Learn the basics of Hungarian Matyó embroidery in this 2-hour IN-PERSON class! This workshop will take place in the gallery space at the beautiful Greig Farm in Red Hook, NY.
Many of us remember the Hungarian embroidered peasant blouses of the hippie era, a unique embroidery style that has come to stand for traditional Hungarian embroidery. Popular worldwide since the early 20th century, Matyó embroidery has roots going back over a thousand years.
We will learn the basic stitches and motifs of Matyó embroidery, and practice how to form the peony petal and leaf shapes characteristic of this embroider.
We will stitch a small design I created for this workshop on a bandana made of quality cotton fabric. We will learn methods for starting and ending threads, and changing thread colors in a way that makes the back of the embroidery look very nearly identical to the front. This is traditionally considered important for embroidery on garments, and is very useful for an item like a bandana, the back of which is sometimes visible when worn.
All materials will be provided for the workshop in an embroidery kit that includes a finished bandana pre-printed with the embroidery pattern, thread, needle, and a small embroidery hoop. Scissors will be provided at the workshop, though you can of course bring your favorite pair.
This class is suitable for more advanced embroiderers as well as adventurous beginners.
Date and time: Saturday, June 26, 2021, 1 to 3 pm EST
Location: Harvest Gallery Studio at Greig Farm, 227 Pitcher Lane, Red Hook, NY 12571 (right below the SoHu Craft Market)