Join SFSNAD and Threadwritten’s Sarah Pedlow for a very special class taught by Ukrainian Embroidery Artist Hanna Rohatynska.

When: July 30, 2022 : 10 – 11:30 am PT

Where: online via Zoom

What: Join SFSNAD and Threadwritten’s Sarah Pedlow for a very special class taught by Ukrainian Embroidery Artist Hanna Rohatynska. 100% of the proceeds from this class will be donated to organizations outlined by Hanna that support and are dedicated to preserving cultural heritage and aiding Ukrainian children and soldiers affected by the war. The unique design we will stitch together has been created by Hannah for this special event. Artist Christina Shmigel will also join us to share her Ukrainian mother’s embroidery and her family’s emigration to the US in the 1940s.

This is a wonderful opportunity to be in community with stitchers from around the world who want to celebrate embroidery while aiding those in need in Ukraine. Beginners and all levels of embroidery experience are welcome. This World Embroidery Day event has been underwritten by a generous donor so that 100% of your donation dollars can be distributed in the Ukraine.

Price: $35 Suggested Minimum Donation

Supplies: Kits designed specifically for this class are available for purchase for $12 through Maydel. Maydel will donate 10% of revenue and 30% of all profits towards relief in Ukraine. You may also use your own materials and stitch along (counted-thread fabric and stranded cotton embroidery thread). A pdf pattern and instructions will be sent to all attending before the event.

Click here to register! 

About World Embroidery Day:

The World Embroidery Day initiative came from Skåne Sy-d, a local group of Broderiakademin, the Swedish Embroiderer’s Guild. The first World Embroidery Day took place in Vismarlöv, 30th July 2011. Their Manifesto states: “The importance of embroidery must be made known and World Embroidery Day will spread around the world. Make 30th July a day filled with creativity for the sake of Peace, Freedom and Equality.”

About the Educators:

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 and contemporary textile practices, and the preservation of heritage through research, education, and the cultivation of a global community of makers. Originally from the San Francisco Bay Area, Sarah moved to Amsterdam, NL, in 2019, where she now lives and works. She has taught and lectured at the 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, Crafts Council Nederland, and Selvedge Magazine. Uppercase, Veranda, House & Garden UK, and Selvedge magazines have featured her work. She holds an MFA in visual arts from Rutgers University. Find her artwork at

Hanna Rohatynska first learned to embroider as a child. She studied business at university and worked in print media, sales, and advertising until her brother’s request for a traditional shirt led her back into the craft and tradition of Ukrainian shirts. She studied with a master embroiderer in Lviv and since 2015 has been studying heritage sorochkas in order to recreate them and preserve the techniques. She teaches full-time at the Majsternia Magdy Dzvin Embroidery School in Lviv.

Mariana K. is an English teacher, writer, and translator in Lviv will serve as the translator for this class.

Christina Shmigel is an American artist working primarily in installation. From 1995-2005 she was Associate Professor of Sculpture at Webster University in St Louis, Missouri and she continues to teach regularly at the Penland School of Crafts in North Carolina. From 2005- 2018, Shmigel lived and worked in Shanghai, China; currently, she divides her studio time between St Louis, MO & Bakersville, NC. Her education includes a BFA in painting from the Rhode Island School of Design, an MFA in Sculpture from Brooklyn College and an MFA in blacksmithing & metals from the University of Southern Illinois-Carbondale. Shmigel has had numerous exhibitions nationally and internationally including solo shows at the St Louis Art Museum, Laumeier Sculpture Park, and the Duolun Museum in Shanghai, and group shows at the Ukrainian Institute of Contemporary Art in Chicago and the Ukrainian Museum in New York City.