Monday, June 22, 2015

Hungarian Heritage Festival Part II

Occasionally there are opportunities in life that you just shouldn't pass up. When I learned that Mrs. Szigethy and her daughter were going to be in the U.S. I knew that I needed to find a way to see them during their visit. My schedule during their two weeks here was already quite full, but I knew I could make a weekend trip to New York work.

As mentioned in my last post, Mrs. Szigethy had no idea I was coming. It was a surprise. When I walked into the room, she looked at me and it took a few seconds for her to recognize me. You know what it's like when you are not expecting someone. Then she realized who I was - hugs and smiles. I am so glad I made the trip to see this special lady again.

During their stay, they exhibited Mrs. Szigethy's Lace of Hövej in three different locations - twice in Connecticut and then at the Hungarian Heritage Festival at the Magyar Haz in New York. I'm amazed at how many pieces they were able to bring with them.

Every single piece of lace in the pictures above was made by Mrs. Szigethy. As people filtered through the hall, Mrs. Szigethy was on hand to tell them about the needlework and to demonstrate how it is made. Remember, most all of them spoke Hungarian and could easily converse with her!

She laughed when she showed me her scissors. She remembered about our last visit when I asked how she could create such beautiful, delicate lace with such a large scissors! It's all about what you are used to working with. Note that she has started cutting this doily out; all of the stitching is complete.

I am so grateful to have had the opportunity. Many thanks to Karolina Szabo for making this trip possible for Mrs. Szigethy and her daughter.

And many thanks to Mrs. Szigethy's daughter Elisabeth for all she does to care for mother and to promote and preserve this beautiful embroidery.

And here is the Master Embroideress with her finished work!

I am so grateful to have met this special lady. Will always treasure this opportunity!



Samplings from Spring Creek said...

WOW! Beautiful and amazing such skill

Ellen said...

Wow--such beautiful needlework! I too am amazed that Mrs. S and her daughter were able to bring so many wonderful pieces with them.

Have you come down yet from being on Cloud 9?

Mrs. DillyDally said...

What a treasure this woman is ... hope there are many learning from her so that this traditional work never becomes extinct! Love this post!

Margaret said...

I so enjoyed your two posts about the festival. How wonderful that you got to get together with Mrs. Szigethy and her daughter again! Her work is amazing! I also loved seeing the food and the other displays. Looks so fantastic!

The Inspired Stitcher said...

What a wonderful experience. I'm so glad you got to make the trip and get another visit in with her.

Khristine Doiron said...

Mrs. Szigethy's lace is absolutely beautiful! Thanks for sharing her works of art with us :)

Christine said...

Wow - I have a new found appreciation for this art! Thank you for sharing these photos!

Светлана said...

Умницы, красавицы, да еще и ручки золотые! Но и мы такие же. Привет от русских женщин!!!!

marly said...

What a great festival (and food!). Mrs. Szigethy's work was obviously appreciated by all that visited. Was glad to read that so many young people were there.

Cindy said...

That lace is beautiful! It looks like it's done somewhat similar to hardanger?
Thanks for sharing - looks like a fun festival to attend too.