First, the line drawing has to be transferred onto paper using an iron transfer pencil and then transferred to the linen. Because the pieces are cut out later and to not waste linen, the motifs can be placed on the linen close together and randomly. Some motifs will be placed on the straight of grain and others placed on the diagonal – depending on the intended filling pattern.
On Weddigen linen, 13.5/cm thread count, Coral Knot stitches are worked along some lines using Coton à broder No. 16. All sections of a motif that will get a filling pattern later, are outlined with Coral Knot stitches.
Using Coton à broder No. 20 Chain stitches are worked a small distance outside the Coral Knot stitches. The Chain stitches are covered with densely worked Blanket stitches. Because the stems of the mushrooms are often very small, they are not filled with patterns; outline the stems with Chain stitches and cover them with Blanket stitches. Around the stems, the legs of the Blanket stitches should be differing lengths.
Using Coton à broder No. 30 Chain stitches are worked directly inside the Coral Knot stitches.
In the mushroom above, the sections of the mushroom were filled with matching patterns – see Limetrosen 1, Basic Principles of Schwalm Whitework, Wickelstiche.
After finishing, the embroidered pieces were washed (boiled), starched and ironed. Then, the mushrooms were cut. If needed, such closely trimmed embroidery can be washed and ironed – quick and easy – at any time, but never spun in a washing machine!
As already mentioned in a previous article, all these small projects are only the precursors of Schwalm whitework.