Schwalm Band – Outline Designs

I recently embroidered a long band border with traditional Schwalm motifs.

Because I believe that such a project will be of great interest, I would like to share it with you. Here comes the design first. In later blog posts I will walk you through the entire project.

This outline design can be used very flexibly.

It actually consists of 5 separate sections of different heights, which can be placed on top of each other as required or separated into many smaller sections – this creates more than 20 different outline patterns. They can be used as individual patterns or combined as desired.

You can place all the sections together in the order of the printed sheets and at their full length, or you can shorten the band pattern section by section to achieve the desired length.
You can also combine the sections in a different order or mirror them.

The template sheets offer unimagined possibilities – give it a try!

The original design was based on a 16 cm wide band.

I gave up my initial plan to embroider on industrially woven striped linen. Therefore it was also possible to make the band wider than 16 cm. The patterns were expanded to 18 cm wide. This made my embroidery 165 cm long.

So that you too can embroider a project with these outline patterns, I offer them for purchase. The document contains 35 reduced size design suggestions on three pages, and then the 5 original size design sections – both 16cm and 18cm wide.

You can either download this document

Schwalm Band
with traditional motifs
line drawings
22 pages
Text: English
7.51 MB file size
(incl. 7% sales tax)
(€17,76 for customers outside the EU.)

or order as a print version.

In the print version, the line drawings are printed on high-quality tracing paper. This makes putting the sections together very easy.

Schwalm Band
with traditional motifs
line drawings
22 pages
Text: English
(incl. 7% sales tax)
(€ 23,36for customers outside the EU.)

Entry in the Nationwide Register of Intangible Cultural Heritage

I am pleased to announce that Schwalm whitework was added to the nationwide register of intangible cultural heritage yesterday.

With this award, the cultural form “Schwalm Whitework” bears the title “intangible cultural heritage” – not to be confused with “world (cultural) heritage”.

I would like to thank all of my supporters very much.
In no particular order, I will present the efforts of groups, individuals and the Schwälmer Heimatbund e.V. and show their conservation measures.

The registration is a great success and makes a valuable contribution to arousing new interest and supporting the transfer and preservation of cultural assets.

Shortly after the announcement, I was asked about the topic by Hessischer Rundfunk. The interview was broadcast on the radio station HR1 on the same day. The Hessenschau on HR television brought a short report from the Schwalm Museum and you can also find a report on the Hessenschau website.

Now a new chapter of work begins, because receiving the title should not rest on one’s laurels – it requires appropriate measures to be passed on and preserved. My colleagues and I face this challenge with vigor and enthusiasm.

Bunnies between Daisies

Easter is coming soon – time to think about a new Easter tea cloth again.

I picked out a pricked template to make prints. My choice fell on “Bunnies between Daisies”.

The motifs are relatively easy to embroider

and the areas of the bunnies can be filled in a variety of ways.

I now offer such tea cloths for sale.
Used is 16 tpcm linen (Weddigen #925) in off-white, cut to size 70 cm X 70 cm. The design square has a size of 48 cm X 48 cm.

First the selvedges have to be cut off, then the cloths have to be cut to size.
So that the prints can be placed in the middle and appear in the straight of grain, a total of 6 marking threads must be inserted.

Based on this, the four prints are carefully performed.

Tea cloths with this printed design can be purchased for €34.55 (including 19% VAT, plus shipping costs). It is €29,03 for people out of the EU.

Since this item is not listed in my shop, you can order via my email address

If you would rather transfer a pattern onto linen yourself, I can recommend the “Hare Circle Dance”. – a very soberly and yet very effective Easter outline design.

Embroidery Exhibition

Embroidery exhibition

Margarete Grandjot has been running her embroidery studio for 30 years now.


For this admirable occasion, she has prepared an exhibition entitled “Foray through 30 Years”.

This will take place on

Saturday, March 2nd, 2024 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. and on
Sunday, March 3rd from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m

in the

Raiffeisenstraße 40
71083 Herrenberg-Kuppingen

One can also enjoy coffee and cake.

Schwalm Whitework and Bobbin Lace (1)

Recently I have shown many design options with needle-weaving hems.

Sylvia Sellmaier has now created an interesting alternative on a pillowcase.

She combined typical Schwalm whitework borders and a Schwalm crown with a bobbin lace insert.

Bobbin lace has a long tradition in the Schwalm (see also: Bobbin lace in the Schwalm (1) and Bobbin lace in the Schwalm (2) ).

Neukirchen was a center of Schwalm bobbin lace production for a long time. However, bobbin lace was mostly used as an edge finish.
But I also know of historical pieces with bobbin lace inserts.

Bobbin lace can be found both as an edge decoration and as an insert combined with a fillet embroidery border on a Schwalm bed cover from the late 18th century.

A bed cover from the beginning of the 19th century shows a wide bobbin lace insert between needle-weaving hems. The edge of the cloth was decorated with the machine lace/ trimmings that were just emerging at the time.

In my large collection I have five other pieces with different bobbin lace inserts:
• a bed cover with elaborate early Schwalm whitework and very fine bobbin lace,
• a parade cushon with needle-weaving hems and gimp (?) bobbin lace
• a parade cushon with a very wide Schwalm whitework border, needle-weaving hems and a wide bobbin lace insert,
• a bed cover with various bobbin lace bands and a crown as well as
• another bed cover from 1844 with a crown, elaborate openwork pattern borders, a wide bobbin lace insert and a machine-made trimming.

I will introduce these pieces in later blog posts.

But now to the pillowcase from Sylvia Sellmaier.

She embroidered the initially continuous fabric for her pillow with two identical whitework borders – each bordered by a row of Four-sided stitches.

She chose the classic motifs of heart, tulip, leaf and

circle as well

Oval. She filled the areas between the motifs with tendrils, leaves, Blanket stitch eyelets and satin stitch points. As border stitches she used Blanket stitch scallops, 2short – 2long and the rarely seen variant with scallops made of Coral knot stitches, filled with groups of 3 Daisy stitches.

To fill the motif areas, she used traditional openwork patterns, usually with Rose stitches.

A popular Schwalm crown shape with a basket, palmette branches, flowers and tendrils – embroidered with stranded cotton in Anchor colour 888 – “crowned” her embroidery.

Her initials and the year were attached to the crown, separated by small cross-stitch crown ornaments.

The borders were spaced the same width as the bobbin lace that was used later. After the embroidery was finished, the fabric was cut apart and folded to the back at a distance of 10 fabric threads from the Four-sided stitches.

Each edge was finished with two rows of stitches. The first row is a “half Four-sided stitch.” Sylvia Sellmaier found it in a lace book. The second stitch is a traditional Four-sided stitch. Both stitches were worked through two layers of fabric. After completing the edge stitches, the excess fabric was cut off

and the lace sewn on.

For the insert, Sylvia Sellmaier worked

from a pattern from the book


Freihandspitzen in Schwälmer Textilien
Ingrid Hick, Christa Röhr, Marianne Stang
Zu beziehen bei:
Forum Alte Spitze GbR
Am Tomberg 18
52531 Übach-Palenberg

However, she made the lace using the torchon technique.

Sylvia Sellmaier hopes that through this blog post embroiderers/lace makers will be found who have similar pieces and are willing to show them or share their insights with her.