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!