Happy Dance #1/07

We’re back! We had a great time, the small people were both (relatively) well behaved, and not even the 4am-faulty-car-horn incident (not our car) on the first night, and the blustery oh-heck-will-those-trees-drop-their-limbs-on-the-tent-? weather on the second night could ruin our happy-camper-spirits. It was nice to be back in a tent – a brand spanking new one, what’s more 🙂 Our next expedition is the Port Fairy folk festival over the long weekend in March. The enjoyment factor of that festival is always heavily dependent on the weather, so all fingers are crossed.

Hardanger-Exchange-tWe spent a couple of nights at my father-in-law’s place after the festival ended, where I was able to (finally) get a move on my Hardanger Exchange piece (an exchange on the Rotation BB). I’ve dilly-dallied over this for so long (mailing date was today), but finally today I had my first HD of 2007. I didn’t quite get it finished into something yet, so it will still be delayed a bit, but hopefully I’ll have it in the mail by Friday. I can’t show you the whole thing yet, obviously, but I wanted to show a sneak preview, simply because this is the first time I’ve done ‘real’ Hardanger – I’ve never done woven bars and Dove’s eyes before, just Kloster blocks and a little bit of cutting. Obviously my cutting needs work to get those little end bits right off, but I’m pretty happy with how this turned out, nonetheless. The thread and fabric used here are both my hand-dyes (though this fabric turned out almost solid, which is why I used it for this). Can’t wait to show you the whole thing once it reaches its destination.

9 responses to “Happy Dance #1/07

  1. Your hardanger is very nice. I love the look of hardanger but hate doing it.

  2. That piece – whatever it is completed – will be amazing! It’s gorgeous. Beautiful color. Glad camping was fun.

  3. Your piece is beautiful 🙂

  4. That looks very gorgeous, Mel. Your Dove’s Eyes look perfect. Can’t wait to see all of it. 🙂

  5. That’s gorgeous, I look forward to seeing the whole thing.

  6. It looks great! Can’t wait to see the whole thing 🙂

  7. Mel the Hardanger looks lovely 🙂

    If you slide your needle under the kloster blocks near the cut edge and kind of slide the point along the cut edge (under the block) you will be able to ‘hide’ those little pokie outie bits. However, I find once a hardanger piece is washed they kind of shrink away…not very useful if you’re not going to was a piece though eh?

    Anyway – it’s a lovely colour and beautifully stitched 🙂

  8. Beautiful! Just lovely – can’t wait to see the whole thing!

  9. I never would have guessed that it was your first Hardanger piece. You did a beautiful job! I hope to see more from you. 🙂

    Email me when you’re ready to talk shop. 😉