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SF School of Needlework and Design

SF School of Needlework and Design

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UNION SQUARE, San Francisco, California
(13 Reviews)

The San Francisco School of Needlework and Design was founded in 2015 by passionate embroiderers, Lucy Barter and Ellice Sperber. Ms. Barter was trained as an apprentice at the Royal School of Needlework in England, and ran their courses in the United States for eight years. Ms. Sperber earned her Diploma at the Royal School of Needlework. The two met during the US based courses and began envisioning a school of needlework that was not only based in the United States, but would bring a fresh and modern creativity to the art form.

Our goal is to inspire the next generation of hand embroidery artisans, building on traditional knowledge with updated skillsets, expanded technical abilities and a fluent understanding of the vast methods.

Reviews of SF School of Needlework and Design

(13 Reviews)
Introduction to Embroidery: Building

3/9/2019
Elvira M.

Attended: Introduction to Embroidery: Building


The class was a good starting point and the ladies were very nice. But, don’t expect to complete this project in class. I purchased a copy of the book, the left-handed embroiderer’s companion by Yvette Stanton at the shop. It helped me to understand the stitching process and I was better able to follow along in class.

Bite-Size Embroidery for Beginners

2/16/2019
Ashley U.

Attended: Bite-Size Embroidery for Beginners


Incredible experience, instructors and lessons! I recommended to anyone.

Bite-Size Embroidery for Beginners

2/10/2019
alison L.

Attended: Bite-Size Embroidery for Beginners


An excellent class! Cute space and professional sweet women teaching the class and managing the shop. A welcoming space to learn. I highly recommend!

Bite-Size Embroidery for Beginners

11/28/2018
Anonymous

Attended: Bite-Size Embroidery for Beginners


Terrific instructor, small class size, really beautiful space in Union Square (above Tiffany’s)

Technique Tasters

8/13/2018
Anonymous

Attended: Technique Tasters


Great class! Annalee is very friendly and helpful. Class was a lot of fun as well as very educational!

Stitch Retreat

4/3/2018
Allison A

Attended: Stitch Retreat


Great experience loved the one on one attention and multiple strategies in bettering my craft! Can't wait to go again!

Stitch Retreat

4/3/2018
Kimberly K

Attended: Stitch Retreat


Lucy is an excellent instructor. I've taken classes with her and studio time. If you are looking for a mentor to increase your embroidery technique and fan the flames of your inner artist, she will do it. I don't consider myself an artist, but she was able to guide me through two original designs from concept to final piece. It was a lovely experience.

Stitch Retreat

4/3/2018
Scott A

Attended: Stitch Retreat


What a great find! I traveled from Seattle to take two all-day classes here and wasn't disappointed. The school is easy to find on Union Square. The space is clean, well-lit and features lots of needlework examples beautifully displayed. There's a HUGE library for research, and the school sells a lot of quality threads and yarns that aren't available at craft stores. The teaching was top-notch, the classes well designed, easy to follow and I came away with some great new skills and techniques. They offer classes from beginner through advanced, and I'd definitely return for several more classes that caught my interest. Check out their website for schedules, activities and more information.

Guatemalan Inspired Embroidery

1/19/2018
Anonymous

Attended: Guatemalan Inspired Embroidery


This class was great! Annalee was very friendly and willing to answer any questions we had. I learned a lot, and Annalee was helpful in coming around and giving us help when people had some trouble trying out particular stitches.

Stitch-In

10/15/2017
Julian M.

Attended: Stitch-In


This drop-in course allowed visitors to work on any existing project, tour the museum, buy supplies, browse the non-circulating library, ask for advice from the staff, and check out other people's projects. I loved the beautiful, quiet space. People admired my project and I picked up some extra floss. I'll definitely be back!

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Questions about this school?
360 Post St Ste 604, San Francisco, California 94108
SF School of Needlework and Design
UNION SQUARE
360 Post St Ste 604
Btwn Powell & Stockton Streets
San Francisco, California 94108

Directions:
We are in the office building next to Tiffany's on Union Square on the 6th floor.

Upcoming Classes at SF School of Needlework and Design

Contemporary Mandala Workshop
Contemporary Mandala Workshop
Next start date:

Saturday Aug 24th, 9:30am - 3:30pm

Technique Tasters
Technique Tasters
Next start date:

Wednesday Aug 28th, 6pm - 9pm

Introduction to Embroidery: Building
Introduction to Embroidery: Building
Next start date:

Saturday Sep 7th, 9:30am - 3:30pm

Rug Hooking for Beginners I
Rug Hooking for Beginners I
Next start date:

Thursday Sep 12th, 9:30am - 3:30pm

Design for Embroidery
Design for Embroidery
Next start date:

Saturday Sep 14th, 9:30am - 3:30pm

Bite-Size Embroidery for Beginners
Bite-Size Embroidery for Beginners
Next start date:

Wednesday Aug 28th, 6pm - 9pm

Color Theory
Color Theory
Next start date:

Sunday Sep 15th, 9:30am - 3:30pm

Introduction to Embroidery: Geometric Design
Introduction to Embroidery: Geometric Design
Next start date:

Thursday Sep 19th, 9:30am - 3:30pm

Studio Session
Studio Session
Next start date:

Friday Sep 6th, 9:30am - 4:30pm

Advanced Rug Hooking 2
Advanced Rug Hooking 2
Next start date:

Saturday Sep 21st, 9:30am - 3:30pm

Shisha Variations
Shisha Variations
Next start date:

Saturday Sep 28th, 9:30am - 3:30pm

Stitch Clinic: Long and Short Stitch
Stitch Clinic: Long and Short Stitch
Next start date:

Wednesday Oct 2nd, 12:30pm - 4:30pm

Introduction to Embroidery: Insect
Introduction to Embroidery: Insect
Next start date:

Saturday Oct 5th, 9:30am - 3:30pm

Stitch Clinic: Padding and Couching
Stitch Clinic: Padding and Couching
Next start date:

Wednesday Oct 9th, 1:30pm - 4:30pm

Finishing and Mounting: Three-Dimensional
Finishing and Mounting: Three-Dimensional
Next start date:

Tuesday Oct 15th, 9:30am - 3:30pm

Introduction to Embroidery: Plant
Introduction to Embroidery: Plant
Next start date:

Thursday Oct 17th, 9:30am - 3:30pm

Stitch Retreat
Stitch Retreat
Next start date:

Saturday Oct 19th, 9:30am - 3:30pm

Glitter & Gogh: Étude of the Starry Night
Glitter & Gogh: Étude of the Starry Night
Next start date:

Sunday Oct 20th, 10am - 4:30pm

Finishing and Mounting: Mounting on Board
Finishing and Mounting: Mounting on Board
Next start date:

Saturday Nov 2nd, 9:30am - 3:30pm

Introduction to Embroidery: A Flower
Introduction to Embroidery: A Flower
Next start date:

Saturday Nov 2nd, 9:30am - 3:30pm

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Teachers at SF School of Needlework and Design

Alexander Hernandez Annalee Levin Anne Holly Carol Ziogas Catherine McCausland Chris Tanabe, Celia Rifkin & Pat Furlong Ellice Sperber Huib Petersen Karyn Meyreles Kevin Baum Lady Carolyn Laura Chaney Laura Tandeske Lauren Yeager Lois Kershner Lucy Barter Lucy Barter and Annalee Levin Mary Jo Hiney Michelle Paganini Molly Meng Molly McClaughlin Natalie Dupuis Sandi Deckinger Sarah Pedlow Shahnaz Khan Sophie Lockhart Stephanie Vinces Various Victoria Rudolph
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