Hardanger Bookmark

I love hardanger and I hate hardanger. I love looking at it, and I love stitching it when I finally make it all the way around the piece and have correctly counted my threads. I hate it when I am ripping, and there is usually  quite a bit of that if I am out of practice! Right now, I am definitely rusty, so over Christmas I stitched up a little bookmark for my “Book Anaconda,” or Girl #2. She reads constantly, and is one of the few college students I have ever met that is reading outside of her classes.

This was a fun opportunity to try some variegated perle cotton. I am generally a traditionalist, sticking to white on white or maybe a light colored cloth with white or ecru thread, so this was an eye opener for me. I got the thread during the Hancocks close out, so there was just the one skein, so I didn’t want anything very big. The colors are some of Girl#2’s favorites, so it was a perfect experiment.

I used a scrap left over from Girl#1’s delft sampler, so had to adjust things a bit. Because of that the shape is a little odd, but it will certainly mark the page.

I made it up as I went, so the symmetry isn’t great, but it was a great way to practice. I definitely needed it, there was quite a bit of ripping at one point, so I’m hoping I got some of that out of the way before my next big project. Stay tuned, it will be epic!

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20 thoughts on “Hardanger Bookmark

  1. That looks gorgeous. Pretty colours and really neat.
    I’m quite terrified of Hardanger and other cutwork. I like the stitching and the finished results but I really don’t like the cutting. It’s quite nerve-wracking LOL

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    1. Oh I remember the first time I cut…but it’s not the end of the world when you make a mistake…there’s actually a little book on how fix things! And, once you do a runner, you become quite jaded.πŸ˜…

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      1. A great experience, some 30+ years ago before Internet and email. I went for six months through the 4-H program, living with six families (including my cousins!!!!) then came home and toured the northern half of CO doing school programs as “payment.” The entire experience was fantastic.

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