Folk Art Embroidered Blue Jeans

Recently, I became connected with Rita from Plano, Texas. I love her story and I hope it serves as inspiration for others who would like to work on a project like this!  ~ Liz

I am from Tiszaluc, near Miskolc which is the NE part of Hungary. My Mom always “fixed” our buttons or rips, holes on our clothes. I always wanted to do it so was really happy to learn to sew when I was little. When I was about 5, got a beginners stitch kit and every night I was stitching. Those cold winter nights we had to pick up something to do, and stitching was my thing.

In my town we actually had a “stitch-club” with a group of ladies who would meet up one night a week, bring their stitch work along and talk, socialize, disconnect and sew. There was an instructor who knew it all and showed us how to do things and gave us advice. My Mom was a member until she had kids. Then, when I was about 8, I joined this group. I have some amazing memories and have found some photos of my Mom attending this group.

One time I was around 9 and it was a winter night. We already were in our pajamas and Mom let me sew just a little before going to bed. I was so excited as I thought that my stitching that I did that night was the best I had ever done. I wanted to show it to my Mom and, as I lifted up the small fabric from my thigh, I realized that I stitched it all to my pajama pants. I had to take out all the stitching that I had done that night and I was crying.

The way I got the pattern on my pants was a bit time consuming. I searched online for different pictures of flowers, When I found what I liked, I drew it on paper. I enlarged some and minimized others to make it all perfect size. Once I was happy with it, I copied over to my pants.

~ Rita

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» Martha Hadarics said: { Apr 23, 2020 - 02:04:03 }

Dear Liz-
I also love Hungarian embroideries. I learned as a new bride, when my in-laws gave me some lovely pillow covers. They inspired me to learn more about the patterns. Decades ago, a Hungarian friend, a retired teacher, gave me an entire set of patterns and instructions that came from the equivalent of a Home Economics Class or School in the Balaton Region. There were pages of information and designs about each different style from each different region of Hungary. All the pages were black and white, no colors. There were sketches for contemporary fashion designs—circa 1950-1960, using the traditional patterns, as well as all the original traditional patterns. The pages were all loose, and packed in a carton. And, of course, all written in Hungarian, which I do not read. I followed along, using a dictionary, but the method was unsatisfactory. I could copy the designs nicely, but the information was beyond me. After several years, I found a REAL Hungarian embroiderer, who volunteered to translate the info for me, so I lent her the carton full of pages. She started the job, but it was slow. Months went by before any translations got to me. She tried mightily to finish the job, but never did. Her family sent back some of the pages, or copies of them, but I never did get a complete translation, or the remaining pages. I never did know the school’s name or address, either. My wish is to have such a complete set again, with English translations. I fear it would take quite a detective to make this happen, however. When the set was with me, it was truly a treasure trove and a delight to page through. I would have liked to pass it on to my granddaughters.
Thanks for letting me bend your ear.
Martha Hadarics