Well, I actually wanted to end my 2015 posts with the ornament articles. But then I saw Hannie’s enchanting fire screen and thought it ideal for a Christmas post!
HFS_1Doesn’t it warm your heart!

Hannie lives in South Africa. She is an embroidery teacher and, beside other techniques, is keen on doing Schwalm whitework. Recently she sent me pictures of her just-finished Schwalm Bird Tree project. I was so fascinated by it that I immediately asked her for permission to share it with you. She agreed (and surely she will be pleased if you leave a comment for her here). Hannie wrote:

Thank you for the honor of placing my fire screen on YOUR website! You are most welcome, since it is after all said and done your magnificent design. I loved the Schwalm Bird Tree pattern when I first saw it. I purchased it but was never sure what I wanted to do with it. It was only when I bought my antique, teak wood, fire screen that I knew the Schwalm Bird Tree was made for it!
I used “Weddigen” linen with a thread count of 16 per cm. (article #925). The fabric I received is a beautiful Ecru colour and to match the fabric and the rich colour of the wood, I decided to use Ecru Broder #30.

HFS_2Instead of coral knots I used double strands of Broder to do Palestrina knots – they are more prominent. I also changed the satin stitching and did more dense long and short stitches at the bottom of flowers and all the bigger leaves.

Other than that I stuck to the pattern. I found it so well planned and set out that it was only a pleasure to stitch.
HFS_3After washing and ironing it twice, it was ready for stretching, which I also did by myself. My husband fitted it into the screen and voila!
HFS_4Congratulations on completing such a masterpiece!

Merry Christmas!
Happy New Year!

  1. Liebe Luzine und liebe Hannie,
    vielen Dank für das Zeigen der schönen Stickarbeit! Frohe Weihnachten und alles Gute für 2016.
    Jessica Grimm

  2. Das ist wirklich eine wunderschöne Stickerei. Großes Lob an die Stickerin.


  3. Dear Anja, thank you for your kind comments. I am pleased to know that you appreciate fine needle craft.

    Greetings from South Africa

  4. This is a truly wonderful piece of work.I am so glad you shared it with us.

  5. This is exquisite work. Your work is going inspiring me to learn this art.
    I hope 2016 is a peaceful and healthy one for you and yours!

  6. Das ist wieder einmal eine wunderschöne Handarbeit !
    Ein ganz großes Lob an die Stickerin die diese Schwälmer Motive so toll
    dargestellt hat.

    Aber eine Frage : was ist der Palestrina Stich und wie wird er gestickt ?

    Herzliche Grüße und alle guten Wünsche für 2016 ! !

    • Hallo Frau Orth,
      schön, dass Ihnen diese Arbeit auch so gut gefällt!
      Der Palestrinastich wird auch Makrameestich genannt. Es handelt sich um einen Doppelknotenstich. Mary Corbet zeigt den Werdegang im Video auf ihrer Website needlenthread.com . Sie finden ihn, wenn Sie in der dortigen Suchfunktion “Palestrina stitch” eingeben.
      In der Schwälmer Weißstickerei wird er eigentlich nicht angewandt.
      Viel Spaß und für 2016 alles Gute

  7. Beautiful as usual, Luzine!
    A Happy New Year 2016 to you and your Family

  8. Congratulations on finishing another beautiful piece. Also to your husband Jackie that mounted it so well in the fire screen.

    South Africa

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