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Displaying your needlework - Hardanger book stage 2
March 28, 2022
Dear

Do you display your completed needlework?

How many embroidered pieces are framed and hanging on your wall?

Even if you are new to the craft you most likely have a few.

Or maybe you stitched your projects for family and friends and they now grace their homes, reminding them of you whenever they gaze at them.

I am a needlework designer, so how much stitching do I have on my walls?

50 pieces? OK then, 25? Just 10?

I bet you got it wrong!

I have one framed cross-stitch picture on the wall outside my studio (read spare bedroom).

Just one!

And that one piece is not even one of my own designs. I stitched it many moons ago, from a pattern book.

I can see the cogs turning in your brain. So what does she do with all the pieces she stitches?

Time for a little history. For many years I was a regular on the show circuit, travelling the length and breadth of England, setting up my stand and meeting stitchers of all ages.

I taught at these events and sold my kits and patterns, which are now online here... blackwork-embroidery-patterns.html

It was hard work but great fun.

I would arrive at a show, set up my display of stitched pieces, and four or five days later take everything down and box it up ready for the next event.

The pictures were unglazed for both safety reasons and to keep the weight down when transporting them.

Although I mounted and framed them as I describe on the website here... framing-cross-stitch.html ...so that they can be easily cleaned, over time the constant travel and use meant they suffered.

I often had to restitch a "model" as we called them, in between shows. This gave us the chance to leave one at home for washing and remounting while the duplicate was on display.

All this to say that these models were never at home, unboxed, for long enough to get framed professionally and hung in one place.

However, just because I didn't get the chance to display them permanently, doesn't mean the designs have not been stitched and hung up.

I often receive photos from stitchers who have completed them and proudly display their versions in their own homes. I love to see these photos, and some stitchers have permitted me to showcase them on the site.

The knowledge that they are bringing joy to others warms my heart and makes it worth designing new pieces.

So how many pieces do you have stitched and framed? I imagine you have a few more than me, and I would love to hear about them.


The next stage of the new book is ready

I was delighted that so many of you took part in reviewing the first set of pages for my new Hardanger book.

I received so many thoughtful and useful comments, many of which were immediately incorporated into the draft manuscript.

Apparently, there is a name for this process. It is called "Writing in Public". Who knew!

It is certainly holding me accountable to get the next pieces done and ready for you to see as I move through the book. I do have some more for you to review if you would like to help me again.

As before you will find the links on the following page. hdb-1.html I have cleared the comments from the first set of pages, and you can view them complete with the first set of edits should you wish. There is always room for improvement, so if you spot anything or have ideas for the first set please feel free to add your comments.

However, I would really appreciate feedback on the second set, which completes our first chapter on the materials and equipment needed for Hardanger embroidery as well as the start of lesson 1, where you actually get to stitch!

Well, this was just going to be a quick newsletter and it has somewhat run away with me.

I would like to wish you all a happy Spring if you, like me, are in the northern hemisphere.

Have fun stitching and I will be back in your inboxes in April.


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