Early-Style Hardanger By Yvette Stanton


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Taking you back to the Norwegian fjord where it all began…

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.

To research for “Early-Style Hardanger”, Yvette Stanton travelled to Norway, studying historical examples of Hardanger at the Norsk Folkemuseum and the Hardanger Folkemuseum. In Bergen, she joined in the celebration of Syttende Mai (17th 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.

This book 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.

Early-Style Hardanger has 160 full colour pages and three pattern sheets.

  • Introductory information includes contextual information about where the embroidery comes from, comparisons between contemporary and early-style Hardanger, photographs of historical examples, and information about the motifs, equipment and materials used.
  • The Projects chapter has 10 beautiful projects including small projects through to larger projects. Included are the following projects:
    • bookmark
    • square mat
    • pin tins
    • biscornu
    • table runner
    • Christmas stockings
    • cushion
    • lampshade
    • embroidered shirt
    • traditional apron

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

  • The Stitches and techniques chapter is packed with detailed stitch instructions. 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. As well as including some stitches that are well loved by Hardanger stitchers, this book reintroduces old stitches that have fallen out of regular usage outside of Norway.
  • A glossary, appendix and full index complete the book.


  • 160 full-colour pages
  • 3 pattern sheets
  • Paperback
  • 195 x 275 mm

Additional information

Weight .650 kg
Dimensions 28 × 4 × 20 cm