Schwalm Parade Cushion Border (B)

One of the cushion designs shown in the previous post has met with great interest among my blog readers. Therefore, I now show this embroidery in detail. It is about a very special and rarely found Schwalm border pattern. It was embroidered on a parade cushion. The pillowcase is about 200 years old. It measures 45 cm X 82 cm. At 24 cm x 80 cm, the border occupies more than half of the cushion plate.

It is essentially early Schwalm whitework.
Coral Knot stitches are hard to find. But in addition to surface filling patterns, there is also a couple of withdrawn-thread patterns.

In addition to heart, tulips and sunflower, there are many other flowers, pomegranates and leaves in various forms. Some stems are kept wide and elaborately decorated. Blanket stitch eyelets are arranged in the shape of grapes. Instead of spirals, there are often intricate tendrils.
Not only the tree of life structure emanating from the basic vessel is interesting, but also the cross formations surrounded by the branches.

The embroidery also includes some very interesting filling patterns, which will be discussed in a separate article.

Schwalm Parade Cushion Border(A)
Transition from Early to Later Schwalm Whitework (1)
Transition from Early to Later Schwalm Whitework (2)
Transition from Early to Later Schwalm Whitework (3)

Embroideries by Rosemarie Landsiedel-Eicken (7)

You, too, will be delighted by Rosemarie Landsiedel-Eicken’s last embroidery project!

Shortly after completing her impressive wall hanging, she began another unique and complex project.

Based on illustrations by Ruth Koser-Michaëls, Rosemarie artistically arranged scenes from various fairy tales by the Brothers Grimm to embroider as a wide border around the perimeter of a blanket.

You can see representations from the following fairy tales:

The Bremen Town Musicians

The Six Servants

Hansel and Gretel

The Frog King

The Hare and the Hedgehog

Snow White

The White Snake


The Star Money

The Wolf and the Seven Young Goats

The Fisherman and His Wife
Clever Elsie

Little Red Riding Hood

The Spirit in the Bottle

The Blue Light

Doctor Know-all
The Singing Bone

The Wolf and the Fox

Looking closely at the work of an artist and observing the development of a talented embroiderer has certainly been very informative. I would like to thank the Landsiedel-Eicken couple very much for making the many photos available and for allowing me to share them with you.

An Autumnal Table Ribbon

It´s autumn – the leaves are falling….

This brought me to the idea to show an embroidery with autumn coloured leaves.
This autumnal project was designed and embroidered by Christa Waldmann. She arranged leaves and fruits of different broad-leaved trees to a long border. The entire piece measures 15 cm X 220 cm. The design was embroidered on a linen ribbon with a relatively coarse weave which did not allow thread withdrawing. Christa Waldmann chose autumnal shades for her project.

Additionally she embroidered a similar design single-colour on finer linen. The fine weave enables thread withdrawing and hence much more possibilities for using different filling patterns.

Embroideries by Rosemarie Landsiedel-Eicken (6)

With the high level of knowledge acquired, it was now possible to use that knowledge and corresponding skills individually. Rosemarie Landsiedel-Eicken designed an elaborate, very individual and varied border design for a table runner. With great attention to detail, she turned scenes from rural life into embroidery that is both uncommon and well worth seeing. She has skillfully integrated, for example, sections of needle-weaving hems or small needlelace fillings.

Enjoy the viewing!

Embroideries by Rosemarie Landsiedel-Eicken (5)

After learning all the basic stitches, all three kinds (simple, Limet, and openwork) of withdrawn-thread patterns, Peahole and needle-weaving hems as well as needlelace edgings, needlelace fillings are next to be learned.

In comparison, for example, to Danish Hedebo embroidery, in Schwalm whitework only circular motifs are filled with needlelace. In an ambitious project of an octagonal tablecloth, Rosemarie Landsiedel-Eicken, at her first go, worked sixteen different needlelace patterns; thereby she worked all the main patterns used in Schwalm whitework.

The circles with needlelace fillings were arranged around a circle made of Blanket stitch scallops. The edge was decorated with a needlelace edging similar to the one on this doily.