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Saturday, 30 July 2011

Beginner Hardanger

Interest in the October, 2011 Nova Scotia Fibre Arts Festival is brisk and the workshops are beginning to fill. Earlier this week, Mary Farrow Sinclair dropped by with the piece she will be teaching in her Beginner Hardanger class. It's lovely. With the colouring and stitch designs she has chosen it is aptly named "Maritime". Can you see the tiny crystal sailboat riding high on the waves?
The hand stitched squares which form a heart at the bottom are embellished with little pearl beads.
Hardanger is a form of embroidery worked on an even weave cloth using counted thread and drawn thread work techniques. Here's another one Mary made in blue and rose.
These exquisite hardanger butterflies are a work in progress; she intends to cut them out and hang each individually. They will be finished in lots of time to display during the Festival.
The Beginner Hardanger class will be held Thursday October 13, 2011 from 9 am to 3 pm. If you are interested in joining Mary for this unique class, you can email or call (902)667-7401


  1. Well, Well, Well... Is this the very same MFS, formally of Montreal, QC????
    Great Pics!!! Love the Hardanger!!! Love my MOM!!!
    Anyone who takes this course, will be entertained for sure!!!
    Thanks Karen, You're the best!!!
    Julia of Montreal :)

  2. oh I so badly want to learn Hardanger some day! Some day... I also want to warp the loom too. ; ) beautiful!!
    ~Monika in Saskatoon

  3. I love that somebody is teaching the old fashion embroidery. I love that these skills will love on. Love this piece.