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New embroidery patterns now available to buy – and a freebie too!

Three new embroidery patterns are ready for you to download & stitch up as you wish! Two designs based on Matyó embroidery form Northern Hungary are now available on Etsy or Craftsy:
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Both contain lots of motifs to play with, and instructions with stitching suggestions, Read More…

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A rose is a rose is a rose – or an embroidery kit

In honor of Valentine’s day, a lovely flower to stitch: introducing the first embroidery kit by Kate & Rose!
It is the ever popular Matyó rose from North-Eastern Hungary, wich was also the last motif of the Hungarian Sampler:
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Each kit contains a 9″x9″  (24×24 cm) Read More…

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Hungarian Sampler Part Nine (the last): Matyó rose from Northern Hungary

This is the ninth and last part of the Hungarian Sampler series, in which we embroider various Hungarian motifs on a tank top made using Colette Patterns’ free Sorbetto Top pattern. Can you believe it? It’s almost done! It just occurred to me that having nine parts is rather auspicious – nine is, in most folklore traditions so in Hungarian as well, an important number. I should claim I carefully planned it this way… but that wouldn’t be entirely true.
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Hungarian Sampler Part Eight: “woolly” stitching from Hungary’s central plainslands

The next part of our sampler is a symmetrical floral motif with clean lines, inspired by embroidery traditionally made in the central plains of Hungary, and was stitched with wool thread on homespun linen. It was mostly used to decorate cushions, blankets and other home textiles, and this style of embroidery has not been widely practiced in a number of years. Which is too bad, because look how pretty it is:
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Hungarian Sampler Part Seven: Variations

In the course of stitching this Hungarian embroidery sampler Sorbetto top we’ve thus far used the following stitches: chain stitch, buttonhole stitch, stem stitchopen chain stitch, fishbone stitch, backstitch, and satin stitch. Isn’t Read More…

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Hungarian Sampler Part Six: Stamina – completing our Buzsak witchy stitching

It’s time to finish the Buzsak witchy stitching section of our sampler blouse!
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We will learn two stitches to do this: the backstitch, and the satin stitch. Be not afraid: the satin stitch is actually much less difficult to master than you would think. And it allows for corrections! Virtually no Hungarian embroiderer satin stitches absolutely perfectly yet their work is usually still quite beautiful.
We left off with all our open chain stitching and Read More…

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Hungarian Sampler Part Five: Filling in our Buzsak witchy stitching

When you take a look at the stitching we’d done so far in the sampler, you will notice we haven’t yet filled in any areas. When you look at this photograph I took in Buzsak at the embroidery exhibit, you can see the v-shaped stitches used inside the areas outlined by open chain stitches:
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Hungarian Sampler Blouse Part 3: Transsylvanian Tulips

The second section of our sampler is a design made up of three tulips based on the embroidery style of the Hungarian regions of Romania, in Transsylvania:
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Most often a very wide, very tightly stitched open chain stitch was used to outline each shape, in or red, blue, black, and sometimes white thread on hemp, linen or cottn cloth. This is Read More…

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Hungarian Embroidery Sampler Part 2: chain-stitched motif from Baranya county, Hungary

The first motif (at the bottom of the sampler pattern) is based on the designs used to embellish headscarves in the South-Western part of Hungary, in the regions called Baranya and Sarkoz, like in the image below:
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The embroidery from this region can also be wildly colorful and made up with lots of different types of stitches. But for the purposes of our sampler, which is meant to be easy even for someone who’s Read More…

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Hungarian Embroidery Sampler Part One: Preparations

Friends, it is that time of year here in the Northern Hemisphere: everything slows down and everyone tries to get in a few more weeks of sunshine and vacation before school or work starts up again in earnest. Or in my case, before I’m buried in getting everything ready for the launch of my online store this fall.
So, I’ve prepared a little surprise for you, something portable and handwork-ful (I know that’s not a word. But it should be!): the Read More…

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