This post shares some wonderful Hungarian embroidery in the collection of one of our members Elizabeth Hooper. Her family migrated to Australia from Hungary and these pieces are all part of their story and family history.
When Elizabeth looks at them she sees not only lovely stitching but people and places and memories.
This apron was a wedding present to Elizabeth from her Mum’s aunt and was all hand stitched by members of the family. If you’d like a closer look just click on the photos.
I’m lucky enough to have seen and handled this piece and it’s exquisite – the design, stitching and colours work wonderfully together. Elizabeth says that it always gets lots of comments when she wears it.
Tablecloth with Leaf Motif
This tablecloth was embroidered by Elizabeth’s Mum and so is very special
Now look at these from the back – amazingly neat!
This was another hand embroidered gift from Elizabeth’s family in Hungary
Elizabeth’s Own Hungarian Piece
This is the first piece that Elizabeth did with her Mum teaching her Hungarian techniques
This pillowslip was also a gift from family in Hungary
Red on Red
This striking piece of red on red Hungarian embroidery was bought on one of Elizabeth’s trips back to Hungary. She found it in Edger where the lady was embroidering these pieces in her shop.
Hungarian Bread Basket
This piece was also bought in Hungary – the embroidery is done by hand but all the edgings are machine sewn.
Black Table Cloth
This dramatic piece was another purchase this time in Budapest:
Kalocsa Hungarian Embroidery
These two doilies were bought from a family friend in Hungary who had embroidered them. The lacework was once done by hand but is now done by machine.
If you’d like to try Kalocsa embroidery there’s a pattern on pages 40-45 of Inspirations Magazine No. 60. This includes instructions for making the delicate lace edging and the whipped tulle stitch that creates the netting between the floral motifs.
Mary Corbet of the Needle n’ Thread blog has been journalling a Redwork Hungarian Embroidery runner and you can see where she’s up to here
A big thanks to Elizabeth for sharing these precious heirlooms