Category Archives: hardanger

Planning a path in hardanger

When stitching filling stitches in hardanger embroidery, it’s very helpful to think through the order of stitching, or the path you’re going to take. I’ll walk through how I stitched the second end of my pastel hardanger piece (after I learned a few things with the first!). The first step is to cut out the…

Friday Finish: My first Hardanger

In the spirit of the Hardanger piece I’m working on now, I present the very first Hardanger design I ever stitched. Design: a runner made from doubling the bellpull design from Cross ‘N Patch’s Charity Sampler booklet Designer: Emie Bishop Technique: Hardanger and cross stitch Ground fabric: 32ct evenweave (jobelan, maybe?) Threads: pearl cotton and…

Hardanger: Option 3 Before and After

Last week I posted three options for the end area of my pastel hardanger design. The responses from readers overwhelmingly agreed that option 3 was the way to go. So, what does option 3 look like, once it’s stitched? The photo below gives a good idea of the “before” and the “after.” The picture of…

Hardanger: Studying possibilities

In my last post, I was debating what to stitch in the yet-undefined areas of my pastel hardanger piece. Thanks for the great comments! Rachel agreed that I definitely couldn’t use any raised embroidery for a runner. Thanks for pointing out the issue with vases tipping over. Pat suggested that I fill in the spaces…

Hardanger progress and a dilemma

You’re all getting tired of hearing it from me, I’m sure, but can I just say what a joy it is to be able to stitch in hand again? Over the past week, I finished the planned cutwork areas of my pastel hardanger piece! Don’t think it’s done yet, though, because there are a few…

Rediscovering the joy of Hardanger, and a public service message

Thanks for all of the votes on projects from my last post. I decided to pick up my original Hardanger design. I have always subscribed to the Janice Love method of stitching Hardanger “in hand” rather than on a frame. Due to my carpal tunnel syndrome, I can’t tell you the last time I was…