Wednesday, 17 December 2008

Christmas Noel

We put up the decorations on Monday and there are a few items that I made in my stitching era. This is one of my favourite pieces, partly because of the detail and all the different techniques that were employed. The hardanger was the scariest. Basically this is a drawn thread work technique where you stitch then cut away the unstitched spaces that are left. All that hard work, one snip in the wrong place and that's it. Eeek!! LOL

For the stitchers who are interested, this is the opposite to Lefkara lace (which the Cypriots produce) where they cut and draw the threads first before stitching. Dunno which is worse really! Here's a more detailed pic which you click on.

6 comments:

joanne wardle said...

ooo sounds scary! but looks beautiful

Carrie said...

I have no idea how you did this but it looks great Carol - a timeless piece.

Karin said...

What a stunning Christmas decoration Carol. Ooooo the cutting sounds frightening. Glad you got it it right. :o)

Paula said...

wow its looks stunning and so intricate...you must have such patience and an extremely steady hand!Truly apiece to hand down the generations.

Jo Capper-Sandon said...

wow.....patience and skill to the extreeeeeeme. Amazing work Carol.

herminesplace said...

This is gorgeous, love the detail