Category: Hardanger

Finishing Hardanger and Bargello designs

Entwined Pomegranates - Bargello

There are several ways you can display your finished piece, here are the ones that I discuss on my blog pages.

– Hem (turned or buttonhole edge) my finished pieces for display on a cabinet top or shelve.

– Framing, … Read more

Needles and Threads

Tapestry Needle

For 18 count fabric I use single strands of size 5 and size 3.

For 20 – 24 count fabrics I used size 5 through size 8 threads.

If you use a higher count fabric than 24 you will probably … Read more

Thread and Fabric Vendors

Hardanger satin stitch

Hardanger is normally worked in two weights of threads. For fabric with count of 22 through 25 I use size 8 and size 5 threads. Kloster blocks are worked in the heavier, thicker size thread which would be the size … Read more

Purchasing Hardanger fabric and stretcher bars

22 count fabric

Below discussion is about embroidery fabric, specially Hardanger.  This discussion is not about clothing and quilting fabric. These are two tutorials from Leah Day where she discusses preparing 100% cotton fabric for quilting. I do not starch my fabric as … Read more

Parking the thread and the Needle

Parking threads

Parking your thread

Parking is a term applied to handling/controling your stitching thread(s) when not in use.

The term parking is also used to indicate when you need to have the tail end of your thread held aside until you … Read more

Stabbing vs Sewing Technique

Stabbing

Stabbing vs sewing, how you stitch with your needle:

I have friends who prefer to work their Hardanger pieces using the sewing method.

I mostly use the stab stitching as I feel it is less stress on the fabric, stitching … Read more

Hardanger: Cut openwork

Snowy white mocha, Hardanger with openwork

It can feel daunting when you have finished a nice neatly stitched area and then are faced with taking a pair of super sharp scissors to it.  If you do not already own a pair of sharp, fine-tipped Hardanger embroidery … Read more