How to Work Tendrils

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The tendril is a common and popular pattern element of Schwalm whitework. Often very distinctive examples are used.
Spir_0To be able to stitch tendrils neatly and orderly, an exact pattern is needed. The line drawing below has an original size of approximately 2 cm X 2 cm.
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Ideally, the exact line is transferred to the linen.
Spir_2The stitching of tendrils always begins at the straight end and progresses inward along the curved line to the center. Tendrils should never be worked with too fine a thread. Depending on the thread count of the linen, coton à broder No. 16 or No. 20 would be ideal.
Spir_3While working the Coral Knot stitches, always rotate the piece stitch-by-stitch
Spir_4so that the needle is always perpendicular to the tendril line. This helps the embroiderer to follow the curve exactly.
Spir_5If the thread gets short – which can happen when working large tendrils – take the needle to the back directly after the last knot,
Spir_6and secure the thread in the back of some stitches. Fasten the new thread in the same way.
Spir_7Bring the needle up – a tiny step back – directly near, or better yet through, the just ended thread. In this way, the transition is nearly invisible.
Spir_8Do not end the Coral Knot stitches at the center in a straight line. After the very last Coral Knot stitch, take the needle to the back with a small inward stitch.
Spir_9This makes a nice tight curl in the center of the tendril.
Spir_10Even unwashed and unironed the tendril looks well done!

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