The simple motifs in Schwalm whitework are often enhanced with embellishment. The customary form of decorating simple Schwalm motifs is to outline the shapes with scallops; they look nice and they are easy to embroider. But there is another decoration for simple Schwalm motifs called “knife points”. Knife points are less common than scallops because they are more difficult to work.
The base of the knife points are placed close together.
Circles are outlined with uniform knife points evenly distributed around the perimeter of the circle.
There are 3 different types of knife points: points made with Satin stitches (Messerspitzen), points made with Blanket stitches (geschnürte Messerspitzen), and points made with Blanket stitches as pointed half-eyelet scallops (Schnürlochspitzen). Pointed half-eyelet scallops are very rare; they have to be stitched absolutely exactly to not end up looking like a half-eyelet scallop.
Also, hearts are outlined with such points. The point at the bottom of the heart should be drawn somewhat longer and sometimes a little bit narrower. It is best to start the line drawing here (at the bottom of the heart) and to work to the top in even steps on the right and on the left side of the heart. Meeting at top of the heart, either the spacing is adjusted or the points are slanted a little bit.
It does not look very elegant to have two knife points meet at the lower heart point.
Also, the effect is not harmonious to have knife points becoming smaller at the heart’s lower point.
It is not easy to stitch Blanket stitch points. It is easier to work them with Stain stitches.
Different from the scallop embellishment, which sometimes decorated only parts of a motif, I have only found point embellishment outlining the entire shape.
The thread should not be too thin and the stitches should lie densely together.
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