hardanger · Town Clock Stitchers · Uncategorized · WIP

My Year for Hardanger Improvement

I have a three wedding gifts to stitch this year.  July, August & September.  Two cousins and a co-worker.  I am going to stitch the same pattern for all three because I like the design, it works up quickly and I want to improve in hardanger.  I should be fairly proficient by September!  I really like hardanger but need practice and this is a good way of getting it.  I would put myself at the high end of the beginner scale, could easily tip over into low-intermediate.  I used Trebizond silk perle on August….looking forward to the other two because I am not using silk on them — perle cotton all the way!  I find that no matter how securely I am anchoring the silk it slithers undone in places.  I also occasionally pick the silk with my needle while I am stitching.  My hands are really dry from winter and that doesn’t help out either.  The final nail in the silk coffin is the expense versus cotton.   

I started August first then found out about July and September.  I am thinking of adding a couple of sparkly items to July to make it special and then for September I am going to change the colours completely to complement the bride’s colour scheme.

My guild has settled on what we are stitching for our Christmas Fund Raiser and there are some cross stitched ornaments and hardanger ornaments.  I signed up for a hardanger ornament. 

I am comfortable with cutting the fabric…think about what I am about to cut…count the threads…think some more and then cut very carefully.  I am ok with kloster blocks.  I prefer woven bars over wrapped bars.  I am hit and miss with picots right now, although I’ll have plenty of opportunity to improve.  Dove’s Eyes are coming along.  I have Janice Love’s book Basics and Beyond.  It’s been a great reference.  I am going to have to get her other book, Fundamentals Made Fancy

As of last night I am very close to finishing August.  The top motif is bullion roses, french knots and silk ribbon leaves.  I finished the hardanger and added the beading to the completed portions.  There are about six roses and I’ve gotten 1 1/2 done so far.  I’m going to bring it in for show and tell to the guild meeting tomorrow night. 

Alas no pics of these gifts until after July’s wedding.  I am going to finish the beading on Deck the Halls by Just Nan once I am finished with the August gift.  I have ordered the fabric for July’s gift and will stitch on whatever catches my fancy among my UFOs until it arrives.

There is so much going on over the next few months.  Only about a month and a half until Seminar!

Cross-Stitch · Just Nan · WIP

The latest

I got Deck the Halls by Just Nan (along with the embellishment pack) for Christmas and since I had to take some time from the gift that I was stitching to await the arrival of more fibres for the gift I started it.  I have finished the cross stitch portion of the design so now there are some specialty stitches and beading left to do.  I’ve been using my laying tool on it.  I’m beginning to depend on the laying tool more and more these days, I just like how neat and tidy the stitches are. 

Deck the Halls - Just Nan

blackwork · EAC · Richelieu

Town Clock Stitchers February Meeting

At the meeting we talked about what we’ll be doing for a fund raiser this year.  We have decided to do the same amount of stitching but some of it will be different.  We’ll be doing Snow Baby ornies and something in hardanger instead of two sets of the same designs.  I volunteered to do a hardanger ornie.  As yet I have not gotten very into finishing projects as ornaments so I am looking forward to learning more about that. 

The programme team continued with the Richelieu doilie instructions.  I was worried about doing the ‘Y’ button hole bar, and wanted to stitch it in the meeting so I would have help if I needed it.  ‘Y’ bar wasn’t that bad. 


A few of us were talking about how to do buttonhole stitches on the outlines because we want to keep things even looking.  Someone mentioned a basting stitch which I will end up doing.  When the designer was contacted to ask if we could use her pattern for the group she was more than happy that we planned on doing the doilie.  She wants to see pictures of the various doilies that everyone is producing.  There are many different colours on the go….variagated and solid.  The designer’s name is Margaret Beemsterboer.


I have been working on my Beginner Blackwork piece from EAC’s correspondance course designed by Colleen Darling.  Once I finish the border I’ll post a full picture.

EAC Beginner Blackwork