Norwegian Needlecraft: Taking the 'Hard' out of Hardanger
In this class, you will experience the practice of hardanger as a Scandinavian needlecraft and cutwork tradition, enjoyed and practiced for several hundred years (at least since 1650). In this introductory class, students will learn all the basic stitches used in hardanger as well as some of the “hazards” to avoid in order to actually cut your “finished” piece. Yes, that’s right: part of this tradition involves cutting away small pieces of the embroidered design to create beautiful patterns. The simplicity of the needlework allows for conversation and community as you learn together. Students will experience the hardanger process from start to finish on a small project and may even have time to begin a more advanced, individually selected project before two days are up. If you have interest and can count to five, you can do hardanger!