Embroidery Workshops

Learn to embroider traditional stitches and patterns,

Understand the history and culture of a place,

Connect with women who are keeping disappearing traditions alive today.

 

Winter 2020 in San Francisco:

Hungarian Written Embroidery I

Learn a traditional Hungarian stitch and style from Transylvania, Romania + history, culture, and stories about the women stitching this disappearing art today. Level I: Stitch a modern pattern that you make into small bag (pictured) or use in clothing or a quilt. Level II: Make a sampler of lace stitches, edgings and learn about to create larger patterns.

San Francisco: Saturday, January 4, 2020, 10 - 2:30 Register here.

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The Embroidered Flowers of Portugal

In this workshop we learn several versatile embroidery stitches and look at the traditional clothing from Viana do Castelo in Northern Portugal. The tradition, dating back to the late 1700s, will inspire you to embroider your own clothes, even shoes! Bring a blouse to embellish or stitch a sweet fabric envelope.

San Francisco: Saturday, January 4, 2020, 10 - 2:30 Register here.

 

I loved hearing about the culture and history behind the embroidery. I learned new stitches and laughed a lot! -Juliette R.


 
 

Workshops are also available in Introductory Embroidery with a cross-cultural perspective, Hungarian Written Embroidery Level II, and The Chain Stitch Across the Globe.


Ongoing:

 
 

Meet Up: Embroidery, Art, and Culture in Amsterdam, NL. Intro lesson for beginners and sewing circle for experienced stitchers.

Start with a couple basic embroidery stitches or work on your own project in progress through the lens of traditional clothing, heritage, and cultures from around the world. We'll meet and stitch together once a month in an informal sewing circle. Learn a new stitch, get inspired by the colors and patterns of embroidery from different countries, work on your own project in progress and/or talk about textiles and travel. All levels welcome from "never threaded a needle" to years of experience. Embroidery is a great way to relax, create something beautiful, and connect with your lineage (or adopted lineage!). Sign up here.

 

Images from previous workshops at Tatter, Brooklyn, NY; Textile Arts Council at the de Young Museum, San Francisco,CA; Handcraft Studio School, El Cerrito, CA; San Francisco School of Needlework and Design; The Makery, Mill Valley, CA; and WildCraft Studio School in Portland, OR.