designed by Julie Norton of J. Designs
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24ct Congress Cloth cut 3" x 7"
8 yards of Caron Wildflowers - Peach Sherbert
1/8" Satin ribbon cut 12"
#24 Tapestry Needle and Basting thread
Fold the fabric in half lengthwise and finger press. Start
at the right edge, stitching over 4 fabric threads - under 4
fabric threads, place the basting stitches in the weave of the
fabric crease. Baste the entire length of the fabric. The basting
threads will be a constant check point for you when placing the
buttonhole edge. NOTE: Arrows represent the center of the design.
Using Caron's Wildflowers form the buttonhole edge over the
4th basting thread from the selvage edge. Count the basting spaces
as well as the visible basting thread. After placement of the
entire buttonhole edge; form the 2 inner klosterblocks and the
eyelets with Caron's Wildflowers. NOTE: The open circles on the
chart represents eyelet placement.
Clip and remove the 12 fabric threads at the inner edge of
the long klosterblock. Thread the needle with the 12" length
of ribbon. (The diagram to the right of the graph has you weaving
the ribbon form the bottom of the book mark to the top). Bring
the needle up in the first eyelet then stab the needle down in
the second eyelet. Pull and adjust the ribbon leaving a tail.
The diagram will help you in the "weaving" process.
Bring the needle up at the large black bullet placing
the needle in-between the klosterblock and the first fabric thread.
Stab the needle TIP down at "A" (in-between threads
4 and 5). In a weaving motion and working back towards you....tip
the needle up at "B" (in-between threads 2 and 3).
Laying the needle over threads 1 and 2 stab the needle tip back
down in space with the black bullet. As you are stabbing
the needle downward ROTATE the needle back up at "A"
and pull the ribbon. You are working 2 fabric threads at a time,
advancing 4 fabric threads for each weave.
For additional information on basting and other helpful hints
such as the flawless buttonhole edge and the perfect picot, reference
Julie's book: Take the Hard out of Hardanger.
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About Julie Norton
Julie has been stitching incessantly for the last six months.
Her creative juices are flowing, her mind brimming with designs
ideas. She enthuses, "It is hard for my needle to keep up...
I have twelve NEW designs that have been inspired by my friends,
each hardanger design as unique and fascinating as each of these
ladies are." Julie's latest designs will make their debut
at the Needlework and Accessories Trade Show in Charlotte, NC
this July. She is also hard at work on a new merchandise catalog
as well as creating teaching programs. When designing, Julie
functions at peak level when she has input from fellow stitchers
on new designs. All the ladies mentioned above have expressed
ideas for what THEY would look for when purchasing a hardanger
design book. The strongest input has been for creating doilies
with centers that are not cut and wrapped so that one is able
able to place objects on them, without sacrificing intricate
wrapping designs. Julie elaborates, "This is what they referred
to as a "functional" doily. I tried with each creation
to incorporate their favorite stitches....and all requested a
lot of triple cable. They all seem to be avid collectors of priceless
treasures, be it antique creamers, sugars and teapots to handpainted
porcelain eggs. Each is thrilled with her 'namesake' design."
Julie has been experimenting with a variety of fabrics: the
new Austrian Hardanger 22ct, 25ct Jobelan and 28ct linens. Fibers
of tone on tones in the new designs are in keeping with a traditional
look. Her goal with each new piece to create a fresh look and
to incorporate flexibility. So far this has been an effective
strategy as she maintains, " There are just so many shapes
you can create with kloster blocks...I may have chosen the simplicity
of a plain wrapped bar, yet the stitch area allows for the stitcher
to create their own favorite wrap if they choose - be it picos
or an adjoining wrapped bar. So, from beginner to advanced, the
structure and design is functional and intriguing to all skill
levels." With all this practice, it is no wonder that she
has acquired a better understanding of the designing process,
but what excites her even more, is to share this experience "hands-on"
with those who have the desire to learn the intricate art of
All in all, Julie has a gut sense of what the future holds,
"I feel that I have exciting adventures in store for me....All
will come in due time." For more information about Julie
Norton and J. Designs see the previous feature in our site archives
Julie Norton's books are distributed nationally by Nordic
Needle and L.C Kramer. She sells wholesale direct to shops across
the U.S. Her publications are distributed by Down Under in Australia.
She also sells direct to "regular" people. For more
information contact her at:
J. Designs, Alternative Hardanger Techniques
P.O. Box 20346, Bloomington, MN 55420
e mail: firstname.lastname@example.org