Tuesday, October 19, 2021

Roses in Long and Short Stitch---Finished Project Images

I would like to share with you all the finished pictures of another project --- Long and Short Stitch Roses, which I had shown you in one of my previous posts.

I wanted to try long and short embroidery with variegated embroidery threads. And am so happy with the outcome. 

If you would like to use DMC variegated threads in any of your embroidery projects, you can buy it from Amazon.com:

Friday, October 15, 2021

Hungarian Matyo Embroidery Project---Finished Project Photos

Today I want to share with you the pictures of my Hungarian embroidery project. I recently found out that the type of Hungarian embroidery which I shared with you in my earlier post on Hungarian embroidery is Matyo embroidery, and not Kalocsa embroidery as I had mistakenly assumed. I got confused with both forms of the embroidery.

I did a little research and learnt that the most prominent difference between Matyo and Kalocsa is that in Matyo embroidery the roses are usually embroidered only in red, while in Kalocsa embroidery they are done in different colors. Also Matyo embroidery was traditionally densely stitched. 

Matyo embroidery is one of the traditional folk art embroidery styles in Hungary, which stretches back nearly 200 years. The motifs were sewn with bright colors such as red, green, yellow, blue, black, and purple, as well as with their soft shades. The color red retains its dominance in all motifs. Towards the end of the 19th century, peony became the most famous motif, which was given a special name, the “matyo rose," which became the main feature of the motifs. 

According to the Web site folk-art-hungary.com,

There is also a legend about the development of matyo embroidery. Once a matyo bachelor was kidnapped by the devil. The boy’s sweetheart rhymed a lot asking him to give him back to her, and the devil said, “You’ll get your love back if you bring the most beautiful flowers of summer in your apron!” She was in trouble as they were in the middle of winter. But in the end, she figured out how to fulfill the devil’s wish. She embroidered the beautiful roses of her garden on his apron and gave it the devil in exchange for her valentine.

Please visit folk-art-hungary.com for more info on Hungarian embroidery.

Also visit the Web site fromhungarywithlove.wordpress.com to know the differences between the different forms of Hungarian embroidery.

Below are the final pictures of the Hungarian Matyo embroidery project which I completed a few years ago.

This is the back side (wrong side) of the embroidery.

Please chime in your ideas whether you would like a tutorial on Hungarian embroidery on this blog. I will post a tutorial with another design if you like. 

Friday, October 8, 2021

How to Make Progress on Your Embroidery Project

I have not started any new embroidery project recently (although I have a very long wish list of projects) as I have decided not to do so without completing the old projects that have been pending for a long time. Therefore at present I am continuing with only two unfinished projects.

Out of my experience, I would like to share a few tips on how to see some progress on your embroidery project:

1. Never start an embroidery project that is too big and too time-consuming unless you are sure you can spend considerable time for the project. Because with a long-pending embroidery project there are chances that the fabric and threads may become old, you may lose some threads, and the pattern you transferred may fade away. You will also lose interest in your project in the course of time if it has been pending for long.

3. Prepare a schedule for your embroidery project like 30 minutes a day, and try to stick to it.  It is okay to finish only a flower or a leaf in a week's time than not making any progress at all. I used to complain that I don't get time for this. But try to squeeze in as much time as possible from your daily schedule (even 20 mins will help to make a little progress).

4. Most importantly, never concentrate on more than two projects at the same time. If you do more projects at the same time, there are chances that you may confuse with all and you can't concentrate on any one and you won't make progress with any. I have done this many a times. (Experience speaks 😀)

5. Long and short (needlepainting) embroidery projects may consume more time and need more concentration. Therefore try to do an easy project along with a long and short embroidery project.

6. Make sure you don't get distracted often with social media (designate a time for social media like for 30 minutes a day), and also don't start  your embroidery when your household is busy and when you spend time with your family. Try to do your projects without any hurry when you find some quiet time for yourself in the day. It may be early in the morning, mid-morning after kids left for school, in the afternoon when your baby takes a nap, or before bed time. You can designate some extra time for embroidering during weekends.

7. Designate a box for each of the embroidery project you are doing, so that you won't lose your thread, needle, etc. Also make sure you have got enough threads for the entire project. This way you will avoid running out of threads. Also note down the list of thread colors used in the project in a piece of paper and keep it inside the box, so even if you are running out of any color shade, you can easily refer to the list.

Monday, February 22, 2016

Ongoing Embroidery Projects

I have two more ongoing embroidery projects apart from the Hungarian embroidery project.

First one is the doily I shared in this post.

I know that nothing is perfect in this embroidery project, as I started this project long time before. The pattern looks uneven, the flower wreath around is not exactly circular: meaning, I did not trace it properly. The stitching on some flowers is very bad (I did those flowers before I properly learned the long and short embroidery techniques). The fabric has puckered up a bit. In spite of all these faults, I am still continuing this project as many readers have said that they are eager to see the finished project and personally I feel the same too. Thanks to everyone for encouraging me to complete this project.

I like the center design in this pattern. I took this pattern from the book Ondori's The Embroidery of Roses, and modified it. This book has lot of rose embroidery projects. 

The book is available at this link:


I have learned a lesson from this project: Always use stabilizer or backing fabric when you embroider on slippery fabrics like satin and silk fabrics.

Next project is the tunic neck design. This project is also going on for years. I am planning to wind it up by the end of this year.


Sunday, February 7, 2016

New Project --- Hungarian Matyo Embroidery

Happy Sunday to all!

I am currently embroidering on a lunch napkin for my elder daughter.  Recently, I have been drawn to Hungarian embroidery. I like it for the vibrant colors and simple stitches used in it. Here are some photos of my project.


Satin stitch is the main stitch used in Matyo embroidery. I will regularly post the progress pictures of this project. I am also making progress with my other projects: doily and kurta neck design. Will post these projects soon.

Note: Earlier I had posted that this is Kalocsa embroidery. Sorry for confusing you all. It is Matyo embroidery.

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

New Post After a Long Time

It has been ages since I wrote something on both of my blogs. Lots of things have happened during this time. My beloved dad passed away after being hospitalized for almost a month. My mother-in-law underwent a major eye operation. I actually had no time and the mindset to even think about embroidery and sewing.

Recently I managed to find some time to embroider on the yoke of a dress for my younger daughter. She is 1 year old now.

For this simple project I have used some shades of pink for the flower on the right, and variegated thread (consisting of lilac, off-white, peach, blush pink colors) for the flower on the left. I just wanted to experiment needle painting with variegated thread. I outlined the leaves instead of filling up with long and short stitch (to save time of course, because I have planned to finish this project in a week's time.)

Embroidering after a long break is so refreshing, as well as connecting with you all too, of course.

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Free Hand Embroidery Pattern

Hi Friends,

Sorry for my absence from the embroidery blog for a long time. Hope all of you are doing well.

Here is a new flower pattern for you. You can use it in many different ways. I have shown four ways it could be used.

Thank you for encouraging me through your comments every time I share a new pattern. If you use this pattern, please feel free to send me the picture of your embroidery work. I would be happy to share it on my blog.

Will meet you again with a new pattern.

Thursday, January 17, 2013

Free Hand Embroidery Pattern---Peacock Border Design

Hi Friends,

Belated New Year Wishes to all of you.

I am posting a new hand embroidery pattern today -- a peacock border design. Hope you will like it.

If you want to use a single peacock design, here it is for you.

Have a nice day!

Monday, October 15, 2012

Sunday, July 15, 2012

Free Hand Embroidery Pattern---Flower and Leaves

Hi friend,

Today I am sharing another embroidery pattern with you. This can be used as a corner design. I guess you will get a lot of ideas for embroidering this design. It will look great if simply outlined in chain stitch or you can use filling stitches such as long and short for the flower and satin for the leaves.

This design can also be repeated and used as a center design on table cloths, center pieces, and table mats.