I want to share my Kashubian heritage through embroidery to the world.
The story behind Kashubian embroidery is that a little girl went to visit her grandmother. On the way, she fell and ruined her new white apron. She was so sad that her grandmother went to the field and gathered all the different kinds of flowers and embroidered them onto the apron to hide the stains.
Kashubian embroidery is traditionally made with the 7 colors of the deep blue sea, blue lake waters, blue sky, yellow sun, green leaves, black earth, and red blood of the people. The stems may branch and touch, but never cross because life should be simple, and we should not complicate it.
Kashubian embroidery in Poland is still very much a hand sewn product, but I wanted to share it with others, so that our culture would not be lost. I digitize using 5D embroidery software & now Premier+ Ultra and each design is stitched out and revised several times before putting up in my store. I use a Husqvarna-Viking Embroidery Machine, the Topaz 30, (yes, it's older) to test out all my designs. I test stitch out all of my designs and I do it on full speed. As many of you know, usually, a final product is stitched out at less than full speed. I prefer cutaway stabilizer with a weight to match the fabric. I use top washaway stabilizer for any project fabric with a nap, texture, or knit. Personally, I create the designs for myself and my projects, but since they're such a distinct niche, I thought I'd share them with the rest of you. Choose a complete design or just individual flowers, so you too can "fix up your apron"!
The embroidery thread colors I use are Robinson-Anton(RA) & Sulky (Su):
Dark Blue RA2438 or RA2210 Su572
Medium Blue RA2442 Su1534
Light Blue RA2522 or RA 2239 Su1248
Black RA2296 Su1005
Although the classic Kashubian embroidery is extremely colorful with the primary colors, you or can adjust the color scheme to fit the back drop. For instance, I have a dark teal TShirt and I used a pretty lavendar set for the blues, using Su 1111, 1193, 1122, with 1065 Orange for the red, 1067 Yellow, tan 1822 for the black, and 1177 for green. A pastel color set would look good on a darker color fabric. I have not experimented with monochrome or a white color scheme, but have seen it on items made in Poland, such as table clothes and napkins.
History of the Kashubian Embroidery Schools (styles).
The first Embroidery School was the Nuns in Żukowska about the 13th century. From this, the 5 original schools (styles) were born. First came Wdzydzka, then Wejherowska. Wejherowska is the most colorful and modern of the original schools. It is also the most well known. The others are Czepcowy style, and Pelplin. Evolving from these are Pucka, north of Gydynia and Słupska which is west along the Baltic coast. Czepcowy was a more aristocratic version using silver and gold thread on velvet. Although the more common person would use white or yellow on clean cotton.
The Borowiacka/Tucholska Style of southern Kaszuby around Tuchola use the same designs with a 7 color "Amber" color scheme. The corresponding Sulky colors in the order above would be 1056, 1239, 562, 1167, 1549, 1186, and 1168. The variety of flowers is more diverse with emphasis on the Tulipan. The palmeta is rarely seen. Borowiacka uses twice the number of colors for more shading. I believe this is for the Chojnice area.
The Modern schools are Wielewska in Wiele, Kartuska in Kartuzy, Kościerska in Kościerzyna, Klukowska, and Bytówska in Bytów. Since I have ancestors originating mostly from central Kaszuby, I favor the Kartuzy, Wielewska, Kościerska, Wdzydzka. But these style are all interrelated and I cannot always tell them apart. I think I'll start my own school and call it the Kaszubian American Style from Wisconsin and leave room for the Canadian, Minnesotan, and North Dakotan Kashubian embroiderers to publish their own style. My style is closest to the Żukowska classic style.
Traditional Hand embroidery is still done in Poland and is beautiful. Check out other etsy shops if you want to purchase hand made items from Kaszuby: https://www.etsy.com/shop/Kaszubjanka?ref=l2-shop-header-avatar or https://www.etsy.com/shop/Zofija?ref=l2-shop-header-avatar or for hand embroidery instructions with patterns, try:
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My hobbies are machine embroidery and genealogy and I happen to be Kashubian. My family comes from an area in Poland called Kaszuby. They have their own language and a strong ethnic bond. Their embroidery designs are very distinctive and colorful.
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I use a Topaz 30 from Husqvarna Viking and have the hoop sizes that are the same as my categories for designs and I've noticed that my hoops go bigger than other machines and my large designs do not fit in the Brother 7.5 x 11" hoop. Many of my larger designs have a half size version in a smaller hoop category and the small versions are not just scaled differently, but many sections are redesigned to fit the smaller size.
If we cannot get the design working for you, I have been known to refund the purchase price despite my no refund policy. After all, it's all about getting it stitched out, it's not really about the money.
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I gladly accept returns and exchanges
I don't accept cancellations
The following items can't be returned or exchanged
- Custom or personalized orders
- Perishable products (like food or flowers)
- Digital downloads
- Intimate items (for health/hygiene reasons)
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Additional policies and FAQs
Frequently asked questions:
FAQ: Do you do custom embroidering?
Answer: To actually do the embroidery if you do not have an embroidery machine, I recommend an embroidery shop such as Midwest Embroidery. http://www.midwestembroideryandgraphics.com/contact-us.html
I would provide the design and they would stitch it out on anything you desire. It would cost about $15 for the 4 inch heart to be stitched out once. It is a very intricate design with 7 colors. I have it on several shirts. I just do not have a commercial embroidery machine that can do rapid stitchouts with automatic thread changes to make it cost effective for me to embroider items. I would have to charge at least double with my machine since it's much slower and needs attendance at the stitching. Midwest embroidery uses the EXP format which is included in the zip file you download after purchasing my designs. Please check with the embroidery shop you plan to use for the proper file format prior to purchase to see if it available.
FAQ: Do you do custom digitizing?
Answer: I am not yet retired from my day job, so I do this for fun. Unless your desire is pertinent to my theme, such as Kashubian embroidery, I think you would be better off with another digitizer.
FAQ: Are these sew-on patches?
Answer: No, these are designs for computerized embroidery machines. You must have a computerized embroidery sewing machine to use these designs.
FAQ: Are these patterns for hand embroidery?
Answer: No, these are not full size patterns with instructions that can be used for hand embroidery. You must have an embroidery machine for these designs.
FAQ: Do you have any finished items?
Answer: Yes, I have some embroidered towels/wash clothes and banners. Look in the section labelled "Embroidered Items."
FAQ: How are your designs organized?
Answer: I organize them by the hoop size that fits them. I use both millimeter size and inches.