Tree of Life
Blackwork design is based on Schwalm designs that originated in Germany and are named
after the river Schwalm and its surrounding area. I have used the
traditional Schwalm design symbols, but instead of filling the design areas
with cut and pulled stitches I have used Blackwork Filling stitches.
Buttonhole Scallops stitched around some of the design symbols are a Schwalm
aspect also. Originally Schwalm designs could be found as early as the 17th
century. If you are interested in the traditional and contemporary aspects
to the actual Schwalm embroidery I have written a book on the subject.
Design Size: 24cm x 16cm (9 1/2 x 6
#28 even weave or 14# Aida
design I have used in this book depicts the Schwalm 'Tree of Life', with
life growing out of the mother earth. Love multiplying; the sun shining down
on you; the flowers of nature and the dove of peace. Originally the dove was
a crow, but over the centuries this has been modelled into a dove.
All instructions include metric and imperial
Fabric and stranded cottons internationally available.
Detailed step by step
Stitch Glossary with
Suitable for all levels of embroiderers.
Schwalm/Blackwork designs are included besides the main designs above.
A total of 3 designs included.
To see Janet's book
written on this style of embroidery