Sarah, the founder, center, with Orsolya, left, and Ildikó of the Unitárcoop Alapítvány,  Târgu-Mureș/Marosvásárhely, Romania, 2013.  

Sarah, the founder, center, with Orsolya, left, and Ildikó of the Unitárcoop Alapítvány, 

Târgu-Mureș/Marosvásárhely, Romania, 2013.

 

ThreadWritten Textiles supports women artisans, traditional textile practices and the preservation of cultural heritage through research, education and the creation of a global community of makers.

Based in the San Francisco Bay Area, ThreadWritten offers workshops and consulting in ethnic textile techniques and travel with a focus on embroidery.  

From 2012 - 2015 I designed and manufactured a line of bags and pillows with embroidery by ethnic Hungarian women in Transylvania, Romania, a region that was part of Hungary until the end of the first World War.  Incorporating Hungarian embroidery was naturally my first choice, drawing from my drop-jaw amazement at the traditional costumes and home textiles I saw in Budapest, Hungary while attending an artist’s residency in 2009.  

While producing my first line I realized that my true passion lays in connecting with people and sharing the techniques, the beauty of the work and lives of the artisans.  Since 2014 I have been lecturing on Hungarian embroidery and teaching workshops on the written style.  This year I expanded my work through artist’s residency programs in Iceland and Oaxaca, Mexico.  I now teach introductory net-making and Icelandic cross-stitch for knitwear.  Workshops on Oaxacan embroidery and Mexican huipil stitching are planned for 2017.

When designing class projects or new products I strive for a balance between traditional motifs and contemporary forms. I encourage viewing textiles as cultural, social, and historical documents to “read,” as well as to live with and take comfort. I value simple beauty, art in everyday life, the joy of vibrant colors and patterns, and evidence of the artist’s hand.

I hold an MFA in Visual Arts from Rutgers University and a BA in Studio Art and French Studies from Scripps College, Claremont, CA. My fine art work has been exhibited in the U.S. and Europe.

Sarah Pedlow, Founder