature and especially folk art. Register here.
March 2nd: Tanya Bentham was born and brought up in the north east of England. Tanya is a self taught embroidery artist who focuses their interest on historical works, and the author of Oppusanglicanum Tanya first picked up a needle to decorate a re-enactment costume, and began blogging the process of making. Tanya’s obsession revolves around medieval marginalia as well as the Luttrell psalter. Tanya is currently working on a series of wall hangings based on it and has progressed to the 4th in the series. Register here.
April 2nd: The Crewel Work Company is a family business launched over 25 years ago by embroidery specialist Phillipa Turnbull. Phillipa and her daughter Laura run the business together and share a passion for historic embroidery and for keeping the designs and techniques from the past alive and thriving. Supported by a small team based in Appleby-in-Westmorland, their range of ‘Jacobean’, Georgian and Arts and Crafts crewel work kits and, with guest tutors, Elizabethan and other embroidery kits, The Crewel Work Company and Lady Anne’s Needlework bring to life the designs, colors and techniques of the 17th to the 20th centuries, while honoring the integrity of genuine crewel work. Register here.
April 20th: Barbara Hutson is an independent needlework researcher, author, and owner of Queenstown Sampler Designs. She has published articles about historic samplers in Sampler & Antique Needlework Quarterly and The Gift of Stitching. Barbara is the co-author of the section on Chester County Connections in the 2014 catalog Wrought with Careful Hand: Ties of Kinship on Delaware Samplers, Biggs Museum of American Art, Dover, Delaware. Barbara has worked with numerous American museums and sampler scholars, helping them identify samplers in their collections. Register here.
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.
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 which researches and designs historically inspired needlework. Register here.