Saturday, July 30, 2011

Home Stretch

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.]


Sheri said...

That is really beautiful. So dainty. You really do a wonderful job at that.
Bet it's cooler working on that than on something knitted with the return of this miserable heat!

Mary said...

Lovely! You do such beautiful work.

Yesterukes said...

I am always astonished at the variety of embroidery styles that exist. I'm so glad that you still do these pieces because I rarely see anyone doing these kinds of needlework anymore. At least where I am.

This is just beautiful.