Filling Patterns of Section 5 II

After all the preparatory work has been done, comes the exciting time of deciding on the filling patterns. The band has around 80 motifs. The mirror-image ones are decorated with the same patterns. Nevertheless, around 50 different motifs remain,
which I want to fill with a wide range of different options. I start at the bottom and work my way up little by little.

First, the areas to be filled are surrounded with Chain stitches (Coton à broder No. 30). Then the desired thread withdrawing is made.

I notice that the threads can be withdrawn very easily.

The basket should have the Satin stitch Limet pattern “Fence Wickerwork – double with a gap” (Wickelstiche, page 75) (Coton à broder No. 20).

I also notice that the top edge of the basket is crooked. Therefore, I try to set the pattern in such a way that this no longer immediately catches the eye at the end – the focus is on the second to last row with the double-width Satin stitches and the free spaces in between.

I initially just surround the areas in the handles of the basket with a Chain stitch border. I won’t decide until later whether I’ll incorporate a pattern here too.
After preliminary completion of the complete embroidery at the end, I find the handles of the basket too empty overall. Therefore, I make thread withdrawing 3:1

and embroider the area with Diagonal Cross stitches (Coton à broder No. 20).

The circles should have an openwork figurative pattern. To do this, I create an openwork grid of threads with an intersection of two withdrawn thread lines in the center and stabilize it with Single Faggot stitches (Coton à broder No. 30) from the back. Since the fabric isn’t even weave, I end up with more squares horizontally than vertically. The pattern I was considering – hearts similar to filling pattern 470 – is not suitable because it would emphasize the different distances up and down or to the sides.

So I draw different designs in an appropriate grid until I find a suitable one.

I decide on a pattern that emphasizes the diagonals and is therefore equidistant from the edge of the area at the end points. The needle-weaving is made with coton à broder No. 20.

The small heart receives a simple vertical thread withdrawing 3:1.

Satin stitch bars, the angle adapted to the shape, are embroidered with Coton à broder No. 20.

The middle part of the tulip should have the square eyelet pattern “Magic Net” (Limetrosen I, page 70). So that the pattern doesn’t look too clunky, I reduce the thread withdrawing and draw 2:1.

The pattern is embroidered with Coton à broder No. 25.

The outer tulip part should have a horizontal striped pattern – rows of Easy Eyelet stitches should alternate with rows of Satin stitch bars. To do this, a 3:1 thread grid is created.

With Coton à broder No. 20 the pattern is embroidered.

The ovals should have an openwork, diagonal striped pattern. Since the surfaces are relatively narrow, the threads are withdrawn 2:1.

I choose a pattern similar to filling pattern No. 550, but with only one row of Rose stitches and Cable stitches each, embroidered with coton à broder No. 25.

This way section 5 II has received very varied surface filling patterns, which I really like in combination.

Schwalm Band – Outline Design
Schwalm Band (1) Design Transfer
Schwalm Band (2)
Schwalm Band (3)
Schwalm Band (4)

  1. I love doing Schwalm embroidery. What you have shown here is fabulous
    Thank you

    • Thank you!
      The next blogposts with the filling patterns of the remaining sections will be interesting too. So please look forward.

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