13 February 2009

Hardanger and the Spanish Close Equivalent

I decided to post a couple more pictures of the tablecloth I mentioned yesterday. A closer look will reveal the detail of the stitch used. The first stitches outlined the outer edge of leaf pattern. This was done to secure the fabric before threads were removed. Next certain threads were clipped and pulled, leaving some open spaces between the outer stitching lines. The remaining threads were wrapped and manipulated to create the pattern seen here. This technique is similar to the Scandinavian Hardanger stitch. However there are some differences such as the manner in which the fabric is secured. In Hardanger blocks of satin stitched bars are used to secure the fabric and create the outer pattern before threads are cut and pulled.

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