Advent Calendar

Follow-up of the Angels Meeting (2) – The Hairstyles

As already mentioned, slight tweaks can sometimes improve your embroidery. The hairstyle often contributes to the overall appearance of an angel figure. Therefore they will be summarized here. Hairstyles can be worked very differently, as the examples in the overview below show.

Most simple is to stitch curly hair with half-eyelet scallops. In this way very different hairstyles can be created.

If the shapes are large enough,

they can be filled with tiny filling patterns.

Patterns of parts of Square Eyelets are ideal for filling hair shapes.

My book Limetrosen I provides different suitable patterns.

The shape can be also outlined and then filled with separated Straight stitches.

It is also possible to outline the shapes with Coral Knot stitches and to fill them with densely worked Satin stitches.

A similar hairstyle can be worked with Satin stitches only.

Densely worked Satin stitches can create the widest variety of hairstyles.

Whether with a severe part

for short or

for longer hair

or with a less severe part, as the following examples show,

or without a part

– the possibilities for creating hairstyles using Satin stitches are endless.

Long hair can be depicted by using Satin stitches,

or with strands of thread drawn to the front.

Wavy hair can be embroidered with stem stitches.

A style of messy “braids” can be made with rows of Chain stitches,

whereas open Chain stitches and Lazy daisy stitches can create a curly hairstyle.

A more prominent curly style can be achieved with curved Bullion Knots (Early Schwalm Whitework).

There are so many possibilities – dare to experiment!

Follow-up of the Angels Meeting (1)

Never before have I stitched figures in the style of Schwalm whitework. While stitching the angels of the 2018 Advent Calendar, I relied on my Schwalm whitework knowledge but learned that a critical eye and a few well-placed stitches can truly improve the embroidery.

Here are some examples:

The pattern of angel No. 1 is designed with one sleeve inside the dress shape. I wanted to fill both the sleeve and the dress with the same pattern, and I gave a lot of thought to how I could get the pattern to line up through both shapes. Upon completion, I noticed that the sleeve was difficult to perceive as a separate shape. I should have stitched the pattern of the sleeve a little bit staggered to the pattern on the body of the dress. But it was too late for that now – the threads were already withdrawn.

In order to make the sleeve a little bit more prominent, I added one row of Chain stitches outside of the Coral Knot stitches. Working Chain stitches on top of the filling pattern was rather difficult.

The wider edge is not optimal but was the best solution to solve the problem.

The dress of angel No. 7 got a continuous stripe pattern, which – with his outstretched arms – made the angel look somewhat like a board. I immediately realized that a belt would be an improvement. But how should that be designed? As a simple belt strap? Or as a sash tied in a small bow in front of the belly?

Finally, I decided on a looped belt with hearts at the ends. First, I embroidered the little hearts, and then I laid the threads for the belt.

These slight tweaks improved the angel embroidery.

The outline design of the head for Angel No. 8 was very simple. A face was not predetermined.

I stitched along my initial ideas and was appalled by the result.

I transferred the form to paper and tried to find a more successful design.

I embroidered the improved form with the reworked hairstyle. I then placed the eyes a little lower and worked short eyebrows above them. With new hairstyle and complete face (eyes, eyebrows, nose, and mouth), the angel was much more pleasing to me. After the lines disappeared after laundering, this new head was suitable for this angel figure.

As you can see, sometimes only a few slight changes are needed to enhance and improve the overall appearance of a figure. So don’t be afraid to experiment a bit.

Advent Calendar 2018 – No. 24

The last angel of my Advent Calendar series wishes there be Peace on Earth. This very special figure was also designed and embroidered by Christa Waldmann.

The design measures about 15.5 cm X 16.5 cm. It was stitched on handwoven linen with an 18/cm thread count.

Golden metallic threads highlight some sections and add a sparkle of colour.

The halo was stitched with white Chain stitches and then wrapped with golden metallic threads.

The hair was stitched with Satin stitches.

A golden cross was worked for the closure of the coat.

The tops of the wings were worked with Rose stitches

and the feathers at the bottom of the wing with slanting Blanket stitches.

The coat was filled with single Satin stitch bars.

The dress was filled with Rose stitches, worked in staggered straight rows.

The dress edge received a decoration of interlaced Herringbone stitches variant “e” (Schwalm Curved Lines, Narrow Borders, and Ornamental Stitches) and single Satin stitch bars.
The shoe features Herringbone stitches.

Lettering and banner were stitched with white Chain stitches and then wrapped with golden metallic threads.

The design collection Advent Calendar 2018 contains the banner text in both English “PEACE ON EARTH” and Latin “PACEM IN TERRIS.”

Along with the angel of peace

I wish all of you some thoughtful and contemplative days.

Merry Christmas!

Advent Calendar 2018 – No. 23

And now the grand finale.
Music playing angels – sixteen in all – decorate this gorgeous tea cloth. The angel opposite is always a twin. This means that there are eight different musical instruments and eight different hairstyles, however there are sixteen different dresses. This very special wreath was designed and embroidered by Christa Waldmann.

The cloth has a diameter of about 70 cm, and the linen is handwoven with a 14–17/cm thread count.

Golden metallic threads, used for the wings, the stars, and the wreath outline, add a sparkle of colour. The edge was secured with Blanket stitch half-eyelet scallops and then trimmed.
The clouds are filled with Limet pattern Rose stitches (Basic Principles of Schwalm Whitework and Lesson #2).

Please note the layout of the different musical instruments and that many of the dresses get different hem decorations.
The first dress is filled with Honeycomb Darning stitches, and the sleeves with single Satin stitch bars.

The second dress is filled with Satin stitches worked in a stair-step manner. The sleeves were worked with Four-Sided stitches.

The third dress is filled with Rose stitch Limet pattern, but here the single sections of the Rose stitches were not worked on the straight of grain, but on the bias. The sleeves were worked with single Satin stitch bars.

The fourth dress, including the sleeves, received a Cross stitch pattern.

The fifth dress was embroidered with a combination of single Satin stitch and Rose stitches (similar to pattern 469 or pattern 480, but the Satin stitch grid is filled with one Rose stitch per square. The sleeves are filled with single Faggot stitches.

The sixth dress is filled with Satin stitches worked in a stair-step manner, too. The sleeves are filled with single Satin stitch bars.

The seventh dress was embroidered with Wave stitches and single Satin stitch bars.

The eighth dress is filled with single Satin stitch bars – vertically in the skirt and horizontally in the sleeves.

The ninth dress is filled with Cross stitches.

The tenth dress is filled with a combination of Satin stitches and parts of square eyelets. The sleeves are filled with Wave stitches.

The eleventh dress is filled with Four-Sided stitches and single Satin stitch bars.

The twelfth dress is filled with Rose stitches in straight, staggered rows. The sleeves are filled with Four-Sided stitches.

The thirteenth dress is filled with a combination of Satin stitches and Cross stitches.

The fourteenth dress was embroidered with Rose stitches; the sleeves were stitched with Four-Sided stitches.

The fifteenth dress is also filled with Satin stitch bars. Interesting here is the hem decoration with curved lines (Schwalm Curved Lines, Narrow Borders, and Ornamental Stitches).

The sixteenth dress is filled with alternating rows of single Satin stitch bars and Cross stitches.

I hope you enjoyed marching with the band once around the wreath.

This unique wreath was especially designed for me and is also included in the pattern collection Advent Calendar 2018.

Also included in the pattern collection are two more figures with other instruments that my graphic designer created. These angels can be used not only for establishing a wreath but also as single figures. One idea is to make vintage-looking ornaments for trimming the tree.

Maybe Advent Calendar 2018 could be t h e last minute Christmas gift for you!

Advent Calendar 2018 – No. 22

So far there has been no angel with looped wings; here is one.

The design measures about 11 cm X 15 cm. It was stitched on linen with a 13.5/cm thread count.

The hair area was worked with Straight stitches, the face with short interlaced Back stitches.

The wings were embroidered with Coral Knot stitches only using thick threads.

The sleeves were filled with Rose stitches matching the Rose stitches in the filling pattern of the dress.

The dress was filled with Rhombi of Four Rose Stitches and Little Stars – pattern 15 (Stars).

This angel is another special and unique figure.

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