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Writing Hardanger instructions today

Hello again Everyone,

I am sitting here in the Studio writing instructions for one of the pages in our current part work The Country Sampler Book – this is a four part project that is included in The Cross Stitch Guild membership and this will be one of the pages included in Issue 114 of our magazine. If you are not already a member of the CSG why not come and Join Us  You will be able to take part in our lovely stitching projects for a whole year! Our little stitched books have become very popular – it is rather like a stitching lesson as you learn a new technique every time. If you  look at the CSG web site, you will be able to see other examples of these books stitched over the past ten years or so. Go to Books and Boxes for more information


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Hardanger embroidery originated from the Hardanger area of Norway and is very much part of Norwegian traditional life. The embroidery which looks like lace and is traditionally worked in white or cream on a light background and is part of the Norwegian National costume. Below you can see some examples of Hardanger worked on fine linen in matching thread.


7.Detail from a blouse cuff-2

A finely worked cuff on a ladies blouse


A detail from a traditional apron

Hardanger embroidery looks very complicated but is actually really very straight forward once you have mastered the basic stitches and counted the threads correctly. The trick is to work on a fabric where you can see the threads really easily whilst you learn the basics – you can transfer to finer fabrics when you know what you are doing.

31.Front of diamond blocks

Forming Kloster blocks correctly

33. Diamond blocks with cut corners

Showing where to cut the threads

34.Diamond- threads removed

Fabric threads cut and removed

30. Simple Diamond Sampler

The remaining threads strengthened with needleweaves

If you would like to find out more about this exquisite form of embroidery have a look at my E-Book Hardanger for the Horrified

Happy Stitching till next time

Date posted: Sunday, December 18, 2016


1 Comment

Am doing the book and really enjoying it. Look forward to the Hardanger section, it will be a challenge needed in the New Year!

Have a great Christmas, love tina

Comment by Tina Lamborn on Tuesday, December 20, 2016

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