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Hand Embroidery Pattern: Hungarian Flowerpot


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This little Hungarian Flowerpot design comes from one of Lilly’s drawings that features six bookmark-sized pieces. Instead of presenting all six in one pattern, I’ve decided to present them individually so that you can enlarge or reduce them easily, for whatever type of project you’d like to undertake with the designs.

You’ll find the background story on these Hungarian embroidery designs with the first design posted, the Golden Circle design.

All of these designs can be adapted to a variety of artistic uses besides embroidery. Many readers have said they plan to work the designs as quilt appliqués, while others have suggested paper crafts or wood carving and the like as possible applications for the designs.

Hungarian hand embroidery designs

This is the whole collection of the bookmark-sized drawings. And this is a close-up of the Hungarian Flowerpot:

Hungarian Hand Embroidery Pattern: Flowerpot

The green loopy leaves up the vine, combined with the symmetry of the flower placement, give the design a bit of an art-nouveau look, though there’s certainly still an overall “folky-ness” to the design.

This is the line drawing:

Hungarian Hand Embroidery Pattern: Flowerpot

And here’s a PDF for ease of printing. The design prints out at 7″ tall, including the line border:

Hungarian Hand Embroidery Pattern: Flowerpot

And finally, here are links to the other Hungarian embroidery patterns from Lilly’s Legacy:

Hungarian Embroidery Design #1: Golden Circle – includes the introductory story of Lilly’s Legacy
Hungarian Embroidery Design #2: Floral Square
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If you happen to work up anything with these designs, I’d love to see what you do with them! Feel free to drop me a line, if you’d like to send a photo!


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  1. My mother has similar desings as the flowerpot, worked entirely on fleece.
    (There are usually very few colors, perhaps beige, red or black fleece, and the motif is worked with a very different color and satin stitch. But she has a full-color Matyó mirror-border too.)

  2. Oh, that’s darling! Looking at the thumbnail, I’m biding my time for the day you eventually post the one with the fans – I just love the looks of that pattern.

    And by the way, I discovered your wonderful blog about a week ago, and I’m reading ALL of it and soaking up so much information and inspiration! Temari is my main obsession and counted cross stitch a close second, but after only 2 days’ reading on your site I set up a project and am now diligently working on the Jacobean Circular Thing as my first surface embroidery project. It’s coming along nicely, though I obviously have much practicing to do! 🙂

    I have so many great ideas floating around in my head – I really, really want to attempt some of these new stitches I’ve learned on a Temari. I can’t wait to test out padded satin stitch dots on a sphere! *grin* so – just wanted to say “thank you” for getting my creative juices flowing.

    Meagan C

  3. Hi, Meagan! I’m glad you like the design – and that your creative juices are flowing! The dots on Temari sound like a brilliant idea! You should send a photo or two when you do it! ~MC

  4. Mary:
    I love these designs! Any chance you will be turning the others (particularly the butterfly one) into PDF’s?
    Jan Schurr

  5. What gorgeous work you have done in making such wonderful designs. I think I would frame them, so everyone who visits me can see them.

  6. Thank you for the Hungarian embroidery patterns. I have one piece of my Hungarian grandmother’s red work. My grandmother died when I was young.

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