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Virtual Stitch-Ins

Thursday Evenings, 6 pm - 7:30 pm (Pacific)
Join the OWD stitchers via Zoom on Thursday evenings. You don't have to live in the Bay Area - join us from anywhere using your desktop, laptop, tablet, or phone. 

 >> Click here to join the Old World Designs Virtual Stitch-In


In-Store Stitch-Ins

Thursdays and Fridays, 10 am - 4 pm (Pacific)
Join a great group of stitchers for fun and stitching at the shop.
Most people arrive a little after 10 am, bring or buy lunch, and leave about 2 pm.
You can come for all or part of the fun - whatever works for you!



First Tuesdays with June McKnight

Join us for special mini classes with the fabulous June McKnight! June will share her knowledge, wisdom, and creativity. Classes are held via Zoom from 6 pm - 7 pm (Pacific) and each class will cover a different topic. 

February 7: Painting a Monogram or Name onto a Canvas
March 7: Something Knotty
April 4: So Many Threads, So Little Time
Additional 2023 topics TBA

Cost of $25 per class. Zoom link will be sent to participants upon registration.
Email or call the shop (650-321-3494) to sign up.  >>Learn more.


Heart Strings Workshop

Meet us at the shop February 9-11, 2023, for a special class: "Heart Strings" by Sew Much Fun with stitch guide by Cindy Saltzman, taught by guest teacher Jan Woolsey. 

The canvas is 18 mesh, 11" wide by 12" tall, and full of wonderful fibers, stitches, and beadwork. The result is something you're sure to love!

Email or call the shop (650-321-3494) to sign up.  >>Learn more.


OWD Stitching Retreat 2023

Join us May 18-20, 2023, in Carmel, CA, for a fun-filled three-day stitching retreat with the OWD Team. Jennifer Tan and Mary Ward-Smith from Pippin Studios will be with us in Carmel, along with our "stitch doctors" June McKnight and Suzanne Attenborough. Jennifer has created an exclusive - and adorable - sea otter canvas just for us. June has created the stitch guide and will teach portions of the guide on Friday from 9 am - noon.

Email or call the shop (650-321-3494) for additional details and to register. >> Learn More


Two-hour group classes at the shop to learn a new technique. Email or call the shop (650-321-3494) to sign up.


Mad for Birthday Plaid!

Saturday, January 14, 2023 | 9:30 am - 11:30 am (Pacific)
Create a coded date message in plaid - birthday, anniversary, Christmas - any date. Suzanne Attenborough will lead the group in stitching their very own special dates. 
by December 28: send us the date you want to stitch and a color preference

$75 fee includes instructions, written guide, blank canvas, and fibers.
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Turkey Work

Saturday, March 11, 2023 | 1 pm - 3 pm (Pacific)
Turkey Work makes loops on top of the canvas that can be left looped, packed thickly together, trimmed to look like fur, etc. Join Suzanne Attenborough to perfect your technique.

$50 fee includes instructions, written guide, doodle canvas, and threads.
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Five Perfect Backgrounds

Saturday, August 12, 2023 | 10 am - 12 pm (Pacific)
Are you ready to try something different? Join Suzanne Attenborough to learn five great backgrounds for your next (or current!) project.

$50 fee includes instructions, written guide, doodle canvas, and threads.
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Hair and Beards

Saturday, October 14, 2023 | 10 am - 12 pm (Pacific)
Join Suzanne Attenborough to learn about stitches and threads to create realistic and stylized hair and beards. Come with a project in mind and we'll help you find options to use on your canvas.

$50 fee includes instructions, written guide, doodle canvas, and threads.
>> Learn More


Please email or call the shop (650-321-3494) to sign up for any of our private lessons or group classes.


June McKnight

Nationally recognized teacher and prolific author, June McKnight joins us via Zoom for private lessons and special group classes. Learn from a master!

Private Lessons: One-hour private lessons via Zoom available by appointment.
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Suzanne Attenborough

Avid stitcher and teacher, Suzanne offers group embellishment classes and private lessons.

Group Classes: Two-hour group classes are held at the shop on the first Thursday and Saturday of the month:
     Thursdays, 10 am - noon <Learn More>
     Saturdays, 10 am - noon <Learn More> and 1 pm - 3 pm <Learn More>
Private Lessons: One-hour private sessions on the first Saturday of the month and available by appointment. >> Learn more


Elizabeth Pavel

Want to learn needlepoint, but don't know where to start? Has is been ages since you last stitched and you need a refresher? We can help! From the basics to simple (or not so simple) decorative stitches and fiber choices, Elizabeth has you covered. 

Private Lessons: One-hour private session or group session for two people.
>> Learn more 

To see all class offerings, please view our Calendar or click here for the Full Class List.