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Swarovski Upcycled Crystals Bring Responsibility and Excitement to San Francisco School of Needlework and Design’s Latest Challenge!

Nest is proud to support the San Francisco School of Needlework and Design (SNAD) as they “move the needle forward” with their latest “Stitch at Home” challenge! SNAD, which was co-founded by Nest Advisory Board Member, Ellice Sperber, is a member of the Nest Artisan Guild, Nest’s open-source network of more than 195 artisan businesses across more than 42 countries worldwide. As a Guild member, SNAD has access to ongoing support and resources from Nest that help to promote our shared goals for the continued art of making by hand.

The Stitch at Home Challenge champions these goals by inviting people of all ages to create an embroidered work of artwork utilizing SNAD design inspiration, any medium of their choice…and a little something special. This is where Nest comes in! We were happy to help facilitate for all SNAD challenge participants a generous donation of upcycled crystals from Swarovski, which further Swarovski’s ongoing commitment to supporting talent. Upcycled crystals are unused elements with enormous potential for transformation into new materials or products for better environmental value and more sustainable use of resources. Inspired by the crystals’ color and sparkle, the theme for SNAD’s latest challenge is entitled “Jewels of the Sea.”

We are looking forward to seeing what types of masterpieces begin to emerge when beautiful upcycled crystals and needlework come together through creativity and innovation. Nest is proud to help support the continued art of making in the United States and all around the world. Many thanks to SFSNAD for the work you are doing, and to Swarovski for their generous donation, which is making a positive impact for artisans of the Nest Guild.

Want to enter the challenge? SNAD is now distributing the Swarovski upcycled crystals on a first-come, first-served basis. If you would like to enter the Challenge and are interested in a bag of crystals, please send an email to and visit to download the Complete Rules and Challenge Entry Form. Best of luck and happy stitching!