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Giselle dress sewalong at The Monthly Stitch this week in Frocktober

While Perfect Pattern Parcel #6 is going on, another exciting event is in progress: this week of Frocktober is Giselle dress week at The Monthly Stitch. Look at Nikki‘s gorgeous jewel tone border print Giselle:

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Best of all, Juliet, one of the lovely Monthly Stitch Read More…

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The first ever Sewing Indie Month is here!


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Drumroll please! Have you heard? The first ever Sewing Indie Month begins today!
Early this year, the lovely and talented Mari Miller of Seamster Patterns contacted me to ask if I wanted to participate in a month-long blog event, or, well – let’s be honest: a month-long party of indie sewing pattern designers. 21 of us, no less! It’s an Read More…

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Coming up: Róza blouse series, embroidery patterns, & more!

It’s been a looooong few weeks here at Kate & Rose HQ (I’ve always wanted to say that). Traveling hubby, sick kids, tons of work unrelated to embroidery or the Róza blouse, but finally I see light at the end of the tunnel. (Which really only means I can get to work on the next thing… hmmm…) And now I’m up to my neck in getting a bunch of things ready for you guys in preparation.
For example, fabric candy! Look:
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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 Four: witchy stitching from Buzsak

It has taken WAY too long for me to get back to this sampler, but better late than never (I hope)! If you look at the rest of the blog you can see a little bit of what I’ve been doing… But it’s time to end the hiatus!
From the village of Buzsak, right near Balaton, come some stunning, though at this moment in time not as well-known styles of handwork made with amazingly varied techniques. There are three main techniques Read More…

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Hungarian Sampler: Administrative Update

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 Read More…

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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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