Tuesday, December 04, 2012

A Masterpiece - Finished

This picture was sent to me today by Mrs. Szigethy's daughter.  Remember those lesson's I had while visiting her in Hungary?  Well, this is the doily we were working on - it is now finished!


I remember exactly which hole we were working on; it's on the bottom left.  It's this one:


We also worked on one of the outer holes together.  Isn't the finished piece beautiful?  To give you some idea as to the amount of time involved in completing a doily this size...the smaller, outside holes take about 30 minutes each to complete - there are 44 of them (22 hours).  The larger holes on the inside take about 45 minutes to an hour to complete - there are 10 of them (10 hours).  There is at least 32 hours invested in a piece like this and that doesn't include the time spent preparing the fabric (tracing the design, mounting it on the frame), the other embellishing stitches, or the time spent cutting the excess fabric away from the design once the stitching is complete.  It's truly a work of art and a labor of love!

Congratulations Mrs. Szigethy on a beautiful finish!

9 comments:

Giovanna said...

A truly exquisite piece - thanks for sharing!

Margaret said...

Wow! So much time and dedication! It's gorgeous too!

Ineke van den Akker said...

Just WOW!!!

Mrs. DillyDally said...

My Goodness...what a treasure! I have so enjoyed learning about this needlework that was completely new to me. Thanks again and congratulations on your journey!

Jeanne said...

I haven't had much time to comment lately on your blog but I have been quickly scanning the posts. I am enthralled with the hovej embroidery and want to go back and re-read thru your posts on this topic more thoroughly. What a thrill for you to be able to visit this amazing woman and see all this in person! It is truly stunning work and I wish I had time to learn it. Maybe someday when I retire! It's skills like this that we don't want to see disappear. Thanks for sharing all of this with us Cathy!

Barb said...

That is just amazing work!

Samplers, Silks and Linens said...

gorgeous!

Chris said...

So beautiful!

marly said...

Oh my. That's just beautiful.