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.
Instead 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.
After 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!
Congratulations on completing such a masterpiece!