“Northern Lights” Hardanger Embroidery with Donna Olson


Stitch in community and learn, or improve upon your Hardanger embroidery skills producing this, or another stunning design.

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Date: July 13 & 14, 2024

9 am – 4 pm

Skill Level:  Beginner to Intermediate.  Previous handwork experience helpful, but not necessary

Class Registration Fee: 

Early bird, by June 24, 2024:  $180.00

After June 24, 2024:  $200.00

Spend two days stitching in community with Donna Olson, master Hardanger embroiderer, and fellow Hardanger embroidery enthusiasts.

In this class, students will produce classic Hardanger embroidery designs which will feature many variations of cutwork and framing stitches, covering techniques of traditional Hardangersom, with the following stitches: klosters, satin stitch, buttonhole stitch, double running stitch, French knots, cable stitch, petal/stars, and cutwork with weaving/lacing.
We will talk and demonstrate design set up and stitching to keep a clean ‘back side’ – starting and stopping threads in the various stitches. Students may also choose another of Donna’s designs.

Materials fee: (To be collected directly from students by instructor in class):  $26.00 

Students should bring:  scissors of thin blade and sharp end, magnifying if needed

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 chapters and local embroidery stores in southern WI have used her teaching and design skills in needlepoint and embroidery workshops.
Donna M. Olson is a designer/embroiderer/instructor of the classic Norwegian embroidery which reached its well-known style in the late 1800s. Donna 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.

Donna’s portrait photo shows her wearing a Hardanger lace embroidered blouse.