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.

2021 Workshops

 

September 21st: 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.

 

October 2nd: Stitching Rainbow Workshop with Marie Cameron (In-Person)

In this workshop we will discuss how we can use the rainbow a compositional device to direct attention, or to become the actual subject itself. It can be used highlight or obscure. On a technical level, we will navigate the delicacy of working with vintage photos by carefully planning and plotting our rainbows with the use of tracing paper, light tables (or windows), soft 2B pencils and kneaded erasers. Register here.

Marie Cameron is a narrative painter and mixed media assemblage artist based in Los Gatos, California. During the pandemic, she took to embroidering rainbows onto vintage photographs, longing to find an intimate connection to hope and wonder in dark times. She would share these #morerainbows! pieces on social media almost daily and has collaborated with author Christy Ann Conlin to create postcards from these embroidered images, mailing them out all over the word to anyone who needed a rainbow.

 

October 2nd and 16th: Beginner’s Fashion Embroidery with Lauren Yeager (via ZOOM online)

In this two-session class you will learn several versatile stitches that are appropriate for embroidering on garments meant for everyday wear. You will also learn how to design, transfer, select embroidery placement, choose colors, and fibers best suited for your own particular pre-made garment. Along with these, you will learn finishing techniques appropriate for your garment of choice. Register here.

Lauren Yeager is a SFSNAD instructor and textile artist with a particular interest in studying and preserving traditional garments and embroidery. This led her to studying with the Royal School of Needlework in the UK, and later with the Japanese Embroidery Center and Ecole Lesage as well. She has a BFA in Fashion Design from Columbia College in Chicago, and has received multiple awards for construction and design in costume and in hand embroidery, including the DCASE individual artist grant from the City of Chicago.

November 6th: Embroider Little Faces with Meret Piderman (In-Person)

Students will be taught how to embroider small faces to be used as a brooch or patch. A choice of four designs will be offered. You will learn how to transfer your design onto adhesive paper. Chain stitch and backstitch are the two main stitches that will be taught. We will also discuss the color wheel and how best to choose your floss. Beads can also be used as a trim. Register here.

Meret Piderman was born in New York to Swiss artist parents. She received a BFA from the Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT) in New York City, with a specialty in Fashion Design. As a child, had access to her mother’s sewing room and made daily visits to her father’s art studio to see what he was working on. While living in Italy for five years with her own family, she taught Fine Art, Ceramics and Sewing at the International School of Venice, Padova and Treviso.

December 11th: Embroidered Flowers of Portugal with Sarah Pedlow (In-Person)

In this half-day workshop you’ll work with several foundation stitches used in traditional clothing from Northern Portugal dating back to the 1700s “lavradeira,” a girl who farms or works the land. Learn about the history and culture of the Portuguese people with the most colorful traditional clothing. Fun for new and advanced embroiderers alike, we’ll study the traditional costumes of Viana do Castelo and practice stitching a traditional floral pattern inspired by the designs on women’s blouses. Learn about the traditions of this lesser-known region of Portugal and support a disappearing form of embroidery. Register here.

Sarah Pedlow is an artist working with traditional embroidery education, cultural preservation, and contemporary art. In 2012 she started ThreadWritten, creating products with embroiderers in Transylvania, Romania, and then teaching embroidery skills passed on by women in Romania, Portugal, and Ukraine. She teaches workshops and lectures internationally and leads cultural embroidery retreats in Europe. Artist’s residencies in Iceland; Oaxaca, Mexico; and The Netherlands also inform her teaching and studio practice. Her work has been featured in Veranda and Uppercase magazines. Sarah holds an MFA in Visual Arts from Mason Gross School of the Arts, Rutgers University, and a BA in Studio Art and French Studies from Scripps College, Claremont, CA. Originally from the San Francisco Bay Area, she moved to Amsterdam, NL, in 2019, where she now lives and works.

December 12th: Modern Monograms and Embroidered Text with Sarah Pedlow (In-Person)

Join Sarah Pedlow, artist and founder of ThreadWritten, for this creative look at embroidered lettering in traditional textiles and contemporary art and the history of monogramming. Learn the stitch used in shadow work embroidery to make a monogram together in class and practice basic stitches for lettering, both thick and thin. This workshop is suitable for beginning embroiderers and anyone interested in a less traditional approach to monograms. Register here.

Sarah Pedlow is an artist working with traditional embroidery education, cultural preservation, and contemporary art. In 2012 she started ThreadWritten, creating products with embroiderers in Transylvania, Romania, and then teaching embroidery skills passed on by women in Romania, Portugal, and Ukraine. She teaches workshops and lectures internationally and leads cultural embroidery retreats in Europe. Artist’s residencies in Iceland; Oaxaca, Mexico; and The Netherlands also inform her teaching and studio practice. Her work has been featured in Veranda and Uppercase magazines. Sarah holds an MFA in Visual Arts from Mason Gross School of the Arts, Rutgers University, and a BA in Studio Art and French Studies from Scripps College, Claremont, CA. Originally from the San Francisco Bay Area, she moved to Amsterdam, NL, in 2019, where she now lives and works.