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Hand Embroidery! Hobby, Passion or Obsession???

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theartofhandembroidery

Hand-Embroidery!

A lot of my hobbies have come and gone or have changed and evolved over the years. There is only one of those hobbies for which my love has only deepened and has stayed with me ever since I was 5 years old and my 'Nagy-mama' (grandma) showed me my first basic embroidery stitches. I come by this passion justly as she (Nagy-mama), was totally obsessed with and covered every possible fabric with embroidery. From cushions, tablecloths,table runners, bed linens, towels to curtains. Everything eventually got a special decorating design worked onto it.

Lace embroidery of the Kalocsa region of Hungary. picture www.sxc.hu

Lace embroidery of the Kalocsa region of Hungary. picture www.sxc.hu

I remember her bedroom curtains were the most exquisitely made window coverings I have ever seen. They were ivory stitching's onto ivory breath-thin batiste with a 10" wide embroidered and cut work border from ceiling to floor and along the whole hem line.A fabulous piece of art if I've ever seen any at all. Her kitchen had three large windows on which she had white full Priscilla's and again the flounce was embroidered with the traditional cut-work border in the Kalocsa embroidery style. (Kalocsa is a region in Hungary and each region there has its own different style of embroidery).

Unfortunately because Nagy-mama had severe varicose veins and deep vein thrombosis she had to spend a lot of time with her legs and feet elevated. She used a lot of this time embroidering for her household, as gifts for the whole family and she also sold enough to keep herself in pocket money,embroidery floss in hundreds of colors, shades, hues, types, thicknesses and naturally bolts and bolts of different fabrics too.

The times I was given to spend with her are some of my favorite memories that I will cherish forever. As a little one I was never prouder then when she would let me choose the color of thread for the next flower or bud. She laid the roots for the love of handwork really deep into me.

Basic designs in Hungarian embroidery.  picture www.sxc.hu

Basic designs in Hungarian embroidery. picture www.sxc.hu

As I never do things in parts and have a mind that needs to know what,where, how and why I researched years ago all there is to know about Hungarian patterns in embroidery and painting throughout the ages. As a matter of fact my thesis for my design arts was a 138 pages essay based on Hungarian folk-art. I believe this is when my hobby that had become a passion morphed into an obsession.

My pride and joy, I completed it more then 40 years ago. And with care it will become an heirloom, hopefully loved by one of my children.

My pride and joy, I completed it more then 40 years ago. And with care it will become an heirloom, hopefully loved by one of my children.

Close up of the Matyo embroidery style.

Close up of the Matyo embroidery style.

Close up of a different section.

Close up of a different section.

Close up of the pin-weave fringe (a total pain in the watoosy to make)

Close up of the pin-weave fringe (a total pain in the watoosy to make)

While I was trying to find 'my style' I experimented with most of the techniques and types of handiwork. However the pride in my roots always brings me back to the style Grandma was so fond of.

This is the first major piece I made for my own 'hope-chest' which took almost a year to finish. It follows the Hungarian Matyo region's style of embroidery. The 36x36 inch table cover is worked onto black background with just about every square inch covered by floral motifs worked in rayon embroidery thread. The table cover also has a 6 inch wide pin-weave fringe around the edge (used to be 8 inches wide but over the 40 years that it's been used it needed a trim or two as it gets tangled up a bit).

I only use it for special holidays and woe be to anyone who touches it. And heaven forbid anyone placing a glass on it as that would be punishable by the loss of limb or worse.

This was my first big project and I started it shortly after we came to Canada in 1969. Nagy-mama was my guide throughout the whole project. She was more proud of my accomplishment then I was and kept teasing that her work here was done because I could take over for her. Little did we know at the time when we were happily stitching together, she on baby outfits for my cousin and I on my tablecloth, that bone cancer would steal her away from us within the next 18 months.

I bet you understand why this piece of embroidery means more to me then just an actual tablecloth. It is more of a tribute to the calm little lady who was in pain most of her life. It stands for her patience to teach and instill a deep rooted love for cloth art to a teenager who would just as soon have been out climbing trees or digging worms for fishing then sitting still and stitching away.


This is the last and only piece of grandmas work. It was meant to be a pillow, but my Mom made it into a picture instead, framed and protected behind glass.

This is the last and only piece of grandmas work. It was meant to be a pillow, but my Mom made it into a picture instead, framed and protected behind glass.

A close-up to show how precise Grandmas stitches were even in the end when each and every movement meant pain.

A close-up to show how precise Grandmas stitches were even in the end when each and every movement meant pain.

Check out the leaves... aren't they just perfect?

Check out the leaves... aren't they just perfect?

Every so often I need to take the frame apart to clean it inside and out. This time when it was apart I took a few picture to share here. 39 years and the colors are still as vivid as they were when she had stitched it thanks to my Moms foresight and framing it and naturally always hanging it away from the sun.

I always wish I knew what ever happened to the rest of her fabulous work. Especially those glorious curtains. None of my cousins were ever really into hand-work.

This again is my work. Three narrow pieces that are ready to be framed.

This again is my work. Three narrow pieces that are ready to be framed.

close-up of the one in the center.

close-up of the one in the center.

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close-up of the one on the left

close-up of the one on the left

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theartofhandembroidery
close-up of the one on the right

close-up of the one on the right

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theartofhandembroidery

My work!

These three pieces are 10x18 inches and ready to be framed.


Shhhhh! Don't tell, this set is one of my daughter's birthday gifts. She will join the rest of us old 'over thirty bunch' next week (I keep teasing her that it's only a tiny step away from cane and depends....oh, to be thirty again). Designated to brighten up the back stairwell in her new log cabin style home. These are not made in the traditional Hungarian patterns but were just as much fun to make.

Its odd but the camera and the lighting has made the background look black but it really is a dark chocolate brown.The embroidery fabric is what they call 'Even Weave' and is of 100% cotton made in Ireland. (my favorite fabric to work on)

The bells are also more blue then the lilac that the pictures makes them out to be.

Stitches used!

The stitches used are a very simple staggered satin stitch, the outline or stem stitch the french knots and back-stitch. All of these stitches are very easy and quick to do.

Floss used!

The embroidery floss that I used is the DMC 100% cotton pearl embroidery thread. This name brand is possibly the best color fast type of floss that I have ever used. (Not to say that the others aren't just as good. Nagy-mama used DMC and the Anchor kind so I just kept on using it too. Mainly for colorfastness and it also doesn't twist together as some of the cheaper types.)

Am I nuts?

White on white, cut-work embroidery...

White on white, cut-work embroidery...

unfortunately not clear enough to see the stitches used

unfortunately not clear enough to see the stitches used

the table cloth is divid up into sections with the more intricate pattern being in the center

the table cloth is divid up into sections with the more intricate pattern being in the center

corner pattern

corner pattern

continuation of corner pattern

continuation of corner pattern

middle pattern section of the cloth's overhang

middle pattern section of the cloth's overhang

My 3 biggest projects yet!

In my travels along the handy-work world I realized (as this hub points out no doubt) that I love embroidery. I like the multi colored pieces very much but I absolutely love the mono-chromatic the best. (Meaning the fabric and embroidery thread are the same) This goes for my crazy quilting the same as for embroidered pieces too.

As always embracing what seems like impossible tasks I thought I would make a table cloth and matching napkins for each of my children for Christmas. I get bored with the every day stuff so I thought I was ready for a challenge. I think I bit off more then I should have but that has never stopped me before. Here we are more then halfway through the year and I'm just finishing the first set. I had to do cut-work... the most tedious of all types of embroidery. The cloth and napkins also have a scaloped edging also finished off with the buttonhole stitch.

Fabric Used!

Again I just love to work on 100% cotton which would make this a total pain to iron once it's being used. So I opted for a 50/50 blend of poly and cotton. Not the easiest to work with as it tends to make the embroidery thread twist a lot more then when using pure cotton.

Embroidery Floss Used!

As I'm working with a piece of fabric that has been preshrunk I had to make sure I used thread that also won't shrink when washed. Most embroidery floss manufacturers assure that their thread will not shrink but to be on the safe side I do what Grandma used to do all those years ago. She used to take a skein of 100% cotton floss cut it into 24-26" long usable chunks then loosely braid it. She would then place the braid into a bowl of hot water let it sit for a few minutes then let it dry on a towel with out touching as she didn't want the fibers to mesh together.

This is a total pain 'in the you know what' but as its going into projects that will take hundreds of hours each well worth the trouble.

Stitches Used!

The buttonhole stitch or sometimes also called close together blanket stitch is the one used the most as it encloses the holes cut. I surround the holes with short back-stitches before I cut the holes. The satin stitch and outline or stem stitch are also used for trailing off vines and curly-cues etc.


Do you recognize my obsession yet? Yup, a totally deep seated addiction that is taking its tole on my eyes. I can't stop myself I'm afraid that this has turned out to be my grass or opium.

Unfortunately hand embroidery is losing out to the easy and fast computerized machines. I had a fabulous embroidery machine, but love the hand stuff much better.

Please definitely NO cure wanted! Do you think there is any hope for me? (Of finding more fabulous projects that is) After these 3 sets of tablecloths are finished for each of my kids (I'm sure my son will just pull up his shoulders but then maybe his future wife will appreciate it) I have my eye on a couple of pieces that will start off my granddaughters hope chests too. I know that sounds really old fashioned but they will be able to start off their households with something that Granma loved to work on and made for them with love....

I will post pictures here as the projects get completed.

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Comments

Zsuzsy Bee (author) from Ontario/Canada on February 13, 2015:

Thank you Steven for reading and commenting.

As for finding Hungarian style lace ... Toronto has quite a few export/import stores so I would imagine large cities world wide would have them too

regards Zsuzsy

Steven Ottományi on January 09, 2015:

Hi! Your work is exquisite! Thank you for sharing this with us.

Do you know where i would be able to find about 13 yards of 3" lace in a Hungarian style? Thank you for any help!

Zsuzsy Bee (author) from Ontario/Canada on August 26, 2014:

Hiya, RTalloni hope you're well. I have such fond memories of my Granma. Thank you for visiting and for the nice comment.

regards Zsuzsy

RTalloni on August 26, 2014:

Interesting and beautiful. What a gift to have had such a grandmother who would share her love of embroidery and her talent with you! Thank you for sharing your work with us, too. Hope for you? Sure there is, and the prescription is to embroider more--but you know that, don't you? :) BTW, as for the old-fashioned hope chests for your granddaughters--it's a good thing for them to learn that everything of the past was not bad.

Zsuzsy Bee (author) from Ontario/Canada on August 26, 2014:

Thank you for reading and commenting DrBillSmithWriter.

regards Zsuzsy

William Leverne Smith from Hollister, MO on August 23, 2014:

I'm blown away by both the beauty and the intricacy. Amazes me. Thanks for sharing!! ;-)

Zsuzsy Bee (author) from Ontario/Canada on August 22, 2014:

Thank you for reading and commenting Arachnea. I like Crewel embroidery for wall pictures and such very much. The great thing about crewel work is that you can use just about every type of embroidery stitch.

regards Zsuzsy

Tanya Jones from Texas USA on August 22, 2014:

I love hand embroidery crewel work. I don't get to do it regularly, but I always look forward to a project. Great hub.

Zsuzsy Bee (author) from Ontario/Canada on August 22, 2014:

Thank you for reading and commenting Ilona.

My Matyo table cover is still my pride and joy. I was heart broken over the winter when I noticed that it had a snag right in the center of it. As my eyes are getting really bad it took almost the whole afternoon to fix. But after gently hand washing it, its as good as new again.

So silly of me to be so hung up on things but then again it's mainly because of the great memories that are stitched into it I guess.

I'm off to read your hubs now

regards Zsuzsy

Ilona E from Ohio on August 22, 2014:

You do beautiful work! A family tradition :) I thought this entire article was so informative and the photos are wonderful.

Zsuzsy Bee (author) from Ontario/Canada on July 02, 2013:

Thank you for reading and for commenting Alise- Evon. I'm going to embroider until my eyes give out, (which is really close unfortunately).

regards Zsuzsy

Alise- Evon on July 01, 2013:

Absolutely beautiful work- both yours and your grandma's. And the history was very interesting also. There is so much variety in the world, even within one type of art form, it's fabulous. I have one embroidered pillow which took me months to do, and of which I am proud, considering I spend much more time crocheting than embroidering or doing crewel work, but it did turn out very well. Satin stitch, long and short stitch, outline stitch, French knots, and twilling- so fun.

If only younger kids would do more of this than play useless games on machines...

Zsuzsy Bee (author) from Ontario/Canada on February 24, 2013:

Bharti Saxena, thank you for your nice comment.

kindest regards Zsuzsy

Bharti Saxena from Noida,India on February 20, 2013:

mind blowing even love doing hand embroideries. ur article is very inspirational

Zsuzsy Bee (author) from Ontario/Canada on September 07, 2012:

Hiya Sharkye11, hand embroidery seems to be making a slow come-back I'm glad to notice. Not to say that the machine stuff cannot look nice, but somehow deciding where to position the next stitch, pushing the needle through in the exact spot and slowly pulling the embroidery floss is just sooooo much more....... and then seeing the finished product after the many, many hours of therapeutic stitching is just so rewarding. I love nothing more than hand embroidery.......

I'm so sorry about your loss through fire. I fully understand, a few years back the building that housed my tailor shop went up in flames. Everything was gone, my whole lifes worth of work... machines, tools, hundreds and hundreds of yards of fabric, notions etc. not to mention the many thousands of dollars worth of customers clothes that were in for alterations... I don't even want to think about that time... just bad, bad memories...

thank you for reading and commenting.

regards Zsuzsy

Jayme Kinsey from Oklahoma on September 01, 2012:

Incredible hub! I love doing hand embroidery! I have been obsessed with it since I was a small child as well. I am glad to see embroidery making somewhat of a trendy comeback, but it is still very hard to find affordable supplies where I live.

I love that you have shared these gorgeous pictures. The cutwork is especially beautiful. I lost twelve years worth of my embroidery in a house fire, including all my hope chest linens, and most people don't understand what a great personal loss that was. Reading about how much you treasure your work and that of your grandmother makes me smile. I know how meaningful embroidery can be!

Zsuzsy Bee (author) from Ontario/Canada on July 19, 2012:

beena.stephy, thank you for your nice comment.

regards Zsuzsy

beena.stephy on July 18, 2012:

Woow ur work and grannys works are very beautiful

www.beenascreations.blogspot.com

Zsuzsy Bee (author) from Ontario/Canada on May 28, 2012:

Hi friend, thank you for your comment.

kindest regards Zsuzsy

hi friend from India on May 09, 2012:

great

Zsuzsy Bee (author) from Ontario/Canada on January 16, 2011:

Jan, I use 'crewel fabric' (that's what my embroidery supply store calls it) They only carry it in ecru and I'm not sure if it comes in any other color. It is coarse or rough but still an even weave.

DMC floss comes in 6 strands the most common application call for two strands. Naturally it all depends on the weight of your muslin. However try your pattern with different amount of strands. If you want to fill and are looking for a heavier looking pattern then try it out with 3 strands.

Hope this helps

regards Zsuzsy

Jan on January 16, 2011:

Beautiful work! I have a question for you ... what type of fabric would you use yarn for embroidery? I just traced a pattern onto muslin (for practice) and will use DMC thread. I am not sure how many strands to use though. My goal is to embroidery this floral design and frame it.

Zsuzsy Bee (author) from Ontario/Canada on December 19, 2010:

Ilona nice to see you here. We too were in a refugee camp in Austria after the '56 revolution though.

I dabble in a lot of art types but embroidery is and always will be by far my favorite and for me easiest to accomplish.

Köszönöm a látogatás, Thank you for the visit

kindest regards Zsuzsy

Ilona on December 19, 2010:

As we share backgrounds we also share our love for embroidery... My mom was the to teach me!.. she left many drafts of motifs etc...she herself designed...when she 1st arrived in Brazil she embroidered for her support after a decade of struggles in the war and displaced persons camp in Austria... this was also her preferred way of the art...same style!!

It was so much fun to find your page and see all of this beautiful work...xs

Zsuzsy Bee (author) from Ontario/Canada on November 01, 2010:

Tutoring Online, thank you for your nice comment.

kindest regards Zsuzsy

Tutoring Online on October 25, 2010:

Absolutely gorgeous work! My mouth...never mind that...my whole brain drooled just looking at the photos.

Thanks so much for sharing, and I hope you get time somewhere somehow to do some more. The talent is a gift to your generations to come.

Zsuzsy Bee (author) from Ontario/Canada on September 11, 2010:

Manel Gamage, thank you for taking a look and for commenting

regards Zsuzsy

Zsuzsy Bee (author) from Ontario/Canada on September 11, 2010:

Marie-Renee, as far as I'm concerned it's never too late to learn something new. Give embroidering a try I'm sure you will love it. Start off with small projects so you have finished results fairly fast.

That helps...

regards Zsuzsy

Manel Gamage on September 11, 2010:

I love your work.Truly Beautiful!!!

Renee on September 02, 2010:

I have never been artistic so I am at awe with those who are. Congrats, those are really great beautiful work...wish I had the patience to be able to do hand embroidery...do you think I can still learn? lol..

Marie-Renee

Zsuzsy Bee (author) from Ontario/Canada on July 11, 2010:

WildIris, always glad when you drop by. I truly believe that embroidery should be something that all children should learn. It builds up control of the fine motor skills and it also teaches focus--- all while having fun.

kindest regards Zsuzsy

WildIris on July 11, 2010:

Zsuzsy~The handwork is exquisite. Embroidery, just what I had my daughters do to chase away summer boredom. Satin stitch is a bit beyond them, but back stitch and split-stitch make a beautiful outline. Your photos are inspiring!

Zsuzsy Bee (author) from Ontario/Canada on June 15, 2010:

Pamela Kinnaird W, thanks for taking a look and for commenting. I have a whole array of hoops that are made of bamboo but they are so much used that the name brand stamp is all worn off on all of them. Sorry I'm not much help. For bigger projects I really like the pvc quilting stretcher bars..the ones that have the clips that snap on... I believe that's what you're talking about. If you don't pull the snappies on too tight it shouldn't stretch out the fabric too much... I haven't had that problem yet.

Sorry I couldn't be of any help

Zsuzsy

Pamela Dapples from Arizona now on June 12, 2010:

Your embroidery and your grandma's embroidery is so beautiful. And so inspiring. Makes me want to sit down tonight and tackle another project. But I've been a terrible problem finding a proper hoop -- for years. Twenty years ago I had no problem. I'd get my little hoop and start embroidering. I've bought about eight hoops in the last several years and none of them have the right tension. The only thing I can use is a plastic rectangular hoop with plastic things that snap on, but it's tight and you don't get it the very same tension each session, then when you go to get the piece work framed, it's warped and wobbly.

If you know of a good hoop brand, do let me know. Thanks for the inspiring article.

Zsuzsy Bee (author) from Ontario/Canada on March 27, 2010:

2uesday thank you so much. I didn't think of printing out the hub. I'm planning to make a family scrapbook, I guess I could include the hub in that.

hope you're well

kindest regards Zsuzsy

2uesday on March 27, 2010:

Your beautiful embroidery work is exquisite, the patience and care that went into the making of these is exceptional. I think you have produced heirloom pieces that will be treasured for generations to come. Please print a copy of this hub and keep it safe so that the 'province?' of them in this and the family history of them is there to back them up. A lovely hub to read and look at.

Zsuzsy Bee (author) from Ontario/Canada on March 24, 2010:

Hummingbird5356, I love cross stitch too. I'm totally embroidery 'obsessed' no matter what type. Thanks for taking a look and for commenting.

regards Zsuzsy

Hummingbird5356 on March 24, 2010:

Exsquisite work. I used to do cross stitching many years ago, but never produced anything as good as you.

Zsuzsy Bee (author) from Ontario/Canada on March 05, 2010:

Support Med, thank you I think the main reason for the patience is that I absolutely love cloth art in all its many aspects. I just love it. I have 18 hubs in the works all about embroidery. A couple of them are about how to so maybe you want to keep an eye open for them. They should all be ready within the month (I hope) I've been working on them since October.

So glad you came for a visit.

Kindest regards Zsuzsy

Support Med. from Michigan on March 05, 2010:

Grandma's and your work here is absolutely, positively, without a doubt BEAUTIFUL, BEAUTIFUL, BEAUTIFUL!!! I wish I knew how to do it. Have a couple of books on it, but have not really committed myself to learning the craft. Thought about buying a machine that would do it for me (I may still do that) but I still have the desire to learn it by hand. I wish I could see those curtains your grandma made from floor to ceiling!! Must have been absolutely amazing!!! I do some crocheting and am trying not to doubt myself anymore as I have been knowing some stitches for years, however, there is more for me to learn, but for what I know, more could be made if I just took the time to do it. It's not necessary to know every stitch out there, though it is nice. I commend you for the obvious patience that it takes to create such masterpieces. I am surprised that you have not hooked up with Martha Stewart,(I really mean that). I hope to become more proficient in crocheting and hopefully learn some embroidery. But for you, YOU GO GIRL!!!

Zsuzsy Bee (author) from Ontario/Canada on January 14, 2010:

Marcel, glad you came by for a visit. Within the next couple of weeks I will have a series on embroidery finished and published here on hubpages. So don't forget to come by. there will be a few tips and hints of how to that will come in handy to you I'm sure.

When my girls were younger I used to make them all kinds of embroidered hair clips...They were pretty then I'm not so sure that they would be in fashion right at the moment though. Keep an eye on the fashion world...

kindest regards Zsuzsy

marcel285 from New Zealand on January 13, 2010:

Wow the cloth you made is beautiful!! I love embroidery, i don't know really how to do it, but i have some books out from the library about it, and i'm going to get some supplies and attempt it today. I have an idea to make beaded/embroided hair pieces/clips, as a profitable hobby.

Zsuzsy Bee (author) from Ontario/Canada on December 28, 2009:

Thank you Susmita for taking a look and for commenting.

I'm in the works of getting a series of hubs written that talk about embroidery. There is one that will describe the cut-work methods. Should have them published soon.

regards Zsuzsy

susmita on December 28, 2009:

the stitches are mesmerisingly beautiful!! i loved each of them and i loved the way you write too... i would like to know more about the cut-work designs ... i.e. how to do them... i will definitely keep returning to your page... please do keep stitching n weaving tales of them :) love from india

Zsuzsy Bee (author) from Ontario/Canada on November 19, 2009:

Hi Carol, Thanks for taking a look and for commenting. Most of my designs are freehand but some have to be more structured then others.Those I draw on before hand.

regards Zsuzsy

Carol D. on November 18, 2009:

Hi,

are these flowers your own design ? Lovely.

Am still using 'stamped' designs, but embroidering by hand. Pick it up occasionally, but mostly mend commercial clothes that I buy, so hardly any time to embroider. Am knitting cotton washclothes for women in South American as helping with a Humanitarian project. Aprons are also needed, and so are quilts (5" quilt blocks). If anyone wants to help, any would be appreciated by our church.

So Wonderful. Your embroidery will always be appreciated by your children and descendents. Maybe before I die I'll be able to design and embroider freehand too.

Keep stitching !

Zsuzsy Bee (author) from Ontario/Canada on October 19, 2009:

Joy at Home, thank you for your kind remarks. I so enjoy embroidery and if I could have made a living at it I would have been the happiest woman this side of heaven.

kindest regards Zsuzsy

Joilene Rasmussen from United States on October 19, 2009:

I absolutely love that you believe in hope chests enough to contribute to them! I have started some things for my two-year-old daughter, and my six-year-old son is working on a denim quilt for his bed (which was his idea!).

The embroidery throughout this hub is breath-taking. I'm bookmarking this.

Zsuzsy Bee (author) from Ontario/Canada on August 22, 2009:

bluemeanie, thanks for taking a look and for commenting. I have been using bifocals for a few years now too...it's the price I had to pay for over-using my eyes

glad you came for a visit

regards Zsuzsy

bluemeanie from Canada on August 22, 2009:

Absolutely beautiful work Zsuzsy Bee!I'm envious of your skills!I've recently taken up embroidery again(has been many, many moons since I last did it!)and am enjoying it very much.So much I've been forced into bi-focals!LOL!Your work is something to be treasured as I'm sure your family will for generations!Thank you for sharing your art.

Zsuzsy Bee (author) from Ontario/Canada on August 13, 2009:

Hello Michele, thanks for taking a look and for commenting. It's the sad truth that all handiwork has to take a back step because life has become such a hectic place. Hope you find the time to get back into it.

regards Zsuzsy

Michele Breaux on August 13, 2009:

Your embroidery is so lovely. I last did needlework about 10 years ago - then I got too busy working. Now I am inspired to start again!

Zsuzsy Bee (author) from Ontario/Canada on August 10, 2009:

Always glad when you visit

zs

Patty Inglish MS from USA and Asgardia, the First Space Nation on August 09, 2009:

I had to come back and look again!

Zsuzsy Bee (author) from Ontario/Canada on August 07, 2009:

UW!Thanks for taking a look and for commenting. I have patience galore for any type of handy work but heaven forbid when the computer takes too long to open a new page...that can drive me up the wall and down again.

Always glad when you pop in for a visit

kindest regards Zsuzsy

Susan Keeping from Kitchener, Ontario on August 07, 2009:

Those are so beautiful. I tried doing some embroidery when I was younger. I don't have the patience...same with knitting :) Excellent hub.

Zsuzsy Bee (author) from Ontario/Canada on August 04, 2009:

Jenny, in my perfect world there would be three things I would want to do forever...write, play in my veggie garden and embroider;

and as unfortunately most of my time has to be spend on frivolous things like make money to pay bills and groceries I don't get to do nearly enough of either.

glad you came by for a visit

regards Zsuzsy

Jennifer from Canada on August 04, 2009:

wow beautiful work! I wish I had the patience to get involved in embroidery. Sadly I don't. You are very talented!!! Great hub by the way!

Zsuzsy Bee (author) from Ontario/Canada on July 21, 2009:

Mayhmong it's never too late to try...and if you love something you will succeed. Post some of your culture's clothes I would love to see some.

zs

mayhmong from North Carolina on July 21, 2009:

At least you put a lot of effort in doing these beautiful work. I tried to learn how to design some of our culture clothes but I was under 8 and didn't get it!? I wish I could've done more of it.

Zsuzsy Bee (author) from Ontario/Canada on July 21, 2009:

Mayhmong, thanks for taking a look and for commenting.Yes the memories I preserved from those months with my Nagy-Mama are some of my fondest ones.

kindest regards Zsuzsy

mayhmong from North Carolina on July 21, 2009:

Awww I wanna learn how to stitch by Nagy-mama too! That must have been a sweet time with her for those past 18 months. I just looooove how you had put it so well together.

Zsuzsy Bee (author) from Ontario/Canada on July 20, 2009:

Dolores, my head is swelling and getting bigger as we speak. Thank you for your kind remarks. I so enjoy embroidery and if I could have made a living at it I would have been the happiest woman this side of heaven.

regards Zsuzsy

Dolores Monet from East Coast, United States on July 20, 2009:

Zsuzsy Bee, you are going to scare away anyone interested in taking up embroidery! Your work is so fabulous! I am sure that your children's children will treasure your work for years! What an artist you are, how beautiful your work is!

Charia Samher on July 20, 2009:

Thanks Zsuzsy, Charia Samher is my daughter's name. I love your name too, just that I find it hard to write LOL! Thanks for appreciating my origami hub! *Sol*

Zsuzsy Bee (author) from Ontario/Canada on July 19, 2009:

Patty, my dear friend how are you? So glad you came for a visit. You're so right about life style being so different nowadays. There is no time for handywork anymore. Thank you for posting this hub on facebook.

kindest regard Zsuzsy

Patty Inglish MS from USA and Asgardia, the First Space Nation on July 19, 2009:

I love the Hungarian embroidery table cover and think it is still gorgeous after 40 years - actually beats the intricacy and color of my favorite Ukranian styles and is just as fascinating and gorgeous as full Native American garments covered with tiny beads and quillwork. Sadness overwhelms me that in this day and age many of us must work such long hours that there is no space for these arts.I might be able to do 10 sitches before sleep each night now... Yours are of museum quality.

I placed this on my Facebook page.

Zsuzsy Bee (author) from Ontario/Canada on July 19, 2009:

Charia (I love your name) I was just telling my friend last night, whose daughters wedding I helped with, that she should read your origami hub and that we sure could have used your instruction as they look so much easier then the ones we were stuck with to make those seemingly endless bunch of cranes a few months ago. (Talk about a run-on-sentence)

thanks for taking a look and for commenting.

regards Zsuzsy

Zsuzsy Bee (author) from Ontario/Canada on July 19, 2009:

Thank you Christa for coming by. I would love to know how many tiny stitches I've made in my lifetime? Hopefully there will be time to make millions more.

Keep on stitching

kindest regards Zsuzsy

Zsuzsy Bee (author) from Ontario/Canada on July 19, 2009:

Thank you Jerilee always glad when you pop in for a quick visit. It is amazing how close I feel to my Granma when I'm embroidering even though she's been gone since 1971. It seems like a lifetime ago...

I know what you mean about the eyes

Happy stitching

kindest regards Zsuzsy

Charia Samher on July 19, 2009:

Your first major piece is stunning; and I understand if you're going to strangled anyone who messes with it. Not just beautiful but full of sentimental value. Your works are superb. =)

Christa Dovel from The Rocky Mountains, North America on July 18, 2009:

Zsuzsy, your work is absolutely beautiful. I love to embroider, and know the time it takes to make those beautiful little stitches. It is a pleasure.

Jerilee Wei from United States on July 18, 2009:

Glad to know there is someone out there who is as obsessed as I have always been to embroider. I'll do this until my eyes give out, just because it relaxes me and makes me feel close to my grandmother.

Zsuzsy Bee (author) from Ontario/Canada on July 18, 2009:

Gypsy Willow, thanks for dropping in. I so enjoy embroidering that I always have several project on the go. One I can take with me when I'm traveling others that I can only work on at certain times of day as its on dark fabric and my eyes are giving me a lot of trouble lately. then the three that I want to have finished by Christmas.+++++

kindest regards Zsuzsy

Gypsy Willow from Lake Tahoe Nevada USA , Wales UK and Taupo New Zealand on July 18, 2009:

Beautiful work, you put us to shame!

Zsuzsy Bee (author) from Ontario/Canada on July 18, 2009:

Thanks Rochelle, I only wish I could be as great as she was. You would have been floored by those bedroom drapes.

I hope you're well and that life is treating you fair?

regards Zsuzsy

Rochelle Frank from California Gold Country on July 18, 2009:

Spectacular work. Your grandmother would be very proud.

Zsuzsy Bee (author) from Ontario/Canada on July 18, 2009:

Thanks Princessa! I honestly don't think that the rayon thread used has lost much of its shine and color in these 40 years. There was one spot that I had to fix because it got caught in my watchband when I last washed it.

Hope you and the sprouts are well. Greetings to your whole family Zsuzsy

Wendy Iturrizaga from France on July 18, 2009:

Your work is so beautiful that I am spechless. What an artist you are, I am amazed at how bright the colours are on your first table cover after such a long time. Awesome work, thanks for sharing it with us -I promise to keep the secret from your daughter :)

Love from france!

xxx