These very traditional additions are worked at the same time as the weaving is being accomplished. Weave to the center of the bar and insert the needle part way into the bar (6a). Bring the thread from the bar, under the back of the needle and around the front (6b). Pull the needle through, and work the picot until it lies firmly on the outside of the bar. Wrap that side one time, bringing the needle around the outside of the bar and into the center (6c). Repeat for the other side and complete the weaving of the bar (6d).
Use the back stitch method to stitch the box shapes. Work half boxes in a “stair-step” method from beginning to end. Turn and create the other half of the boxes in the same back stitch method.
Weave the four bars and bring the needle up in a corner fabric hole. Insert needle from back to front in the center of the left woven bar (A). Form the twist as needle passes under first stitch on the way to the adjacent woven bar. Insert needle from front to back in the center of that bar (B).
Pull needle through and pass it above extended thread as it returns to same corner hole (C). Repeat on all sides to form the center circle (D).
When the last bar is woven, insert the needle from back to front in the corner fabric at the first junction(A). Move to the next junction and insert the needle in and back out, leaving a 2 x 2 fabric square in the center (B).
At the first corner, bring the needle from back to front in the center satin stitch. Bring needle out on the left side of the extended thread to form the twist in the thread before continuing to the next fabric junction (C).
Work around the outside of the space in the same manner, inserting the twist in every corner (D).
When back at the starting point, insert the needle into the first junction and run the thread beneath several satin stitch blocks before trimming off (E).
The eyelet stitch is often added between the buttonhole edge and the satin stitch blocks. It can also be used in the center of a star motif or in the middle of four satin stitch blocks, as shown in Figure 15a. Securing the thread on the wrong side of the fabric, bring it up in the center hole where the eyelet will be worked. Then work around each hole of the square, each time returning to the center hole (15a). No fabric threads are cut to form the eyelet but each stitch is pulled to the outside, forming a larger center hole (15b).
Webs (Dove’s Eyes)
These lacy fillers go quickly and add much to any piece of Hardanger embroidery. Weave 3.5 bars. To insert a web, bring the needle up through the center of the adjacent woven bar (4a). Bring the needle under the first side of the web and then up through the center of the next woven bar (4b). Proceed to the third bar and repeat 4b. Pass the needle under the third side of web and pull needle through to create the twist. Complete the web by bringing the needle over the first side of the web and up through the center of the unfinished bar (4c). Finish by weaving the last half bar.