Hardanger is an embroidery style that uses Kloster Blocks to hold the weave of the fabric together so once you are done with the blocks you can snip some of the threads of the fabric (safely) and create beautiful lace-like holes in your work. How did I learn this method? I just bought a two page pattern (one of those leaflet types) from JoAnn's and got to work. I can't believe how much confidence I had in myself at that age. Last week when I dug out the old leaflet from my stash of cross stitch and embroidery patterns I was amazed at the lack of instructions. Seriously. I wasn't even sure I could remember how to do it, but then I realized I must have just "learned" it the first time through by looking at the design picture since this was the only piece of information I had at the time. Again, young me just decided to spend hours stitching brand new to me stitches onto fabric and then CUT INTO IT without any fear of ruining the hard work nor the help of YouTube. I was clearly insane hehe.
|This picture shows the truest color of the fabric|
That did take up a few days though, since it's been a busy busy week and each minute had to be considered. So down to the wire (yet again), I started the final attempt on Wednesday evening, and finally finished on Thursday night. To be clear, I wasn't stitching that whole time haha. Just in the evenings.
|here you can see the wood counter top under the holes|
I was so happy with how it turned out and the scary snips of the fabric went well. It seems like everything will be held in place even though I skipped threads. Only time will tell. Now on to the dress!
Everyone loves the Maggie Mae (affiliate link) dress from Shwin Designs and I've been itching to make Bean another one. I thought the curved shape in the middle bodice would be a nice showcase spot for the embroidery. Almost like a belt.
If I had more time and was sure the hardanger would keep it's shape and not be destroyed in the wash, I would have used the entire area and made a much cooler pattern. As it was, I wasn't willing to spend too much time on the embroidery. We'll see how well this round does after being washed and dried.
To contrast the light celadon linen feel, I used more of that shiny blue bottom weight fabric. I did the bleaching method to lighten some of the fabric the same way I did the green fabric on the Emily Carr Sunshine dress. I love the color the blue turned. Much more blue-green than I expected.
For behind the embroidered band, I used the lighter colored fabric and just treated the two pieces as one. The rest of the dress was sewn per the pattern.
Oh, except I did shorten the 2T sized dress a few inches. I really love the look of Maggie Mae as a tunic so I wasn't worried about it being too short to wear as a dress this summer.
The back was color blocked, but sewn exactly as per the pattern. The above picture is a good representation of the true colors of the fabrics.
Then I did some kloster block/eyelet stitched on a piece of the same linen.
I then made buttons out of the blocks and one button out of the lighter blue fabric for contrast.
I think I may like the back as much as the front!
Look how cute those "sleeves" are on her chubby arms. Also, do you see that? The Forsythia is blooming which means spring has finally arrived. The cherry blossoms burst out the other day too.
We have been lucky enough to spend a lot of time outdoors this week, which is amazing. Bean LOVES being outside and so do I. We have a great back yard for her to run around in so I hope to get lots more "perfect" weather days before the Maryland humidity/mosquitoes arrive.
Although, those sweaty curls may be indication that the humidity has started creeping in already, hehe.
|this picture makes me laugh|
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