Hardanger University

A weekend of fun and fellowship as we focus on learning the challenging, but fun and rewarding art of Hardanger. 3 Days of Hands on Instruction, Stitchers' Lounge, Fun & Games through the evening

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Our Teachers

Donna Olson

Donna M. Olson received an education teaching degree from Hamline University, St.Paul, MN and taught at Iowa State University for 5 years before moving to Stoughton, WI., a Norwegian community. Since then EGA guilds and local embroidery stores in southern WI have used her teaching and design skills in needlepoint and embroidery workshops.

She learned Hardangersom from the Norwegian women in Stoughton and followed up with classes through EGA. From 1972 she has lead ongoing classes in needlepoint embroidery and Hardangersom through the Madison Area Technical College. Since 1991 her workshops have been exclusively Hardangersom. Her business, Satin Stitches, of charted traditional and contemporary Hardangersom designs, was begun in 1999 after a great deal of encouragement from her students.

Class Project: Hardanger Ornament
Olson class project

Learn techniques to stitch klosters, eyelets, cable and bar wrapping with weaving. Keep both the back and front side of your work neat and clean . This design to frame or ornament to hang is 3.5" x 2" on 25 ct. fabric.







Marion Scoular

Marion Scoular photoMarion Scoular is a 3-year, Mark Excellent, 1955 Graduate of the Royal School of Needlework and a City and Guild's Silver Medallist. She has taught in English High Schools, owned The Robin Hood Wool Shop for 13 years; taught Adult Education for Clemson University and has judged, lectured and taught in 49 states, Canada, Mexico and Australia. She is author of many booklets and articles on Embroidery techniques.



Class Project: Butterfly

Scouler project photoHardanger University in a short time has become the place to learn Hardanger. After this class you will be able to master what has scared you to this point.

You will learn the answers to - why? Why should right handed stitcher’s sew from left to right? How can one cut the four fabric threads without jeopardizing the five stitches? Many such questions will be answered as you stitch this simple, diagonal Butterfly, taught from the Beginner level. With the technical information, I will share, Hardanger will be SO easy. Yes, you WILL master those pesky picots…. I promise!

You will have a choice of the traditional 22 count Hardanger cotton, using white #5 and #8 Pearl cotton (the design will measure 4.25 “) or 30 count linen, using white #8 and #12 Pearl cotton. (the design will measure 3 1/4” ) The choice will be made upon enrollment.

Cindy Valentine

Cindy Valentine photoCindy Valentine is a needlework designer and teacher located in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. Cindy is dedicated to making her innovative and elegant designs interesting and accessible to stitchers at all levels.

She has written a Group Correspondence course for the Embroiderer’s Guild of America (EGA) and The American Needlepoint Guild (ANG). She has also written a Workshop by Mail for ANG. She has taught at EGA National and Region seminars, as well as for shops, chapters, guilds and retreats. Her designs have been published in “The Cross Stitcher” magazine, “Just Cross Stitch,” “The Gift of Stitching” and “Needlepoint Now.” She has been featured as a “Designer Across America” in “Needlearts.”

She is a member of the Chicora Stitchers Chapter of the Embroiderer’s Guild of America.

Class Project: Beach Lace/Gold Lace

Valentine class project photoStudents will have a choice of two colorways for this lovely lacy square…. light aqua and white or sparkly gold and cream. This piece is the perfect top for a treasure box or a special wedding pillow. Students will use luscious silks and sparkly braids while working on 28 count linen to complete this piece. A stunning interlaced hemstitch with (or without) beads makes the outer border. Algerian eyes, small eyelets and large eyelets are perfected in this class. In addition students will learn to plot a pathway for completing adjoining wrapped bars, and will learn an intermediate filling stitch, the Struvor (Rosette.)

White box image
The white box is part of Cindy's class and can be preordered for an additional cost of $40.
Kit includes 28 count fabric, Aqua or Ecru and metallic gold Lugana. (Students who would like to use this for a ring pillow, may choose white or antique white ground fabric. Also includes complete cards of Rainbow Gallery Elegance, silk pearl, Rainbow Gallery Subtlety silk pearl and Rainbow Gallery Petite Treasure Braid, and Mill Hill beads.

Design includes: