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Hungarian Embroidery Pattern #8: Tulip Triangle


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Continuing with the Hungarian Hand Embroidery Patterns from Lilly’s Legacy, here’s one that I’m calling “Tulip Triangle.” I know, I know. It’s not a very telling name, but … what can one do?!

Below is the design as Lilly originally drew and painted it – you can click on it for a slightly larger version:

Hungarian Hand Embroidery Pattern: Tulip Triangle

As far as design and possibilities go, this is one of my favorite hand embroidery patterns from Lilly’s Legacy. It’s versatile – I can see it worked at the ends of a table runner, or broken down into different elements in the design that can be used as repeats, and so forth.

Hungarian Hand Embroidery Pattern: Tulip Triangle

There are areas of the design that are suitable for pulled thread or drawn thread fillings – like the cross-hatched centers of the various “tulip” motifs. I didn’t draw these areas out on the pattern because it would have made the pattern too busy, but if you use the design, you can address these areas in a huge variety of ways. Even if you don’t opt for pulled or drawn threads, lattice fillings would look great in those areas.

Hungarian Hand Embroidery Pattern: Tulip Triangle

This is the basic pattern, as it was drawn. I squared it up a bit, so that the sides and the layout were even, but other than that, the lines are pretty much exactly how they were drawn.

Hungarian Hand Embroidery Pattern: Tulip Triangle

Here’s a sample layout of how the design could be used, if stitching a tea cloth or table runner. I simply repeated the triangle design on each end, and in the center, I used the main central element of the design, mirrored, for a decorative medallion. Of course, this is only one possibility! I’m sure you can come up with dozens of other ideas!

Here’s the PDF version of the pattern, below. It prints at 10″ long (high), on its side. If you want it larger, it’s just a matter of blowing it up on a photo copier, or if you have a large format printer, you can print it larger right off your computer.

Hungarian Hand Embroidery Pattern: Tulip Triangle (PDF)

Hope you enjoy it! There are presently seven more Hungarian Hand Embroidery Designs here on Needle ‘n Thread (with more to come!), and a whole slew of other surface embroidery designs suitable for all kinds of hand embroidery applications – feel free to browse them and to use them for your personal embroidery projects!

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