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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!


Email or call the shop (650-321-3494) to sign up for our special events.


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. 

October 3: Troubleshooting - Dye Lot Shifts, Stitching on Black, etc.
November 7: Shading with Silk or Floss
December 5: The Wonderful World of Bargello

Cost of $25 per class. Zoom link will be sent to participants upon registration.
>> Learn more and see additional topics


California Wreath Workshop with Alison Hodgkiss

Celebrate life in Northern California with this special custom canvas designed by Raymond CrawfordAlison Hodgkiss from A Stitch in Time Needlework in San Marino, CA, has created the stitch guide and will teach a two-day workshop at OWD on November 3 & 4.* With fabulous threads and stitches, you’re sure to have a great time!

Cost of $850 includes two days of instruction, canvas, stitch guide, and all materials. 
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*Our November event is sold out, but we may add a second workshop in January 2024. Please call or email us for more information.


Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer Series

Bring the children's classic to life with this seven-canvas series. Each canvas comes with a fabulous stitch guide by our own Suzanne Attenborough. Suzanne will also teach two classes at the shop. Series runs June through December, with canvas distribution as follows.

June: Rudolph, Bumble, fibers and materials for all canvases
August: Santa Claus, Hermie the Elf, and Clarice
October: Sam the Snowman, Yukon Cornelius

Cost of $1,200 (paid in 3 installments) includes seven canvases with stitch guides, all materials, and two classes. 
>> Learn more and see schedule


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 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. >>Learn more.

Our 2023 Retreat has ended, but you can still order the sea otter canvas.  
>> See canvas ordering options


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

Upcoming Classes:


Hair and Beards

Saturday, October 14, 2023 | 1 pm - 3 pm (Pacific)
$75 fee includes instructions, written guide, doodle canvas, and threads.

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.
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Previous Classes:


Mad for Birthday Plaid!

Saturday, January 14, 2023 | 9:30 am - 11:30 am (Pacific)
$75 fee includes instructions, written guide, blank canvas, and threads.

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. 
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Turkey Work

Saturday, March 11, 2023 | 1 pm - 3 pm (Pacific)
$50 fee includes instructions, written guide, doodle canvas, and threads.

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.
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The Joy of Beading

Saturday, May 13, 2023 | 10 am - 12 pm (Pacific)
$75 fee includes instructions, written guide, doodle canvas, and beading materials.

Learn how to add sparkle and pizzaz to your canvas with beads. Suzanne Attenborough will demonstrate multiple techniques and share some great tips. You'll be happily beading in no time!
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Five Perfect Backgrounds

Saturday, August 19, 2023 | 10 am - 12 pm (Pacific)
$50 fee includes instructions, written guide, doodle canvas, and threads.

Are you ready to try something different? Join Suzanne Attenborough to learn five great backgrounds for your next (or current!) project.
>> 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 - 12 pm
     Saturdays, 10 am - 12 pm and 1 pm - 3 pm
Private Lessons: One-hour private sessions on the first Saturday of the month and available by appointment.
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Elizabeth Pavel

Want to learn needlepoint, but don't know where to start? Has it 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 and group sessions available by appointment.
>> Learn more 

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