Friday, September 7, 2007

Hardanger Basics

I'll be starting a series of posts on one of my passions and hobbies, Hardanger Embroidery. Anyone who has ever wanted to learn Hardanger, or "cut-work" as it's often called in the U.S., can follow along with the instruction. In a few weeks, I'll start posting pieces of a pattern I've created for a stitch-along. It should be a lot of fun!
To the left is a sample of some of my work - I created a "name plate" for my daughter, which I turned into an applique for a pillow. The Hardanger work is the pink satin stitches, the cutwork, and of course the weaving in the spaces. The name is straight-up cross stitch! The pattern for the stitch-along will have a lot of room for personal expression, and will not have such large blocks of cutwork. This one was ambitious for someone who had only been doing Hardanger for about 3 months (at the time)!

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