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 Transylvanian written style. In 2016 I expanded my work through artist’s residency programs in Iceland and Oaxaca, Mexico, following by a residency in The Netherlands and independent embroidery study in Lviv, Ukraine in 2017. I now also teach net-making with a Net Bag workshop, Icelandic cross-stitch for knitwear, and an introduction to embroidery for traditional shirts from Western Ukraine.
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 I encourage viewing textiles as cultural, social, and historical documents to “read,” as well as to live with and take comfort.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 have taught at the Handcraft Studio School in El Cerrito, CA, San Francisco School of Needlework and Design, The Textile Arts Council at the de Young Museum, WildCraft Studio School in Portland, OR, and Tatter, Brooklyn, NY.
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
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