The first time I heard about Hardanger embroidery, it was described to me as ‘Hardanger lace.’ I can certainly see why people wanted to call it lace, with those pretty openwork areas. Still, it is technically a form of embroidery rather than a true lace… but if you call it lace, I won’t report you to the Crafts Correctness Police. I tossed their number yonks ago.
and some pearl cotton in sizes 5:
and make pretty patterns mostly using squares of satin stitch called kloster blocks.
but there’s no rule saying you can’t play with color, too. For instance, I love this piece done in variegated blue thread on a white background featured over at GimletBlog:
Whether you’re looking to make a tablecloth, a pretty edging for guest towels, a yoke for a dress or blouse, or some elegant sachets for your lingerie drawer, Hardanger is both beautiful and hard-wearing. What more could you want?