We arrived back from our summer trip safe and sound, and we’re getting ready for the first of school: Zsuzsi is starting kindergarten! How did this happen?
As a post-labor-day gift I have a free embroidery pattern for you guys: a sweet and simple Paloc pattern from Northern Hungary. A little while ago Kollabora sent me a care package that included one of Sublime Stitching’s half-aprons (thank you, Kollabora! By the way, are you guys members? If you haven’t yet joined, do: there is so much creativity there!). I’ve been trying to figure out what I’d like to stitch on it and then inspiration presented itself:
I found this lovely scarf on my last day in Budapest, in a new-to-me folk art store that I will regularly frequent from now on. This kind of black scarf was worn by widows, and it’s from the region of the country to the North and a bit West of Budapest. My grandma is from there. I’ve always loved their handwork: the designs are simpler than the ones you’ve seen me work with before but this doesn’t mean the workmanship is any worse, or that they’re less pretty.
This scarf has a black-on-black floral embroidery, only in one corner, stitched with a very fine thread, using only satin stitch and stem stitch. The fabric is a shiny, soft cotton sateen. Look how delicate the stitching is:
The “large” flowers only 2 cm (3/4″) wide.
To create the free pattern based on this design, I enlarged the motifs a bit to make it easier to stitch them. I’m providing the larger center design and the smaller chained flower design (this one with both left and right orientation):
Here’s how I started arranging it on the apron, starting along the bottom:
There are any number of other ways these motifs could be arranged. Maybe a long design like this:
I was thinking this would look pretty on the front panel of a Roza blouse:
Or you could tweak it into a design for a neckline:
Which could fit on a blouse like the Roza like this:
You can download the pattern here.
Can’t wait to see what you guys make!