A Basic Study of Schwalm Embroidery

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Teacher: Barbara M. Kershaw

This course introduces the student to the beautiful style of whitework from Germany known as Schwalm Embroidery. As the Schwalm River flows from ancient sources the student will learn of symbolism, tradition, and their evolution that brings about this charming needlework.

This in-depth study will cover some of the history and the basic skills needed for this technique. As students create the samples for their reference binder, they will become familiar with the basic surface stitches such as coral knots and chain stitch. The cutting of threads combined with filling and composite filling stitches will develop lovely patterns to which the student will add fancy borders and hems for the perfect finishing touch.


Lesson 1. Historical background, supplies, and equipment. How to set up the reference binder, design elements and basic surface stitches

Lesson 2. Cutting and withdrawing of threads, filling stitches and composite filling stitches, and designing the final project

Lesson 3. Simple borders, hems and hemstitching and completion of the final project

Course information

Text: $35
Time: Six months
Prerequisites: None
Supplies (approximate): $50

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