Online Class: Hungarian Written Embroidery with Sarah Pedlow

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Hungarian Written Embroidery

Learn a special style of Hungarian Embroidery!

Learn this special style of Hungarian embroidery (írásos) that dates back to the 1700s in Transylvania, Romania. Used primarily for decorative home linens it was an important part of a young woman’s dowry in the Kalotaszeg region of Transylvania. Today a few women still stitch pieces to honor their family members, church, and special events, and to sell in the community.

Lesson 1 covers the foundation chain stitch that makes up the majority of the project. Lessons 2 and 3 cover supplemental details and stitches. You may frame your finished work or incorporate it into a sewing project of your choice.


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  • Class Details

    Design size: 6.5″ x 7″
    Skill level*: All levels
    Prerequisites: none
    Registration dates: Registration opens September 1 and closes October 6, 2021.
    Number of lessons: 3
    Class Format: PDF + Videos
    Class schedule: The first lesson will be posted on December 1, 2021. The following lessons will be posted on December 8 and December 15, 2021.
    Class cost: Class only (using your own materials): $40Class + Optional  Kit: $86 shipping to US, $79 shipping to Canada and other International locations. (Note: Only 43 optional kits will be available when registration starts.)
    Kit contents and supplies needed: The full list of kit contents, and supplies needed can be found here.

  • About teacher Sarah Pedlow

    Sarah Pedlow is an artist working with embroidery and cultural preservation. Artistic and ethnographic research form the foundation of her photo-based and textile work. An artist’s residency in Budapest, Hungary, in 2009 led her to start the education and preservation project ThreadWritten in 2012. Since 2014 she has been 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.

    Residencies in Iceland; Oaxaca, Mexico; and The Netherlands, as well as embroidery study in Ukraine and Portugal, inform her studio practice. She holds an MFA in Visual Arts from Mason Gross School of the Arts, Rutgers University (2001), and a BA in Studio Art and French Studies from Scripps College, Claremont, CA (1998). Originally from the San Francisco Bay Area, she moved to Amsterdam, NL, in 2019, where she now lives and works. You can find her artwork at

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    Please note: Online Studio course and kit fees are non-refundable.