Global Schwalm Sampler – Update (21)

Global Schwalm Sampler – Update (21)

Here are seven more unique embroideries from the Hong Kong contributions. Because I thought that a bit of openwork would be good to include into the sampler, some ladies donated two embroideries. They deserve special thanks.

New-to-the-sampler animal motifs and exquisite designs are found in this series.

In update 18 I challenged readers to discover all the interesting embroidered details. Now I invite you to have a closer look – especially to the imaginative arrangements of the different leaves.

Bron Tsang

Dodo Wong

#75 + #76
Siu Yan Chan

#77 + #78
Florence Poon

Gloria Ng

You can see more contributions in Update 20.

Global Schwalm Sampler – Update (20)

Global Schwalm Sampler – Update (20)

Here are seven more unique embroideries from the Hong Kong contributions. Some of the ladies donated two pieces. I thought that a bit of openwork would be good to include into the sampler. Unfortunately time was limited, still a couple of embroiderers managed to work a second, more open, contribution – an extra thanks to all of them.

All the embroiderers included the reason for choosing their respective designs.

Cindy Yeung
She wrote: “My design of leaflets, flowers and tendrils intertwined within a circular shape was intended to bring inner peace and joy to the audience. I find this especially important in times of adversity, when we need more support, empathy and collaboration across people from all walks of life.”

Vanessa Cheung
She wrote: “My design is inspired by the hibiscus that blossomed in the garden outside my building during COVID-19. I saw them every day on my way to work. Their beauty and vitality remind me that there is always something to treasure around us even amid the most difficult times.”

Stephanie Lam named her piece `Spring´.
She wrote: “`Spring´ is the beginning of the year in which weather is getting warmer and plants start to grow. `Spring´ inspired me to design this work with lots of flowers. Through this work, it is my hope to bring joy (sunflower) and love (heart-shape flower) to people in the world, including medical professionals on the front line who risks their lives for us.”

Stephanie Lam

Koey Wu
She wrote: “The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched. They must be felt only by the heart.”

Cathy Lo
She wrote: “This is the first time that I am experienced in Schwalm Technique. Never I stitched any item in the Schwalm style. The most close to it is the Hardanger table runner project in the past. I have done two designs. The first one is called „Cats and Bird“, which was my very first attempt to put Schwalm technique into it, and I was quite unsure and struggling. As more practice and search on your web to found out more and knowing all different type and method. So I try again.”

Cathy Lo
She wrote: “The second design is the Hong Kong flag. The regional flag is a design of five Bauhinia petals, each with a star in the middle. I chose this design because the petal will give me a basic area to work five different techniques, and of course the country I come from.”

You can see more contributions in Update 19.

Global Schwalm Sampler – Update (19)

Global Schwalm Sampler – Update (19)

Here are six more unique embroideries from the Hong Kong contributions.

If the contributions shown in Update 18 were rather typical Schwalm embroidery, in this update one will see freer and more individualistic designs.

Some of the pieces are impressive with perfect embroidery. Unfortunately, the photographs cannot fully show the subtlety and accuracy of the stitches. It is a special experience to be able to view them in person.

For the time being, you have to be content with the pictures, but perhaps at some point you will have the opportunity to take a personal look at the finished sampler.

Kristen Kong

Sandy Lam

Maggie Fung

Anthea Ling

Jamie Chan

Tracy Fan

You can see more contributions in Update (18).

Global Schwalm Sampler – Update (18)

Global Schwalm Sampler – Update (18)

Now on to the grand finale: I recently received a package from Hong Kong with 36 (!) carefully packed embroideries.

Mimi Chan is a perfectly trained embroiderer with body and soul. She passes on her enthusiasm to young people through free lessons. She teaches her great skills in courses for adults.

When she found out about the Global Schwalm Sampler project, she encouraged many of her students to participate – both beginners and advanced embroiderers. They all did their best.

Of course, I can’t present all of these embroideries at one time – that would go beyond the scope of my blog posts. Little by little, I will show them all – in the order in that I opened the individual packages.

Due to another lockdown in Hong Kong, Mimi had to temporarily close her studio again. The work that had been started had to be completed on one’s own at home and then laboriously collected throughout the big city. Since time was of the essence, many embroideries did not include a reason for the chosen motif.

What is in all the small and large packages?

Have fun exploring the wunderful contents, looking at the diverse design ideas and discovering all the interesting embroidered details.

Elaine Chiu

Vincci Ko

Toni Lam

Kennes Young

Anna Chan

Laurels Lung

You can see more contributions in Update (17).

Global Schwalm Sampler – Update (17)

Global Schwalm Sampler – Update (17)

Currently, the COVID-19 pandemic has overshadowed the issue of climate change a little, but global warming still looms large.

Today all over the world, many trees are being destroyed from both natural disasters such as storms or floods, fires, and the beetle plague and man-made disasters such as the slashing and burning of large swaths of rain forests.

Australia experienced disastrous forest fires this year as a result of drought and heat.

Ann Kennon from New South Wales, Australia created a small embroidery in response to the bad fire season of her home.

She wrote: “My inspiration of this embroidery is the horrendous period of catastrophic bushfires we experienced in Australia, particularly in my state (New South Wales), over our Spring and Summer. Eucalypts are the iconic Australian forest tree, and the total destruction of eucalypt forest in my state was many millions of hectares, with much of that in national parks. This devastation is very distressing, and although there is regeneration occurring, it will be many years before our forests look once more as they should. As well, there were many millions of animals and birds destroyed as well, which is heart-rending.

In the mid 1990s I created a small embroidery in response to a very bad fire season at that time. The enclosed embroidery is another such response, and is of eucalypt tree leaves and seed pods. Eucalypts, of which there are many species, are known locally as “gum trees” and the seed pods as “Gumnuts”.“


Nicola (Nikki) Fairhurst, from the United Kingdom sent a beautiful, more traditional design with hearts and tulips arranged around a circle. Originally embroidering Canvaswork, she graduated top of her class from the Future Tutor course at the Royal School of Needlework. Schwalm whitework has been added to the subjects that she teaches.

She wrote: “In my design the hearts are linked together around a circle – as we all need to work together around the world to help defeat the Covid pandemic. I included Tulips as a reference to the part of England I spent most of my childhood – South Holland in Lincolnshire. In spring the fields are full of colour because of the tulips and daffodils that are grown commercially in the area.”

You can see more contributions in Update (16).