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 I encourage viewing textiles as cultural, social, and historical documents to “read,” as well as to live with and take comfort.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