Monday, May 18, 2009

Hardanger Heaven

As I mentioned before I am going to be leading a group of stitchers in Basic Hardanger. I really can't say I will be teaching, more like a tutor. I decided it would be a good idea if I stitched up the class project before trying to help other do it. I haven't done a lot of Hardanger in a long while and while I was a but rusty at it I am very happy with the outcome and now the bug has bitten me and I have to do more.
Hardanger Class Project
"Sweet Dreams" free design from Polstitches
stitched on 28 count Cashel from Silkweavers with
DMC #8 and #12 Perle Cotton
I then just had to do another project. Told you the bug has bitten me. This little heart only took me a couple of hours to do. Not sure what type of finish I'm going to do with it but I think it is so sweet. I know I will be doing this design again and again as it was easy, quick and fun.

"Hardanger Heart" by Victoria Sampler from The Christmas Treasures Collection
Stitched on 28 count Evenweave with
DMC #8 Perle Cotton and Dinky Dye Silk Ice Strawberry
Still in the mood for speciality stitches I pulled out "Tea and Stitches" and spent a little time on the border. I did a few of the "fan" stitches and then got 3/4 of the eyelets done.

"Tea and Stitches" by Victoria Sampler
I also worked on "Home is Where You Hang Your Needlework" but forgot to take a progress photo before I put it back in the WIP basket. It is almost 2/3 done now and shouldn't take long to finish.
There has been lots of talk about "Fly Lady" method of cleaning and such. One tip was to set a timer for 15 minutes and do what you can in that time frame. I will have to say it WORKS. I tried it this weekend and managed to get a lot of my stash organized, put away and now I have a very neat and tidy desk top again. I am going to continue using this method and should have a very clean and tidy stitching/computer area very soon.
Well it's Monday and that means I'm back to stitching on Monopoly and should have side 2 done before it's put away for another week. Plans are to finish the "grow!" pin cushion this week and maybe even do another Hardanger Heart.
Until Next Time.....Have a Great week with Lots of stitching time


17 comments:

Carolyn NC said...

Project and heart are lovely! Tea is coming along well, too. You are just stitching up a storm!

GoldenAngelsWorks said...

All is beautiful!!

Lou's addictions said...

Oh my goodness i have to try that, its just so pretty and looks like its so much fun to do.

Sadie said...

Beautiful, beautiful stitching Rene. I may just have to try your class!
Have a great week x

Kim from Oz said...

Wooohooo Rene, it looks AWESOME!

mini hugs
Kim from Oz

Meari said...

I think I have that Hardanger chart kitted up! (From a retreat a couple years ago) Don't ask me where it's at, though. LOL

Both Hardanger pieces look gorgeous, Rene. As does your TS piece.

Lisa said...

The Hardanger projects are wonderful. I love the purple one with all the detail and stitches. It will make for a perfect project to "tutor".
Take care!

Kathy said...

Beautiful finishes. Love the VS piece too.

Kathy said...

Beautiful finishes. Love the VS piece too.

5footrunt said...

I can't wait to start the class and learn how to do this. Your finishes are so pretty. The eyelets on the Tea and titches really give this piece a whole new look.

Teejay said...

Cute pieces. "Sweet Dreams" is very lovely.

Donna said...

Beautiful stitching. I can't wait to be a part of the class!

Nancy said...

Nice specialty stitches! I need to look at the database for the details! Nice progress on Tea too!

Mel said...

Your hardanger looks so lovely!
And as always your needles are flying. Great Rene!

Gabi said...

your class piece is gorgeous. Love those beads too. Hardanger heart is lovely and Tea and Stitches is oh so beautiful. You're needle must be smoking.

too_busy_to_stitch said...

Lovely work - I love the colour of the fabric the first hardanger is worked on!

Cindy F. said...

I would love to learn hardanger! Yours is beautiful! The heart could be worked in with your Feb. shelf:)
"Tea and Stitches" is coming along beautifully!

I did the "Fly Lady" thing once. Loved the ideas, didn't like the nagging emails...lol. Maybe they have changed since 2 years ago??