Beside white linen also linen with different blue stripes used to be woven by hand in the Schwalm. Depending on the fineness, it served as sack or wagon cloth. Remainders of the finer linen are often used for embroidery these days.
These are then worked either with white threads
or with white for the filling patterns and a matching shade of blue for the outline stitches and the surface embroidery.
If the linen is woven finely enough, withdrawn filling patterns are worked into the motifs.
Slightly coarser linen is often embroidered with with stitches lying on top of the fabric – patterns that come from the Early Schwalm Whitework.
This offers another interesting variant of Schwälm Whitework.
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