I brought nearly all of the pieces that my mother and I have collected over the years and displayed them for the ladies to see. Tablecloths, doilies, handkerchiefs - some were done on fine cotton, others on organza. The red tablecloth helped to accentuate the intricate filling stitches.
My story started at the beginning, with my grandparents, Hungarian immigrants who came to the US searching for a better way of life.
What's interesting is that our family here in the U.S. has maintained contact with the descendants of my grandparents siblings for almost 110 years. Don't you think that is amazing? My grandfather's father (my great-grandfather) was born in Hövej.
I also shared the story of Mrs. Istvánné Szigethy, a lady who has dedicated her life to God, to her family, and to her needlework.
Included in the display were these dolls dressed in Hungarian folk costumes. These were gifted to me by Mrs. Istvánné Szigethy when I visited her last fall.
I also explained everything I had learned about the embroidery itself.
It was a wonderful evening. A large group of ladies had come to hear my story. I am grateful that I had the opportunity to share it with them!