Monday, June 29, 2009

Hardanger pillow - thoughts please.

Hardanger pillow - number one




Hardanger pillow number two

Last month or maybe even earlier than that, I started work on a Hardanger pillow. This is to be a Ring pillow for a friends daughter, and I am adapting a pattern I found in a book. I was not happy with my first attempt - the white was just too bright - you see I'd been unable to find my ball of DMC #8 in blanc. I used Caron Watercolours - but it was just wrong. (I do intend finishing this though - but not as a ring pillow)

So, on to a second start, when I finally found the right perle. This is in DMC blanc in #8 and #12, and is much better. I have to finish the stitching, and have some Swarovski crystals, and some seed beads to attach to it, and intend putting the names, date, and place for the wedding around the edge. The wedding is on 11th July- not long. My problem is, what do I put on the inside of the pillow, and what fabric shall I finish the pillow in. I have some ideas, but need to find the fabric - and quickly. The crystals are Silver Shadow, as the brides dress is decorated with silver crystals. I thought I'd do the lettering in silver around the edges too. What do you think. All thoughts appreciated -whether good or bad - constructive criticism is great. I have limited places to shop where I live, and due to time restraints also limited time to shop online.

8 comments:

GoldenAngelsWorks said...

those r beautiful!

Christine said...

The hardanger is lovely Chris. I think I'd probably just use plain white satin to finish the pillow, and maybe back the cutwork area with a very pale dove grey satin if you can find one

Clare - Aimetu said...

It's looking beautiful Chris. I have made hardanger wedding gifts and backed the design and the actual backin gold voile. You could backthe designin a silver voile and the cushion in a white silk.

Hope that gives you some ideas :)

Margaret said...

I love the look of the 2nd pillow. I agree with you about the first white - stark. I'd use the Swarovski crystals and instead of doing silver lettering, what about silver tassels in the corners to tie in with the bride's dress? Your work is gorgeous!

Dani - tkdchick said...

I would definately put the lettering in silver. Could you get a nice grey satin or silk duponi to finish it with?

Jeanne - WillowTreeStitcher said...

I do like #2 a bit better - you are right about the whites. I agree with a silver/pale gray backing fabric to show through, or if your daughter has picked a color for the bridesmaids you could pick up that color. I do think a silvery color is more classic for an heirloom to be treasured - and can be displayed anywhere without clashing as in a pink etc.

Karan said...

No suggestions but these are just beautiful & will look stunning however you finish them. :0)

DUSTY said...

Your pillow is stunning !!! I agree with everyone else, I like the second much better. What book was this in. I would love to stitch this for my niece. I am sure you have finished it by now. The happy couple much have been very pleased with your efforts.