A Project A Day – Counted embroidery work is my main hobby and I have a huge stitching stash. Some of these projects are huge and take years to stitch, and while others are quick projects, I often spend months without stitching at all. So while I have hundreds in my stash, only a half-dozen ever see attention any given year. To address this imbalance in 2012 I will each day write about one project languishing in my stash.
Haunted Hardanger by Michelle Ink Designs
Copyright Michelle D Arsenault 2006, Distributed by Sitting Pretty Presents
Chart: Chart does not break design in logical places nor is there any indication or overlap so its difficult in places to find where the chart sections line up.
Stitches: Pattern uses whole cross stitches, satin stitch, kloster blocks, needleweaving, cornered doves eyes, woven bars, straight stitches and lazy daisies.
Materials: Thread Gatherer silks, Gloriana silks, Gentle Art cottons, ThreadworX cottons, Kreinik metallics and includes three metal charms. Stitched on Picture This Plus 32ct “Tarnish” Linen.
Designer’s Notes: “By special request, a haunted house to go with another piece of mine – All Things Halloween. I was told I have an eclectic use of hardanger in my designs and being as I had a hardanger witch – I was to build her a house! So here it is – ghost, owl and my witch’s broom to boot!”
Why I was attracted to this design: I love “Gothic” designs. A good haunted house is always sure to attract my interest. I’ve also been interested for years in expanding my repertoire into hardanger but I’m not interested in doilies – so this seemed the perfect answer! Again I’ve lusted after this one for years but only acquired it into the stash recently.
So why haven’t I stitched it? Like Love Potion #9, I finally acquired this chart as part of the Needle Delights closing down sale bargains in November 2011. I have some of the threads in my stash, but not all, nor do I have the fabric for this one. The main old-up for this chart is the chart and instructions. I could scrape together the money for the rest of the materials when necessary but I’ve been reluctant as I feel the Hardanger instructions are written for an experienced hardanger stitcher. The written instructions are sketchy, many of the diagrams are completely unlabeled. This was not written for a nervous first-timer. No this chart will be buried into the stash until I stitch a few other Hardanger designs and gain a familiarity with the styles and concepts. Thankfully I have a series of instructions written by my friend Mariann to work through and at least one design by the lovely Abi Gurden who is a fantastic teacher. Once I’ve worked through those, I should feel confident enough to come back to this.
Where can you buy it? This can be bought via your LNS or directly from Stitching Pretty Presents for $18US.
Discussion questions: Am I being chicken? Should I just finish kitting this up and stitch up the cross stitch section and then ask for help? Or am I making the sensible decision in leaving it for later? It’s not as if I have a dearth of other projects waiting for their turn to be stitched that would be easier to do … Has anyone stitched this? Thoughts? Comments?