I'm Kati, designer & founder of Kate & Rose Patterns. I was born in Hungary and grew up in Hungary and a few other places, and now live in the Hudson Valley with my artist husband, our two daughters, and a lot of pets. I learned to embroider in elementary school, and my grandmother taught me how to sew when I was fourteen.
Sewing and making things has been a constant in my life ever since. It's stayed with me through many moves and careers - I've worked as a translator-interpreter, non-profit manager, I got a Ph.D. in comparative literature, I've danced in a flamenco troupe and made digital art and video installations. Through all of it the one thing that never changed was that I kept on sewing, stitching, making things.
After my daughters were born, I went back to school to study patternmaking at FIT, and started the Kate & Rose pattern line with the Róza modern peasant blouse. A series of large embroidery pattern sets inspired by Hungarian embroidery followed (some available for a while as hot iron transfer patterns), then more sewing patterns, and smaller embroidery patterns. I have since started to work on and research zero-waste sewing patterns to work towards a more sustainable way to dress ourselves, based on all the historical practices we already know, and started a tiny sustainable fashion line. My pieces are available at Maison Aprés in Kingston, and at MadeXHudson in Catskill and Hudson.
I also teach workshops on historical zero-waste sewing, Eastern European embroidery, and Eastern European band weaving. I sometimes teach online at Threadwritten, locally at a few locations in the Hudson Valley, or the New York Sheep and Wool Festival. Or Contact me to organize a private workshop either online or in-person! I would love to meet you.