Friday, October 20, 2017

Visiting Family and Friends

The reason for the journey was to take time to visit with family and friends. My grandmother immigrated in 1906 and we’ve kept this connection going for 111 years!

Special people who are all dear to us!

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Zwei Alte Damen Part Two

I feel so fortunate to have had the opportunity to meet this special lady again. The smile on her face when we arrived at her home was truly special. I gave her a big hug. With help from her daughter (who speaks English and German) we were able to communicate and enjoyed a lovely visit!

Her embroidery is truly amazing!

And of course, this visit was really special because the Mad Tatter got to meet Mrs. Szigethy for the first time.

Here are a few more of her recently completed doilies.

There will always be a special place in my heart for this special lady!

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

The Austrian-Hungarian Border

At one time in history, crossing the border from Austria into Hungary and vice versa wasn’t easy and at times it wasn’t even possible. I can remember our first visit in 1977, our relatives took us to the border, close enough to see the armed guards in the tower, but we still maintained a safe distance away.

On my last few visits, I’ve had the opportunity to visit several different border crossing points. On this visit, Mrs. Szigethy’s daughter took us to see the border at Hegyko.

The border is in a farm field. Fences with barbed wire and mine fields were used to keep the Hungarian people from crossing the border into Austria.

Anyone who was successful crossing the border, had to still make their way across the farm field.

Another border crossing point was made famous by James Michener in the book “The Bridge at Andau”. We’ve visited this site on previous trips, but it was still moving to see it again. (I forgot to take a picture of the actual bridge!). Looking at the canal to the west, you can see that the sun is starting to set.

This site will always be preserved as a reminder to a dark time in history.

Another tower, however, this one is used to view the beautiful landscape of Burgenland.

We think that our ancestors who immigrated to Minnesota did so because the landscape is vey similar. Do you agree?

Sunday, October 15, 2017

Hegyko, Part Two

This particular form of Hungarian embroidery originated in Hövej, Hungary. Our Austrian cousins introduced it to us on one of our visits in the late 1990’s. It became of particular interest to me because 1) I am a needleworker, and 2) my great - grandfather (my mother’s paternal grandfather) was born in Hövej.

Hövej Csipke or Hövej Lace Embroidery is very similar to other types of lace embroidery. What is unique about it is that the holes that are created are filled with different patterns. The technique used is needle lace.

Mrs. Szigethy was born in Hövej and learned how to do make this lace embroidery when she was ten years old. Patterns are handed down from family and friends; there is no formal training or pattern book. You can tell that these handmade patterns have been used many times over the years.

The pattern is then traced on the organza or cotton fabric.

The Gingher was a gift from me a few year’s back!

In the old days, a heavy iron was warmed on the fire and then used to press the embroideries.

More beautiful lace!

Have more to share! Come back tomorrow!

Friday, October 13, 2017

Hegyko, Hungary

One of the goals of the trip was to visit Mrs. Szigethy’s new lace exhibit and to introduce the Mad Tatter to Mrs. Szigethy. Goal achieved!

On Wednesday last week we traveled to Hegyko. It’s about a 20 minute drive from where we were staying in Tadten.

This is a new location for Mrs. Szigethy’s display. They purchased an old home in this village and completely renovated it. It’s located right next to the church in Hegyko.

When you enter the house, the first room on the left is set up as a bedroom.

We passed through a room that was once the kitchen in this old home. The next room included more information about the lace and how it is made. The bottom photo in this section talks about the different filling stitches used to fill the round circles of the doily.

The room in the back of the house is filled with a lifetime’s worth of needlework. It’s really quite amazing to see! Each piece is exquisitely made! One more beautiful than the next.

We’ll continue our visit tomorrow!

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

This Morning’s Breakfast ...

... isn’t quite the same.

I’ll be back in a day or two withe the rest of our trip report.