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The past two years have been all about adjusting to motherhood and finding my way through it via craft. The out pouring of this came in the form of my blog Aunty Mum. Now I'm finally finding my feet, the children are growing, I'm getting some independence and my interests are morphing . . . into cooking. Join me in exploring creativity in many forms, food, fabric, frowns and laughter.

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Hearts full of hardanger

I know it’s been a very long while since my last post but I’ve something very exciting to share . . .  my latest obsession!

I had a brainwave in the wee small hours of the morning a couple of months ago that I fancied doing a cross stitch again. So since then I’ve done not one but two and they’re due back from the framers tomorrow so I’ll endeavour to take a photo and share them; however, during the cross stitch process I was reminded that I’d once toyed with the idea of trying out hardanger embroidery and while I had the embroidery bug, and I was waiting for Rogan’s cross stitch pattern to arrive from Australia I thought I’d give it a go.

Well, as only one who is obsessed with hand crafts knows, I very quickly became addicted and I wanted to quickly share my toils.

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I started out with this little gem and it got me on the track to finally working out what to give the teachers for their Christmas gift this  year. This is the first of my bespoke decorations.

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I moved on to something a little more difficult with the Christmas stocking. There was a fair bit of unpicking but I got there in the end.

 

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Then this one where I used gold thread, something I’m not keen on doing again as it’s horrible to work with.

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And finally the bookmark, which I totally adore.

The decorations were terribly floppy so tonight I have soaked them in mod podge and laid them out to dry. They’ve hardened nicely and I’ll attach some thread so they can be hung on a tree.

Something I’ve had to work hard at since completing these is the buttonhole stitch. Not for the first time in my life have I given thanks for you tube. There are some fabulous tutorials there that very clearly explain how to do all kinds of stitches.

But that’s not where the display ends. Having worked hard on a buttonhole stitch and having realised that attention to detail and pinpoint accuracy is key with hardanger, I’ve embarked on this gift for my mother . . .

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It’s still a long way from complete but I can’t tell you how much fun I’ve had so far. I’m working on the buttonhole stitch border now and then I can begin taking a pair of scissors to it to create the filet effect and begin the long and slow binding process, but I’m fairly sure it’ll be complete for Christmas day. It’s been tough keeping it a secret from said mother, but I know she’ll love it.

This project started out as an experiment to see if I could hack making a table runner and I’m fairly confident that I can. I’ve ordered a couple of pattern books and once they arrive in the post I’ll be hardangering my way through the summer hols.

Maybe once the cherubs are back at school I’ll have something more to share.

If you’re interested in trying hardanger embroidery check out you tube and pinterest. There doesn’t appear to be a great deal of free patterns out there (probably due to its obscurity) but the local library is sure to have some books that can get you started. Be warned though, it’s highly addictive.