Global Schwalm Sampler – Update (26)

Now my readers look forward to seeing all ninety-two pieces of Schwalm Whitework from different parts of the world sewn together to make ONE.

But how does that work?

The pieces could be put together in the style of the Korean patchwork bojagi. Then all the contributed projects would keep their actual size. But that’s too complicated for me as a layman.

Very few of the ninety-two embroideries are the same size. And the sizes of all the rest are very different. Some have a generous unembroidered border that allows something to be cut off, and others have a margin that is so small it is imperative that nothing be trimmed.

First I made scaled down paper templates to try out different arrangements. And so to not make the composition unnecessarily tricky, I decided on a connection that does not require an additional seam allowance calculation (more on this in a future post).
In this way, the individual parts can be placed next to one another without gaps or overlapping. So I can test the distribution of the motifs and see which parts can be trimmed in length or width in order to better connect them together.

The guidelines I set: The inner part of the sampler containing all the contributions should not be higher than 2.10 m. Similar motifs should be distributed as evenly as possible over the area. And the whole thing should end in a rectangle that is completely covered with the donated contributions without gaps.

In case you want to puzzle it out yourself, please email me your request, and I will email you a prepared three-part pdf document containing all the single pieces.

You can view all contributions again by browsing from Update 25 down through all the other updates to Update 1.

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