I have never tried hardanger although I have, a long time in the past, done a bit of drawn thread work.
Yvette Stanton designed the hardanger, and Janie Hubble the box.
It was a great project for a someone new to the technique. I took my time and worked it 'in the moment', relaxing into each stage.
The instructions were clear and logical. I really like the way the pattern emerged, each bit adding a new dimension, like an unfolding story rather than a jigsaw puzzle.
Cottage Garden Threads stranded cotton in Raisin is lovely to look at and lovely to the touch.
I like the notion of kloster blocks - the basic "bricks" of five satin stitches over four threads - as a way of defining the work, like the foundations of a building.
I have fixed my seat frame with an extra screw, but its hoop is too large so I used a hand hoop and wrist brace.
I am surprised at the level of calm satisfaction this is providing as I add layer on layer to a small piece of linen!
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The final step was the beading - so satisfying to put them in as a finishing touch. I have so enjoyed this project - lovely little steps that yield a big result and fantastic colours.
I have found some fabric for the box. That will be a bit of a challenge for me, as it requires really accurate measuring and cutting. I hope, to do justice to this piece, I can make a box I am happy to use.