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Especially for Left-Hander

More and more left-handed people want to learn Schwalm whitework. So I have decided to increase my service in this respect. Perhaps you have already noticed the special instructions for left-handed people in my latest blog posts regarding filling patterns. In future articles I will continue to include left-handed instructions using the same format as seen in Filling Pattern 543 and Filling Pattern 544.

During my many years of teaching, I often cooperated with left-handers, and so I was able to gain different perspectives. Some of them told me that when they were young they had to learn to embroider using the right hand. But even with a lot of practice stitching with the right hand, using the right hand will never feel 100 percent natural to the left-hander. Stitching will be a strain and less enjoyable for the left-hander forced to conform to right-handed methods.

Others suggested to turn the instruction books upside down to get the correct view of the images, but this is not true for all stitches. Moreover, the accompanying text is not readable in this position.

For some techniques like Cross stitch, where one only needs to learn one stitch, it is conceivably possible for the left-hander to work without special instructions.

But Schwalm whitework is made special by the multitude of different stitches used in one project. And this makes learning it difficult for all, but left-handers are especially overwhelmed without exact instructions.

Years ago, at the request of and in cooperation with a young lady, I decided to publish a left-hander edition of my basic book. The left-hander edition was totally revised with new text and pictures. The young lady worked step-by-step using my instructions and did not experience any difficulties. Later translations to English and French followed. With the help of Mary Corbet´s website, I found embroiderers to test my English publication. They also did not have difficulties following my instructions, but they found the project much too elaborate for a beginner. It is, and will continue to be, a good reference book for advanced embroiderers.

Next I reworked – for the left-hander – my lesson #1 booklet. I received many thanks and compliments for “such great left-handed instructions” but also requests for more left-hander instructions. Now all my lesson booklets have an edition specifically written for the left-hander. They are available in my shop.

Details of the contents are found in the following blog posts:

New Lessons for Beginners – An Overview

Lesson #1 for lefthander – Happel Hearts

Lesson #2 for left hander – Tulip Wreath

Lesson #3 for left-hander – Openwork Circle Design Ornaments

Lesson #4 for left-hander – Needle-Weaving Band Sampler

Finally left-handers can also learn – without going against their natural inclinations – all the many facets of beautiful, diverse, and immensely interesting Schwalm whitework.

Do you know left-handed embroiderers? Please feel free to forward this good news to them.

Angels – Advent Calendar 2018

At first, I was not sure how this year’s Advent Calendar theme would be received. However, because many of my readers have asked for the corresponding outline patterns, I have learned that the interest is great. So I passed all my drawings on to a graphic designer, who then made the necessary graphics for me.

Now the patterns are put together in a new publication.
There are a few designs that were posted on my blog for which I have no rights. Therefore, the designs of the tea cloth posted on day 2 and the table runners posted on days 5, 12, and 19 are not included. But nine other pretty motifs take their places for a total of twenty-seven basic designs.

Since some of these are shown in several variations, you will find a total of seventy-one variations inside this booklet – included are the three wreath designs 9a, 9b, and 23.

To complete the collection, three charts of angel motifs for openwork were added.

All single designs are shown in the original size embroidered by me. The wreath designs are scaled down to a double-page format.

Because of the different formats, the publication is downloadable in two separate files.
Of course it is also possible to get this publication as a printed booklet for the same gross price (including 7% sales tax) plus shipping charges. This option is not shown in my online shop, so please email me with your request.

27 Basic Designs + 3 Charts
Advent Calendar 2018
line drawings in 71 variations
43 pages and 7 double-pages
3.68 MB + 4.81 MB file size
Text: English
€24.00 (includes 19% sales tax, so it is €20.17 for customers outside the EU)
download here

Schwalm Needle-Weaving Bands

Needle-weaving hems and needle-weaving bands are an inherent part of Schwalm whitework. And the huge number of different possibilities makes this special type of embroidery varied and interesting.

In Schwalm Whitework Lesson #4 – Needle-Weaving Band Sampler, I described how to work the different pattern categories in great detail. I have now collected into a new publication a huge number of band patterns with short explanations. This publication will enable embroiderers to find the perfect pattern for their taste and purpose.

The featured needle-weaving band patterns were found on pieces worked within the last two hundred years – 193 different patterns in all.

To both show the course of larger patterns and also enable a size comparison, all patterns are shown over a section of about seventy-two bundles.

The patterns are arranged into these categories:

  • A-patterns
  • one-piece block patterns
  • two-piece block patterns
  • two-piece block patterns with spiders
  • mirrored patterns
  • In addition, these patterns are also included:

  • divided patterns
  • needle-weaving with wrapped bundles patterns
  • pattern combinations
  • In each of the categories, the patterns are arranged according to their number of units. To make it easier to find a special pattern, the number of bundles of a single pattern segment is also provided for each pattern. (Of course all the special terms are clarified.)

    Some band patterns are easy to read, and others are more confusing. In an attempt to prevent errors from being made and to ease your work, I provide an additional service. For each band pattern, I have included the number of bundles for the individual bridges of the first unit; these are set in parentheses. Additionally, this pattern segment (the counted-out section) is marked with red lines at both ends.

    Tips for creating both new patterns and different samplers round out this very special and precious publication.

    Schwalm Needle-Weaving Bands

    Needle-Weaving Bands
    collection of 193 different patterns

    67 pages
    more than 230 images
    plasic comb binding
    item price: €25
    (including 7% sales tax),
    €23.36 for customers outside the EU


    Lesson #4 – Needle-Weaving Band Sampler

    Lesson #4 is a stand-alone unit that only requires some basic knowledge of embroidery. It deals with different needle-weaving band patterns. Needle-weaving hems or bands are, next to the Peahole hem, most important in Schwalm whitework; there are more than 200 different known patterns.

    In needle-weaving bands fabric with a linen weave is transformed by withdrawing fabric threads in one direction and replacing them with embroidery threads that are woven in different patterns.

    The lesson #4 booklet expands and improves, with very detailed descriptions, similar content found in my book Fancy Hems. The six on the front page shown band patterns are explained.

    You will learn how to
    • establish thread bundles,
    • establish bridges,
    • secure withdrawn thread ends,
    • work units,
    • change the width of bridges,
    • read a diagram,
    • remove extra bundles,
    • increase the number of bundles, and
    • work spiders.

    In addition, you will learn how to work
    • one-piece block patterns,
    • A-patterns, and
    • a two-piece block pattern with spiders.

    Schwalm Whitework
    Lesson #4
    Needle-Weaving Band Sampler
    47 pages
    more than 200 images
    text: English
    plastic comb binding
    item price: €25 (including 7% sales tax), €23.36 for customers outside the EU

    The project in the booklet is worked on 14 threads/cm natural coloured linen from the Übelhör linen mill in Austria. One can use any evenweave (or nearly evenweave) linen that is densely woven with a thread count between 13.5/cm and 16/cm. Weddigen linen #160 with 13.5 threads/cm is well suited.
    But if one wants to have the same linen to get the same result as shown in the booklet, a kit is available. Kit #4 contains all materials required to complete lesson #4.

    Lesson #3 – Openwork Circle Design Ornaments

    Of the three types of withdrawn-thread patterns (simple, Limet, and openwork) in Schwalm whitework, openwork is the most important and richly diverse group. This is because shapes can not only be filled with endless patterns but also with figured patterns. The variety of figured patterns is vast – in addition to hearts, tulips and stars, birds and manikin are found. However, one can also find other animals and crowns. The Schwalm embroiderer loved diversification and liked to combine all the different possibilities.

    Openwork patterns are especially durable because the embroiderer usually embroidered the shape twice – once for securing the grid with Cable stitches and again when working a pattern using Rose or needle-weaving stitches into the established grid. Learning to embroider openwork patterns is a little bit more arduous. But having learned the basic principles, countless and very different creative possibilities are opened up.

    linienförmige Anordnung | arrangement in a straight line
    The Ornament project is a continuation of the Happel Hearts project. It provides the opportunity to practice Coral Knot, Chain, and Blanket stitches that you learned in lesson #1, and it introduces new techniques and challenges:

    1. Design transfer of a circle design
    2. Thread withdrawal for an openwork grid with a square in the center
    3. Working a Cable stitch grid
    4. Openwork filling stitch: needle weaving
    5. Working from a filling pattern chart
    6. Openwork filling stitch: Rose stitch
    7. Finishing
    8. Thread withdrawal for an openwork grid with an intersection of bundled threads in the center

    In addition, you will
    • create your own different edge embellishment in basic star pattern charts,
    • create your own star pattern chart,
    • study more different pattern charts,
    • study more embroidered star patterns.

    The main focus of this lesson is to introduce Schwalm whitework’s third type of withdrawn-thread patterns – openwork patterns. (Simple withdrawn-thread filling patterns and Limet-Filling patterns have already been covered in lesson #1 and in lesson #2 respectively.)

    In this lesson you have to establish an openwork grid, stabilize it with Cable stitches, and fill it with different figured patterns using needle weaving and Rose stitches. In the end, excess fabric is cut away.

    Other finishing possibilities are square ornaments, coasters, and bands.

    The project is small, but there is so much to learn!
    Everything you need is included in the kit #1. Did you order it already?
    To save you shipping costs, I made this document downloadable. Of course, a printed version is available upon request; should you prefer this option, please email me.

    Schwalm Whitework
    Lesson #3
    Openwork Circle Design Ornaments
    31 pages
    more than100 images
    text: English
    21.95 MB file size
    item price: € 20 (including 19 % sales tax), 16,81 € for customers outside the EU



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