Friday, January 11, 2013
Ever since I saw Hardanger in person I have always wanted to learn how to do it. I have a passion for lace and this type of stitching can be very lacy looking. So, I purchased a beginner's book Called Basics and Beyond by Janice Love and started practicing. The results are in the photo above. Traditionally hardanger is done white on white, but Janice suggested to try different color fabrics and threads to get an idea for what I liked. I then started one of her projects which I will blog about when it is finished. However, Christmas came around and I really wanted to stitch on something Christmasy and one of my favorite stitchers designed some Hardanger ornaments and posted the patterns for them on her blog (http://manya72.blogspot.com/p/free-patterns.html). Anna Maria is crazy talented and these are the most beautiful Hardanger ornament patterns I have ever seen. So, I started stitching the bell and just finished it. Here it is!