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Hardanger Filling Stitches

Hardanger Filling Stitches: A Step-by-Step Handbook - NOW AVAILABLE!

By Yvette Stanton

The ultimate, exhaustive filling stitch dictionary for specialist Hardanger embroiderers.

One of the major features of Hardanger embroidery is its cutwork, and within that cutwork there are myriad stitches that can be used to embellish and decorate. This book brings together the widest range of Hardanger filling stitches ever compiled, with more than 100 filling stitches and variations.

It includes both traditional stitches and contemporary ones, from the very simple right through to the incredibly complicated, all broken down into clear, step-by-step instructions with diagrams for every step.

There are color-coded left-handed (red) and right-handed (blue) instructions for every stitch. A Hardanger band sampler project features many of the stitches. The step-by-step instructions are easy to follow, making it easy to learn.

Whether you're a learner who works best by seeing (the illustrations) or reading (the words) or both, you can find success with the instructions in this book. You will learn to avoid problems and have the self-assurance to fix any mistakes you make. Yvette Stanton's expert instructions will help you on your way to making beautiful Hardanger embroidery filling stitches.

Inside 'Hardanger Filling Stitches'
Preview of 'Hardanger Filling Stitches'
Reader testimonials
About Yvette Stanton
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Inside 'Hardanger Filling Stitches'

Hardanger Filling Stitches has 280 full colour pages, which means it's a heavy book, packed with information!

  • Introductory information explains what Hardanger filling stitches are. There are photographs of historical and contemporary examples, and information about the equipment and materials used.
  • The Foundations for Fillings chapter has information on how to set up your Hardanger project for the fillings. It teaches you how to do satin stitch to edge the cutwork areas, some pulled thread stitches and how to cut and withdraw fabric threads: the things you need to complete before working the filling stitches.
  • The Filling Stitches chapter is packed with detailed stitch instructions for over 100 filling stitches and variations. Each stitch is taught in fully diagrammed, step-by-step format, with instructions for both left- and right-handed embroiderers. Clear diagrams and or photographs to help you see exactly how to work the stitch or technique, and concise written instructions explain each step. Many people find tension a problematic element of their filling stitches, so particular attention is paid to this.
  • A beautiful band sampler project will allow you to try out many of the stitches in the book.
  • A pictorial index will help you to locate the motif you're looking for, at a quick glance.
  • A full written index completes the book.

Hardanger Filling Stitches SamplerSample pages from Hardanger Filling Stitches, showing step by step instructions with diagrams for each step and photographs

Filling stitches include: woven bars, wrapped bars, divided woven bars, divided wrapped bars, woven diagonals woven petals, twisted spokes, twisted cross, twisted Y, inverse twisted Y, curled V, rosette/struvor, dove's eye, triangular dove’s eye, dove’s eye with cross, dove’s eye cobweb, dove’s eye in a circle, square filet, double twist square filet, enclosed square filet, nutmeg, knotted picots, looped picots, chain stitch picots, beaded picot, beaded square, greek cross - quarter cross, reverse greek cross, greek cross border, greek cross circlet, heavy greek cross, maltese flower, woven fan - two spokes, woven fan - three spokes, woven fan with decreasing segments, woven quarter fan, reverse woven fan, spider web - single, spider web - three spokes, woven spider web, ribbed spider web, whipped spider web, three quarter spider web flower, buttonhole arc, buttonhole circle, buttonhole arcs with spokes, buttonholed petals, shuttle stitch, blanket stitch flower, buttonholed square, eyelets in woven fabric squares, corner eyelets with woven bars, corner eyelets with square filet, eyelets in corners with divided wrapped bars, simplified eyelets at intersections, buttonhole eyelets at intersections, drunkards path, festoon stitch, flower filling, wheel, edelweiss, queen anne’s lace, bullion flower, chain stitch flower, lacy daisy, soleil stitch, lacy buttonhole edge.

There are many more un-named variations shown. Please note that the names for some stitches vary from resource to resource, so the names used in this book might be different than the names you know.

In addition, there are instructions for foundation stitching such as klosters, satin stitch shapes, cable stitch, eyelets and four-sided stitch. There is also information on cutting and withdrawing thread, fixing cutting mistakes, starting and finishing threads, changing threads in the middle of cutwork, and tension.

Preview of 'Hardanger Filling Stitches'

Reader testimonials

Mary Corbet of Needle N Thread has written an extensive review of "Hardanger Filling Stitches". You can find it here.

Many readers have also let us know of their love for the book:

“I cannot imagine the time Yvette must have spent on this encyclopaedia and the stitched models. It boggles my mind. Not only does she provide explicit diagrams on “how to”, she also shares “the wrong way”, thus clarifying the technique. Further help is in the actual photos. There are so many unfamiliar (to me!) motifs which I am eager to try. Thank you, Yvette, for sharing your incredible knowledge. I wish you GREAT success.” —Marion Scoular, Hardanger embroidery author and teacher, Graduate of the Royal School of Needlework, City and Guilds Silver Medallist

Hardanger Filling Stitches, suitable for beginners and beyond, is essential for your needlework library if you have any interest at all in the various forms and techniques of gridded whitework like Hardanger. It’s superb in every way! Of course, if you’re familiar with Yvette Stanton’s whitework and other embroidery books, you really couldn’t expect anything less.” —Mary Corbet, Needle 'N Thread

“Where was this book 50 years ago when I was learning Hardanger? It is the very best book on the subject, it has each stitch explained and illustrated for both left and right handers and colour coded for the respective hands. The detail is absolutely amazing including a section on why tension matters and the complex tasks of starting and finishing threads beautifully explained and illustrated. I am about to raid my fabric stash to start the sampler. Thank you for a fabulous book!” —Anna

“Well, as far as your new book, let's just say that it took nearly a day to acquaint myself with all the old and new stitches, you've truly outdone yourself. I have always enjoyed the historical aspect to the stitches performed on a project. The introduction read with such detail and the historical photos are priceless! I often wish that I could jump back into time to experience the teachings and to be part of the creations!

But that's where you step in...

Because of your love of the historical and the fine details you present in your books, it truly does feel that one is transported back in time and being taught by the best! That best is you!

Thank you, Yvette, for your expertise in all that you do and continue to do so!” —Charles

“This is a lovely book. Extremely well-researched with easy-to-read diagrams and explanations, plus that rarity of left and right-handed instructions, coming from someone who truly understands left-handed needlework. I have a few of Yvette's books now and find them absolutely excellent. I was amazed at the incredibly quick turnaround time from book completion to publication. Congratulations Yvette, on this latest book, hold your head high on an excellent achievement.” —Ann

“The book is absolutely beautiful - so well-written and clearly presented. Sooooo many filling stitches that are new to me and so many clever variations on some stitches that are familiar, and the usual wonderful hints and tips from the master (mistress?) of difficult stitches! I look forward to working the sampler you have so thoughtfully and beautifully created, but I'm afraid I'm going to have to rebel a little. My version will probably be in a lovely pastel colour rather than white. Don't send the stitching police around! LOL! I'm sure my local Guild members will get a lot of use out of the copy I ordered for our already-extensive library, so your book will be a wonderful resource for a lot of people as well as me personally.” —Catherine

“It’s such an invaluable resource for all hardanger enthusiasts. It’s so well laid out not only for left and right hand stitchers, it’s also colour coded so it’s easy to follow. Wonderful diagrams and photos of so many beautiful stitches.” —Janet

“I got my Hardanger Filling Stitches Book delivered!!!! What a FANTASTIC book!!!! The quality of the book is GREAT!!! So many filling stitches, all with very clear pictures and instructions. You did a Wonderful job with this book, such a great reference book!!! I have read through it twice, need to start planning my next Hardanger project!! Thank you for writing such a complete book, easy to see and read!!!!! LOVE IT!!!!” —Margaret

“Your beautiful book has arrived. Thank you for signing the book - it makes it extra special. Just reading the 'Foundation for fillings' section answered a lot of questions I had on starting and finishing threads, as well as what to do after making a cutting error (apart from curling up into a ball and gently rocking in a corner of the room). The stitch diagrams and instructions are clear and concise - giving me the confidence to make a start on the sampler and try them out. The picture of the finished sampler is gorgeous; and if I can achieve something approximating your photograph, I'll be very happy. Thanks again and congratulations on writing a marvellous book.” —Amanda

“It has to be your biggest book yet! I was not expecting the thickness of the book, and when I skimmed through it. Wow. I especially love the pictorial index at the back. This is going to take a while to digest, but I’m glad you put a hardanger sampler in there as a project!” —Jana

“Fantastic book for all levels. Pictures and instructions are very clear. A book that I will constantly use and reference. Thank you Yvette for all the time and dedication you have put into this book.” —Anne

“This book is outstanding. The instructions are so clear and precise. I think this may be my favourite. This book is an absolute winner.” —Marette

“My magnificent book arrived this morning and ohhhh so worth the wait. Congratulations Yvette, you have done it again.” —Louisah

“Libro Hardanger arrivato è stupendo!!!!” —Miranda

“I purchased the book and it is worth every penny! I have been stitching Hardanger for years and yet this book has taught me so many things I didn’t know. Thanks Yvette!!” —Linda

“Oh! This book is in my hand and they are trembling. Such fine work that I’ve never seen. It’s definitely a collectors copy and hopefully one day I’ll be brave enough to try those stitches out. Yvette is such a detailed author. With instructions and color coding and page coding for left and right hand stitchers, if I don’t stitch an hardanger piece now, I don’t know what else will make me dig into starting one. Such a labor of hard work, sweat and love that you’ve poured into making this book is clearly visible in every page!! Thank you for making this masterpiece.” —Akshay

“Schitterend boek, heel blij mee, blz 42 is het zo duidelijk gemaakt , te los, te strak,ongelijk, en zo hoort het eruit te zien. Rechts en links, super aankoop.” —Elly

“All that I can say is thank you so much. This tome is a delight to peruse and how it is configured sets the gold standard for left vs right stitchers, any stitch dictionary and project books! So much appreciation of your efforts.” —Nancy

“Received mine yesterday and was thrilled to see how many pages it has. So many stitches I'd never seen and have been doing Hardanger for many many years. As always Yvette it's perfect. Clear, complete, with a wonderful project. Congratulations and Thank You for sharing your amazing talent with us all!!!” —Paula

“I have just been using your new book Yvette. Have been doing Hardanger for a few years but am learning new tips and my work is looking neater.” —Sheila

“I wanted to take a moment to express my deepest gratitude to you for your incredible book supporting left-handed embroiderers. After years of feeling discouraged and believing I would never be able to achieve anything similar to the work my mother and sister made, your book has truly been a beacon of hope and inspiration for me. Just recently, I completed my first rosette [Hardanger filling], and the feeling of accomplishment is indescribable. Your dedication to inclusivity and providing resources for left-handed individuals like myself is truly commendable. Thank you for not only teaching me the skills of embroidery but also instilling in me the belief that I can achieve greatness in this craft despite any perceived limitations. Your work has had a profound impact on my life, and for that, I am incredibly grateful.” —Sharon

“Your book is amazing. You dont need to write it in other languages, the photos says it all. Thank you for all your hard work. Im from Hardanger and are enjoying every page in your book ♡” —Audhild

About Yvette Stanton

Yvette Stanton is known as The Whitework Queen, and is a respected needlework teacher and author of needlework books. She particularly loves whitework, counted embroidery and playing with embroidery stitches. Combining all three of those loves, Hardanger Filling Stitches is Yvette's eleventh book.

"This book came about because someone in a Hardanger group I'm in suggested I should write it. She'd wanted such a book for about forty years. I thought it was a fabulous idea! It was an absolute joy to write this book, and I'm so pleased to be presenting this information to the world, all in the one detailed book, for the first time!"

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Order your copy of Hardanger Filling Stitches by Yvette Stanton, today. If you wish to also purchase a supplies pack for the band sampler project, you can buy the project supplies pack below.

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'Hardanger Filling Stitches: A Step-by-Step Handbook' at a glance

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Hardanger Filling Stitches: A Step-by-Step Handbook by Yvette Stanton
  • 280 full-colour pages
  • Paperback
  • 195 x 275 mm
  • 100+ stitches and variations
  • Published Dec 2023
  • ISBN 978-0-6457610-0-9

With Hardanger Filling Stitches there will be no need to consult a host of different books any more, because it's all right here in the one book. Purchase your copy today!

Order Hardanger Filling Stitches Sampler supplies pack

We stock supplies packs for the sampler project in Hardanger Filling Stitches. The project instructions are found in the book, so you will need a copy of the book to make the project. The project is worked in ivory linen thread on cream 28 count linen banding fabric, with the addition of some beads.

Hardanger Filling Stitch Sampler supplies pack with linen thread
Sampler supplies pack ONLY - with LINEN thread

Includes cream 28ct linen banding, ivory Londonderry linen threads (as specified in the book), beads, needles.

You will need a copy of the book (scroll up for that!) to make the project, as the instructions are in the book. This is a supplies pack only.

All prices are in Australian dollars and include trackable shipping.
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All prices are in Australian dollars and include shipping.
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Hardanger Filling Stitch Sampler supplies pack with linen thread and hoop
Sampler supplies pack ONLY - with LINEN thread AND hoop

Includes cream 28ct linen banding, ivory Londonderry linen threads (as specified in the book), beads, needles, and 3 inch embroidery hoop.

You will need a copy of the book (scroll up for that!) to make the project, as the instructions are in the book. This is a supplies pack only.

All prices are in Australian dollars and include trackable shipping.
PLEASE SELECT the DESTINATION from the drop-down menu.
All prices are in Australian dollars and include shipping.
For currency conversion, try XE.com. We provide no guarantee of these rates for your transaction. Calculations can only be used as a guide.
Hardanger Filling Stitch Sampler supplies pack with cotton thread
Sampler supplies pack ONLY - with COTTON thread

Includes cream 28ct linen banding, DMC pearl cotton threads (NOT as shown in the book, but as an alternative to linen threads), beads, needles.

You will need a copy of the book (scroll up for that!) to make the project, as the instructions are in the book. This is a supplies pack only.

All prices are in Australian dollars and include trackable shipping.
PLEASE SELECT the DESTINATION from the drop-down menu.
All prices are in Australian dollars and include shipping.
For currency conversion, try XE.com. We provide no guarantee of these rates for your transaction. Calculations can only be used as a guide.
Hardanger Filling Stitch Sampler supplies pack with cotton thread and hoop
Sampler supplies pack ONLY - with COTTON thread AND hoop

Includes cream 28ct linen banding, DMC pearl cotton threads (NOT as shown in the book, but as an alternative to linen threads), beads, needles, and 3 inch embroidery hoop.

You will need a copy of the book (scroll up for that!) to make the project, as the instructions are in the book. This is a supplies pack only.

All prices are in Australian dollars and include trackable shipping.
PLEASE SELECT the DESTINATION from the drop-down menu.
All prices are in Australian dollars and include shipping.
For currency conversion, try XE.com. We provide no guarantee of these rates for your transaction. Calculations can only be used as a guide.
 
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