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For the Love of Silk

with Liz Trenow

Saturday, 9/18/21 10:00am PT, online event
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Admission: Free
Organizer: San Francisco School of Needlework and Design

Liz Trenow’s family have been silk weavers for more than 300 years and are one of only two major companies continuing to weave today in the UK, supplying top end suppliers all over the world. They have woven royal silks for major occasions such as Queen Elizabeth’s coronation gown and wedding dresses for Princess Diana and Princess Anne.

This remarkable history has inspired several of Liz’s best-selling novels, and her history of the family company has recently been published. This presentation will follow the family’s silk weaving fortunes from their origins as apprentice weavers in Spitalfields, London right up to the present day in a rural market town in Sudbury, Suffolk, as well as how this silk heritage has inspired her novels.


Interview with Needle ‘n Thread’s Mary Corbet

with Duwenavue Santé Johnson

Wednesday, 9/22/21 10:00am PT, online event
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Admission: Free
Organizer: San Francisco School of Needlework and Design

Mary Corbet, owner and operator of the wonderful online resource: Needle ‘n Thread will dive into the creation of this incredible website and brand. Mary first became serious about embroidery when studying art history in college, and as a result of that growing interest in historical and ecclesiastical embroidery. She began reading a lot, collecting books and pieces of old embroidery, taking pictures and looking at pieces up close. Mary tried different techniques out and explored stitching, until she figured out the one question that always nagged at her: “How did they do that?” She couldn’t rest until she knew.

When Mary finished her BA, she began teaching high school English. Eventually, Mary picked up her post graduate studies again, and finished her post grad work, she then became a college professor, teaching teachers how to teach. After 18 years in the academic world, five of which were simultaneously spent building Needle ‘n Thread, it became clear that Mary could not give 100% to her professional career and to Needle ‘n Thread. Then she took the plunge, and stepped out of the academic world! Devoting her energy full time to Needle ‘n Thread!


Threads and Themes of The Stories We Wear

with Dr. Anne Tiballi, PhD.

Saturday, 9/25/21 10:00am PT, online event
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Admission: Free
Organizer: Textile Museum Associates of Southern California

Showcasing 2,500 years of style and adornment through approximately 250 remarkable objects, the new exhibition “The Stories We Wear” at the Penn Museum reveals how clothing and accessories offer powerful expressions of identity—examining the purpose and meaning behind what we wear. In concert with the theme of the exhibition, this program will use the diverse textile and clothing collections at the Museum to explore how what we wear tells a story about ourselves: our class, gender, religion, social roles, and status. Approaching the collections from an archaeological perspective, Dr. Anne Tiballi, consultant for the exhibition, will dig deep into several of the exhibitions ‘outfits’, making connections between the technological skill, creativity, and cultural significance of the peoples who made and wore them. Among the items she will discuss include a Pre-Columbian Andean warp-patterned tunic, headband, and bag; a Qing Dynasty Chinese court costume; and Early 20th century coconut fiber armor from Kiribati, a Mongolian silk deel and boots, and a Hopi wedding dress.


Online Talk: The Work of Professional Embroiderer

with Jenny Adin-Christie

Wednesday, 10/6/21 10:00am PT, online event
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Admission: Free
Organizer: San Francisco School of Needlework and Design

Jenny Adin-Christie’s talk will provide a unique insight into the now extinct form of apprenticeship training and follow the life and career of a professional embroiderer.vThis includes an insightful, fully illustrated story behind the broad range of notable commissions which she has been privileged to be part of, both in the conservation and restoration of antique textiles and in the production of new works of art. For her career Jenny trained as a professional embroiderer on the prestigious three year Apprenticeship at the Royal School of Needlework, at Hampton Court Palace. Jenny remained at the RSN to work full time for a further ten years, as a member of the teaching team and commercial Studio staff, and became Assistant Head of Studio. Afterwards, Jenny embarked on her own freelance career in 2008. She continued to teach at the RSN, but also taught a broad range of techniques throughout the UK and around the world.


Contemporary Embroidery Design

with Devi Vallabhaneni

Wednesday, 10/20/21 10:00am PT, online event
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Admission: Free
Organizer: San Francisco School of Needlework and Design

Devi Vallabhaneni created her first embroidery pieces, experimenting with sequins and beads. As her enthusiasm grew, she decided to take courses in fashion design in Chicago, followed by textile classes at the famed Central Saint Martins, London. In 2016, she studied the craft of ‘crochet de Lunéville’ at Hand & Lock, winning first place at the annual embroidery competition. Transatlantic consecration of her talents came in 2018 when Neiman Marcus Beverly Hills commissioned three panels.

Devi’s talk will focus on her dedication to quality materials and the overall design process.



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