Typical Schwalm designs consist of many different large motifs of simple figures (heart, tulip, basket, circle, etc.) which are bound together by tendrils, small leaves and small flowers.
First, one must create the outlines of the simple figures.
All motifs mirrored on a vertical axis, for example heart and tulip, are created from a fold-cut.
In this way one gets stencils in different shapes and sizes.
To get circles or segments of circles, a pair of compasses or simple round items may be used.
The stencils are laid upon a sheet of paper and held with one hand while the other hand traces around the shape with a pencil.
In this way the outline of a motif becomes a part of the design.
Please try it! It is very fun to get, for example, different tulip shapes using the fold-cut technique.
You will be astonished and surprised by the wide variety of shapes you will get.