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Schwalm whitework – “Spring bulb” bag

Sunday, April 23, 2017 @ 9:30 am - 3:00 pm

This class introduces students to Schwalm whitework, a form of embroidery that originated in a small area of central Germany in the late 18th to early 19th century. The finished piece is designed to be made into a small bag but, if preferred, can be made into a needle case or pocket for a garment. Those choosing to make a bag could work a small hemstitched line for cord, ribbon or braid to be inserted.                                                                        

Schwalm whitework incorporates surface stitches, pulled thread work and drawn thread work. It was traditionally used to decorate pillowcases, napery, sheets, aprons, cuffs and clothing.

This piece of embroidery is on winter-white 30-count linen and uses Coton a Broder threads.

In this class, the student will learn how to apply a pattern to fabric, use some surface stitches, withdraw threads, and stitch an area of pulled filling stitches. As a bonus (although not taught in the class), students will be given instructions for a great little hemming edge from Early 20th Century Embroidery Techniques (by Gail Marsh).


Tutor:  Deborah Love

Cost:  Members $60.00; Non-members $80.00

Kit: A kit ($30.00, to be paid on collection) is supplied, with fabric, threads, needles, tracing paper, photos and instructions. As some pre-work is necessary before the class, students must collect the kit from the Guild after Saturday, 8 April. Pick-up can be arranged with the Tutor.

To register: Complete class registration form on the Guild website or contact classes@embroiderersguildqld.org.au or phone 3252 8629 for details


Sunday, April 23, 2017
9:30 am - 3:00 pm
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