How to Do Hungarian Embroidery

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How to Do Hungarian Embroidery
Hungarian embroidery features, bright, bold designs. (Jupiterimages/Polka Dot/Getty Images)

Hungarian embroidery is a bold and brightly coloured, featuring various flowers and used to decorate table runners, doilies and items of clothing. This form of embroidery originates in Hungarian regions such as Kalocsa. Another form of Hungarian embroidery from the Matyo region is common on ornate wedding blouses. To complete this type of embroidery, you must be familiar with the running stitch, satin stitch, chain stitch, buttonhole stitch and the stem stitch.

Skill level:
Moderately Challenging

Things you need

  • Stitching pattern
  • Pencil
  • Medium-white cotton fabric, 18-by-18 inches
  • Embroidery hoop
  • DMC pearl cotton, 1 ball of each listed in colour key
  • DMC embroidery floss, 1 skein blanc (white)
  • Sharp tapestry needle
  • Scissors

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  1. 1

    Find a Hungarian embroidery pattern, then transfer the stitching to the fabric with a pencil. Before transferring the pattern, make sure you are working under a good light source.

  2. 2

    Place the fabric over the bottom embroidery hoop and put the top hoop on to tighten the fabric in the hoop.

  3. 3

    Thread your tapestry needle using one of the designated embroidery floss colours. The pattern instructions specify how many strands of floss to use. Stitch the design in the order given in the pattern instructions.

  4. 4

    Embroider each flower in the pattern design you have chosen. Again, follow the stitching sequence described in the pattern.

  5. 5

    Stitch the centre of each flower, then stitch the inner petals. After stitching the centres and inner petals, stitch the outer petals.

  6. 6

    Take your embroidery fabric out of the hoop. Outline the inside and outside lines with small running stitches, then work a row of chain stitches between the outside and inside lines to create a padding for the edging.

Tips and warnings

  • After you finish embroidering your design, wash it in warm soap and warm water. Rinse under cool, running water until the water runs clear. Roll your work in a thick, white terry cloth, squeezing to remove as much water as you can. Cover the design with a pressing cloth, then place both the cloth and design face down on another terry cloth to dry completely.

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