Past Events

Here are just a few of our past lectures and events. Each year, we offer an insightful, always interesting lectures with wide-ranging topics from the use of contemporary materials to the documentation of traditional handwork.

SFSNAD workshop 8/15



Crewelwork Pin Cushion Workshop

with Lucy Barter, San Francisco School of Needlework and Design

Zoom Workshop
Saturday, August 15, 2020

Offered at two times:
10 am – 1 pm, and 1:30 pm – 4:30 pm

Fee: $85 including materials kit

Deadline to register: Friday 8/7.

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This crewelwork pincushion was custom-designed for our Textile Arts Council workshops. The motif was inspired by the May Morris-designed bed hangings on William Morris’s bed at Kelmscott Manor. It incorporates the Rose Wreath Panel, designed by William Morris and stitched by May. The pincushion was created using crewel wool on a linen ground and stitched in the authentic fashion of May Morris.

In this three hour class, suitable for beginners, instruction will be given in how the stitches are worked and how they have evolved over time. You will learn Long and Short Stitch, Satin Stitch, Trellis Stitch and Stem Stitch to create this beautiful design.

Students will receive a kit with the necessary supplies, including a hoop and the filling for the pincushion. All you will need to supply is a pair of scissors.

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Sequence Knitting Workshop


Sequence Knitting

with Cecelia Campochiaro

Zoom Workshop

Wednesday, August 12, 2020, 9am to 11am

Fee: $40
Deadline to register: Friday 8/7.

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Sequence Knitting is a deceptively simple technique used to create complex textures in knitted fabric. These fabrics are attractive on both sides, lay flat and can be used alone or incorporated into other designs. Using only knit and purl stitches, Cecelia will guide students through four methods, 1-row, shaped 1-row, in-the-round, and serpentine to create a sample swatch. She will discuss how to read sequence knitting instructions and charts, when to use sequence knitting, common mistakes and how to avoid them and keys to achieving great results.

Skill level and prerequisites: The class is suitable for advanced beginners and beyond. Students should be able to knit, purl, cast on, bind off, increase and decrease.

Materials: Students will provide 1 ball of smooth, preferably light colored yarn, and appropriate needles for the yarn weight.

Students will receive an instructional handout that will be used for the 2 hour class lecture/practice. It may be helpful for students to cast on and begin the swatch prior to the class. 

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The Life and Times of William Morris

Presented by Virginia and Bill Solomon
Sunday, August 9, 1:30 pm

Online via Zoom

Admission: Free.

Register here in Zoom.

When William Morris died at age sixty-two, his doctor described the cause of death as ‘simply being William Morris and having done more work than most ten men.’ Textile designer, dyer, tapestry weaver, embroiderer, printer, preservationist, poet, essayist, novelist, founder of the Arts and Crafts Movement, his legacy is still with us today.

View the film shown with this event: Gardening with Silk and Gold Thread: The Botanical Designs & Ecosocial Activism of William Morris, by Holly Cecil of the University of Victoria, British Columbia.

Meet William Morris through an introductory video and then make a virtual visit to Merton Abbey, Morris’s dyeworks and workshop, and Kelmscott Manor, his beloved country home. At Kelmscott our focus is his bed hangings, hand embroidered by his wife Jane and daughter May, and emblazoned with Morris’s poem Inscription for an Old Bed.

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Maedub Workshop 7/28/20



Maedub – Korean Traditional Decorative Knots Workshop

with Youngmin Lee

Tuesday, July 28, 2020, 10 am to 12 pm
Fee: $65 including materials

Registration is closed.

Youngmin Lee, who taught our very popular Patchwork Jogakbo workshops last year, returns to teach us how to make traditional Korean Decorative Knots. 

In this Zoom-baseed workshop with instructor, Youngmin Lee, you will make Maedeub, Korean traditional decorative knots which have been used for centuries to decorate traditional dress and ritual objects. Instructions for making them have been passed down through generations of skilled specialists such as Youngmin. She will teach participants a basic maedeub technique to make ornaments and will provide the materials needed.

Upon registration, materials will be mailed to you via the USPS. We will confirm your mailing address before sending. You will also gain access to several videos so you can learn the technique.

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Embracing In-Between


Embracing the In-Between: Comme des Garçons, Butoh, and Ma

Presented by Carol McLennan
Saturday, April 17, 2021, 10 am PDT

Online Presentation via Zoom

Admission: Free to TAC Members, $5 Students and members of FAMSF, $10 General Admission.

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A Zoom link will be emailed to all TAC members.

Through the analysis of documentaries, archives, reviews, contemporary dance, and fashion in Japan, this presentation reveals how the dance and costumes of Butoh anticipated the design aesthetic of Comme des Garçons and how Kawakubo and Butoh utilize Japan’s sartorial history and philosophy to challenge western perceptions of Art and Fashion.

TBDWhile elusive when questioned about direct influences, Rei Kawakubo, founder and artistic director of Comme des Garçons, concedes her work is influenced by the Japanese Zen Buddhist concepts of mu, or emptiness, and ma, the space within the emptiness1. Another Japanese art form that sartorially reflects ma and mu is in Butoh, a dance partially envisioned as a reaction to the Western influence that had permeated Japanese culture after World War Two. Founded in 1959 by Tatsumi Hijikata and Kazuo Ohno, the dance of Butoh was an exploration of the grotesque, space, the body, and the polarities of ma.

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Batik Tour



Tour of a Private Batik Collection

Saturday, February 29, 2020, 10 am
Sonoma, California

Fee: $25. The tour is open to TAC members plus one guest.

Pre-registration is required.
Download registration form.
Deadline to register is Tuesday, Feb. 18.

Please note: There is a waiting list for this event.

Tour participants will meet at a private home in Sonoma to view and discuss a fabulous collection of Batik textiles. Batik is an age-old technique for applying color and design to cloth. The art of batik reached its remarkable apotheosis on the Island of Java in the last half of the 19th and early 20th century. On this tour we will see some of the finest examples of this work.

If you are interested in car-pooling with other tour participants, please check the box on the registration form.  TAC does not guarantee that we can work out car-pooling, but we will put you in touch with others willing to car-pool.  Also, those wishing to stay in Sonoma for a no-host lunch should indicate so on the registration form.

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Impact: Climate Change Pop-Up Tour


Impact: Climate Change, a TAC Pop-Up Tour

with guide Alex Friedman, tapestry artist
Wednesday, January 22, 2020, 11 am (first tour)
Wednesday, February 5, 2020, 11 am (second tour)
Mills Building, 220 Montgomery St., San Francisco

Admission: Free (but please RSVP)

Impact: Climate Change is a topical exhibit of contemporary tapestry brought to us by Tapestry Weavers West and Tapestry Weavers of New England. It contains works by 28 tapestry artists.

TAC board member and tapestry artist, Alex Friedman, with several other TAC members will guide us. We will meet in the lobby of the Mills Building AT 11:00 a.m.

Please note that due to popularity, a second tour has been added on February 5th.

The Mills Building is near the Montgomery BART station. It is also close by the Sutter/Stockton garage.

This is a no fee event, but please RSVP with us on Eventbrite so we know you are attending. Alternately, you may email the TAC office to RSVP.

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Tissot Talk and Tour

Special Event,

The Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco
Takes delight in inviting you to an afternoon of Pleasure and Treasure, an expedition into Fashion History

Tuesday, January 7, 2020, Noon*

at the John A. and Cynthia Fry Gunn Theater
Legion of Honor
San Francisco 


Please join us as distinguished New York University Professor and contributing fashion historian to The New Yorker magazine,

Dr. Jessamyn Hatcher
takes us on a fascinating journey spanning the Belle Epoque (1870’s – 1920’s); from the extraordinary fashion details in the paintings of James Tissot in the era’s beginning, through the impressive phenomenon of the pioneering French haute couture fashion designers, Callot Souers, in its concluding years.

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