Do any of you have a good way to chart Hardanger patterns on computer?  I do have both InkScape and GIMP (which I use for scrapbooking), but I don't know where to begin with the Hardanger patterns.  My thought is to have a separate image for each motif (for instance, a "ship") or stitch group (for instance, a kloster block) that I can drag into position over a layer containing a graph, but I have no idea how to go about creating those images (and have them look straight and neat).

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I still do it the old fashioned way: pencil and graph paper.

It just takes so long.  And if I decide that I want to change something, I have to erase a bunch and redo it, rather than just drag a section to move it.

Lorelei Halley Administrator said:

I still do it the old fashioned way: pencil and graph paper.

One of the reasons I want to do this is that I have a pattern that I designed years ago using pencil and graph paper, and it's now looking quite tattered.  If I can digitize it and clean it up, I can print it as many times as I need to.  And future patterns that I design won't suffer the same fate as my first one.

Lorelei Halley Administrator said:

I still do it the old fashioned way: pencil and graph paper.

A friend with Norwegian heritage said that one of our EGA chapter members recommended MacStitch, if you have an Apple computer or WinStitch if you have a Windows computer. This is basically for cross stitch, but there is additional information online about using it for blackwork and Hardanger.   

Very interesting!  I'm wondering whether their StitchGraph (same company) would be best suited to Hardanger charting.  Can you direct me to the info on using the programs for Hardanger?  I see it mentioned, but not much in the way of description or instruction.


Sally Olsen said:

A friend with Norwegian heritage said that one of our EGA chapter members recommended MacStitch, if you have an Apple computer or WinStitch if you have a Windows computer. This is basically for cross stitch, but there is additional information online about using it for blackwork and Hardanger.   

I would contact the vendor and ask them to direct you to the appropriate instructions.  They will be able to tell you which product they recommend and why.  This will also give you some idea of the service they provide to their customers.  You will want to know how much they will help you get started and if there is an additional fee involved.  They can also tell you if their product has a look and feel similar to other projects you have used in the past.  

Ok, I was thinking that the information you were referring to was somewhere else, such as someone's blog.

Sally Olsen said:

I would contact the vendor and ask them to direct you to the appropriate instructions.  They will be able to tell you which product they recommend and why.  This will also give you some idea of the service they provide to their customers.  You will want to know how much they will help you get started and if there is an additional fee involved.  They can also tell you if their product has a look and feel similar to other projects you have used in the past.  

Trinity

There is a group on facebook for people using computer design for bobbin lace. It might be useable for Hardanger. Here is a link. Free to join.

https://www.facebook.com/groups/Lace8Users 

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