- All 16 designs shown above
- Includes full-color, illustrated instructions (PDF)
With Hardanger On Point designs I added an extra finishing edge for more firmness and stitch security.
These designs are made for the long haul.
Hardanger On- Point designs can be sewn directly onto projects (not free-standing appliques). But still 5 of these designs can be sewn as Free-standing appliques. You can then attach them to what ever project you want – fabric, cards, lampshades, woodworking, . . . . The choice is yours. That’s why it’s DIY and ITH.
Document of Instructions
WOW I forgot how much work we put into this one. Forty (40) beautiful pages including the purse pattern.
Heavy Plum Cardigan
It looks like I’ve gone Plum crazy making so many plum colored projects lately. I zig-zag stitched these two Free Standing hearts onto this long cotton cardigan and cut away the fabric from the back of the hearts. This is not a plain cardigan and it’s thick so hooping it was not an option. The additional of the two Hardanger free-standing hearts dresses it up a little. Which otherwise would not have been possible.
Hardanger on Jeans
I never thought I would put Hardanger on Jeans, but here you have it. It really dressed them up. Now I want to make more HD pieces to decorate the pockets. Using the free-standing designs beats removing the seams of jeans and hooping them. Plus no embroidering over THAT seam.
The Hardanger Essentials/Safety Bag
I created this purse for people who for safety reasons need to keep their cell phones, inhalers, medications, etc on their person at all times (i.e. folks in retirement facilities, elderly living alone at home, those of us who fall easily, etc).
I wanted this purse to be cross body so the weight of the phone would not be on the neck. The purse would be on the hip more so than in front of you so it won’t be hanging in the sink when you are washing your hands. It will keep your safety items secure and easily accessible. It won’t be in the way when you go to the bathroom, get hung on anything when transferring from one surface to another, + many more reasons for its design. You may see more potential that will aid you or someone you know.
You’ll need a 5×7 hoop (125 x 175mm) to sew these design. However, the final dimensions of your finished projects are limited only by your imagination because, with my art it’s all about taking embroidery beyond the hoop.
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.
These designs require fabric and water soluble stabilizer.
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.
Hardanger Machine Embroidery
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.