Friday, October 28, 2016

Changing Gear

The embroidery section for next year's craft group competition is a Hardanger table centre. I don't want to tackle  a project as big as that, but I've said I'll do the beginner article, a bookmark. With a lot of help from people in my craft group, I've managed to assemble the correct fabric, threads and instructions for the final project and to practise on. The white thread is left over from my Shwalm embroidery project.   It took me a while to find it, buried in the depths of my craft cupboard, but find it I did. Carien lent me her embroidery book, but I know that she's using it herself, so I gave it back to her yesterday and found an on line tutorial. I'm going to try to follow it step by step and then have a go at a bookmark.

 I have a bookmark to copy. It was left behind in a library book when it was returned to the library and since no one claimed it, the librarian gave it to me.
 So I know what I'm aiming for.

 I've done step one of the tutorial, embroidered some kloster blocks.
The next step involves cutting threads. I'll need to take a deep breath.


  1. I love looking at Hardanger but could never attempt it myself! One of the Qld Tatters has been teaching me hemstitching - her work is magnificent, she says she mostly does something called pulled thread embroidery which doesn't need to be cut.Maybe you could pencil that in for next year!

    1. Sounds interesting. I'm just following along with what the group does at the moment.

  2. This will be fun! I've long admired hardangar but never seen the process. It looks good to me!

  3. I have had a little try at hardanger before, you can make some amazing patterns, I am sure that you will enjoy it!

  4. I can't wait to see it when you are finished!! :)

  5. Be sure and do ALL your kloister blocks before you do any cutting. That is the scary part. The needleweaving is fun to do.

  6. I've always admired hardanger, but never tried it. The 'cutting' part always had me too scared to try it. I hope yours turns out well and wins first prize.

  7. You are a brave woman to tackle another craft. I'll be watching the progress.

  8. I've been reading back through your posts in order to understand better (sorry, haven't been able to keep up with all my bloggers). And I'm learning vicariously, without the fears ;-)
    Amazing! Love the white in white, and each step you take. The bookmark is inspiring.
    How large is this motif - pics obviously make it look larger than it is.