Global Schwalm Sampler – Update (11)

I am happy to report that many more embroiderers have announced their contributions to the Global Schwalm Sampler. I hope that they will arrive by the end of July. So, if you would like to take part in this global project, it is not too late! Small embroideries with single motifs such as flowers, stars, or stars as openwork patterns, birds, and other natural motifs are welcome.

Global Schwalm Sampler – Update (11)

Three more contributions to the Global Sampler have arrived.

Nancy Tozer from Canada used a design from my website and filled the tulip blossom with a beautiful and perfect stitched pattern – we call it Röserich.

She wrote: “I am not experienced in Schwalm technique. I have stitched one previous item in the Schwalm style. But I decided to accept the challenge and to participate in the global pandemic project.
I chose to stitch a tulip. After a long Canadian winter, the design brings memories of spring, the return of warmer weather, new growth, new beginnings, new hope.”

Judy Chen from Taiwan is an experienced embroiderer. Her design is typical for Schwalm, and her stitches are excellent.

She wrote: “The design concept is simple and the patterns are traditional.
The centre of the design represents our community, closely knit together and connecting us with one another. The surrounding flower and heart symbolizes hope and love, which keeps us together throughout the challenges of current times safely.”

Susanne Nüsse from Germany created a pretty squirrel. The long-time teacher used different Limet filling patterns and worked a needle lace medallion for the focal point of her elaborate piece.

She wrote – roughly translated: “I chose the squirrel as the motif for my contribution to the Global Sampler. I have always admired squirrels with my children and made it our heraldic animal in reference to our name – Nüsse = nuts.
It is located on our doorstep sign, on my business card and now also in the embroidery for the Global Schwalm Sampler.
Since I am currently dealing with needle lace, it was immediately clear to me that I also have to incorporate one into my squirrel motif.”

You can see more contributions in Update 10.

Global Schwalm Sampler – Update (10)

Global Schwalm Sampler – Update (10)

Today I can present four new contributions to the global sampler.

Ann Clare from United Kingdom has designed a nice squared floral motif.

She wrote: “I´ve enjoyed doing it, even if its schwalmness is questionable!”

May be it is not typical Schwalm, but she used a variety of different early Schwalm filling patterns. In addition, she added leaves, tendrils, eyelets, small flowers, and a small heart. So she established a wonderful contribution to the Global Sampler project.

Jacqueline Blanot from France submitted already two different embroidery designs to the Global Sampler project. Jacqueline places high demands on herself when it comes to embroidery. She wants to always stitch perfect pieces. She was not 100% satisfied with her first two contributions – although both are beautiful and well done. This is good for the sampler project, because she decided to embroider a third piece! This time she succeeded in an absolute masterpiece – a beautiful classic Schwalm design filled with perfect stitches!

She wrote: “My third piece is very traditional, purely Schwalm. I hope you will enjoy it. You do not have to send back the other ones, my pleasure is to make them, rather than to keep them.”

Margaret Morgan lives in Queensland, Australia. She designed a pretty regional flower. Margaret has filled the not-so-easy-to-embroider design with a variety of patterns from fine stitches.

She wrote: “I have stitched a Cooktown Orchid which is the floral emblem for the State of Queensland in Australia. I chose the Cooktown Orchid because it lent itself to the Schwalm technique.”

Carol Stacey, an embroidery teacher from Australia, also chose a typical regional plant for her embroidery – leaves and blossoms of a gum tree. With contrasting filling patterns and fine stitches, the teacher made a very individual and impressive contribution, too.

She wrote: “Social isolation during the Covid 19 epidemic has enabled me to spend time admiring the majestic Australian eucalypt trees (or gum trees as we call them) around our home. I love their variety of leaves and blossoms and it is a pleasure to highlight them in Schwalm technique.”

You can see more contributions in Update 9.

Global Schwalm Sampler – Update (9)

Two more contributions to the global sampler have arrived.

Kim Beamish from Canada has designed a nice little tulip.

The tulip is not just one of the main motifs of Schwalm whitework. It also grows in many countries around the world and delights people there who are eagerly waiting for the beginning of spring. So Kim too.

She wrote: “Since it is Spring (actually it is snowing here today as I stitch this), I thought of the tulips that are just starting to come out.”

Waltraud Kater from Australia thinks the idea of the global sampler is fantastic. For this, the embroiderer and quilter happily pushed aside the work on thirteen charity quilts.

She wrote – roughly translated: “Floral designs are my favorite embroidery motifs, so it was not difficult to contribute to the Global Schwalm sampler.”

She hopes for a bombastic response and is looking forward to the big picture.

You can see more contributions in Update 8.

Global Schwalm Sampler – Update (8)

Global Schwalm Sampler – Update (8)

Today I can present five new contributions to the global sampler.

Taeko Ueki from Japan is currently learning Schwalm whitework from Yasuko Kobayashi. She was very happy to be involved in a joint project during these times and to be accompanied by her teacher. She chose a fan (the typical Japanese Sensu) and filled it with typical Schwalm motifs.

She wrote: „モチーフには”扇子”と Luzine Happelさんデザインをアレンジしたものを選びました。

“By the way, this motif is Sensu (folding fan in Japan-taste) and arranged-designs of yours.
As Sensu spreads out wide toward the end, we Japanese consider it as a symbol of good luck.”

The teacher Yasuko Kobayashi from Japan chose her favorite motifs (asanoha and sensu) and arranged them opposite. For her they stand for cohesion in order to get through the days with COVID-19 better.

She wrote: “力を合わせてCOVID-19を乗越えられるように、幸運モチーフを選びました。

“I select some favorite designs in order to pull ourselves together and also to get through these days with COVID-19.

The motif “flax-leaf ” is the symbol of long life. (Hemp was in the past more popular than flax.)

The motif “Sensu (= folding fans)” looks like delta and it is the symbol of good luck. I have arranged with “flowers of plum and bamboo leaves”, which are the traditional New Year’s items.

Tendril is one of the typical Schwalm motif, which can naturally be connected with Japanese motif.”

(note: Asanoha (hemp leaves) pattern
Hemp has played a much greater role in Japan than flax [linen] in the past. Hemp flowers were used in Japan in ancient times, among other things, for oil production. Above all, hemp bast was used for centuries as a raw material for textiles, along with silk, until the cotton came to Japan and replaced hemp as the most common textile. Until the end of the Second World War, hemp cultivation took up as much land in agriculture as rice cultivation!)

Jennie O’Brien-Lutton from Australia has chosen a native bird, the Kookaburra, as her motif.

She wrote: “My inspiration from nature is a kookaburra sitting on a gum tree branch. Both are a very common in many parts of Australia. Kookaburras and gum trees feature in Australian poems, songs and paintings and I´ve always had a particular liking for kookaburras. As soon as I had decided to embroider a kookaburra, I heard one laughing in a tree next door. Coincidently, some days later as soon as I started to stitch, I heard a kookaburra laughing again. The kookaburra is sometimes called Laughing Jackass (der lachende Hans). I hope very soon Covid19 will be under control, we´ll be allowed to socialise and all the world will be laughing with the kookaburras.”

Monika Müller from Germany often skillfully converts individual ideas into elegant embroidery; she has done so again with this submission.

She wrote: “I took nature “literally.”
The tulip symbolizes the flora, the bird symbolizes the wildlife. Plants and animals are nature. For me, nature is valuable. That’s why you should be careful and respectful of it.”

Margrit Michaux from France justified the choice of her motif very charmingly.

She wrote: “ce papillon est un peu moi !!
il aime la liberté ,et ne connait pas les frontières,
il aime le beau temps, le soleil,
il tourbillonne et se pose sur les fleurs .“

“I chose the butterfly. He’s a little like me – loves freedom, stands where he wants and loves air and beautiful flowers!”

You can see more contributions in Update (7).

Global Schwalm Sampler – Update (7)

Global Schwalm Sampler – Update (7)

Elisabeth Erdmann from Germany has designed a pretty picture herself; it contains all the typical motifs of Schwalm whitework – such as heart and tulip. In doing so, she cleverly integrated the heart outline three times.

She addresses the choice of her motifs as a thank you to me.
She wrote – roughly translated: “Basket, heart, suns, birds and pomegranate –
the abundance of your patterns
they are making us wholehearted
always friendly and willing
in the shortest possible time
available all over the world.”

The picture became a real little Schwalm sampler cloth due to the elaborate embroidery. In addition to simple withdrawn-thread patterns, openwork patterns and Limet patterns can be found. The “suns” were yet decorated with the finest needlelace. In addition to very numerous small leaves, there are also eyelets, half-eyelets and many tendrils.

Marlies Martin from Germany embroidered stars.

She wrote – roughly translated: “My good mood producers in the Corona crisis were the stars – for me synonymous with sky, flower meadow and fulfilling embroidery hours.”

As a former long-time instructor, Marlies Martin has taught fine white work to generations of embroiderers. Now, due to failing health and fingers that no longer make fine work, she seldom embroiders. So you can imagine my surprise when I received from her a submission for the global sampler! This great old lady of whitework has filled a diamond with a total of forty-nine small stars! To do this, she chose a challenging pattern from my star book. I would like to give a special thank you to Marlies Martin.

You can see more contributions in Update 6.