Scandinavian Drawn Work, 12-12-23

Remember this sweet hanky I showed you?

It was probably a practice piece for someone learning different stitches. My grandma made each of her grandkids a drawnwork lunch cloth. When I come across it I’ll show you.

I did some investigating about drawn work and learned it’s a close relative of hardanger and I found these examples online.

Reader photos


This is one of the better ones we’ve seen and it was local!

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39 thoughts on “Scandinavian Drawn Work, 12-12-23

  1. Martha W in WY

    Really admired Nancy’s cardinal quilt. Thanks for all the Christmas photos. I wonder if the dog lets the chicken ride around on her/his back.

    1. NancyTD

      Thanks Martha W. The fabric was purchased on 9/11/02. I finally found a pattern I liked. I consider it a hoard, blue, and a DD. Feels good to have a finished quilt.

      1. Kris in WI

        Nancy, your cardinal quilt is lovely, but don’t forget to give yourself the “Extra Credit — Applique.” It’s a four-way win! Kris

  2. Sue in Oregon

    Wow! Just Wow! What are they thinking when they park like that?
    The Christmas trees and quilts are so beautiful tonight. All of them have been all the days you have been showing them.
    Love all the linens, too.

  3. patti

    jack is great – love those ears – look so fluffable (is that a word). the quilts are great as are the trees. love the primitive Christmas items. hugs to all, patti in florida

  4. Lindah

    Christmas-y photos are all so pretty and festive.
    Oh my. The parking photo reminded me of my errand run today. I thought of you the whole time. Both times I parked, I was wayy off. But I didn’t take time to re-park because there were plenty of other spots. I don’t know why, but I seem to have lost my sense of place in space these days. I don’t have a problem when the spots on each side are filled, but if I don’t have a visual guide, then I’m not good. I could beg age, but I don’t feel my 84 yrs (well, sometimes), so I should be able to still park properly. So anyway, I thought I should be sending you a photo. ;-p

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Lindah – and I’ll give you lots of credit for admitting to me that you didn’t park correctly.

  5. Jeanne in Co.

    Nancy, I love your red and green cardinal quilt. What a fun quilt to have on display at Christmas time. And, the advent calendar quilt/wallhanging is very clever. Please send another picture when each of the blocks are displayed. A chicken and a dog, best buddies? Who would have expected that? They look like they are enjoying each other’s company.
    Thank you Mary, for another great idea of sharing Christmas tree photos. It has been fun seeing all of them. Mary, another idea for us to share sometime in the future is fun vanity plates for our cars, and others we’ve seen while traveling. Jeanne in chilly Co.

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Jeanne – oh, what a good idea! I’ll try to remember the vanity plates in January. Remind me if I don’t announce that.

  6. Barbara

    Nancy’s cardinal quilt is so lovely! I wonder if she can give the pattern name. I would love to attempt that beauty.

    1. NancyTD

      Barbara— the cardinal quilt is from the book CASUAL CLASSIC QUILTS by Gerri Robinson. The pattern is Hope on page 36. (Found the book online) I put the cardinal in the center rather than a block. Unfortunately I did the appliquéd block 20 years ago. I have searched high and low for the pattern with no luck . I hope this helps you. The center block is16 1/2”.

  7. Barbara P

    Nancy’s cardinal quilt is so lovely! I wonder if she can give the pattern name. I would love to attempt that beauty.

  8. Mrs. Goodneedle

    Lunch cloth? Would that be a napkin or a cloth to cover the contents in a lunch pail? I’ve never heard that term before. I love the Advent calendar quilt, the chicken on the pup and the excellent parking job- right between the lines! Always a delight to read your posts about lots and lots, don’t shortchange the content, it’s perfect; just like a visit with a dear friend.

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Mrs. Goodneedle – when I find it I’ll show it. She always called them lunchcloths – maybe about 30 x30? Maybe just for show? Hugs to Augie

      1. Sherry Whalen

        I bet they were called lunch cloths because – I remember my mom having a bunch of women over, probably for church ‘circle’ or ‘ladies aid’ or some such neighborhood group and we had glass trays that held a matching glass tea cup. I am sure the card tables needed to be all dressed up with lunch cloths! Of course everyone was all dressed up – dresses, hair do, high heels. Whew – I dodged a bullet missing that era!! lol

  9. Fran

    Jack! What a handsome dog!

    Your blog is about PLENTY! I love it. so interesting. Never heard of drawn work. I love the eye candy! Don’t change a thing!


  10. Kathy in western NY

    Good morning and what delightful pictures to share with my coffee time. It’s nothing for sure when we get to smile first thing with Christmas trees, quilts, pets and a truck parked wayward. I have had advent calendars on my mind for gifts for next year to make. I’d love ideas and think I will start jotting down in a journal to remember.

  11. Vicki Ibarra

    The trees, Christmas decorations, and quilts are so cheery. Love the tall tree wall hanging. What a great way to use a variety of greens! And the cardinal quilt is so pretty. The center block and border fabric truly make that quilt shine with all that piecing. Fun pet pictures.

  12. Linda in Central Iowa

    All of the drawn thread creations I have seen were not used as hankies. Simpler ones (beginners) might have been used used as bread basket covers for example Otherwise, they were treated just we do with cross stitch, embroidery, lace tating and doilies, needle point. They were wall hangings, table displays or covers but not to get greasy or soiled. I’m not an authority on this, but drawn thread (yes, hardanger fits into this category) is done on a very fine , high thread count linen or other fabric that will challenge anyone’s eyesight. The stitches were as fine as the material itself. Many were as exquisive as that second sample you showed above! You may see this stitching on some of the local area bunads (Norwegian dresses) in the pure white aprons. Fabric like this was costly, expecially in Norway It was a way to show off an individual’s needle skills.

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Linda – you’re right, I should have said “hanky size”. This fabric is what I imagine would be the same weight as “lawn” – do you think?

        1. Mary Etherington Post author

          Sounds like you’re knowledgeable in the textile field. College major perhaps?

  13. Vicki Ibarra

    Mary, I wanted you to know that I always click on your ads, but generally to delete them. Today I saw something I have been looking for and I have saved it so I can order it after the Christmas rush. That’s a “win” for both of us. By the way, the item is a wooden bread/dough bowl in the size and color I want. (Color and size has been the challenge for me and I didn’t want to compromise). I already have one that I use to put my garden fruits/veggies in after I have picked and washed them. I also place purchased veggies in it. The dough bowl sits on a table runner on my kitchen counter top and I always have those fruits/veggies there as a reminder to use them. Less spoilage. Right now, I have pomegranates and sweet potatoes in it. I love the rustic look. I am looking forward to having another that I will use for decorative purposes.

    1. Vicki Ibarra

      Color and size “have” been the challenge. I caught my bad grammar after posting. Laugh.

  14. Sunflower from Michigan 🌻

    Jack looks like he just heard the word “treat”! Beautiful boy.
    All trees and quilts are beautiful again today. I have never made a quilt with a black background but that triangle one is really interesting! Might have to think about that for next year. Does anyone have a pattern name?
    If I let Biscuit into my chicken coop, I’m afraid the pile would be the opposite with Biscuit on top of the chicken!! Have a great day everyone.

  15. Lynn

    That parking picture in Clear Lake is why I moved my car a few weeks ago at the General Store!

  16. Jan Hebert

    Fun pictures, “Jack” is beautiful! And the chicken on the pup, precious. Love the quilts – is that Ohio Star? Love the fabrics. Nancy your Cardinal quilt is beautiful! The patriotic quilt – so nice. Is that hand quilted? Looks so yummy! I love the pieced Christmas tree, and I’ve never seen an Advent calendar like that. Great idea. My favorite quilt is the black triangle one! I’d love to know the pattern name as well! I wonder how long it took to learn the Drawn Work stitches? And yes, Linda, I can imagine that you need really good eyesight to do this! Our tree is up, not quite fully decorated but the lights are on and the delicate ornaments. So far, Blue hasn’t bothered it. Fingers crossed! Jan in MA

  17. Bridget

    You have to wonder how we managed to park cars back in the day when cars were HUGE! My car is tiny in comparison to the land yacht I drove in the 70s and I managed to get it in the parking spots just fine…lol Love the trees and thank everyone for sending in. I hope to send pictures of a couple quilts when they come back from the LAquilter…too big for my DSM.

  18. Diane, Squeak, and Buddy in Central Ohio

    My Irish Nana made some of those handworks, too, as well as quilts, crocheted, and knitted items. She learned at convent school in Northern Ireland when she was only 3 years old. I love it!
    Thanks for sharing your pattern, Nancy TD. I will look to see if I have a Cardinal pattern in a book and share which book. I love all the quilts shown and I even have the pattern for the TALL tree on the wall with Santa.
    I also love seeing the patriotic quilts.
    Jack is one handsome dude–part Dalmation part??? And the dog with chicken is priceless:)
    I have to give a report today about how our Guild spent the grant money we received to continue making and giving our Quilts of Valor, Hugs from the Heart quilts, and Community Cares quilts. We will start back with Honor Flight quilts next year:) I hate to talk in front of people which is funny because I was a HS teacher for 30 years!
    Mary, thanks, as always, for your Blog about Nothing:)

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Diane – I, too, hate speaking in front of a group even though my nickname has been Windy for a long time – ever since I started writing the Goat Gazette. I do my best talking in text! Haha!!

  19. Diane, Squeak, and Buddy in Central Ohio

    Well, I never knew your nickname was Windy. You don’t talk too much. I love all of the info you put in the Blog and I always read The Goat Gazette from cover to cover:)
    The meeting actually went very well:) My friend who is also a committee member went, too so that made it easier and it ended up being just the two people in charge.
    It is getting colder here. My friends down the hill with the little Yorkie are leaving for Florida soon so I’ll miss them and him. He’s 14 1/2 so I worry he won’t come back. The Basengi ( I still don’t know how to spell it) is doing a little better destruction wise!

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Diane – Basenji is the correct spelling. I hope your little buddy comes back from FL!

  20. Kris in WI

    Wonderful post today…and every day! I have a rule that I only have to make three service-related phone calls in one day! I just made arrangements to have our snow taken care of this winter. We have only had a dusting so far, but I’m sure we will see more before spring. I’m hoping to hear from the electrician and plumber by tomorrow (good luck with that, right?) Next, it’s time to deal with the &%#@* phone company!
    On a more positive note — I am in awe of the intricate pulled thread needlework and love the Christmas trees, quilts, pets, and little displays. It’s like playing a game of I Spy. Thanks to all who sent in pictures to share and to Mary who brings us all together in every season. Kris

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