Last week was so busy I never got a chance to get the next installment of the sampler written up. But, it is coming! In the meantime, I did want to let you know about the Hungarian Sampler flickr group I set up – join any time!
The tutorials that go along with the sampler will be up indefinitely so there’s really no time limit on joining in. (Which makes ME feel better about not being as quick with writing them as I’d like to be!)
In the meantime, a sneak peek at the next motif in the sampler:
It’s a bit of “witchy” stitching based on one of the amazing styles of Buzsak, a small town just south of Lake Balaton. I love that name, don’t you? Here’s historic “witchy” embroidery:
Here are the two other handwork techniques Buzsak embroiderers use – first another, completely different-looking style of embroidery:
And a very distinctive needle-turn applique:
I took these three photos of antique textiles exhibited in the museum of the village of Buzsak; website here.
Finally, if you want to learn more about embroidery stitches, this is a great reference book:
It’s got a wonderfully searchable photographic index, plus diagrams of how to do the stitches. Very useful when you look at embroidery as varied as Hungarian embroidery is, not least because without the photo index you’d never be able to find what stitches are used. Even in Hungarian the stitches’ names are often unrecognizable…
Links to tutorial pages:
- Hungarian Sampler: Main Contents Page
- Hungarian Embroidery Sampler part one: preparations – about threads, needles, hoops, and how to transfer embroidery patterns
- Hungarian Sampler part two: floral motif from Southwestern Hungary – chain stitch, starting and finishing your thread
- Hungarian Sampler part three: Transsylvanian tulips – buttonhole circles, stem stitch
- Hungarian Sampler: administrative update & some additional resources
- Hungarian Sampler part four: witchy stitching from Buzsak – open chain stitch
- Hungarian Sampler part five: filling in the witchy stitching from Buzsak – herringbone filling stitch
- Hungarian Sampler part six: stamina – completing our Buzsak witchy stitching – back stitch, straight satin stitch
- Hungarian Sampler part seven: variations
- Hungarian Sampler part eight: “woolly” stitching from Hungary’s central plains – ‘fake’ satin stitch
- Hungarian Sampler part nine (the last): Matyó rose from Northern Hungary – oblique or slanted satin stitch
- Blouses to embroider: a great free pattern is the Sorbetto top from Colette Patterns (the version with the plain front). The Róza top would also work great for this project, as well as the Uptown folk blouse.
- Download the Hungarian Sampler embroidery PDF pattern (2 pages, formatted to print on either US Letter or A4 size paper).
- Share your work on Instagram and make sure you tag your pics with #kateandrosepatterns #hungariansampler!