The challenge at Crafty Cardmakers this fortnight is to make something on a 'flower' theme. And despite the name of the challenge blog, it doesn't have to be a card. And just to prove that, I've made something that definitely isn't a card!
I love the lacy effect of Harganger embroidery. I first learned the basics courtesy of Mary Hickmott's New Stitches magazine, and this is a pattern from a booklet also published by Mary. I hadn't done any for years, but was inspired to do a couple of table mats recently. I stitched this one on 22 count Hardanger cloth with Perle cotton in sizes 5 and 8 and shades of terra-cotta, turquoise and a varigated cream/peach tint.
A close up of a flower. Of course, I do like the fact that the flower has a distinctly Mackintoshesque shape and simplicity.