Monday, March 20, 2006

Hardanger Table Runner



Me and both kids were laid up all weekend with the most awful cold. I'm trying hard not to cough as I type this! I'm over the worst of it now, but I still have a bit of a drippy nose and a cough. Katie seems almost back to normal but is still a bit congested. Alex on the other hand didn't really get it bad til yesterday afternoon so he is still in the thick of it. Kept him out of school and home on the couch today.

Anyway, being sick meant we didn't do much the last few days but lay around and stitch! Well, I stitched, the kids watched movies and drank Hi-C. :) So I finished the dang blanket stitch on my hardanger table runner! Yay me! I even managed to finish these two small motifs on the inside. The box with the three hearts still needs another heart yet and three more small eyelets. It took a lot of curses and ripping and redoing to get the three that are there in right, so I figured I better quit when the thread length ran out. I've decided to finish the inside before cutting around the outside cause there are some lacey edges I'm not sure whether I'll be comfortable doing. I could just cut along the blanket stitch and leave the lacey edges off - not sure if I will or not. I have Janice Love's hardanger books and she explains the process pretty well - but I'm still feeling a little intimidated. Sooooo I'll leave that part to the end and we'll see. If you are interested the white is just regular DMC perle, the darker pink is Vikki Clayton dusty rose and the light pink is Dinky Dyes silk Strawberry Ice. The originial is done all in white, so I'm having fun picking and choosing where to use the pink shades. The blanket stitch was a nice repetitive stitch to do while I was sick - but I'm glad it is finished now!

Tonight I'm going to start another square for Katie's blanket. Once I finish that I'll only have to finish a section on my band sampler RR to complete all my goals for March. It hasn't arrived yet, so cannot start on that yet anyway. If I finish the blanket square before the RR gets here I'm going to stitch some on Emma's Garden. :)

4 comments:

KariA1 said...

That is gorgeous!!

Myrna said...

Hope you all are feeling better...

Your table runner is beautiful! I'm sure this will become an heirloom in your family.

Your butterfly RR turned out great! I'll do a little Happy Dance for a succesful RR!

Hugs and stitches...

Stitchie Kiwi said...

It's looking very pretty! ... loved your butterflies too :)

Lelia said...

Spectacular hardanger piece. lovely stitching!

yes, my Alex has been ill this week. Missed school & will be on break next week. Maybe once the students take a break from each other the 'bugs' will stop spreading!!