Sunday, 24 September 2017

Sunday Stitch School - Lesson 37: Hungarian Stitch

Here at Sunday Stitch School, the geography lessons could go on forever, with all geographical names there are. Today we are moving Northwest from Rumania into Hungary with the Hungarian Stitch, which I found in Mary Thomas's Dictionary of Embroidery Stitches.

It is used for Canvas Work and fills an area beautifully.

Now I wonder why it is called Hungarian Stitch. Most examples of embroidery from Hungary show very colourful, Satin Stitched floral designs.
Furthermore, today's stitch looks nothing like Hungarian Braid Stitch, a beautiful braid based on the Chain Stitch.
Instead it is similar to Hungary Stitch, which is also known as Bargello Stitch/Florentine Stitch (among other names). These stitches have an undulating flame-like pattern and can be seen on the borders of some Hungarian work. Is it from these borders the stitch has got its name?
Many questions the teacher can't answer today! Can the students?

Mattia tells me its French names are either point hongrois or point de Hongrie.

Anyway, let's get down to stitching.

Work Hungarian Stitch like this:

After 3 vertical Straight Stitches, jump one space and continue.

Make a similar row in a contrasting colour.

 Repeat row after row.

On my Aida sampler.

Fill a square on this 'fake' canvas.


Pamela said...

I need geography as well as stitching lessons! I like this stitch.

Julie Fukuda said...

It does look like Bargello stitchery.

Rachel said...

It's a lovely stitch, creates a nice all over effect on canvas.

Queeniepatch said...

Well you certainly won't need any geography lessons about Japan! You must have been to every nook and cranny of this country!
The Hungarian Stitch makes a nice filling on canvas.

Queeniepatch said...

I was thinking this would be even more of Bargello style if you used a variegated thread.

Queeniepatch said...

Yes, I think it is very good for filling an area, especially if you use a fluffier woolen yarn.

Annet said...

Another lovely stitch. It reminds me of the Hungarian grounding I stitched ages ago.

Anonymous said...

encore un point que je n'avais jamais utilisé,
son nom français est très facile
- point hongrois ou point de Hongrie

jacaranda said...

The stitch looks like a one my Croatian grandmother used. I have a table cloth with it.

Queeniepatch said...

Yes, I know you have made some beautiful canvas work. This is an easy stitch and will work up fast.

Queeniepatch said...

Yes, it has a name that easily translates.
I have updated my blog post with your info.

Janie said...

Beautiful filler with lots of possibilities for fun color combinations making new patterns
within the stitching.

Queeniepatch said...

I think that if you have not only tow different colours but two different weights or types of thread you would get a very interesting pattern.

Queeniepatch said...

That sounds very interesting.

carorose said...

Great filler stitch that would have a different appearance depending on the fabric you choose to stitch on.

Queeniepatch said...

Or depending on the weight of the thread.