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 Gather and Stitch: Portugal, a cultural textile retreat in Northern Portugal. She holds a BA from Scripps College, Claremont and an MFA from Rutgers University. You can find her at and @threadwritten.

Past Classes

Hungarian Written Embroidery

February 7, 2019
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 experience traveling and working with women in Hungary and Romania.

Embroidered Flowers of Portugal

February 23, 2019
This workshop will teach several basic embroidery stitches used in traditional clothing from Northern Portugal dating back to the 1700s.  Fun for new and advanced embroiderers alike, we’ll study the traditional costumes of Viana do Castelo and practice stitching a traditional floral pattern inspired by the designs on women’s blouses. Use your embroidery to make an envelope (as pictured) or bring your own blouse made of a woven fabric (cotton or linen). Sarah attended the largest annual festival in the region in August, including a parade with over 600 women in traditional dress with embroidered vests, blouses, skirts, and even shoes! Learn about the traditions of this lesser-known region of Portugal and support a disappearing form of embroidery.