Sunday, 24 January 2016

A Happy New Year to all.

We hope that you all had a wonderful Christmas break, as we did.  We are all thinking of new projects to stitch, and hoping to finish off some of our UFO'S from last year.  Wish us luck.

If anyone has ever contemplated trying their hand at Hardanger, but does not know where to start, there are two very good books that could help you. They are both by Janice Love and are

Hardanger Basics and Beyond which is a very good beginners book, with step by step instructions and includes a section on how to spot and correct mistakes. Very handy even for more experienced Hardanger stitchers.


The second book is Fundamentals made Fancy, which shows you a large amount of fancy filling stitches and how to travel thru them.

Fabrics for Hardanger?  Most people use either 22count Hardanger fabric or 25 Lugano, but any of the Linen fabrics can be used, just remember that most linens are not true even weave fabrics and your pattern may come out looking slightly wonky.
Most people like stitching Hardanger on ether white or cream fabric, but some will venture into colour.  As we are getting less and less coloured fabric into Australia, we decided a few years ago to dye our own Lugano and Linen and here are some of the colours below, some of our Hardanger projects are stitched on handyed fabric. Check our website for Hardanger charts and kits amd scroll down to Hardanger Embroidery.
Dried Sage

Antique Lavender
Monet Blue

Hot Chocolate

Rose Blush

If you have any problems with your Hardanger,  just let us know and we will see if we can help you.
This is all for today, happy stitching from the three of us at Christina's Craft.