Thursday, July 05, 2018

Secret Stitching

Happy day after the 4th of July!  Hope you had a wonderful day.

I didn’t want to share a picture of this until after it had been gifted.  For the past few weeks I’ve been working on some Hardanger.  This piece will be used as an insert on an apron to be worn with the tradtional Norwegian folk costume (which is called a Bunad).


My cousin is Norwegian and Swedish.  She dances with a Norwegian dance group in California.  She had a beautiful Norwegian Bunad which she assembled over the years collecting the appropriate fabrics and jewelry on trips she made to Norway.  The Mad Tatter even tatted the lace for the collar and cuffs on the white blouse.  All was lost when my cousin’s house burned to the ground last fall as a result of one of the California wildfires.

She asked my to provide her with a Hardanger refresher so that she would be able to stitch the apron insert herself.  I decided to stitch it and surprise her.  I gifted it to her yesterday during our visit.

We had a great time at the lake.  Despite rain and thunder in the morning, it ended up turning into a really nice day.  We went for a pontoon ride in the afternoon.  The Mad Tatter enjoyed the ride!

7 comments:

LaNelle said...

Cathy, what a wonderful special gift to give her...so pretty...A treasure & heirloom. Looks like a beautiful 4th on the lake🇺🇸 Mad Tatter is looking perfect😘

Stasi said...

Beautiful work Cathy!

Unknown said...

That is absolutely beautiful! What a thoughtful and kind thing to do. I have pieces of Hardanger that my mother made years ago, though I have never learned the art. Gorgeous!

Khristine Doiron said...

Beautiful Hardanger! What a special gift for your cousin. And that is a great picture of your mom :)

marly said...

Oh my. What a gift! The work is beautiful.

Mom looks to be enjoying herself, maybe posing a little!!

Mary said...

How horrible for you cousin to lose her home in a fire. This is truly an extra special gift and your hardanger work is beautiful. I hope someday you post her new dance outfit. I love to see traditional costumes.

deb said...

The apron insert is beautiful!