At last! I have finished my Little Book of Hardanger!
Hopefully the first of many such little books from the newly formed Pinks Press – If you are a CSG member go to www.thecrossstitchguild.com to get your discount and free postage. If you would like me to send to a signed and dedicated copy of this sweet little book, just click on the Buy Now button and I can pop one in the post for you. For a personal dedication remember to add the details!
Bill (my husband) and I have visited Norway on a number of occasions because we both love the scenery and the wonderful quietness of the place but for me there is an additional reason. I just love Hardanger embroidery and want to share this feeling with you! On all but one of our visits we have arrived by boat in Bergen, just a short walk from the original fish market, now a World Heritage site and full of delicious shops and boutiques.
I took this picture is a sense of blind panic as the owner had gone on holiday for a week and the shop was closed! Grrr! Mind you – buying completed Hardanger embroidery is a considered purchase as you can spend hundreds of pounds very easily – that is why I like to work my own versions.
These are examples of the traditional Norwegian costume which is still very much in evidence in modern times – families will pass down pieces of the costume and the decorative jewellery worn on high days and holidays through the generations – anything from a crown to a set of cuff links, an apron or a blouse and so on.
For some time I have wanted to do a little book of Hardanger and with Jenny Dixon’s encouragement, I have finally completed the first of these which is shown above called First Steps and Stitches and I have my fingers crossed that I will be able to do more! The little book (only 15cm square) is ring bound so that it lies flat and keeps that way when you are working from the pages. I have broken the technique needed for Hardanger embroidery down in to tiny sections so that you can clearly follow what is going on.
This was a lovely book to design, stitch and write not least because we have published the book ourselves – Amazing the ideas you have a 2am in the morning – that is when Pinks Press came in to being and we will see where it takes us! You cannot imagine the fun I had looking for and buying the bits and pieces (props) for the photography – such fun!
Date posted: Tuesday, October 30, 2018