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Hardanger Embroidery Workshop: Special program at the Historic Adams House

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DEADWOOD, S.D. – The Historic Adams House will host a hardanger embroidery workshop on Saturday, February 17, 2007 from 10 a.m. to noon. Joan Sacrison of Belle Fourche, S.D. will teach the historic art to 10 participants. The event is open to the public, wheelchair accessible, free to members and $10 for non-members. Space is limited, for reservations and additional information please call 605-578-3724. Workshop participants will produce a small sampler piece using the satin stitch, cutting, weaving and webs. Sacrison will also share helpful hints regarding thread, fabric and other supplies. Hardanger offers a wealth of possibilities, with a great deal to learn. This class is the perfect place to start. Hardanger, known in Norway as hardangersom or hardangersaum, is a form of white handwork combined with drawn and counted thread work. It is executed on evenly woven fabric, usually linen or cotton, employing linen or pearl cotton threads. In the early 20th century, this type of needlework was known as Norwegian drawn work and takes its current name from a town on the southwestern coast of Norway, in a mountainous area at the head of the Hardanger fjord. Hardanger was first used for festive folk costumes, including apron borders, trim on collars and cuffs or blouses and the bridal head covering, employing the techniques of cutwork and drawn work. As household linens came into common usage, it became a favorite decoration for tablecloths, napkins, towels, bedspreads, pillows and curtains. Joan Sacrison was born and raised in Rapid City. She has lived in Belle Fourche for more than 10 years. She has been practicing hardanger for 26 years. This event is sponsored by the Deadwood Historic Preservation Commission, Deadwood Gulch Resort and Gaming and Cadillac Jack’s Gaming Resort. -30- The Adams Museum, Historic Adams House and Homestake-Adams Research Center identify, preserve, collect, interpret and promote the history and culture of Deadwood and the surrounding Black Hills.