Pearl (Perle) Needlelace Edge

Pearl Stitch Needlelace Edge

Buttonhole stitch the edge of your work using size 8 pearl cotton, then add the needlelace edging “Pearl Stitch” using size 12 pearl cotton.

  • Loop over 4/5 buttonhole stitches
  • Buttonhole stitch to anchor the looped thread
  • Return the thread to the 1st buttonhole stitch
  • Do 5 buttonhole stitches on the looped thread. (you don’t need to anchor before starting the 5 stitches)
  • Anchor to the large buttonhole stitch on the previous row to complete one Pearl Stitch

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Fringe Stitch

Fringe Stitch

The fringe stitch is one way of finishing a piece of Hardanger embroidery. It requires a minimum of 26 threads be remaining on each side of the worked pattern. First decide how wide of fringe is appropriate; the minimum size is usually 18 threads and the maximum for a large piece is 32 threads per side. In addition, four threads must be allowed for the fringe stitch itself and a minimum of four threads must remain between the worked pattern and the fringe stitch.

For example, if there are 32 threads to work with on each side, six threads might be left between the pattern and the fringe stitch, allowing four threads for the fringe stitch and 22 threads of the fringe. In this case, count out six threads from the pattern on each side and draw out the seventh thread. Skip two threads and draw out the tenth thread. Number 8 pearl cotton thread will be used for stitching and all work will be done on the wrong side of the fabric. Leaving a two-inch tail of thread to be drawn under the stitching later, insert the needle into the upper right corner hole and bring it out at the upper left hole (12a). Do the same with the two lower corner holes (12b). Return to the top row and pick up the next two threads (12c). Do the same with the two holes directly below (12d). Continue in this fashion (12e) always taking two threads at a time, first on the top and then the same two on the bottom, until you reach a corner. After stitching in the corner holes, turn the fabric and begin with the upper right corner hole, as in 12a. Proceed as before. By stitching twice in the corner holes, a box will be formed on the right side of the fabric which will securely hold the corner (12f-right side). When doing this stitch, pull the thread firmly but not so hard that a definite ridge is formed on the right side. After the stitching is completed, fringe all threads up to the fringe stitch.

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Kissing Pillow Project

The Kissing Pillow Project is an ongoing project by the Evergreen Chapter EGA that provides hand-stitched pillows that are distributed to soldiers and their families upon deployment. The soldier and family each have their own pillows as reminders of home and their loved ones.

All finished pillows – either just the tops or completed pillows are all to be mailed to Nancy (address below) and she has finishers who will take care of them for Evergreen.

The supplies are generally purchased by those who are stitching the tops (the supplies required are listed on the pattern) – but Nancy will send fabric and floss to anyone who would like her to. All they have to do is request them.”

Nancy says, “My name and address can be published along with my email and phone number – so anyone can get in touch with me for any reason. Thanks so much.”

Nancy Behrendt President Evergreen EGA

280 E. Westlake Dr. S.

Allyn, WA. 98524


E-mail Nancy

Thanks again for all your support!

Roz first received this testimony from a newsletter subscriber during her “Stitching in Public Experiences” interactive topic:

For many years now, unfortunately too many to count, I have participated in the Kissing Pillow project through both my EGA and ANG chapters. They are wonderful “carry alongs” because they are small stitch up quickly and after doing a few, I don’t need to look at the pattern any more.

A few years ago coming back from the gulf coast for a family wedding, I was stranded in the Atlanta airport for hours. I found a seat at the edge of the check in area by the main corridor. As I was stitching, I became aware of someone behind me. I turned saw a younger (than me anyway) man in army uniform. I smiled and, as I always do when seeing anyone in uniform, thanked him for his service. He smiled back and said “Let me thank you for your gift.” He went on to explain that he had recently returned from service in Iraq and had been the recipient of kissing pillows, 1 for him, 1 for his wife, and 2 for his small children. He said that being able to feel the pillow that his family had kissed when they said good bye at the airport made each night bearable for him. His children held on to their pillows as they drifted off to sleep. He said this small gesture meant so much to his family and to the rest of his unit.

He never thought he would find someone to thank in person, but he did. I accepted his thanks for all the many, many stitchers over the years who had donated time and effort to see that all units that requested pillows had them before deploying. I have to admit that as we hugged and said our goodbyes and best wishes, we both had tears in our eyes. When I think I have stitched my last pillow I remember this encounter and put aside all thoughts of stopping, until the last soldier, sailor, or airman is home from harms way.


Roz then contacted the organizers and received this response:

So very glad to hear from you and yes this program is alive and well. In fact on the 24th of September we will once again be out at the base and giving out the Kissing Pillows to two Military Police units and their families.

Evergreen Chapter EGA is continuing with this out-reach program for as long as there are deploying soldiers at Joint Base Lewis McChord. We have been involved with the Kissing Pillows for seven years and in that time we have distributed approximately 24,000 pillows. We do keep busy.

As well as being President of Evergreen Chapter I am also the Out-reach Chair and it does keep me going. But we all feel that this small gesture is so important and so appreciated by our soldiers and their families that this effort is priceless. Because of our love, respect, and appreciation for the sacrifices made by all the soldiers and family members that hopefully these pillows show them all that we care.

I am the contact person and all pillows, finished and just the tops can be sent to me and I will get them to our members to finish. I willingly and gratefully accept all help. You have my permission to print my address, e-mail and phone number – I am fine with that and hopefully we will entice new volunteers to help with this cause.

Thanks so much for contacting me and I hope this information is on time for you. PS I love the Nordic Needle!!!

Thanks for your help.


Picots (for Hardanger)


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).

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Half Web Center Circle (for Hardanger)

Half Web Center Circle steps A and B

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).

Half Web Center Circle steps C and D

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).

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