Hardanger Angel Heather is a large four-part Hardanger Machine Embroidery ornament project. When assembled she measures
6 x 6 inches.
The angel is a freestanding design, requiring both fabric and water soluble stabilizer. To get the most pronounced eyelets, you’ll need a wingneedle, but it’s not required.
While I stitched her in all white thread, because of the color stops for the wing needle and the separate pieces of the design, you have the option of stitching the individual piece in two-color or two-tone and, if you’re feeling a bit more creative, stitching out the individual pieces – wings, body, head and halo – in your own color scheme.
Hardangish is my term I coined for my Hardanger Machine Embroidery because, let’s face it, no machine can truly duplicate handmade Hardanger embroidery. But I try. As a consequence, I’ll sometimes use the terms interchangeably when talking about my machine embroidery interpretation of this fabric art style.
Some of my Hardanger designs are free-standing designs (not free standing lace). Rather, they’re of ornaments, bookmarks, etc. which can also can be applied to items impossible to hoop. In some instances, they can even be sewn together into larger projects…that really make a statement.
Hardanger and jeans are an unlikely combination. But I like embroidery on jeans. Regrettably, they’re too much trouble to hoop. However, free-standing designs make embellishing those favored jeans sooo easy. Slide the pants leg over the cuff feature of your sewing machine and stitch down the pre-fabricated design.
After the designs attached, you may turn the item inside out and cut away the fabric from behind the designs for a peek-a-boo method. The open, lacy parts show up so nicely this way.
In some cases, designs can be sewn in blocks, and stitched together to make larger, bolder projects, such as table covers, bedspreads and jackets. Oh, my.
Hardanger Rainbows was my first attempt at adding color sequences to a traditionally monochromatic fabric art form, thereby giving it more contemporary look.
Don’t miss out on showing off some Hardanger to your family and friends.
Embroidery and fabric arts in general, like other artistic expressions, often have a cultural component unique to the people and places from which they originated. Regardless of origin, I’ve been fascinated and amazed with the richly different expressions of fabric, as well as how borrow from other forms. It’s why I’ve tried my hand at translating some of these techniques.
Over the years, I’ve hobbled together a unique collection of machine embroidery that I hope pay homage to a few cultural origins of inspirations. That collection includes a rather extensive series of Hardanger Machine Embroidery – or I use to call it, Hardangish.
Also favorites are Hmong and Mola inspired designs
But more recently a collection of Mehndi art transformed to thread. These are by no means the sum total of artistic creativity and I have more art forms and ideas to explore than I suspect I have time left to finish. But isn’t that a good thing.