Book Review - Hardanger Embroidery by Jill Carter
|Hardanger Embroidery by Jill Carter |
ISBN:0 7134 8725 9
Paperback - 2002 BT Batsford & Sons
Review copy kindly provided by Capricorn Link Australia who are the Australian Distributors for Batsford.
Jill Carter was taught Hardanger Embroidery in Norway when she was living in Oslo 30 years ago.
The Book starts with a brief history of Hardanger (with some sumptuous pictures of traditional Norwegian work) and then moves onto a look at the materials recommended for doing this type of work.
Her instructions are precise and include both the English and Norwegian names for the different designs/stitches used in Hardanger and gives instructions on how to start working and how to finish off your pieces.
The projects are both practical and beautiful and looking at them drives me with a burning desire to start to do more Hardanger work (but then this is a sign or sanity in an embroiderer). I especially love the little scissors keepers and table linen.
Ms Carter encourages you to experiment using colour in your work, but warns about overdoing it and letting the colour overwhelm the design. Some of the projects, however, use colour on colour as opposed to the traditional white on white and look great.
A well-written and inspiring book and one I would recommend for those who are experienced at Hardanger as well as those who are new to this beautiful form of needlelace
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