Large leaves are very often found in the designs of Schwalm whitework. The variety of their forms is inexhaustible. Therefore, they are well suited to fill areas between other motifs or to frame motifs.
Schwalm Bird Wedding Designs
For me bird motifs in Schwalm whitework are particularly attractive and extremely interesting. So I asked the designer Christa Waldmann to create a design in which bird representations play a major role. She has accomplished a masterly feat and designed a total of 14 different pairs of birds – always in conjunction with other suitable motifs typical for Schwalm whitework. Since the birds are always arranged in pairs, I called the drawings “bird wedding patterns.” As in nature, there are small and large, inconspicuous and eye-catching specimens. You can easily use the individual motif groupings for things like table runners or pillows.
Because I had so much fun embroidering these motifs, I embroidered them twice – once as a “bird wedding sampler” and then as a border around a square cloth. Visitors to my exhibition will surely have fond memories of both pieces.
Now I offer the extraordinary drawings in my shop for downloading. In addition to the original size motif groupings, the layout and dimensions for a sampler and examples of the arrangement of a square and an octagonal cloth can be found there.
Finally, thirty-four photos of the embroidered motif groupings will provide you with a lot of inspiration.
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 Then the thread withdrawing was made for a simple withdrawn thread pattern.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?
In the previous article I showed the spiral of Herta Schneider embroidered by Monika Wegener. One can change the design or add additional elements. half-eyelet scallops, 2 short-2 long stitches und Eyelash stitches are only some options.
Elements repeated in a row were also part of many Schwalm embroideries of the past, as the pictures of traditional pieces show.
In a piece from 1804 there is a row of Herringbone stitches, bordered with Stem stitches.
A work from 1827 includes staggered and mirrored Blanket stitch half-eyelet scallops along a row of Chain stitches.
A pillow case from 1842 has a line of undivided leaves on both sides of a Coral Knot stitch row,
a line of rounded leaves (representing feathers), and
rows of alternating tendrils and rounded leaves.
On a piece from 1866, there are leaves – arranged like tulips –
and we see them again alternating with tendrils.
Embroidery on a sleeve cuff embroidery 1895 shows leaves – arranged like hearts – alternating with tendrils.
The embroidery on the same sleeve cuff contains a row of Coral Knot stitch elements.
A very old bed covering with early Schwalm whitework is decorated with a row of tendrils along a curved line.
Of course, there could certainly be many more examples.
With these suggestions and a little imagination you can develop your own creations. I am happy to provide you with two basic spirals –
let your creativity shine!
I look forward to seeing your designs!
The second snail shell is a little bit larger then the first. It was also designed by the artist Gudrun Hartwig.
Here is the design:
Transferring the design one should keep in mind that it does not appear mirrored. The spirals of snail shells always turn counterclockwise.
Starting on the outside, I embroidered Chain stitches along the double spiral line. Coral Knot stitches were worked along the single spiral line.
Blanket stitches were worked over one half of the two-part elements. The mirrored halves were simply outlined with Stem stitches.
The undivided elements near the center were covered with Satin stitches.
This snail shell is also a suitable addition to a sampler.