Basic Hardanger stitches

Some of the basic stitches you need to be able to start your first hardanger piece. As you get more familiar with them, you can add in the more complicated types.

This will be build up gradually, so if you don’t see the stitches you want, come back in a week or so.

You can divide the stitches into the following categories. Your base stitches, the wraps, the cut work decorations, and any drawn work.

Koster blocks, with inner threads being removed

Your base stitches are the kloster bars (your main stitch) and any other decorative stitches that lie over the top of the material without any cutting or pulling involved.

This shows the two methods klosters are done. With the fabric threads, and diagonal to them

This shows a slight modification to the kloster blocks, for larger areas.

Single wrapping to the bars

The wraps and cutwork come in a variety of styles. There is even an example of leaving the bars unwrapped.

weaving of the bars

showing the double bar wrap

After the threads are dealt with, the internal designs go in. The exception is the picot, which gets worked while doing the wrap.

Picot decoration. Not my favorite to work, but looks nice.

Inserting a spare needle into the picot was I worked the piece finally helped me get some decent picots.

Examples of final drawnwork decorations include the eyelet, drawn star (overgrown eyelet), and the edgeings. Edgings are not necessary if you are going to put this into a frame, pillow, or other accessory, but that really look great for stand alone pieces.

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