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Learn the art of embroidery and create beautiful textile designs with a variety of classes in San Francisco. Discover new techniques, enhance your creativity, and gain the skills to create unique and intricate embroidered pieces.

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Embroidery

Desideratum @ 3009 Barrett Ave, Richmond, CA

Perhaps you saw the embroidery at "The Summer of Love" exhibit at the De Young Museum and were inspired to learn to embroider? Now you can in this class! Learn basic stitches - Chain, Whipped Chain, Checkered Chain, Running, Interlaced Running, Satin, French Knots, Herringbone Fishbone and Buttonhole stitches. A small sampler will be made.   $20 Kit fee (payable to the instructor) includes all fabric, embroider floss, embroidery hoop,  and...

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Art Embroidery

Richmond Art Center @ 2540 Barrett Ave, Richmond, CA

Taking the traditional embroidery sampler as a point of departure, learn several classic and artistic hand embroidery stitches. Get inspired to draw and write with thread, embellish and reuse garments, and create original works of art. All levels and teens 16 and over welcome. Required supplies for this program: Good sharp scissors Pencil Graph paper Aida cloth or an open weave linen Cotton Fabric to experiment with Embroidery Hoop Embroidery...

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$170

8 sessions

Sashiko Embroidery

Richmond Art Center @ 2540 Barrett Ave, Richmond, CA

Learn the art of sashiko in this beginner embroidery workshop. Sashiko, which means ‘little stabs’, is a Japanese art of stitching beautiful patterns using running stitch.  Take home finished projects, create decorative yet simple embroidery using traditional sashiko needles and thread, learn how to transfer patterns using stencils, chalk paper etc.

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Beginning Embroidery

Richmond Art Center @ 2540 Barrett Ave, Richmond, CA

Come learn the basics of embroidery, no experience necessary! We will go over materials, how to get started, practice basic stitches, and also how to create your own designs and transfer them to clothing and other textiles. Experience Level: Beginning or Some Experience Hand Stitching Required supplies for this program: Pencil Eraser Sketchbook or paper for notes  Embroidery thread in several colors  Embroidery needles, hoop,...

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$70

2 sessions

Embroidery Workshop

Richmond Art Center @ 2540 Barrett Ave, Richmond, CA

In this workshop, you will learn how to embroider designs on fabric surfaces. Using clothes, pillowcases, or any other fabric on hand, we will create embroidery art that makes your fabric belongings feel special. We will learn embroidery techniques, and discuss designing, transferring your designs and where to find inspiration. Essential Materials:  Fabric to embroider on. This can be clothing, pillow cases, curtains, or napkins. Avoid...

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$100

2 sessions

Mixed Media Embroidery

Richmond Art Center @ 2540 Barrett Ave, Richmond, CA

n this one day workshop, we will explore a variety of embroidery techniques that lend themselves to a mixed media approach to needlework. Combine drawing and text with your stitches, collage found objects into your embroidery, stitch through unexpected materials and expand your expectations of embroidery. We will sew through materials such as paper and metal and use materials such as monofilament, stainless steel thread as well as cotton to enhance...

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Online Embroidery Class - Flower Power Tote Bag

Dragonfly Designs @ Online Class, Online, CA

In this embroidery class, we’ll be focusing on beginner-friendly stitches to create petite blooms that become a sweet bouquet on a tote bag! Not only will students leave with a custom-made tote, they’ll gain the skills needed to embroider other canvases, like their own clothes! Projects Floral Embroidered Tote Bag Product Shipping Shipping in the SF Bay Area – 1 business day Shipping to other parts of California – 2 business days Shipping...

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$145

4 sessions

5-Day Goldwork

Hand & Lock @ 360 Post St, San Francisco, CA

Hand & Lock have joined forces with the San Francisco school of Needlework and Design to teach a series special of embroidery classes. Join us to study Goldwork, the art of embroidering using metal threads. The term 'goldwork' is used even when the threads are imitation gold, silver, or copper, or coloured allowing for an array of textures and colours to express your vision in. Students will learn soft string padding, felt padding, pearl purl,...

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$938.07

5 sessions

5-Day Tambour Beading

Hand & Lock @ 360 Post St, San Francisco, CA

Setting up home for one week at the San Francisco School of Needlework and Design, Hand & Lock will be teaching the famous embroidery technique, Tambour beading. Join us to study the technique that has been popular on International Catwalks and seen in shows by Elie Saab and Oscar De La Renta. Tambour beading also known as Lunéville or Crochet de Lunéville is a French Haute Couture technique where beads or sequins can be attached to a fabric....

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$888.97

5 sessions

3-Day Monogramming Workshop

Hand & Lock @ 360 Post St, San Francisco, CA

Hand & lock will be setting up their school for one week at the San Francisco School of Needlework and Design, join us and learn the beautiful art of monogramming. This three day Monogramming class with teach you you how to set a full size embroidery frame, transfer your chosen letters to the material and then show you how to stitch out your letters in the traditional way still used in the London based Hand & Lock Atelier.  You will...

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$539.90

3 sessions

5-Day Monogramming (L1 + L2)

Hand & Lock @ 360 Post St, San Francisco, CA

Setting up home for one week at the San Francisco School of Needlework and Design, Hand & Lock will be teaching a five day intensive monogramming workshop. Monogramming is a wonderful way to personalize your own scarves, bed linen, napkins or even socks. Hand &Lock's expert teachers will show you how to set your frame, transfer your chosen letters to the material and then show you how to stitch out your letters in the traditional way. This...

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$888.97

5 sessions

Creative Book Making Structures

Richmond Art Center @ 2540 Barrett Ave, Richmond, CA

Students will learn several simple methods for joining papers to make their own books for either written or illustrative content, or to be left blank to function as a unique sketchbook. Using cardstock templates, we will construct various styles of pockets, fold outs, and accordion folds to create unique features for your one of a kind book.  We will spend half the class time learning these methods, and the other half either creating content...

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Rag Lab Series 4: Sweet Sweaters

Richmond Art Center @ Virtual Classroom

Class 4: Sweet Sweaters No sewing machine needed. We will add decorative embellishments to knit sweaters, using yarn and embroidery techniques. optional: sequins and beads. Rag Lab is a series of workshops exploring ways to create interesting garments using mainly pre-worn clothing and found materials. If you have a pile of clothing in your life that you’re not feeling thrilled about wearing, Rag Lab is the perfect place to breathe new life into...

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Rag Lab Series 3: T-Shirt Collage

Richmond Art Center @ Virtual Classroom

Class 3: T-Shirt Collage (Sewing machine optional) We will add personality to a T-shirt using scraps and hand stitching. Rag Lab is a series of workshops exploring ways to create interesting garments using mainly pre-worn clothing and found materials. If you have a pile of clothing in your life that you’re not feeling thrilled about wearing, Rag Lab is the perfect place to breathe new life into old rags. This class will be held via Zoom. A...

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Freeform Hand Quilting

The Black Squirrel @ 651 Addison St, Berkeley, CA

Let loose and make a free-spirited, free-form quilt based on African/Indian Kawandi quilts. Learn a bit about the history of Kawandi quilts, then start your own. Hand stitched using perle cotton thread and big free-form stitches, these vibrant scrap quilts are fun and easy to make. No rulers, no rotary cutters, no stress. Cut or tear strips of fabric and stitch them to batting or a cotton backing. Grab the next piece of fabric and stitch. Good for...

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Discover the Best Embroidery Classes in San Francisco

Embroidery is a type of fiber art that involves using a needle and thread to make decorative patterns on various textiles such as clothing, pillows, bags, cloth napkins, blankets, and other fabric items. Basic embroidery stitches include the running stitch, backstitch, split stitch, stem stitch, satin stitch, and French knots, but there are over 300 different embroidery stitches that can be used to create unique, intricate designs. 

Handmade embroidery has a long and ancient history – one of the oldest surviving embroidered pieces was found at the tomb of the famous Egyptian pharaoh, Tutankhamun. Today, embroidery can be done by computerized machines, but the art of hand embroidery lives on as a unique type of needlework that produces exquisite one-of-a-kind pieces. 

Why You Should Learn Embroidery in San Francisco

Learning embroidery will not only give you a fun and creative hobby but can also be beneficial for your mental health as an excellent stress reliever. Instead of endlessly scrolling through social media, try embroidery as a more productive and relaxing way to fill your idle time. Also, learning embroidery will give you the ability to create one-of-a-kind wearable items or projects to display in your home.

Hand-embroidered pieces make perfect gifts for family and friends and can also be sold online, at craft fairs, or in craft stores. Many embroiderers have developed part-time jobs selling their embroidery on websites like Etsy and Amazon Handmade. If you find the right niche for embroidery, you may even be able to turn a side hustle into a full-time job; for instance, custom or monogrammed napkins and towels are among the bestselling embroidered items on Etsy. 

Often employed at clothing retailers or design companies, full-time embroidery professionals combine their traditional hand-sewing skills with digital software to design and produce embroidered items. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, California is one of the highest-paid and highest-employed states for Tailors, Dressmakers, and Custom Sewers, with an annual mean salary of $45,910. 

In addition to potential money-making opportunities, learning embroidery will connect you to a larger community of embroiderers and other fiber artists. Established in New York in 1958, The Embroiderers' Guild of America (EGA) is a national organization with the mission to foster the art of needlework by promoting the exchange of ideas and high standards of quality in embroidery. With over 240 chapters across the US and Canada, the EGA provides its members access to local meetings, workshops, and exhibitions, as well as embroidery projects and other educational resources. 

The San Francisco School of Needlework and Design (SFSNAD) – a non-profit organization dedicated to embroidery education and preservation – provides exhibitions, classes, workshops, and mentorships for San Francisco-area residents to further their needlework skills. They are also home to the Gathering Thread Shop (a place to purchase materials and books), as well as the Lucy Barter Needlework Library (a research library with a comprehensive selection of needle art books). Members of SFSNAD receive exclusive benefits such as free admission to webinars, quarterly designs, subscription to the newsletter, access to video demos, member-only invites, and limited-time offers for classes, shop items, and special events.

In-Person Embroidery Classes in San Francisco

Individuals who want to learn embroidery can attend in-person classes in San Francisco that are taught by expert embroiderers and fiber artists. In-person classes deliver hands-on instruction and often provide access to equipment and supplies. 

If there are no in-person classes currently available, there are other sewing and textile classes for individuals to attend in the San Francisco area. For instance, the Richmond Art Center offers Beginning Crochet for ages 18 and older. In this six-session course, students will learn basic crochet techniques used to make fingerless gloves, cowls, shawls, and other wearable items. Students will need to bring a US-size J crochet hook and a ball of light-colored worsted-weight yarn to class. 

The largest visual arts center in the East Bay, the Richmond Art Center provides art classes and programs taught by professional artists as well as rotating exhibitions that display the works of local artists. Students can take classes at the well-equipped studios in The Art Center – located at 25th Street and Barrett Avenue in Richmond – or at sites throughout the Richmond area. 

Also offered at the Richmond Art Center, Beginning Floor Loom Weaving is an eight-session course for ages 16 and older. In this beginner class, students will learn basic weaving techniques such as how to read a pattern, wind a warp, and dress their loom, as well as the history behind weaving and basic color theories. Students will complete a six-foot-long weaving that demonstrates their newly acquired looming skills. There is an additional textile studio fee of $20 for this class. 

For another looming class, individuals can book Tabletop Loom Weaving at the Richmond Art Center. In this eight-session course for all skill levels, students will learn how to weave on a tabletop loom – a miniature version of the floor loom. Participants will further their knowledge of the machine by practicing setting up the loom and weaving their own cloth. Students are encouraged to use their own designs to create a project, but the instructor can assign patterns and materials as well. For extra practice, students may arrive one hour early after the first day to use free lab time. 

Fiber art enthusiasts may also want to attend Line by Line: Introduction to Tapestry Weaving offered by the Richmond Art Center. In this beginner-friendly eight-session workshop, students will learn basic tapestry weaving techniques such as how to build imagery as well as how to warp and dress a floor loom. The class syllabus is as follows: Week one consists of a class introduction to studio use and safety, project expectations, and a lesson on contemporary weavers; week two reviews loom parts, weaving mechanics, and warping the loom; week three discusses project sizes and provides a demo of how to incorporate butterflies into your tapestry weaving; week four consists of troubleshooting any issues, demonstrating how to attach a cartoon to the warp, and starting the project; and weeks five through eight provide guided studio time that includes answering questions and troubleshooting issues. 

The Richmond Art Center also offers Shibori Level 2, a four-hour one-day class for all skill levels. In this textile class for ages 16 and older, students will learn how to create fabric designs using Shibori, a Japanese manual dyeing technique using indigo. Participants will apply advanced shibori dyeing techniques such as Itajime folding, Arashi, Sekka, Kiko, and Ansanoha. Shibori Level 1 is recommended as a prerequisite but not required. Students should bring to class small pillowcases, tote bags, t-shirts, handkerchiefs, scarves, and other textile items made of natural fibers like cotton, linen, silk, or rayon. The fabric items should ideally be in white or other natural colors. 

Virtual Embroidery Classes 

While in-person classes are often taken at fiber art workshops, studios, craft stores, or art centers, online embroidery classes can be taken from anywhere with an Internet connection. Virtual embroidery classes allow participants to learn how to embroider from the comfort of their own homes, eliminating the troublesome commute to class. 

If you cannot find an embroidery class in your area, you can increase your options by looking at online classes. The drawback to attending virtual classes is that you will likely have to provide your own materials; however, hand embroidery does not require an abundance of materials and it is likely you will want your own basic supplies for creating projects at home. 

Although online classes may not always be available in embroidery, there are a number of other sewing and textile classes you can take. For instance, Coastal Design Workshops LLC offers the virtual class Make a Leather Koozie for all skill levels ages 13 and older. In this one-hour beginner-friendly workshop, students will learn leatherworking as they create a custom leather koozie. Students will use leatherworking tools to stencil, cut, punch, and stitch genuine leather with waxed cords. The instructor will guide students through each step, pausing for trivia breaks and socializing. A leatherworking kit will be sent to each participant that includes everything needed to make the koozie besides a pair of scissors (so make sure to have some sharp ones ready). 

Individuals of all skill levels ages 13 and older can also book the Chunky Knit Blanket workshop offered by Coastal Design Workshops LLC. In this one-hour beginner-friendly class, participants will learn how to knit a cozy blanket without using needles. Each participant will be delivered a DIY craft kit that includes four skeins of size seven chenille super bulky yarn, enough to make a throw blanket that is approximately 40 x 50 inches. Students should expect to finish about half of their blanket during class and the rest after. A video tutorial will be provided for students to refer to. 

Crochet for Beginners is another beginner-friendly fiber arts class for individuals to take from the comfort of their own homes. Offered by the 92nd Street Y, this six-session course teaches students basic crochet skills for creating textiles with a variety of patterns such as scarves, hats, blankets, and bags. Projects completed during class include a cell phone pouch and a stitch sampler scarf. See the course description for a full list of supplies needed to participate. 

Private Group Embroidery Classes in San Francisco

Are you looking for a fun and creative team-building opportunity for your business or organization? CourseHorse has embroidery classes for private groups in San Francisco that will encourage camaraderie in your group while inspiring their creative side. Even if CourseHorse does not have an embroidery class publicly listed on its website, it may be able to provide it to your group. You can reach out through the contact form listed on their website to find out your options. 

Individuals who want to learn embroidery can take CourseHorse's Virtual Modern Embroidery Art. Your group will bond as they learn to turn plain fabric into something unique and beautiful. In this two-hour class for up to 500 people, participants will learn the basics of hand embroidery including how to prep your hoop, select the best thread, and start and finish your project. Participants will learn essential embroidery stitches as well as floral stitches that include woven wheel roses, french knots, fishbone leaves, and stem stitches. No previous skills are necessary and all materials will be shipped to each participant including three embroidery hoops, a tote bag, colorful threads, patterns, and needles. 

For another sewing and textile course, groups can book Virtual Tapestry Loom Weaving, a two-hour class for up to 500 people. In this beginner-friendly class, participants will learn about the trendy art of tapestry weaving as they design and create their own woven wall hangings. Individuals will create their own loom and learn how to set up the thread, weave various stitches, add fringes, and use a variety of fiber weights and textures. Participants will walk away with a beautiful handmade tapestry to hang on their walls. All materials are shipped to each participant including three types of yarn, a dowel, and a loom. 

Groups looking for a fun and relaxing creative class can also book the Virtual Macramé Workshop offered by CourseHorse. In this one-hour class for groups of up to 500 people, participants will learn about macramé – the art of tying knots to create unique textiles, believed to have originated with 13th-century Arab weavers. An expert instructor will guide your group as they learn how to tie knots in cords to create beautiful hanging planters for their homes. All materials will be shipped to each participant including enough cord to make three hanging planters. 

If your group enjoys creating macraméd projects they can also book Virtual Macramé Moon Dream Catcher, a 90-minute class for up to 100 people. In this beginner-friendly class, participants will learn how to create an eye-catching moon-shaped dreamcatcher to hang in their homes. A fun, low-pressure activity, macramé consists of tying knots to make beautifully patterned textiles. Guided by an expert instructor, individuals in this workshop will tie knots onto a crescent frame and incorporate beads to create a unique dreamcatcher to display on their wall or give as a gift. All materials are included and shipped in advance. 

Booking with CourseHorse offers several benefits such as not having to pay booking fees and receiving a confirmation within 24 hours of booking. They are also flexible and accommodating: if you are unsure of how many people will be attending the class, CourseHorse makes it easy to change your group size after booking; moreover, while their default is Zoom, CourseHorse can accommodate other video conferencing platforms such as Microsoft Teams, Google Meets, and Webex. CourseHorse's expert instructors provide a fun, engaging, and professional experience that your group will love.

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