Easter Eggs Embroidered with Schwalm Whitework Motifs (2)

An eye-catching Easter decoration is made with plastic eggs covered with linen embroidered with Schwalm motifs.

It doesn’t matter if one uses spring-like colours,

shades of one tone,

or only one colour.

Nice motifs in the perfect size can be found in 24 small Designs.
Detailed instructions and 60 designs for working those eggs can be found in Embroidered Easter Eggs.

If one wants to embroider somewhat larger eggs (e.g., goose eggs), appropriate designs can be found in Easter Eggs.

Butterfly Motifs

Butterfly Motifs

So far I have not discovered any butterfly motifs in traditional Schwalm whitework designs. Butterflies started showing up in Schwalm designs only in the course of the last few years. The shapes of the butterflies are extremely diverse, and the design options are almost limitless; this is what makes them so interesting for embroidery. They can be combined with flowers and leaves or be used as individual motifs with excellent results either way.

Global Schwalm Sampler – Update (1)

Global Schwalm Sampler – Update (1)

The first contribution comes from Germany. Elisabeth Baumgart was immediately attracted to the idea of a collective sampler.

She wrote:
“Even though I rarely embroider Schwalm whitework, I still want to be part of the great community effort!
It has become a small, simple motif and is supposed to represent a blossom.”

Coral Knot stitches, small leaves, and Blanket stitch eyelets as well as a Rose stitch Limet filling pattern decorate her nice and well done project.

The beginning has been made. Many more embroideries will follow soon!

Please remember that everyone is invited to participate. Your piece does not need to be elaborate, nor do you need to be an experienced embroiderer. The charm of the finished sampler will come from combining all contributions that arrive from all corners of the world.

One can find more contributions in Update (3).


Easter is fast approaching, and celebrations this year will probably be very different from those of years past.

Easter customs are different worldwide. In Germany, the Easter rabbit places the Easter eggs into hidden nests.
In addition, rabbits are indigenous to many countries around the world. They were also widespread in the Schwalm. So why shouldn’t we integrate a rabbit motif into Schwalm embroidery?

Christa Waldmann designed a pattern:

You can download the design here:

A different, smaller design can be found in the article Hare Circle Dance.

Slightly modified I embroidered this new motif twice.

One rabbit body got a Limet grid

and was filled with the 2 pattern.

The mirrored counterpart was decorated with an openwork pattern.

Diagonal Cross Filling – French Variation/“half” (Openwork Pattern Samplers) was chosen.

Since the ears are very narrow, they were initially only edged with Coral Knot stitches. Then the thread withdrawing was made for a simple withdrawn thread pattern.

Wave stitches were embroidered.

Then Chain stitches for outlining and wrapped Chain stitches for dividing were worked.

Today the pair of rabbits greets you.

How about designing a complete rabbit family?