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Hungarian Sampler Embroidery Pattern

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Design NumberKR1108
Difficulty Advanced Beginner
Digital Pattern Info3 pages; 505 Kb
This sampler is a great way to get more familiar with Central European folklore embroidery, or just to broaden your repertory of embroidery stitches. Step-by-step photo tutorials take you through each of the five designs, with each stitch carefully broken down to help you execute the designs with ease. Each post also gives a bit of background on the design, along with photographs showing alternate color schemes you can try. The entire tutorial series can be accessed on this page.

I stitched the sampler onto a tank top but folksier, raglan-sleeved blouses would also work great for this sampler, including the Róza or the Uptown folk blouse by Kate & Rose Patterns; please take a look at the diagram design placement suggestions. Each motif can be used individually as well for an entirely different look. The design would also look beautiful as a table runner or on a throw pillow.

I recommend this sampler for both confident beginners and more advanced embroiderers.

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Thread: my favorite thread for all Central European embroidery is #8 Perle Cotton. I used the Hungarian-produced Puppets brand thread in a light apple green. Finca Presencia is another good choice for perle cotton, as is Valdani. I prefer these to other brands because it has a "softer" sheen that settles beautifully into fabric.

Fabric: I used a raw silk for my tank top. Other fabrics that would work well are cotton broadcloth with a lighter hand, as well as cotton lawn or light to medium-light-weight linens. For best results, use fabrics made of natural fibers.

Blouses to embroider: a great free pattern is the Sorbetto top from Colette Patterns (the version with the plain front). The Róza top (available in the shop) would also work great for this project, as well as the Uptown folk blouse (also by Kate & Rose Patterns, and available from Sew News Magazine).

Additional tools & supplies: lead pencil, a bright window, lightbox, or carbon paper for handwriting to transfer the designs; your favorite kind of embroidery needle (I use chenille needles); optional hoop, steam iron.