Jane's Jottings

At last! I have finished my Little Book of Hardanger!

A new picture of this lovely book – The 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.


Bergen Fish Market

A wonderful shop selling completed Hardanger embroidery

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.

Traditional Bunad (costume) with Hardanger panels

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.

Baby Crib photographed at the Ullensvang Hotel

A blouse cuff photographed at Husfliden in Bergen

My new book, launched on The Sewing Quarter on 6th October

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.

A sample page from The Little book of Hardanger

Your First Stitches made in to a Scissor Keep

Pin Cushion


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


Comments (2)

I bought this book at Alexandra Palace and it is lovely! The projects are so attractive that I am longing to get started, but first I must finish the lovely”with my needle” husif that I also bought from your shop at the Knitting and Stiching Show! You are going from strength to strength Jane! X

Comment by Rowey Perrett on Tuesday, October 30, 2018

This little book is lovely – even if you’ve done plenty of Hardanger already. The historical bits are interesting and the designs are lovely.

Comment by Mary on Friday, November 2, 2018

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