Thursday, March 24, 2011

Hardanger Update


I thought it was time I added an update on the hardanger I'm working on.  I get time to stitch each day, sometimes quite a bit, especially rainy weekends when there is motor racing on TV!!  The photograph above shows the corner section with it's weaving completed, and another smaller section having a slightly different pattern.  This will be done all around the outer edge of the table runner.  I've more or less decided on all the patterning now, so it's just stitch, stitch, and more stitch from hereon in [oh and some pulling out when the counting is wrong!!].

The photograph above shows the full view of what will be the table runner.  I am sorry it's a little scrappy looking, I've not pressed it.  I won't do that until everything is finished, and it's had a little rinse out.  When I was a girl learning embroidery, my mother frowned on pressing work in progress, as she maintained one would set any body oil into the work.  Perhaps she had a point, I am not sure.  I just know I rinse everything out these days, prior to the final pressing.  I anticipate the finished article to be around 135 cm x 40 cm.  Normally I would not cut and weave prior to finishing all the kloster block work, but I had a little problem with unevenly cut fabric, as well as weaving patterns, so I did a corner just to see if all would work.  Then I had to go to the opposite corner and make sure the design would fit into what was left on that side, as that was where the offending crooked cutting was located.  Lesson learned, look, and look well before you leap, or stitch!!

This photograph is a bit of my design scribble.  I don't have a computer program for charting, and have to resort to copied clip art and good old coloured pens, not to mention sticky taping sheets together!!  Oh well, it works.


I think I should have enough fabric on the ends to make the eight drink coasters I am hoping for. 

14 comments:

Anonymous said...

Just beautiful, as usual, Linda. I am busting to get back into doing some hardanger. Laurel

Maria de Lourdes said...

Es un trabajo hermoso, el camino de mesa va a quedar espectacular.

DIAN said...

Beautiful work Linda. I am sure it will be lovely when rinsed and pressed.

Dianne said...

Your new hardanger piece looks lovely Linda. You are a clever person to design them up yourself! Di.

Robin Mac said...

Linda, this is gorgeous, you are doing such a splendid job of it. Umm, can you go back to the larger print you were blogging in previously - I have to blow everything up to read it now. Cheers.

CJ Stitching and Blooms said...

Hello Linda, Your hardanger piece is truly beautiful. Love it. You always do such lovely work on anything you create. Also thank you for referring my blog to all your visitors. That was very nice of you and I felt very honored. Hugs Judy

Frances Leate said...

Your hardanger is wonderful - superb workmanship as usual! Take care.

Katherine said...

Such beautiful stitching! Its what makes hardanger so rewarding. I also never press before rinsing out. I read somewhere anout the natural oils and other marks that we would not normally notice being permanently added to the fabric is pressed. The font is a little too small for my eyes too LOL should put the glasses on.

Radka said...

Linda, your stitching is so beautiful, it will look so lovely when all done. I am amazed by you designing your own pattern!! You are a very clever lady :))

Jensters said...

Cant wait to see it finished when its washed and pressed Linda...your hardanger is so neat...i must send you an email xx

Karyn said...

I love doing Hardanger, but I can't imagine designing my own; especially something as big as this. Well done. It is going to be exquisite.

Jenny said...

My,my that will be beautiful. Congrats on the pattern designing too. I look forward to seeing it finished. Happy stitching.

Iceni UK said...

Linda, the design is lovely. Congratulations on creating beautiful pieces of handanger. It's always a joy to read your blog and to see your wonderful work.
Hugs

Kerrie said...

Looks fantastic - I am so envious -would love to learn hardanger at some stage - look forward to seeing more updates on this project.