Hungarian Folk Art No. 1


The original purpose of Hungarian embroidery on garments was to strengthen the hemline, but it later began appearing as decoration on both costume and household textiles.  In the eighteenth century, free-hand floral designs of various stitch types began replacing the older geometric motifs.
Wouldn’t this colorful floral design make a wonderful chair or footstool cover?


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The history of Hungarian embroidery goes back thousands of years. Early in its history, Hungarian weaving and embroidery was primarily a male profession. However, it was soon joined by women creating beautiful textiles for their clothing and their homes. Although the practice of this lovely art is declining, the traditional motifs that have bloomed throughout all these years continue to remain an important expression of the Hungarian culture.

Hungary proudly claims there are more than twenty folkloric regions, each with their own distinct motifs. This particular design is my own interpretation and culmination of the many beautiful embroideries I had the pleasure of viewing during my research, which I now present here in the art of cross-stitch rather than embroidery.

General Information: Sulky 12 wt. Cotton Petites is similar to #12 Pearl Cotton floss. You only need to use 1 strand of thread over 2 threads of fabric.

Fabric: Stitched on 25ct White Opalescent Lugana by Zweigart and provided by Needleworker’s Delight.

Chart Area: 120w X 100h

Stitch Count: 119w X 99h

Design Area:  9-1/2″w X 8“h

Fibers: Uses a total of 9 colors of Sulky 12 wt. Cotton Petites thread.

Beads: Uses a total of 5 colors of Mill Beads 

NOTE: Although Sullivans/DMC/and Anchor comparables have been provided, it is important to realize that these are “best match” colors and may not be exact matches.  

Sulky 12 wt. Cotton Petites  Sullivans  DMC Anchor
1024 – Goldenrod 45183 742 303
1051 – Christmas Green 45160 700 228
1076 – Royal Blue 45226 825 142
1078 – Tangerine 45340 3340 329
1119 – Dark Mauve 45296 962 75
1222 – Light Baby Blue 45214 809 129
1252 – Bright Peacock 45380 3760 1039
1307 – Petal Pink 45346 3350 42
1815 – Japanese Fern 45256 907  255
(To Attached Beads) 45001 White 2
Mill Hill Bead  Color Name No. of Packs
 02011 Victorian Gold 1
 02031 Citron 1
02033 Brilliant Orange 1
02077 Brilliant Magenta 1
02097 Bahama Blue 1

Additional information

Weight 6.0 oz
Dimensions 14.0 × 10.0 × .5 in


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