‘Hardanger’ Blanket Shawls

‘Hardanger’ Blanket Shawls

These beautiful blanket shawls are designed and handwoven by me using a delicate and open weave structure which I have been developing. It reminds me of the Norwegian drawn threadwork technique known as Hardanger, hence the name.

Handwoven Blanket Shawl - Hardanger Diamonds in blue
Handwoven Blanket Shawl – Hardanger Diamonds in blue

 

As a small child I was taught to do this type of whitework embroidery and when I decided it would be lovely to design and weave something delicate and light I thought of this. The beauty of this weave is that I can create a textile inspired by these beautiful traditional motifs without resorting to cutting threads and weakening the fabric.

The large shawls are roughly square and works either folded and worn as a shawl or thrown across the knees as a half blanket, or lap blanket.

Blanket Shawl - Hardanger Crosses in grey and saffron
Blanket Shawl – Hardanger Crosses in grey and saffron

 

Hardanger Crosses features a cross motif in the main pattern of the shawl and a double diamond in the border.

Handwoven Blanket Shawl - Hardanger Diamonds in blue
Handwoven Blanket Shawl – Hardanger Diamonds in blue

 

Hardanger Diamonds features a large diamond motif in the main panel and a small cross pattern on the border.

These shawls are woven slowly and carefully to maintain an open fabric. And lovely details have gone into the making of them. I have hem stitched the ends by hand whilst on the loom using the same yarn which creates the fringe. These are cut once off the loom and then each one is gently washed by hand to open up and full the yarn and give it that delicate lace work look in a cloth with lots of strength.

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