Sunday, 3 July 2016

Hardanger #4

Another 3 weeks have gone by and it's time for another update on the Mabel Figworthy's Fancies Song of the Weather SAL Hardanger piece that I'm stitching.

3 weeks ago this is how far I'd got:


I finished November's block.  Each of the cutwork bars has been wrapped and the eyelet stitches put in some of them.  The black marks are from my Frixxon pen, trying to find the starting point, they will disappear when I iron them.


In the photo below you can see the wrapped bars more clearly.


I also started, and finished, December's block.  There was a lot of stitching on this one!


Whilst doing the cut work, I accidentally cut the wrong threads.  A lot of people have commented on my Hardanger posts, saying they'd be afraid to cut the wrong thread.  Well, here it is...  can you see the two loose ends hanging down?


And below you will see that it's all fixed.  I just wrapped them with the bars and noone is any the wiser.


The dragonflies are done in satin stitch with a row of couched beads for the body.  I had used the beads in August's block so it was lucky that I actually remembered what they were as they weren't with the rest of my kit.  They are the only navy beads I own so I knew they were size 11/0 Preciosa seed beads.


The beads are also used in three of the open squares - the ones where it looks like there are white fingers in the corners, that's what happens when you photograph navy beads on a black background!


So it looks like I'm finished, but I'm not.  I STILL haven't done the ribbon rose on October's block and I'm going to add sashing between the blocks on both this and the January-June sampler I've done.  Let's hope for just as much progress over the next 3 weeks!


I'm sewing along as part of a SAL, you can go and see what the other participants have been up to here:

AvisClaireGunCarole, LucyAnnKateJessSueConstanzeDebbieroseChristina

14 comments:

Cath said...

It's coming along - I do like the dragonflies.

claire93 said...

looking gorgeous and those dragonflies are lovely with beaded bodies

rutigt said...

This is so elegant, you are doing such a great work with this embroidery!!!!

Rachel said...

Good progress, even if it isn't finished! Maybe a mid-blue background next time?

aslightobsessionwithbooks said...

Nice save on the wrongly-snipped thread. You can't see it at all. It's all looking lovely :)

talltalesfromchiconia said...

It's wonderful work! Is the background fabric Aida, or something else? And if Aida, what count?

sewingbesidethesea said...

Such a lot of work goes into these blocks. I love them all :-)

Sandra :) said...

Oh Wendy - this is just so pretty - I can't wait to see the finished project! The beads are such a pretty touch - and ribbon will be sweet too!

Jane Galley said...

you've made good progress, love the dragonflies

margaret said...

what lovely hardanger you are doing here, I seem to think I have this project downloaded must have a search when I have a few hours spare!

Sarah in Stitches said...

Gorgeous progress! Great job hiding those cut threads. I love the dragonflies! You're definitely braver than I am :D

Janice / Dancing with Sunflowers said...

The dragonflies are so lovely!

Well done on the repair job. I have - once - cut the wrong threads by mistake and managed an invisible repair. I also had a rather dramatic edging situation going on recently and in the end resorted to fabric glue and some tiny running stitches on that one - a bookmark. I always take care but accidents do happen and it's good to know most things can be rescued.

Is this to be a tablecloth?

Susan said...

I am so jealous of your work! Always wanted to try hardanger but am too scared to try

Sheryl S. said...

Beautiful work, I love hardanger embroidery.