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Carol shows off a runner of hardanger lace

Carol demonstrates the control needed to create hardanger lace

Carol displays a runner of Hardanger Lace

closeup of carol making hardanger lace

Carole shows off a smaller piece of lace

Displaying the details of hardanger lace

Carol shows the details in her hardanger lace

Colorful embroidery covers part of Carol's outfit

Christmas star ornament made with Hardanger lace

Hardanger Lace with Carol Skavlen
Stoughton, WI

Anna | Emily

Carol Sklaven has lived in Stoughton all her life, and like many others in Stoughton and all over the world, she makes Hardanger lace. She makes things like dolls, pillowcases, baptizing gowns, sheets, Christmas tree ornaments, etc.

Traditionally you do Hardanger lace either white thread on white fabric (white on white) or you do ivory thread with ivory fabric (ivory on ivory). Now the traditions are being broken a little, and you can get other colors too, like red, blue, green, and a couple others.

Making Hardanger lace is a long process. The 22-count fabric used for Hardanger lace has tiny holes that you can thread the needle in and out of. These holds form a grid pattern. First you sew a pattern or outline, which will be the basic shape. Then you pull some threads out in the form of a square. You repeat this step until your ?? only an intricate pattern of fabric all around the doily. Then you carefully sew around the holes over the thread that's left. [illustration] --Anna

Carol makes Christmas tree ornaments and says that she plans on having an all-Hardanger tree. Stoughton is a very rich town culturally. For instance, on special holidays people could always go out with their bunads on. Some even ate lutefisk. Lutefisk is a dish that poorer people used to eat. It's dried fish that has been cooked again and served with lots of butter. Now people eat it just to say, "I'm Norwegian-American." --Emily

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