SNAD offers stitching workshops that cover a variety of mediums, techniques and artistic genres. Taught by artists and instructors, these workshops engage all abilities and stitching levels and are aimed at exploring the creative and artful side of needlework, expanding knowledge and expertise while also encouraging unique and personal experiences.

 

2022 Workshops

 

January 29th: Introduction to Mandala with Laura Tandeske (In-Person)

This is an introductory class for surface embroidery and the concept of mandalas. We will learn about the history of mandalas and explore their modern use. The class will cover basics like how to thread a needle, tie knots, use an embroidery hoop, and transfer design elements to fabric. Register here.

Laura Tandeske has been embroidering for 40+ years.  She has won numerous awards including “Best in Show” at the California State Fair in Sacramento (2003).  Her work toured the United States and Canada as part of a group show with the Embroiderers Guild for 2 years (2000-2002). Mandalas are innate in her art and have been as soon as she could pick up a crayon. Laura finds mandalas meditative, comforting, and unifying and greatly enjoys sharing them through embroidery as well as mosaic and painting.

 

March 14th – 18th: Introduction to Tambour Work with Bob Haven (In-Person)

This introduction into Tambour embroidery will first allow students to explore the history of its practice. Along with the basic stitch technique, students will learn the use of the specific tools and materials used in tambour beading during this week long course. Register here.

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. Embroidery and beading have been a significant part of the life of artist, and designer Bob Haven. In 1973 Bob’s interest in embroidery was first peaked with the PBS program, Needleplay with Erica Wilson. 30 years later Bob would be at the same institution of The Royal School of Needlework, having completed the concentrated course in hand embroidery. Additionally, Bob would be a guest artist, giving demonstrations on the current PBS program, Fit2Stitch! Whilst embarking on sabbatical in 2008 Bob completed the professional course of Haute Couture Embroidery from L’ecole Lesage in Paris. 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.

 

March 26th: Yin and Yang Appliqué with Judith Epstein (In-Person)

Learn to use freezer paper to applique smooth, curved shapes and designs. In this class we will make a simple Yin & Yang design, but you’ll leave knowing how to apply the technique to create your own designs with virtually any shape. Register here.

Judith Epstein-Williams is a SF resident who has been quilting for over 30 years. Her innovative, casual style has been displayed and awarded in national quilt shows. She will be enjoying a solo show at the new location of SFSNAD in March of 2022.

 

April 2nd: Piecing with Hexagons with Judith Epstein (In-Person)

Making Hexies is simple and addictive; a basic building block of a quilt or embroidery that can be a background fabric or a focal point. They can adorn clothing, be used to patch a hole in a jacket, or crafted into items like pincushions and needlebooks, to name a few. This class will demonstrate a time-honored method of making hexagons out of fabric, as well as a few of my own innovations. In this 3-hour class you’ll make either a pincushion or a needlebook as your jumping-off point. Register here.

Judith Epstein-Williams is a SF resident who has been quilting for over 30 years. Her innovative, casual style has been displayed and awarded in national quilt shows. She will be enjoying a solo show at the new location of SFSNAD in March of 2022.

 

April 9th: Layered Appliqué with Judith Epstein (In-Person)

In this class we’ll use freezer paper to build up layers of applique to create textured designs based on simple shapes, which can then be finished with simple embroidered stitching. Register here.

Judith Epstein-Williams is a SF resident who has been quilting for over 30 years. Her innovative, casual style has been displayed and awarded in national quilt shows. She will be enjoying a solo show at the new location of SFSNAD in March of 2022.