There’s a new stitch-along in town.
Kathy, at Sewing, Etc., is doing tutorial on how to work hardanger.
Hardanger is a special needlework technique that combines embroidery and drawn thread work. You embroider and cut, embroider and cut, all while hyperventilating and hoping you don’t cut too much or too far.
I’ve seen a lot of hardanger in my years of selling vintage linens and am fascinated by the technique but I told Kathy I wasn’t going to participate in her stitch-along.
And then, you know, she posted the first instructions in a tutorial.
And I said, what the heck.
I whipped out some pretty blue linen I just happened to have on hand—not too fine cuz I’m new to this—and some white thread and I just took the plunge.
It went pretty well, don’t you think?
I made two placemats then got bored with the pattern so I made two more with a different pattern.
Then I thought, well, who wants a set of four placemats when six is within reach and I just dashed off two more in yet another different pattern.
I’m darn good at this, huh?
And then, since I had more fabric left and I was feeling frisky, I stitched up a cute little apron.
I am the queen of hardanger.
Wait . . . why are you looking at me like that? As if you doubt me? Don’t believe me?
I can see what you’re thinking. You’re thinking, “Really, Kerry??”
Not really! Ha.
Of course I didn’t make these pretty things. They were part of a stash of vintage linens I got recently. According to a handwritten tag attached to them, they are Danish.
But they are a beautiful example of the hardanger techniques. You can see how the white embroidery frames and secures the background cloth so that threads of that blue cloth can be cut and removed to create the classic look.
So, no. I’m not joining this stitch-along. I have plenty to keep me busy and feeling stressed without adding another deadline to my life. But I’ll follow along, watching the progress made by others, and offer my pretty vintage hardanger as inspiration.