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Hungarian Embroidery Pattern #5: Makes a Great Pair.


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Here’s another Hungarian embroidery pattern for you! You can pair this one up with the Floral Square embroidery pattern I posted earlier. It’s not an exact “match” but I like the same style on the borders and the similar dots on the patterns. I could see both of them being used to make matching embroidered linens for end tables, or a matching setting of pillows, or something like that. With the blues and the touch of purple in some of the dots, you can see that Lilly’s choice of colors for this design is a little different from the colors in the Floral Square design, but of course, as with any embroidery design like this, you can work the colors out according to your own preferences.

Hungarian Hand Embroidery Pattern

Pretty, isn’t it? Every time I work with one of these embroidery patterns, I say to myself, “Oh, yes. This is my favorite.” But if I say that every time, it sort of debunks the notion of a “favorite,” doesn’t it? I do like this design – I like the combination of colors, the symmetry in placement (squint, you’ll see what I mean), the arabesque-ish outer border – I like all of it! In fact, I think it’s my favorite!

This summer, I will work one of these designs. I haven’t decided on the details yet, and I don’t know if I’ll go full-fledged “authentic” in fabric and threads, stitch choices and color, but I’m playing with different ideas.

And wouldn’t a monogram look really pretty in the center of this? For, perhaps, the top of a box?

I’m presenting the pattern here in two formats: the whole pattern, and the corner of the pattern.

Hungarian Hand Embroidery Pattern #5

This the whole pattern, and you can pick up the PDF here:

Hungarian Embroidery Pattern #5: Floral Circle – Whole (PDF)

Hungarian Hand Embroidery Pattern #5

And that’s the corner pattern. That way, if you want to make an even larger pattern for your own embroidery or quilting projects (or any other craft-type projects), you can just trace the repeat on this one. I don’t know if presenting the enlarged corner this way is helpful or not – if it is, let me know, and I’ll try to do this when I have repeat designs, so that you can print them larger without a problem.

Here’s the PDF of just the corner:

Hungarian Embroidery Pattern #5: Floral Circle – Corner (PDF)

You can find four previously-published Hungarian Hand Embroidery Patterns here on Needle ‘n Thread, along with a whole slew of other hand embroidery patterns for your stitching pleasure.

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  1. Dear Mary

    You have such great ideas. What a beautiful design the Hungarian desigsn are so pretty and what a good idea for a monogram, it’s my sister 70th birthday this year and I was thinking about a birthday card design and this would look great with a monogram in the middle.

    I hope you have a great weekend.

    Take care


  2. Mary,
    Thanks for this pretty design. I immediately thought of a pearl cotton embroidery linen doily with buttonhole stitch around the outside edge of it. That would be nice under a vase of flowers this summer. My husband walked in just as I was downloading it and he thought of a bread basket cover. Well, we’ll just have to see which I do first. I love your color choices.

  3. Dear Mary,
    This is lovely. I just love folk-art patterns. I found a second-hand copy of the first Hungarian book you mentioned, Korai Kalocsai Himzesek by Barth Janos, on Abebooks and had it sent to Australia. It’s full of fabulous patterns that I can’t wait to begin. Only problem is deciding…which is my favourite.
    Thank you for bothering to provide the quarter pattern for this new design. It’s a great idea,very useful.
    Warmest regards,
    Suzy B in Melbourne

  4. Mary:
    I really am enjoying the Hungarian posts. But, as a teacher who is wrapping up her school year, I began to wonder if we will ever see some of the finished spot samplers your students did? I find the whole idea of being fortunate to teach (or learn!) embroidery at school wonderful. We no longer even have a “Home Ec” program in our district. Thanks for all you share with us!
    Jan Schurr

  5. thanks for taking the time to share these patterns and the effort of a wonderful designer!

  6. Thanks, Mary! The more of these I see, the more I see a sampler applique quilt. The bookmarks you posted last week(?) would make great quilting patterns, if not worked up into blocks.

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