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)

January 27th: Patricia Wilson Nguyen, is the owner, operator, and embroidery instructor of Thistle Threads. Patricia Wilson Nguyen has been embroidering since she was a little girl. By day she works as an engineer for a Boston based consulting firm, by night an embroidery teacher and designer. She shares her process on creating the Plimouth Jacket.

February 3rd: Bénédicte Riou, Nuidô Traditional Japanese embroidery teacher, is trained and certified by the Japanese Embroidery Center. She is currently teaching at Au Coeur de Soie, an association aiming to teach and disseminate Japanese embroidery and craft techniques around silk and washi paper in the Paris, France.

February 24th: Susan Weeks, is the founder and producer of Stitchery Stories, a podcast featuring textile art and embroidery artists from the UK and around the world. Susan is a textile art & embroidery enthusiast, and she is also an active member of her local Embroiderer’s Guild Hull & East Riding Branch, as well as a committee member on the Yorkshire & Humber Region of the Embroiderer’s Guild.

March 24thAnne Hilker is co-author, with Linda Eaton, of Erica Wilson: A Life in Stitches, published by Winterthur Museum, 2020, and co-curator of its online exhibition of the same name. She inventoried the work of Erica Wilson following Erica’s death in 2011. A longtime embroiderer, she first learned crewelwork more than fifty years ago from Erica’s kits. She will receive the Ph.D. in Decorative Arts, Design History, Material Culture from the Bard Graduate Center in May. She lives with her husband, Robert D. Sack, in New York City.

April 17th: Dr. Christine Millar, who is better known by the handle of Sewstine on social media, is a costume maker who focuses on creating historically inspired garments. Christine plans out her elaborate gowns and jackets with a particularly exquisite attention to detail. Primarily by examining extant garments in museum collections from the 18th and 19th century, Christine then creates digital patterns using modern embroidery machine technology, along with sampling her materials. From there the final garment can be fully realized.

April 28th: Lynn Hulse. Former Archivist at the Royal School of Needlework and a Visiting Research Fellow at the Victoria and Albert Museum, Lynn Hulse is a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of London. She is also co-founder of Ornamental Embroidery, which specializes in the teaching and designing of historic hand stitch, and runs workshops in museums, art galleries and historic houses.

May 15th: K. Andrea Rusnock, professor of art history, will discuss Russian embroidery at the end of the Imperial period, when middle-class women increasingly created their own needlework, aided by a proliferation in pattern books, and, at the same time, there was a renewed interest in folk embroidery. Register here.

May 26th: Shannon Downey, also known as Badass Cross Stitch is an artist, activist, craftivist, community builder, and general instigator. She blends her politics, activism, and art into projects that are designed to inspire others to take action, think, discuss, engage with democracy and their community, and find some digital/analog balance. She uses art as a vehicle for positive change through creative interventions whether that be through open-source street art campaigns or global craftivism projects. Register here.

June 9th: Kate Cross, is the author of “RSN Appliqué” – a techniques manual, and also the author of “Projects and Pure Inspiration” (2016). She completed her RSN Apprenticeship with Distinction after gaining a degree in Art for Public Space where she specialized in Stained Glass. As part of her passion for teaching she also went on to complete a PGCE in education. Register here.

June 23rd: Elizabeth Elvin, former principal of the Royal School of Needlework, began her career with them in 1961, starting in the Kensington workrooms for hands on training. It was also during this time that Elizabeth attended Goldsmiths College, studying under the famed embroiderer Constance Howard and going on to study with another renowned embroiderer Beryl Dean at Hammersmith College of Art. Register here.

July 21st: May Morris, daughter of William Morris, was an influential figure in the Arts and Crafts movement, best known for her work at the Morris & Co embroidery department. Recent publications and exhibits have brought May’s achievements out of the shadow of her father and his company, allowing us to discover more about May, her style, her skills and her aesthetic. In this lecture, we focus on May Morris as an embroiderer and designer. We will explore the work she accomplished, her teaching, the lectures she gave, and the publication of “Decorative Needlework,” her introductory guide to embroidery. This lecture is co-written with SNAD instructors Lucy Barter and Mae McCourt, and will be hosted by Mae. Register here.

July 28th: Kate Tume, is an artist from West Sussex. She makes textile portraits of animals that explore how a reduction in cultural, social or spiritual reverence for the natural world has resulted in vulnerability, endangerment or extinction. Her work examines themes around species loss and the decline in our natural world, and seeks to subvert popular narratives around what extinction and ecological threat looks like. Register here.

October 6th: Jenny Aidn-Christie, originally from Derbyshire, England has been practicing her love of embroidery since childhood. She learned from her family an inherent passion for a broad range of craft skills. For her career Jenny trained as a professional embroiderer on the prestigious three year Apprenticeship at the Royal School of Needlework, at Hampton Court Palace. She graduated with distinction in 1999, winning the school’s prizes for silk shading and Coronation Goldwork. Following this intensive training, Jenny remained at the RSN to work full time for a further ten years, as a member of the teaching team and commercial Studio staff, and became Assistant Head of Studio. 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.