A world where textile crafting is preserved, practiced, and passed down.


To preserve and advance the art of hand embroidery – a globally practiced craft.


We honor imagination, creativity, and the making of handmade objects.

We provide excellence in craft education from beginner to professional levels, taught by knowledgeable educators with diverse cultural and technical perspectives.

We engage intergenerational communities who exchange slow craft traditions in a collaborative learning environment; for the pleasure, enjoyment, and benefits of practicing a slow craft.

We broadly share our resources for exploration of the vast history, world heritage, and splendor of hand embroidery; inspiring innovation, promoting cultural awareness, and supporting research and the joys of discovery.


The San Francisco School of Needlework & Design is a nonprofit organization governed by a volunteer Board of Directors.

Board of Directors

      • Vanessa Walden, Board Chair
      • Rosa Ziebell, Secretary
      • Joanne Hagopian, Treasurer
      • Lucy Barter
      • June Dershewitz
      • Ira Gupta