Nearly finished with this piece. It has been in progress over a long period, but really only saw three serious work phases. I would pull it out, do quite a bit, and then put it away for long stretches at a time.
It is so much easier, for me at least, to work this type of embroidery as it doesn't require so many colors/types of threads. Usually just two sizes of pearl cotton. No stripping of floss or constantly threading needles with different colors. Am I lazy or what?!
Since I've been knitting, I do less Hardanger embroidery than in the past. Each time I do find time for it, I am reminded of how much I enjoy it and puzzle over why I let so much time pass between projects. TIME. I just need more FREE time. No doubt, I'll be pulling out my many books and patterns and pondering over the next one to start.
With all the many (many!) patterns I have, you would think I wouldn't repeat one. Obviously this one is one I that particularly enjoy as I am repeating it. At least I'm doing it in a different color and size and I did change one of the elements. The printed pattern doesn't have the interlaced hemstitch and I think that is what I like most about it. It has been so long since I did this stitch that I had to pull out the encyclopedia to check how to get it started. Once started, it is quick and easy to do.
[Nordic Needle's online stitch tutorial for Hardanger embroidery is here.]