Saturday 19 & Sunday 20 March 2022, Hungarian Written Embroidery, Online Workshop with Sarah Pedlow of ThreadWritten
Saturday 19 & Sunday 20 March 2022, 14:00-17:00 GMT (Greenwich Mean Time, London, UK)
Online workshop, hosted on Zoom by Sarah Pedlow of ThreadWritten
Sarah Pedlow, founder of ThreadWritten, is an artist working with embroidery and cultural preservation through workshops, textile travel retreats, and fine art. ThreadWritten supports women artisans, traditional textile practices and the preservation of heritage through research, education, and the cultivation of a global community of makers. While participating in an artist’s residency in Budapest, Hungary in 2009, Sarah fell in love with Hungarian embroidery and clothing in the Museum of Ethnography. The experience led her to seek out women embroidering in the written style in Transylvania, Romania, and start ThreadWritten in 2012, first with artisan-made bags and pillows. Since 2014 she has been focusing on education, lecturing, and teaching cultural embroidery workshops at institutions including Fashion Institute of Technology, The Textile Arts Council at the de Young Museum, San Francisco School of Needlework and Design, Tatter (Brooklyn, NY), WildCraft Studio School (Portland, OR), The Embroiderers’ Guild of America, and Crafts Council Nederland. Embroidery study in Portugal and Ukraine, and artist’s residencies in Iceland; Oaxaca, Mexico; and The Netherlands inform her work. She holds an MFA in Visual Arts from Mason Gross School of the Arts, Rutgers University, and a BA in Studio Art and French Studies from Scripps College, Claremont, CA. Originally from the San Francisco Bay Area, she moved to Amsterdam, NL, in 2019, where she now lives and works. You can find more about about her work here.
Outline of the workshop
Learn the history, technique, and culture of Hungarian written embroidery, írásos (“written) in Hungarian, a folk style that originated in Transylvania in the 1700s. Suitable for beginners and experienced embroiderers, you’ll stitch a floral design on linen. The 2-day workshop will include a slide lecture on the history of the work and women still practicing today in Romania, stitching demonstrations and practice, and embroidering a traditional pattern developed especially for this workshop.
Day 1, March 19
Slide lecture on the history and culture of written embroidery
Developing consistent stitches
Following a pattern
Day 2, March 20
A look at embroideries from Sarah’s collection
Stitch review and working with curves
A material pack will be sent to attendees prior to the workshop containing:
- Cotton thread
- Heavy-weight linen
- Cotton muslin for practice
- Heat sensitive pen for pattern transfer
Please note: material packages are shipped on an insured, trackable delivery service. Any customs duties, delays, lost or undeliverable packages are the responsibility of the customer. Once a material package leaves the workshop tutors' hands with a tracking number, the seller has no further obligation to the buyer.
Materials which attendees need to provide:
- Optional: Hoop (not traditionally used in Transylvania for this style)
Workshop Cancellation Policy
All places reserved on workshops are non refundable, however, if you let us know you are not able to make a workshop you have booked at least two weeks prior to the event, we will offer a credit note.
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