Eyelash Stitches in Schwalm Whitework

Eyelash stitches are Blanket stitches spaced further apart – the loops lie a little bit closer than the “legs.”


In the past, it was quite common for Schwalm whitework embroiderers to outline shapes with Eyelash stitches or to work Eyelash stitches as a decorative element. Also many examples of early Schwalm whitework document the use of these stitches. As time passed, Eyelash stitches were worked less often. In embroideries of the last decades they are scarcely seen – that´s a pity because Eyelash stitches are decorative and effective.

I have shown on my blog the use of Eyelash stitches on embroideries. The border from 1804 has some shapes that were outlined with Eyelash stitches.


And one shape of the traditional Schwalm bodice A is partly outlined with Eyelash stitches.


Eyelash stitches – embroidered with heavier thread and worked more densely – outline the heart shape of a sleeve cuff border.


Very short Eyelash stitches are found on a delicate example of early Schwalm whitework from about 1780.


Here they outline petals and are also used to make tendrils.


Short Eyelash stitches also outline the Satin stitch petals of a gorgeous contemporary table runner, which was embroidered using traditional patterns in the style of the early Schwalm whitework.


Some longer Eyelash stitches decorate a line of design No. 1 of my 2017 Advent calendar


They can be seen on other parts of the Advent Calendar. as well – here Eyelash stitches outline Blanket stitch eyelets.


If, like here, Blanket stitches meet with the loops of the Eyelash stitch, a raised double line is established


making the pattern especially effective.

I found a very singular variation of Eyelash stitches on a very old embroidery. On this piece all shapes were outlined with long, closely worked and slanting Eyelash stitches.


Eyelash stitches are suitable for many uses, and they establish a decorative effect.

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  1. Soy de Costa Rica – America Central, estoy fascinada con sus bordados. Gracias, que Dios la bendiga

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