Tulip & Sunflowers

I am happy to announce that another one of my Schwalm whitework projects has made it into the world-class magazine Inspirations – the world´s most beautiful needlework.

This time they wanted me to work a small Schwalm typical border with tulip and sunflower motifs on a hand towel. So I created a matching design, embroidered it on white linen and finished it as hand towel.

I was looking for special filling patterns that reflect the shape of the respective motif and chose Limet withdrawn-thread patterns. A couple of different leaves, stems, tendrils and small flowers completed the embroidery.

Inspirations named it Tulip & Sunflowers. The professions brought the small project beautifully to life on the pages of the magazin.

Detailed instructions can be found in the magazine.

Best of all, Inspirations has put together a kit. With the right materials, one can easily start embroidering such a project.

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

24_KS_2

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.

Sofa Cushion Cover 3

As already announced in the article “Selling handwoven linen”, I am now showing a pillowcase made from this linen.

44 cm was cut off from the 92 cm wide linen to end up with a pillow measuring 40cm X 40cm.

A matching motif was printed.
In the enlargements you can clearly see the faults of the linen: passages with thicker threads alternate with those with thinner threads;

many small and large stains are spread over the entire area;

a clear fault can be seen in the lower area of ​​the basket motif. I’ll show how the fault was dealt with in the next blog post.

The linen has been embroidered, washed/boiled and ironed. Afterwards the piece measured 92 cm x 43 cm – so it only shrunk very slightly.

Since the linen is relatively thick and very tightly woven, you have to get used to it. A little more effort is required to pull the needle through the fabric. But you can place the stitches very precisely,

which creates beautiful small leaves and tendrils.

Despite the density of the threads, the thread withdrawing is quite acceptable – the threads hardly break in both the warp and the weft – even over longer distances.

Both simple withdrawn thread patterns

as well as openwork

and Limetpatterns

have a good effect. This only comes into its own after boiling, as the pictures before

and after the wash clearly show.

Decorative stitches can also be positioned precisely,

which leads to a very positive overall impression.

In the pictures you can clearly see the thread thickening of the linen, small knots and small faults in weaving. They do not have a negative effect on the overall impression. The stains disappeared without residue after washing.

Advent Calendar 2023 – No. 23

Advent Calendar 2023 – Nativity Scene
Robe of the third Wise Man

The garment of the third wise man consists of many small areas. Therefore, the pattern must be appropriate – small and modest in appearance.

Thread withdrawing is made 2:1 and

Diagonal Cross filling stitches (Openwork Pattern Samplers, pages 24, 25) are embroidered into the coat parts.

The dividing lines for the sleeves are embroidered only after the filling pattern has been completed.

The curved-line decorations are embroidered with wrapped Chain stitches (coton à broder No. 25).

In contrast to the airy coat pattern, the scarf should be given a dense pattern. I opt for the Satin stitch pattern “narrow pearl pattern” (Wickelstiche page 43) (coton à broder No. 20).

In the photo, the difference between the two patterns is rather small. After washing, it will look different.

At the end, the remaining unembroidered area of the vessel was filled with tiny Wave stitches (coton à broder No. 25).

With the third wise man, the last figure is also embroidered. Now the project still needs to be hemmed, washed, starched and ironed.

Pictures of the final result will follow.

Advent Calendar 2016
Advent Calendar 2017
Advent Calendar 2018
Advent Calendar 2019
Advent Calendar 2023 – Outline Designs
Advent Calendar 2023 – Prep Work
Advent Calendar 2023 – Hairstyles and Facial Features of Wise Men
Advent Calendar 2023 – Hands
Advent Calendar 2023 – Vessels for the Gifts
Advent Calendar 2023 – Headwear
Advent Calendar 2023 – Sheep
Advent Calendar 2023 – Footwear
Advent Calendar 2023 – Robe of the first Shepherd
Advent Calendar 2023 – Stick of the first Shepherd
Advent Calendar 2023 – Robe of the second Shepherd (A)
Advent Calendar 2023 – Robe of the second Shepherd (B)
Advent Calendar 2023 – Robe of the second Shepherd (C)
Advent Calendar 2023 – Sheep Wool
Advent Calendar 2023 – Stick of the third Shepherd
Advent Calendar 2023 – Robe of the third Shepherd
Advent Calendar 2023 – Maria’s Robe (A)
Advent Calendar 2023 – Maria’s Robe (B)
Advent Calendar 2023 – Baby Jesus in the Manger
Advent Calendar 2023 – The Star of Bethlehem
Advent Calendar 2023 – Joseph’s Robe
Advent Calendar 2023 – Robe of the first Wise Man
Advent Calendar 2023 – Robe of the second Wise Man

Advent Calendar 2023 – No. 22

Advent Calendar 2023 – Nativity Scene
Robe of the second Wise Man

The second wise man is to receive a subtly patterned shirt. For this purpose, simple vertical thread withdrawing 3:1 is made.

Honeycomb Darning stitches are embroidered from the back between the withdrawn threads (coton à broder No. 16).

The cape should have a distinctive pattern. The Limet grid is withdrawn 4:1.

Filling pattern 571 is embroidered in two steps (coton à broder No. 20).

The cuffs of the trousers are embroidered with Satin stitch bars (coton à broder No. 20).

The trousers have a large surface area that offers space for a distinct filling pattern. I decided on a slight modification of filling pattern 448 (coton à broder No. 20). The dividing seam is subsequently attached with wrapped Chain stitches and additional Chain stitches.

The shirt sleeves are given a Honeycomb Darning stitch pattern.

Especially when illuminated at the back, this pattern harmonizes with the back Honeycomb Darning stitches of the shirt.

With the wise man 2, the second-to-last figure is embroidered.

Advent Calendar 2016
Advent Calendar 2017
Advent Calendar 2018
Advent Calendar 2019
Advent Calendar 2023 – Outline Designs
Advent Calendar 2023 – Prep Work
Advent Calendar 2023 – Hairstyles and Facial Features of Wise Men
Advent Calendar 2023 – Hands
Advent Calendar 2023 – Vessels for the Gifts
Advent Calendar 2023 – Headwear
Advent Calendar 2023 – Sheep
Advent Calendar 2023 – Footwear
Advent Calendar 2023 – Robe of the first Shepherd
Advent Calendar 2023 – Stick of the first Shepherd
Advent Calendar 2023 – Robe of the second Shepherd (A)
Advent Calendar 2023 – Robe of the second Shepherd (B)
Advent Calendar 2023 – Robe of the second Shepherd (C)
Advent Calendar 2023 – Sheep Wool
Advent Calendar 2023 – Stick of the third Shepherd
Advent Calendar 2023 – Robe of the third Shepherd
Advent Calendar 2023 – Maria’s Robe (A)
Advent Calendar 2023 – Maria’s Robe (B)
Advent Calendar 2023 – Baby Jesus in the Manger
Advent Calendar 2023 – The Star of Bethlehem
Advent Calendar 2023 – Joseph’s Robe
Advent Calendar 2023 – Robe of the first Wise Man