Hardanger, Table runner

Hardanger embroidery table runner with cross stitched viola flowers.

This is a Permin of Copenhagen kit. It included 22 count pale grey Hardanger fabric, white pearl cotton, lavender, purple, yellow and green embroidery floss, chart, instructions and thread organizer. Finished size is about 10 by 26 inches.

This was my first large handanger project. When finished I heavily sprayed starched while I ironed the piece and, rather concerned that it would not hold together if I snipped close to the outer edges of the kloster blocks I decided to fringe the runner’s edge. I used it that way (with the edge fringed) for about a year until more seasoned Hardanger stitchers encouraged me to snip away.

I did that, taking my time and with a new sharp scissor, and cut the finished piece out from the full fabric piece. You can see the results in the second photo below. It looks nicer and the edge has held with no problems. Since then, with having snipped away on several Hardanger finished pieces I have learned that if I mistakenly snip the wrong thread a little daub of white glue works fine to re-secured that thread.