The new Lunch & Learn series began on January 17, 2018 at SNAD. Taking place during the noon hour, one day every month, this collaboration between San Francisco Embroiderers’ Guild and San Francisco School of Needlework and Design offers informative and interactive presentations and workshops. Each session has a different speaker or small project presented from our local community.

2019 Lunch & Learns

January 9 Recycling clothing is a time-honored tradition enjoying resurgence as “upcycling”.  Rather than pulling apart garments for flat cloth, upcyclers are working in 3D construction mode, deconstructing and reconstructing several garments into one.  Our speaker, Michelle Paganini, is an expert upcycle designer and pattern maker, she is also a champion for eco-friendly sewing.  She will be sharing examples of her work and demonstrating a simple upcycling project.

February 20 The importance of needlework skills to the colonial woman cannot be understated. As soon as she could hold a needle, a young girl started work on a marking sampler. Our speaker, Catherine McCausland, who learned embroidery as a young girl from her mother, will share some of her collection of early American textiles as well as a few 18th century-style pieces she has embroidered herself, all of which demonstrate the evolution of needlework from colonial days through the 19th century.

March 20 Laura Tandeske started embroidering when she was very young.  During her high school years, she honed the craft of surface embroidery and began designing.  She enjoyed the idea of using embroidery to create fine art.  She discovered that fine art does not have to hang on a wall: it can be anywhere, even on our clothes!  She will share examples of pieces done through the years and discuss the thought process and techniques used.

April 17 This lecture, led by Sandi Deckinger, will explore how to do estimate the replacement value of damaged needlework. We will look at the problem by examining both a finished piece and one that has yet to be started. Many factors determine the cost; your item maybe worth more than you expect!

May 15 Observe the elaborate tailoring, detailing and draping skills as Lady Carolyn appears in an 1872 Victorian ensemble.  The tools used to create the fashionable lady included: bustle, cotton, silk and wool all equaling 24 pounds of clothing, add accoutrements and it all combines to become a fashionable Victorian Lady. See it layer by layer as Lady Carolyn genteelly disrobes down to her chemise and drawers. Register here.

June 19 Experience the fun of embellishing a fabric with beads, crystals, sequins, and bugle beads. This hands-on session with Molly McLaughlin will start with the basics, but move on to several stitches and fringes. Guidelines for the choice of quality beads and threads will be shared. Participants may wish to bring small sharp embroidery scissors. Register here.

July 31 Karyn Meyreles, Past President of the Camellia City Rug Hooking Guild, will share the art of rug hooking for our July Lunch & Learn. Join us at noon for a discussion about different forms of rugs and their techniques and various fibers used in the art. Karyn will focus on traditional wool rugs, but will share samples of rugs using wool, yarn, and velvet as well. This truly is a fascinating art done for centuries, so come join Karyn in the discussion! Register here.

2018 Lunch & Learns

April 18 San Francisco EGA Guild Members will be introducing three kinds of fabrics for cross stitch! President Christine Tanabe will present stamped cross stitch, Celia Riskin will talk about cross stitch on Aida cloth, and Joy DePaola will present counted cross stitch on linen. Attendees will walk away with a better understanding of these three fabrics and how they interact with embroidery!

May 16 Alexander Hernandez will show his new work, which “explores gender expectations, immigration and cultural assimilation through the lens of a Queer immigrant constantly navigating throughout multiple communities.” He uses found objects and textiles to paint, embroider, layer and patch.

June 20 Stephanie Vinces will present her Kinetic embroidery, which combines laser cutting, wire work, needlework, textiles, mosaic, and sculpture.

July 18 Sarah Pedlow, artist and founder of ThreadWritten, will present images and embroidered textiles from her artist’s residencies and travels in Hungary, Romania, Holland, and Ukraine.

August 15, Molly McLaughlin will present an overview of Crazy Quilting construction and embellishment, with examples from then and now. You will learn a little history and a little how-to, and have some hands-on practice.

September 19 Join us for a presentation by Carol Ziogas on the Elements of Japanese Sashiko – from rustic to refined – a discussion on the origins of Sashiko and where it is headed in the 21st century. 19th & 20th century pieces from the speakers private collection will be on display.

October 17 Artist Mary Teetor will give an introductory lecture on Tessellation-Pattern Shadow Stitch (TPSS), which uses the technique of reverse herringbone, also called shadow stitch.  TPSS is based on the pillow stitch from drawn-fabric embroidery (known also, confusingly, as pulled thread).