Hardanger Finish

I have a few finishes to share from the last month or so and it is time that I do so.

A couple of months back, I wrote about the Hardanger piece that I was working on. It was a much needed project, just a break from my own designs and cross stitch for a bit. And here is is finished, on New Year’s Day. This is Garden Delights by Satin Stitches on 25 count white linen with perle #8 in white.

Typically with Hardanger, or at least what I have seen, a stitcher would use two weights of threads. One, slightly thicker and often perle #8 for a lot of the basic stitching and then a finer one, often perle #12, for the work of wrapping bars and putting in decorative stitches. I was intrigued by the instructions of this piece in that it said that everything would be done using perle #8. I did indeed try weaving my first few bars with the #12 to decide how it looked. And while it looked okay, when I then wove some other bars with perle #8, I decided, yea, that #8 looks best here.

The edge is done with a buttonhole stitch and then all excess fabric is cut away. That edge seemed to take forever…but of course it was worth the effort.

Really please with how this turned out!

Published by worksbyabc

There is nothing that comforts me more than putting needle and thread to fabric or canvas. I've been stitching since I was a teenager, exploring all types of needlework - cross stitch, canvaswork, counted thread techniques like blackwork and Hardanger...you name it. All these years of stitching have led to my own design business. Most of my designs are cross stitch patterns, but I have also enjoyed creating beginner level canvaswork designs and blackwork patterns as well.

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