Baskets and Flowerpots

Baskets and Flowerpots

In Schwalm whitework borders, the heart often used as a base for the triple shoot, was sometimes replaced with a basket or a flowerpot. But there are also designs where baskets or flowerpots stand alone. The variety of shapes is great, the range of design options even greater. Initially, the motifs were closely embedded in the surrounding embroidery, but over the centuries they have become more clearly delineated and emphasized.

Global Schwalm Sampler – Update (7)

Global Schwalm Sampler – Update (7)

Elisabeth Erdmann from Germany has designed a pretty picture herself; it contains all the typical motifs of Schwalm whitework – such as heart and tulip. In doing so, she cleverly integrated the heart outline three times.

She addresses the choice of her motifs as a thank you to me.
She wrote – roughly translated: “Basket, heart, suns, birds and pomegranate –
the abundance of your patterns
they are making us wholehearted
always friendly and willing
in the shortest possible time
available all over the world.”

The picture became a real little Schwalm sampler cloth due to the elaborate embroidery. In addition to simple withdrawn-thread patterns, openwork patterns and Limet patterns can be found. The “suns” were yet decorated with the finest needlelace. In addition to very numerous small leaves, there are also eyelets, half-eyelets and many tendrils.

Marlies Martin from Germany embroidered stars.

She wrote – roughly translated: “My good mood producers in the Corona crisis were the stars – for me synonymous with sky, flower meadow and fulfilling embroidery hours.”

As a former long-time instructor, Marlies Martin has taught fine white work to generations of embroiderers. Now, due to failing health and fingers that no longer make fine work, she seldom embroiders. So you can imagine my surprise when I received from her a submission for the global sampler! This great old lady of whitework has filled a diamond with a total of forty-nine small stars! To do this, she chose a challenging pattern from my star book. I would like to give a special thank you to Marlies Martin.

You can see more contributions in Update 6.

Global Schwalm Sampler – Update (6)

Global Schwalm Sampler – Update (6)

So far I have received the sampler contributions in various packaging: envelopes, rolls, and parcels.
I want to let everyone know that it is okay to fold the embroidered linen so that it fits inside an envelope.

When the pieces are folded dry, I can iron them completely smooth again, as the following pictures show. So you do not have to incur increased postage costs for large or special packaging.

Two more contributions to the global sampler have arrived.

Emi Tamura from Japan embroidered a wreath design.

She wrote:

“Some people think this wreath just as a wreath, cooperation, Japanese flag or virus itself. Anything is ok, and feel we are united people on the earth getting together on the virus.“

The teacher of Schwalm whitework at a well-known handcraft shop in Sapporo has put together traditional motifs such as hearts, tulips, and birds in a wreath shape and surrounded them with many tendrils, leaves, and eyelets. In the finest work, she has embroidered a wide variety of filling patterns. Limet patterns, openwork patterns, and also patterns without thread withdrawing can be seen. This was possible because the linen used is not very densely woven. The elaborate wreath was framed with a double border of Satin stitch patterns.

Thérèse-Marie Marsollier from France shares her passion for Schwalm whitework with us and thinks the initiative is wonderful. She chose the motif of a bear – but that of a teddy bear.

She wrote: „Le motif de la peluche “OURS” s`est presque imposé bien que ce ne soit pas un motif traditionnel.
Est un besoin d`insouciance, un retour vers l´enfance qui a dicté mon choix ou bien la situation actuelle face à cette pandémie, je ne sais pas.“

Roughly translated: “The motif of the plush bear ultimately prevailed in my choice, although it is not a traditional motif. I don’t know whether my option was a need for carelessness, a return to childhood or the current situation with which the pandemic is facing us.”

It was a pleasure for Thérèse-Marie to take part in the collective work of art featuring Schwalm whitework. The teacher of fine embroidery skillfully combined various simple withdrawn-thread patterns and Limet patterns in order to achieve the necessary contrasts. She also managed to incorporate traditional elements such as tendrils, small leaves and flowers, Blanket stitch eyelets and half-eyelets into the embroidery.

You can see more contributions in Update 5.

Fillings of Interspaces

Fillings of Interspaces

In Schwalm whitework it is common to fill the areas between or around large motifs with small elements of surface embroidery; these establish a nice contrast to the simple large figures embroidered with withdrawn-thread patterns.

There is a long list of possible small elements used in the Schwalm. Most common are spiral-shaped tendrils embroidered with Coral Knot stitches; undivided and divided Satin stitch leaves; divided and rounded, but sometimes also undivided and pointed, Blanket stitch leaves; Blanket stitch eyelets – sometimes surrounded with Eyelash stitches, Blanket stitch half-eyelet scallops, or 2 short-2 long stitches; circles, tulips, or hearts embroidered with Satin stitches; curved lines; now and then French Knots; rarely Bullion Knots. All of these are used to fill the open areas.

Global Schwalm Sampler – Update (5)

Global Schwalm Sampler – Update (5)

Unfortunately, shipping in some regions of the world is currently either impossible or only possible to a limited extent. Please let me know your intention to contribute and your anticipated ship date by the beginning of July. I will then wait for all committed submissions to arrive here. I would like them to arrive by the end of July, but of course we will have to be flexible during these uncertain times.

Shipping within Germany and from some neighboring countries is not affected. So today I can present five new contributions to the global sampler.

Anita Bischof from Germany embroidered an animal motif.

She wrote: “The elephant is my favorite animal. He has thick skin, but is also sensitive and very social as a herd animal. He has everything we need to get through this time. It’s better together. ”

She depicted the weighty animal with matching Limet- Filling patterns. She chose Rose stitches for the body and the dense one-pattern for the ear. The tusks were given Stain stitch bars. The bend in the trunk was “drawn” with short rows of Coral knots. A Blanket stitch eyelet forms the eye and half-eyelets the toes.

Hedwig Clausmeyer from Germany also wanted to be part of the great community effort.

She has rendered the traditional tulip motif of Schwalm whitework into a modern silhouette and perfectly embroidered on handwoven linen. Satin stitch bars, Wave stitches, a Röserich pattern and Herringbone curved lines fill the areas. The large motif with its simple shape is impressive, and the small insect is the icing on the cake.

#8 and #9
Jacqueline Blanot from France submitted two very different embroidery designs.

The large butterfly is elegant simplicity. This is achieved through her choice of the filling patterns. An openwork pattern, a Limet pattern, and a simple withdrawn-thread pattern with Honeycomb Darning stitches can be found.

For the second contribution, Jacqueline modified a motif from Jacobean embroidery and skillfully translated it into Schwalm embroidery. She chose a branch with flowers, leaves, and tendrils. The long-time teacher and translator of my books into the French language used a wealth of Limet patterns and a simple withdrawn-thread pattern with Honeycomb Darning stitches to design the areas. So that the embroidery would not appear excessively heavy, some shapes were simply outlined.

Christa Waldmann from Germany had embroidered a commemorative picture for her silver wedding anniversary. She generously decided to donate it to the global sampler. It provides us with a treasure trove of ideas.

The designer and long-time teacher has included all the elements of Schwalm embroidery in her magnificent work. Heart, tulip, sun, and bird can be found as traditional motifs. Blanket stitch half-eyelets and 2 short-2 long stitches surround the motifs. Herringbone curved lines on the neck of the birds and around the heart complete the decorations. Various openwork and Limet filling patterns were used. Many spirals, undivided Satin stitch leaves, rounded Blanket stitch leaves as well as various small flowers with Blanket stitches, Satin stitches, and Eyelash stitches fill the areas between the motifs. A needle-weaving hem with spiders completes the work.

One can find more contributions in Update (4)