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!