Explore Schwalm embroidery, a beautiful form of German whitework embroidery!
Join Barbara Kershaw in Daydreams, a Group Correspondence Course focused on Schwalm embroidery, a beautiful form of German whitework embroidery traditionally worked on an off white evenweave linen with white thread. Techniques include some surface embroidery, drawn threadwork, pulled threadwork and hemstitching. The basic stitches used are coral knot, satin stitch, chain stitch, blanket stitch and four-sided stitch. The most commonly used motifs such as hearts, tulips and doves are outlined in coral knot and chain stitch before some of the threads are cut and withdrawn. The grid of remaining threads are then filled with a variety of pulled thread stitches to form lacy patterns. Needlelace circles are also an integral design element. Drawn thread hemstitching is often part of the overall design.
The design was created as a pillow but can easily be adapted as the centre of a table runner or doily. Alternatively the design can be framed.
More about Daydreams
Type of project: Pillow
Size: The finished size is 19″ x 11″ (48cm x 28cm)
Skill level: Intermediate-Advanced
Prerequisites: A knowledge of drawn thread and needleweaving would be helpful
Length of class: 7 lessons in 8 months
Supplies used: Strathaven linen, 2 DMC® #16 Coton à Broder, 3 DMC® #20 Coton à Broder and 2 DMC® #25 Coton à Broder
Finishing supplies: Pillow fabric, Pillow form or bag of fiberfill
Fee per group: $200
Text price: $45.00. Left-handed instructions available on request.
Estimated supply cost: $50.00, finishing supply cost approximately $40.00
DMC Floss Number for tassel: DMC® #820
About teacher Barbara Kershaw
Barbara M. Kershaw has a passion for learning and sharing her knowledge of the many varied and wonderful forms of embroidery generally called whitework. She has taken many courses and classes from the Embroiderers’ Association of Canada (EAC), Embroiderers’ Guild of America (EGA), and the American Needlepoint Guild (ANG). Barbara is certified as an EGA Master Craftsman in counted thread. She also studied in Germany at the Museum de Schwalm in 2005 and 2011. She has been teaching for over 20 years at various EAC national seminars, EGA national and regional seminars, guilds in Canada, America and Bermuda as well as two International Teaching Tours of the USA. Barbara is the author of three EGA Group Correspondence Courses including Noel and Mythical Myrtle, and an Individual Correspondence Course Basic Study of Schwalm Embroidery. Her book Exquisite Schwalm focuses on Schwalm filling stitches.
More about our Group Correspondence Courses and GCC Lightning Rounds
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Our GCC Lightning Rounds are three or four of our Group Correspondence Courses that have been hand-picked by our Education Department and made available for individual EGA members to register without a group for a limited time. Visit our GCC Lightning Rounds page to see which courses are available this quarter!
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