Friday, December 19, 2014

Christmas wishes - a la Schwalm - my design

I came up with an idea just a few days ago, sketched it out, found a remnant of 'suitable' linen and started stitching it - this was an exercise for me to not just familiarize myself with the techniques of a German whitework technique commonly known as Schwalmerstickerei / Schwalm embroidery, but also to test myself to stitch something without spending too much time 'thinking' and 'studying' - the emphasis was on the 'doing';  I wanted  to get familiar with thread thickness, stitches and their effects etc.  I have collected a number of books in this area over the years and was fortunate enough to see a beautiful collection of embroideries - the technique is a combination of  using pulled thread techniques, needleweaving, and some crewel stitches.  The designs are made up of the simplest of shapes and the motives are taken from nature - the linens produced are exquisite.  The overall effect of this embroidery is finer than Mountmellick although they both have similar motives taken from nature; it is a bit like Hardanger - quiet and elegant;  Hardanger is more geometric, Schwalm embroidery is more playful.
I am not quite sure if I am 'finished' with this piece yet - but this is the current status as of today... I'll think about a few points and then once satisfied will finish it as a standup Christmas decoration.  Here is my rendition of some of the techniques of Schwalm :
   

10 comments:

Maxine D said...

Nupur this is beautiful - I have tried my hand a Schwalm but without the success you have shown here - I admire your skill!
Blessings
Maxine

Heritage Hall said...

exquisitely elegant....
impeccably stitched

Peg Coleman said...

What a creative, beautifully stitched piece of art, thanks for sharing.

llknbillburg said...

So beautiful! Your talent knows no bounds. Laura

Carol S. said...

Lydia Stevenson said...

Very lovely in its simplicity. Nice job!

~mj~ said...

This is so beautiful Nupur!! You are such an exquisite stitcher!

xo mj

joséphine said...

Bonjour,
je suis en totale admiration devant un tel ouvrage! c'est plus que magnifique, une vraie splendeur!FĂ©licitations pour ce merveilleux travail!
Bernadette

Nupur said...

Thank you all so very much for taking the time to comment on my little design. I am totally overwhelmed by the response to the first of my designs that I decided to share with you all... the response on various Facebook groups has been amazing! Lots of requests for a chart, class, SAL...

I am not sure what happened here with Carol S.'s comments - I did read it but it has been deleted by 'administrator' even though I did not delete it. I appreciate all your comments as always!

Audrey Sharples said...

Beautiful