If you’re familiar with Piecework magazine, you may already be aware of this pattern. It’s really beautiful!
Piecework magazine is a needlework magazine published by Interweave Press. On their website, they have a bunch of articles archived, and if you take the time to browse them, you’ll probably come up with some real gems to add to your own “to do” list!
This particular project is a Hungarian Doily – a brightly colored embroidered piece that’s really lovely! Talk about a great Christmas present!
If you click on the picture below, you’ll go to the original article, with the detailed instructions for this Hungarian Doily. I would say that the project is suitable for intermediate level embroiderers, or perhaps even for determined beginners! The instructions are clear, but they assume some knowledge of surface embroidery.
The design is quite bold – very striking and colorful, typical of Hungarian embroidery. If you click on the photo below, you’ll go straight to the PDF file of the design itself. The instructions (including directions on embroidery stitches) are found in the original article.
Besides using the design as a doily, you could adapt it to a table runner (nice colors for Christmas!) or to the corners of a table cloth or even the edges of a pillow case! With a little creativity, there are plenty of options!
I took the design and skewed it a bit to even up the scallops, then worked up a scallop repeat, to show you how you could play with it. However, I kept it small, because certainly, the original image isn’t mine to alter and pass on. If you want to alter it for your own personal use, though, you can get an idea of possibilities.
Have fun with it!