So many beautiful, unique, imaginative, and lovingly made embroideries have already arrived.

I was once again thrilled to receive four new contributions to the Global Schwalm Sampler last week.

See for yourself.

Fumie Suzuki from Japan designed a gorgeous piece. She runs an exclusive embroidery studio in Shinagawa, Tokyo. I enjoyed visiting her website very much. It was fun to look at the many interesting pictures of her perfect embroideries and to take my time clicking from one subject to the next.

She wrote: “I usually don’t use heart motif when I design for Schwalm embroidery. Because I don’t like my piece being too sweet. However, in the work for this project, I wanted to express the gathering of hearts from many countries and the gathering of love from many countries. So I decided to make a piece only with the heart motif. This was a challenge for me. Many hearts are hidden, please look for them! 
I sincerely hope that the world will be full of love and return to a calm. 
Thank you so much for participating in this project.”


Marina Pastushenko from Turkey also contributed a very special and fine embroidery. Of course her tulip will make a nice addition to all the beautiful pieces in the Global Schwalm Sampler.

She wrote: “Since I currently live in Turkey, I took my inspiration from Iznik pottery, traditional Turkish ceramics named after the town Iznik in western Anatolia. I chose the tulip as it is a classic shape in Schwalm embroidery as well as an iconic symbol of Turkey.

I always wanted to stitch an Iznik-style tulip for its beautiful shape and cobalt blue colour. May be one day I will do it in traditional blue but this time I decided to do it white on white. I really enjoyed choosing different patterns from the endless varieties of filling stitches.”

Joy Hakanson from Queensland pictured a koala – next to the kangaroo it is the most widespread symbol of her home country, Australia.

She wrote: “2020 has been a year with a difference. I have spent the time of isolation in my garden and embroidery.
It is with pleasure that I have joined your Covid19 project, I have chosen our Koala, tree living mammal, native to Australia. I have not done a great deal in Schwalm, as you can tell by my stitches. However, I have enjoyed the challenge.”

Marlene Lambert from Australia was inspired to embroider an emblem of New South Wales – a Waratah.

She wrote: “During the lockdown I have walked, talked, gardened, read, cleaned and stitched. I also took time to enjoy my environment and was grateful for more time to embroider and am happy to contribute to your project. I have stitched a small waratah flower. The Waratah ia a native of parts of South Eastern Australia (Telopea Speciosissima). It produces spectacular cones of vivid usually red flowers the leaves are leathery dark green. It is the emblem of the State of New South Wales of Australia. Waratah is an aboriginal word meaning „beautiful“. The botanical name Telopea is derived from the Greek word Telopos meaning “seen from a distance” hence the red colour of the flower stood out in the bush.
Looking forward to seeing the end result if this wonderful idea.”

You can see more contributions in Update 12.

  1. These are breathtakingly beautiful pieces of work

  2. Each contribution is so deeply touching my heart.
    And also many thanks for your preparation & co-operation behind the scenes.
    Hugs from Japan

  3. Beautiful!!

  4. Stunning! I hope one day I can be embroidery like that. Each piece on its own is beautiful! Thanks!Teresa

    • Yes, they are all beautiful and stunning.
      With some time, a lot of practicing, carefulness, and a certain amount of goodwill everybody can become perfect!

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