I’ve been visiting my grandparents, so I have photos of more treasures to show you! My great-great-great-grandmother made this hardanger table runner in 1910. It’s a hundred years old! Here it is lying flat:
I couldn’t get the camera to focus well on the entire runner, so here are a couple of closeup photos where you can see the design.
And finally, here is a closeup shot where the stitching is visible:
You can find more resources for hardanger embroidery (tutorials, free designs,and kits) in previous posts in my hardanger embroidery category.
Wow! Lovely! So even and such good tension!
I inherited everything from silver candlesticks to a sewing box to buttons from my grandmother and I treasure them all dearly. To think she used them, and now I am, so many years later. Someone stole the box of jet buttons over 20 years ago, and I’m STILL in mourning for them! (I still have the non-jet button box, thankfully)
It is absolutely gorgeous! I inherited a good number of embroidered dresser scarves and a couple of table cloths and I cherish those as well. I’ve never tried hardanger, not sure I want to, I think I might possibly go blind with white on white. The eyes are not what they used to be.
Well, I was thinking of trying hardanger but not with white-on-white!
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Hannah, I am so glad you posted these photos. We have to remember that in 1910 embroiderers did not have the benefit of good lighting! I wonder how long it took to complete this!
It’s so large, it must’ve taken ages.
Hardanger creates a surprisingly lacy effect, considering that it is usually worked on a relatively heavy fabric. I’ve done a few small pieces, but I always find that cutting the threads is a rather terrifying moment…!
Yes, you really can’t magically take it back after cutting them wrong.