Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Hardanger [and a PS]

I have been absent from the blogging scene for a number of days for various reasons.  I have been trying to work on a new piece of hardanger, so thought I would share a piece I worked about a year ago.  The centre square part of this design was taken from a Burda Special Hardanger publication and was to be a cushion.  However, I had cut plenty of fabric and considering there was going to be a rather wasteful 'trim' if it was to be a cushion, I continued on my merry way, stitching and doing my own thing as I worked out towards the edge of the fabric.  This is worked on 22ct hardanger fabric, with #5 & #8 perlé thread in DMC #712.   My DIL was in raptures when she saw it, so it now lives with her, and I have to say that I can see she honestly loves it.  

Now that I know she likes this type of work, I have started a long table runner for her.  This piece is being worked on pale blue Lugana, which I feel is 28ct [I have to confess to not having counted the threads!!].  I am working with DMC #3753 - #8 & #12 perlé.  Again, I'm designing and working from the centre out.  I am hoping it will be useful for decorating a table and napkin setting in navy, some time in the near future [their chair covers are navy].  In order to help with counting/keeping pattern correct, I spent almost an entire day tacking at 40 thread intervals.  I found it a great help, and will do this again, especially if I'm working a larger piece.  This has 11 of these 'peaks'.  There is a lot of cutting and weaving yet to be done in this centre feature.  When I have that area under control, I'll continue to work my way out.  Perhaps others don't work their hardanger this way, but this is the only way I am comfortable designing.  I'm not much for mapping it out on paper first, and I don't have a computer program to assist with this task, so starting on a small central section first makes sense to me.  I've included a close-up.  The interlocking/interweaving area outside the central squares is to have cut and woven bars.  It should form a type of under/over track.  I have found by looking at lots of hardanger that there are things about some designs I just don't like.  I am not keen on the eyelets where you stitch into every hole around the centre point.  I'd rather use just the star eyelet or algerian eye stitch.  I also have to say I am not keen on edges where there is a straight section, with points jutting out from it.  Goodness, I'm picky!!!  I hope I can do the work justice as I continue to stitch.  I love the soft blue colour, the thread matches the fabric perfectly.  I'm not aiming for a 'masterpiece' in design, just something I know my DIL will use, and I can use some of the many oddments of evenweave I have in my stash.

Now for the PS:-

Again I feel the need to speak of the devastating floods that are sweeping the central and southern parts of my beautiful state of Queensland [and it is moving south into NSW, parts of Victoria, as well as bushfires in WA - what next!!].  The events of the past few days have left me numb.  Our little township has been fully evacuated again due to the prospect of the river inundating the town to almost the same level.  They had only just started the clean up.  The two towns to our east, Dalby and Chinchilla are again under seige from rising waters.  The beautiful garden city of Toowoomba saw a freak event unknown to any living person in our area, not to mention the path of destruction that cut through the beautiful Lockyer Valley [the place of my birth].  Our two large cities close to the coast are on high alert, and in the central areas, water is still an issue.  I am safe, my family and friends are safe.  We are suffering some inconvenience, that is all.  We have our lives, and our livelihood intact, but others' worlds have been devastated.  I cannot begin to find a way to help anyone in a way I would like.  We can only all help those in our immediate areas I suppose.  Thank you to those wonderful people who have offered support through my blog, and to me personally.  I don't know how you can help so much, but I will email some of you privately with my own thoughts.  One of our patchwork group has lost everything, and of course, we will all try to support her.  Apart from that, all we can do is watch and wait, and pray that everyone can move on and learn from this.  Thankfully, this country has a strong sense of community, we not a poor country by any means, and are in a position to help those in need, unlike many disasters  we've seen in recent years.  We will survive because that is what we do!!! 

16 comments:

fabriquefantastique said...

I was talking about you at a dinner I was at tonight..." I follow a lovely ladies blog from Queensland...blah blah...." and how you told me what a bilabong was. This had us all talking about the current events. Here in North america we are seeing unbelievable footage! Good luck and our thoughts are with you all

DIAN said...

Linda, your stitching is lovely - its what we expect from you. I am sure your daughter in law will love it.

As for the devastating floods - yes we are a lucky country in so many ways but this is just awful for those in the midst of it.

Sharne's Bit 'n' Bobs said...

Lovely stitching, I cant wait to see how it develops. We are all shcoked by what we see happening in your country and there seems no end to it at the moment

Iceni UK said...

Linda, thank you for showing your beautiful piece of stitching. As always you achieve perfection in stitch.

The devastation in your country is on all of our minds. Keep strong. X
Hugs for you.

Juliettecherry said...

Linda, I love Hardanger, and this piece of yours is beautiful. I hope you are enjoying the planning and working of it. Surely it will bring you some comfort to be able to concentrate on something you are so involved with in these dreadful times for your area.

Here in the UK we see the terrible destruction on TV and feel so sorry for the people caught up in it. Maybe we can donate some of our own needlework items to help replace those lost by the needlewomen in the area. To us they are among our most treasured possesions, so maybe we can help a little in that way?

CJ Stitching and Blooms said...

Hello Linda,

Your Hardanger stitching is very pretty. I always wish to learn how to do this. Wish you lived next door. VBG

Thanks for the update on the flooding. Much appreciated. I am still shocked at all the rain you all have received and the devastation it has cause. I was also sorry to hear about the needle ladies lost of all her things. I would also be happy to share some of my treasures with her. Hugs Judy

Jensters said...

Such wonderfuly neat stitching Linda and i love hardanger....i did a bookmark RR once and the one i received is beautiful...shall let you have a lookie when i photo it x

You know my feelings about these terrible terrible floods, Lisa sent me a link its on my blog...made me cry x take care x

embracingitall said...

Beautiful work Linda. You have been on my mind lately along with your fellow Queenslanders. It seems here in Australia we never seem to be far from all sorts of natural disasters but then the spirit of Australians always makes me realise we always pull together to help others in need. With best of wishes, Jacinta

Radka said...

Beautiful work, Linda, but I expect that from you now:)))I have the same Burda issue. I find the initial setting out and counting of threads the hardest, I too work from the middle out, but I do the cutting at the end.

I study the news every day, but as long as you are blogging I know you are OK:) It is hard to imagine to be in the situation some people are, but as long as they can find safety, sadly not all have.
As you say, it is fortunate that Australia is not a poor country and will be able to help those who need it. I find very hard to imagine something on this scale, here they compare it to area of Germany and France put together???!!

shirley said...

Private possessions and memories are so hard to lose, but I heard a man quote a saying this morning which rang so true.. He was elderly and had recently lost his wife, and the interviewer was asking him about losing furniture and he quoted a saying he had heard :" do not cry for things that would not cry for you". I guess that says it all... people... friends and family are what matter the most. Possessions can be replaced but those who have lost their lives can't be.

shirley said...

I just want to say how much I love your hardanger work Linda, it is really beautiful. Your work is always of such a high standard.

Anney said...

My dear friend,my heart is heavy for all suffering from the flooding..also for my brother and his family..they are in a suburb of Brisbane..Bald Hills and i've phoned for the last 3 days..no-one answering...i'm worried sick of course!!Love to you my dear friend and strength to all around.xxxAnney

RuthAnn said...

Sending thoughts & prayers to all those in need among our Australian friends...

Julie said...

Your stitching is beautiful.

Katherine said...

More gorgeous hardanger. After my UFOs I have promised myself to try a small cross stitch piece and then get on to some more hardanger myself. I hope you are still high and dry. I have stopped watching the coverage on the floods because it just upsets me. We have been having what feels like 24 hr coverage since Brisbane came involved. Yesterday we had about 50mm of rain and the trip to Sunbury on Wednesday was trecherous. I'd hate to be going through what our northern neighbours are.

Robin Mac said...

I've just caught up with this blog. I am not surprised your daughter in law loved your piece of hardanger, it is beautiful! You are so talented.
I feel so sorry for all those who are going throught the flooding for the second or third time. It is all so terrible.