Early-Style Hardanger

Traditional Norwegian Whitework Embroidery
Yvette Stanton


Early-style Hardanger is not often seen outside of Norway, but is quite distinct from contemporary Hardanger. This historical style of embroidery has traditionally been used on the women’s clothing in the Hardangerfjord region, and was designed to emulate needle-made lace of the 1600s and 1700s.

Yvette Stanton travelled to Norway to research this book, studying historical examples of Hardanger at the Norsk Folkemuseum and the Hardanger Folkemuseum. In Bergen, she joined in the celebration of Syttende Mai (17 May) or Norwegian Constitution Day. On this occasion, many Norwegians dress in bunad, or folk costume, to enjoy the festivities. Because of this, Yvette also saw many examples of early-style Hardanger in current use on traditional-style clothing.

Early-Style Hardanger inspires you to create traditional-style Norwegian whitework embroidery, and demonstrates how to do it in bite-size portions, thereby allowing you to feel the satisfaction and sense of accomplishment of making your own beautiful embroideries. The book features:

  • Introductory information with comparisons between contemporary and early-style Hardanger, photographs of historical example
  • Clear diagrams and / or photographs to help you see exactly how to work the stitch or technique, plus concise written instructions explain each step
  • Instructions for both left- and right-handed embroiderers
  • 10 beautiful projects including from small (bookmark, square mat, pin tins) through to larger (lampshade, embroidered shirt, traditional apron)
  • 160 full colour pages and three pattern sheets

Whether you're an absolute beginner or are wanting more of a challenge, there is something here for you.


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    275 x 195mm
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    Vetty Creations
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