The hardanger itself wasn't to trying once I'd gotten used to it. The cutwork was a bit nerve wracking at first, but once you've done the first couple of cuts and confirmed that the whole thing IS NOT going to fall to pieces on you it's quite satisfying to attack your embroidery with scissors :-P
I framed it myself, using the walnut frame I ordered online (the company had GREAT service and prices for custom frames by the way, if you're a kiwi looking for frames, let me know and I'll pass on their details). I backed the cutwork with a piece of greenish-whiteish quilting fabric, which looks far better in real life than it does in these sun glarey pictures, I promise! To make it easy on myself, I used spray adhesive to stick the fabric straight to the matboard, then laced the hardanger over it.
Pattern: A Precious Jewel, from 'Stitch' magazine no.76 (April/May 2012)
Threads: Caron Watercolours/Wildflowers Nefertiti
Fabric: 25 ct cream Lugana
Finishing: Walnut frame
So there you go! My first attempt at hardanger, with no major mishaps. I think I'll be doing more again in future. One tip - using white thread on white fabric is probably best for beginners. I spent about two hours poking away the ends of cut evenweave so they weren't blindingly obvious against the coloured threads.