Sunday, October 07, 2007

Options ... in hardanger: Dale Sokolow, designer

Options ... in hardanger is an EGA GCC (Group correspondence class) and has been designed by Dale Sokolow.


This is my second hardanger course, the first one having been "Beginner's hardanger" with Marion Scoular. It really helped a lot for me to have taken Marion's beginner's course first as it gave me a good basic knowledge of hardanger before tackling something like this.


I was also exposed to two different ways of doing hardanger. With Marion, the project was done without any hoop or frame and with Dale it was suggested that we used a frame.


My preference seems to go with using a frame as I was much better able to control the regularity of my stitches. I had to remove the frame and do 2 fillings because they both had picots in them and those can't be done using the frame and I had problems with regularity of my stitches. That could have been made worst as I had done the whole piece with the frame and bang had to switch just like that and do the last two fillings holding the fabric in my hand.

I must say that I have learned a lot with these two projects.


I still have to cut the fabric around the border before it is considered all completed.


Pierrette =^..^=


Terry said...

Really pretty, beautifully stitched and I love your colour choice

Cindy said...

Congratulations on your finish!

celeste said...

This is really lovely! I love all the different filling stitches.

Lizzie said...

That's rather pretty, Pierette. It'll look even more so once it's cut out.

Hardanger is something I'm more confident with than many other types of embroidery thus far (need more practise, clearly!!!), and I agree with you about using a frame. I don't care how big or small the piece is, it's just plain easier to work when you have it all taken care of in a frame of some sort. When I did bookmarks, I did 3 at a time so as to economise on fabric to!! All in one frame.=)


LovetoStitch99 said...


That is a great idea about making 3 bookmarks on the same fabric.

I agree with you as I could fully see the difference between what I did with the frame on and when I had to remove it.

I suppose that you get better at it with no frame also, but I love to work with both hands free. It just gives me so much more control.

Pierrette =^..^=