Monday, August 07, 2006
Dear Marie S. - this one's for YOU!
After I posted the last time, Marie S. left a comment asking about the tablecloth underneath my stitched piece. Well, here's the answer.
The tablecloth was a gift to me from my mother's relatives when I visited them in 1997 in Austria. My maternal grandparents immigrated to the United States in 1906 from what was then Hungary. The area, called Burgenland, became part of Austria after WWI. My mother and I still maintain close ties with our cousins who live on the southern border of Austria (about one hour south of Vienna).
When my mother visited a year later, she asked her relatives to take her to the area that her grandfather's family originally came from in Hungary. Two tiny villages, Himod and Hoevej, are about a 30 minute drive south of the border. It's in this area that two sisters make these beautifully embroidered tablecloths and doilies. My mother met them and purchased nearly everything that they had for sale.
This embroidery is nothing like anything else I've ever seen - there are elements of hardanger, satin stitches, cutwork and the medallions are either needlelace or knit into the cut out holes. It's also unusual for Hungarian needlework which is usually stitched with very bright colors.
Enjoy the pictures. If anyone knows anything more about this needlework, I'd love to hear from you!