I've had Confetti of Hardanger in my stash since 2012, when it was offered as a group SAL as part of the Stitch Specialists Yahoo Group, a group run by the designer of this chart, Abi Gurden. I've wanted to stitch this chart since then, but actually waiting this long proved fortuitous as the perles I've chosen to use for it didn't exist then, but they do now! The perles I'm using are hand dyed by Jodyri Designs and Michelle is one of the few dyers I know to hand dye matching perles in #5, #8 and #12. I'll be using Jodyri's beautiful Alaskan Beauty perles for this one, along with possibly some complimentary DMC solid perles and white, the mainstay of Hardanger stitched on 25ct white lugana:
The pdf chart comes with very detailed instructions for each of the 14 parts, so even if Hardanger is new to you, everything you need to know is included. There are a few filling stitches in this one that are new to me, so I'm looking forward to adding them to my list!
Here is Part 1, Klosters and Extended Klosters stitched in #5 perle in Alaskan Beauty:
Here is Part 2, Cable Stitch and Doubled Back Stitch stitched in #8 white perle:
White on white is a bit hard to see so here are a few close-ups, Cable Stitch:
And Doubled Back Stitch, which was the first time I'd ever worked a stitch from the reverse of the fabric!
The hardcore Hardanger (aka cutting) doesn't begin until Part 6, so I still have a few parts to go before squissor fear sets in!
I've also had my stash for the month arrive, my monthly thread and fabric from Jodyri Designs as well as a fantastic book, The A-Z of Whitework:
I've never been a fan of generic stitch dictionaries, I much prefer books on specific techniques and the stitches and facts relevant to them individually. I was so pleased when I discovered that the A-Z series was being reprinted again as Search Press had bought the rights to them. I didn't want to pay up to four times the price for an OOP copy! They are a brilliant series of books and I think, along with the RSN guides, tell you everything you need to know about individual embroidery techniques. Mary Corbet has fantastic reviews of these titles on her blog, so no need for me to go into detail. I've got the A-Z of Goldwork on order too, which hopefully should be arriving in May.
Last but not least, it's about time I got on with my Operation Threadporn projects after two new starts, so here are my proposed thread choices for my projects, the finishes to be revealed at the end of the month, (yet more Wildflowers, Mo's Silks and Silk Mill silk):