In this class you will learn the basic stitches of Hungarian written embroidery, a folk style that originated in Transylvania, Romania in the late 18th Century. Fun for beginners and experienced embroiderers, you’ll stitch a heart or tulip design on a piece of linen that you can later sew into a small bag, pin cushion, or decorative hanging or add to a quilt or clothing. You’ll also take home materials to create another embroidery as well as resources on Hungarian needlework and patterns. Sarah will share her knowledge of the culture and history of Transylvanian textiles and her travel experience in Hungary and Romania.
Sarah Pedlow, artist and founder of ThreadWritten Textiles, is interested in traditional textiles, cultural preservation, and creating a global community of makers connected via cultural heritage skills. An artist’s residency in Budapest in 2009 changed the direction of her work, leading her to focus on disappearing forms of embroidery. From 2012 – 2015 she researched Hungarian Kalotaszeg written embroidery in Transylvania, Romania and made products with women artisans. She has since studied embroidery and traditional clothing through residencies and travel in Iceland, Mexico, The Netherlands, Ukraine, and Portugal. Sarah teaches workshops and lectures across the country. In August 2019 she’ll lead a textile retreat in Northern Portugal. She holds a BA from Scripps College, Claremont and an MFA from Rutgers University. You can find her online HERE and @threadwritten