Machine Embroidery Design Russian Folk Flowers

The richness of Russian culture is known far beyond its borders. Decorative arts, sometimes highly professional, sometimes naive, take a special place in the hearts of people and have many varieties. Themes of national crafts and their manners of execution can differ so much. Because Russia is a country with vast territory, multiethnic diverse population, and more than a thousand years of history.

A small garland of blossoms and leaves of Machine Embroidery Design Russian Folk Flowers is made in the style of Gorodets painting. The craft of colorful wood decoration was born in 19th century in a provincial town of Gorodets on the picturesque bank of the Volga river. Despite relatively young age, this kind of ornamentation has become not just recognizable. But really famous all over the country and even abroad. It is especially loved by people for rich, expressive colors, positive idea and seeming simplicity.

The first look at the Machine Embroidery Design Russian Folk Flowers creates a feeling that such a bouquet of simply shaped buds and leaves can be drawn even by a child. But this impression is deceptive. Masters of Gorodets painting hone their skills over the years, as their task is to put the pattern on the product. As they say, with one stroke of the brush, without a preliminary sketch.

The Gorodets ornaments have a set of elements, each of which has a name and technics. A flower similar to that located in the heart of Machine Embroidery Design Russian Folk Flowers. Is called rozan and traditionally symbolizes the inflorescence of a rosehip. The one identical to the other two on the sides is “kupavka”. Experts disagree over what plant served as a model for “kupavka”, but these medium-sized florets with the eye offset from the center are the most favorite of the Gorodets craftsmen.

Machine Embroidery Design Russian Folk Flowers 


The most difficult to perform and at the same time characteristic for Gorodets painting are thin black or white outlines and highlights. A craftsman chooses a tiny brush and steadily draws dark or light lines, finishing his work. If you think this is easy, try and make sure that a layman. Is not able to draw a clear line of the required thickness and bending.

In spite of the obvious resemblance, Machine Embroidery Design Russian Folk Flowers is not a classic Gorodets motif, but rather, a very close imitation. The shape of leaves is slightly different, and the highlighting of the central rose is not quite typical. However, this does not make the design less beautiful, on the contrary, gives it some personality. The embroidery will look great on home textiles, e.g., towels or table napkins and tablecloths. In any time of the year its bright colors will remind you of summer and give you a good mood.

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Author: Ludmila Konovalova

My name is Lyudmila Konovalova, and I lead Royal Present Embroidery. Embroidery for me is more than a profession; it is a legacy of my Ukrainian and Bulgarian heritage, where every woman in my family was a virtuoso in cross-stitch and smooth stitching. This art, passed down through generations, is part of my soul and a symbol of national pride.

Date: 21.06.2015