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Introduction to Schwalm Whitework 

part 3

In this third part, you will find the explanations of the embroidery inside of the upper part of the project.

Central part


Form a grid by alternately removing 1 thread and leaving 3 in both directions. To get a clean job, make sure to remove the threads to the edge of the pattern and cut them very cleanly.

Here is the design to achieve. Those are 4 “half-squares” formed of 4 straight stitches each embroidered with 2-stranded thread gathered around a central point.

That’s what you need to get.

These patterns should be embroidered diagonally leaving an empty hole between the centers. I cut the thread at each pattern to avoid seeing threads in transparency.

Then fill the empty spaces with lazy daisy stitches made with the DMC “Special à broder” thread. Each pattern is made of 4 loops starting from the same point.

Tulips, lower parts


Form a new grid by alternately removing 1 thread and leaving 3 in both directions.

The pattern is worked diagonally with stranded cotton 2 threads. The goal is to fill the squares “fan wise” with straight stitches. You have to work the stitches from the edges of the square by uniting them all in one central point. It takes 7 points to form a pattern. You can easily move from one pattern to another by keeping the same thread.

Here is the fully embroidered surface.

Tulips, upperparts



For the realization of this pattern, it is necessary to draw 1 thread on 3 and only horizontally.

This stitch is embroidered with DMC thread “Spécial à broder” # 25. Follow the explanations provided below.

Here is the finished pattern completely filled.

Pattern diagram

Here are 3 images of the procedure to realize this stitch named in German “Mückenstich”, literally translated mosquito stitch.

When you arrive at the 3rd image and start a new row of stitches, you have to turn the fabric 180 ° to continue the work.