My First Embroidery Pattern

I’m so excited with my new creation and I want to share it with you. It’s not a big deal for someone who knows how to do it, but it’s my first finished embroidered item and I’m really pleased with it.

When I was on my holiday in Bulgaria, I tried to learn more about the Bulgarian embroidery. It started out from pure curiosity about the meaning of the shapes. I spoke to a girl which was selling traditional rugs to the tourists in Bansko. Despite she was from a family working them for generations, she also didn’t know the meaning of most of the symbols. The more difficult it seamed, the more interesting it got and I was determined to find out.

I told my mum, she told my aunt, she told my grandmother’s sister which is still alive and used to make them when she was younger. After all, I was given a very special book – an album with patterns dating from 1930. This gave me the idea that I might try to learn how to embroider, but I still wasn’t sure, until my mum found an old collection of unfinished cushions and shirts from my grandmother.

I went to one of the shops for embroidery in my hometown, but they had no idea about the Bulgarian way of doing it and sent me to another shop. I found the second one and my man simply went to the nearest bar. It was a big shop and I ended up talking to all the sellers about what they remembered from their grandmothers, but no one knew how to do it. One of the women working there asked my just out of nowhere which school I’ve graduated, so we discovered that her son (currently married in Germany) and I were classmates!

I bought a learners canvas from their shop, 2 colour threads and 2 needles and decided that I’m going to learn by myself. Last week I tried one evening and the morning after, so after a couple of hours, my first little piece of embroidery was ready. It was too tiny, so I made a second attempt making bigger stitches. Once it was ready, I sewed it up for an old vintage top which I have from my mum.

Have a look at the photos from the whole process and I will soon post the outfit with my embroidery. 🙂

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