Hardanger Lace with Carol Skavlen
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."