Stitcher’s Showcase: Beverly Sordi

Beverly Sordi from Hibbing, Minnesota. Beverly writes, “Sometime ago I ordered the pattern of the Snowman. Not paying attention to details (size, etc,) you can imagine my surprise when it arrived on 36 sheets of 8.5” x 11” paper. It WAS put aside for awhile but I finally decided to start. It was a challenge…most projects take me 3 weeks to 2 months. This took 13 months!

When I took it in for a mat, started to unroll it, our local professional artist just opened his eyes wide and said, “Wow!” He was impressed. My husband insisted it hang all summer and now it fits right in…we are getting snow!”

Stitcher Showcase: Naomi Seeger’s Hardanger Group

Naomi Seeger send me this news article regarding her Hardanger Group.

“Hardanger classes are given by Naomi Seeger, member of Sons of Norway, Vestland Lodge 1-601, Minnetonka, MN. The first class of six participants was May 5, 2012. We meet the first Saturday of the month at 1:00 P.M. Most participants are beginners, however, some of them want to once again familiarize themselves with the stitches. Presently everyone is working on the same project, however, once the basic stitches are learned everyone can do their own Hardanger project.

Hardanger embroidery is a form of embroidery traditionally worked with white thread on white evenweave cloth or ivory-on-ivory cloth, using counted thread and drawn thread work techniques. The stitches and skills include kloster block, eyelets, cable stitch, satin star motif, drawn thread, cutting and thread removal and weaving bars.

Each participant has a different background, however, all are true Norwegians who are dedicated to carrying on the Nordic needlecraft.

We enjoy carrying on the stitching of Hardanger!”

Stitcher’s Showcase: Gail Bindewald

Hi Roz,

In April I asked a question about finishing my Hardanger. I was going to have it dry cleaned and you sent me wonderfully complete directions to finish my project.

I did exactly what you said and it turned out great. I’ve attached a picture so you can see the finished project. The blue underneath is one of my daughter’s wedding colors so will be under the alter cloth during the ceremony.

I wanted to tell you thank you for helping me. I truly appreciate your time.

Gail Bindewald

Stitcher Showcase: Marg Phillips

In the Stitcher’s Showcase this week, Marg Phillips sent us this photo of her standing by her newly finished Glory in the Morning Cross-stitch.

Marg says, “I thought you might like to see how I finished it. It might give other people ideas on how to finish this cross-stitch rather than framing it. Usually my Husband makes all my frames for me, but this time I thought using my quilting skills might look nice with this piece. I really enjoyed doing this cross-stitch.

We have been inspired by this cross – stitch, that we are in the process of building 2 new raised flower beds in the backyard, (right by our vegetable gardens) and we are going to plant Sunflowers with Morning Glories growing up through them.

I hope your company keeps on giving customers a great choice of projects. I only wish you were in Canada! I love to receive your catologues.

Thank you

Stitcher Showcase: Ann Hotson

In the Stitcher’s Showcase this week, our friend and frequent Retreat attendee, Ann Hotson, from New Zealand sent me this photo and says, “Just thought you might like to see my Monkey blanket I have just about finished for my new great grandson that will be born early March. I just have the backing to put on.”

This blanket design is in the new issue of Inspirations, #72.

Stitcher Showcase: Betty Wilkin

“A thing of beauty is a joy forever; its loveliness increases; it will never pass into nothingness”, John Keats wrote. The love and care this trunk has had through the generations certainly bears this out.

In April, 1863, an unknown craftsman in Christiansund, Norway, created this trunk for my great-grandmother, Anna Haagensdatter Furseth. Painted in the Valdres style of rosemaling, large bouquets of flowers are centered on each side, and her name and date are beautifully painted in a perfect script across the front. Almost 40 years later, in 1900, the blue trunk was fitted with iron bands to strengthen it, and made the trip across the Atlantic with my mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother.

The trunk is fitted with a magnificently crafted spring lock and handmade key. This trunk, passed from grandmother to granddaughter twice over, is in its original condition. My daughter, who has the trunk now, was chosen from several granddaughters to receive it due to her love of painting and the arts. While visiting me this past spring, she saw the Hardanger wall hanging made from the pattern created by Mildred Torgerson in the book “Norwegian Heritage in Hardanger Embroidery”. She suggested I take the same wall hanging, substituting the names of the women in our family, showing the direct lineage through six generations. My granddaughter is unmarried, so space has been left for the future.

Soon, the trunk and the wall hanging will both be hers. Knowing she has a strong affinity for her Norwegian heritage, I’m confident these well loved pieces will always hold a special place in her heart and her home, as they will be a constant reminder of the love our family shares.

Betty Wilkin from El Paso, Texas