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Bay Area and Beyond
Antique American Needlework Tools

with Dawn Cook Ronnigen

Wednesday, 1/26/22 10am PT, online event
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Admission: $10
Location: Online
Organizers: San Francisco School of Needlework & Design

Dawn Cook Ronningen, author of Antique American Needlework Tools is also a historian, needle worker, quilter and long-time collector of sewing and embroidery tools. Dawn is also a collector of antique textiles.

Dawn uses her needlework tool collection in her own stitching projects, focusing on historic techniques and designs. She lectures on her collections in the US and abroad, meeting and sharing information with embroiderers, quilters, sewers, and antiques enthusiasts. In her talk, Dawn will focus on the differences between historical American and European needlework tools.

A Talk with Isabella Rosner of Sew What? Podcast

Wednesday, 2/9/22 10am PT, online event
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Admission: $10
Location: Online
Organizers: San Francisco School of Needlework & Design

Isabella Rosner is a second-year Ph.D. student at King’s College London, where she researches and writes about Quaker women’s decorative arts before 1800. Her project focuses specifically on seventeenth-century English needlework and eighteenth-century Philadelphia wax and shellwork. She received her BA from Columbia University and her MPhil from Cambridge University and has been lucky enough to work at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, LACMA, Colonial Williamsburg, and Fitzwilliam Museum. Isabella specializes in the study of schoolgirl samplers and early modern women’s needlework in addition to hosting the “Sew What?” podcast about historic needlework and those who stitched it.

This talk explores parallels between needlework stitched during historic moments of chaos and the COVID-19 pandemic. It draws connections between seventeenth-century, nineteenth-century, and contemporary embroidery, exploring the fact that needlework is and has always been an outlet for emotions ranging from frustration to joy. Isabella will analyze needlework wrought during periods of political turmoil, environmental catastrophe, widespread illness, and incarceration, mirroring the unexpected, challenging circumstances of the 2020s thus far.

Well Traveled, an Exhibition

with Anne Kelly

Wednesday, 2/16/22 10am PT, online event
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Admission: $10
Location: Online
Organizers: San Francisco School of Needlework & Design

UK based textile artist Anne Kelly is an award-winning artist, author and tutor. Her multi-layered and densely stitched textiles have been described as ‘small worlds’. Anne was Trained in Canada and at Goldsmiths College in London, and creates wall hangings and objects using a mixture of mixed media collage and hand and machine embroidery. Her inspirations are taken from travel, memory, nature and especially folk art.

Anne tutors and teaches fine art and textiles to a variety of groups in the UK and abroad. and is a member of the Embroiderers Guild UK, the Crafts Council Directory and the Society for Embroidered Work. She also exhibits and curates group exhibitions nationally and internationally. Her four books for Batsford are widely collected and studied by students of all ages around the world.

Anne will present her “Well Traveled ” Exhibition and discuss her creative process, and insights, along with the inspirations of this show.

Rare Turkmen Asmalyks

with Alan Rothblatt

Saturday, 3/26/22 10am PT, online via Zoom
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Admission: Free
Location: Online
Organizers: New England Rug Society (NERS)

Of all the Turkmen trappings, asmalyks, which adorn the flanks of the camel carrying the bride on her wedding day, have fascinated collectors the most. “Rare Turkmen Asmalyks” will present a curated view of the best known asmalyks from the various Turkmen tribes plus insights into some of these highly desired weavings.

The majority of well-respected Turkmen collectors share a highly developed trait, the ability to focus on tiny details of Turkmen weavings that help differentiate age and tribal origin and separate out the greatest examples. Alan refined this ability during his medical career as a minimally invasive surgeon. He acquired his first Turkmen weaving over 30 years ago. He has been an active participant and frequent presenter at the International Collectors of Turkmen Carpets Conferences in Hamburg as well as at the Rug Collectors’ Weekend in California. Alan’s other passion is adventure travel to explore remote regions and cultures. During his last sabbatical he lived with the Kazakh Eagle Hunters in the Altai mountains and then traveled in search of the great Tekke Bird Asmalyks highlighted in this webinar.


Event Posting Policy: One-time events and programs may be posted here. No announcement may be posted which will promote a commercial interest or cause. Events should be accessible to TAC members either geographically (San Francisco Bay Area) or virtually. Submit events to tac@famsf.org.

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