Again with the Hardanger!

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Be wary – the little people, they strike when you are least prepared. And nick off with your latest finish!

Haha. Moments after this shot, Niamh was ‘posing’ the ornament up against the wall, just like Mummy :giggle: I have photos of that too, but they’re just too blurry, and besides, this one captures that glint in her eye just perfectly!

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So here then is my latest finish – Scissors Keeper (only it isn’t) from the book ‘Hardanger Embroidery’ by Jill Carter. It’s stitched with one of my hand dyed #8 perle cottons and a couple of DMC pinks which I don’t think were perfect choices, really. I just grabbed whatever I could find because I was itching to start this. Both sides are identical, and it’s finished this as a pillow-style Christmas ornament instead of a fob.

Can you spot the suspended beads in the Dove’s eyes? How about now:

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Good trick, no? I like this a lot, and I’m planning to do another in a different colourway, and with larger beads (again, I just grabbed what came easily to hand). There are a couple of other pieces in this book that I’d like to stitch, too. Next up – the Pincushion, I think.

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12 responses to “Again with the Hardanger!

  1. Very beautiful! I have to agree that the colours are not what I would have in my home, but they really show the texture nice.

  2. What a lovely little ornament/fob. And you’re so clever doing dove’s eyes…I haven’t had much success with those in the past. But I’m going to persevere and try again.

  3. The hardanger looks great! And Niamh is just an absolute doll!

    : )

  4. It looks like Niamh has a wicked sense of humour! She’s gorgeous!

    The hardanger looks beautiful! I love the effect of the beads suspended in the dove’s eyes.

  5. Oooooooooooooh. I love it (and Niamh, of course)! I think I need to get my hands on that book. LOL Great work!

  6. Oooh, that looks glorious – and I just love the wee beads! 😀 That’s a great shot of Niamh too 😉

  7. I love the colors in the stitched peice, but then again, I’ve been getting bright and crazy with my colors since moving to a tropical location.

    I’m so glad that I can get to your site from work now, too. It makes reading sooo much easier 🙂

  8. Great finish! The little one is TOO adorable. Finn’s poem is great too. 🙂

  9. I love it, it is so gorgeous!

  10. Aaw what an absolute doll – and the hardanger is lovely 🙂

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