Embroiderers' Association of Canada, Inc.

Association canadienne de broderie, Inc.

By Janice Routley

This sweet small pillow design introducing Schwalm can be used as a pin cushion or placed beside your dresser mirror to store your beautiful brooches.  This gorgeous whitework technique is originally from the Schwalm River Valley in north central Germany and features such stitches as Coral Knots, Buttonhole, tiny chain and filling stitches such as Marburg, Waffle and Rose.  This will make a great guild course.

Size of Design Area:  2" by 8" approximatelySchwalm Hearts 1c

Ground Fabric:  2 pieces cut 6" by 12" of 32-count coloured linen for stitching

2 pieces of material to be used for lining

Thread:  #16 white Coton á Broder (optional #8 Pearl Cotton), #25 white Coton á Broder (optional #12 Pearl Cotton)

Other Supplies:  Fibre fill, ribbon for a bow, #5 Pearl Cotton for twisted cording

 Skill Level:  Beginner/Intermediate (experience in a counted thread technique such as Hardanger is an asset)

Text:  The text is 8 pages, available electronically or mailed hardcopy

Time:  3 months

Supplies to purchase:  Approximately $25 for minimum supplies

Fee:  2 options

Option A:  Electronic (PDF) delivery $35 CAD - includes Registration Fee and text

Option B:  Hardcopy (mailed) $45 CAD - includes Registration Fee, text and postage

This course is available to EAC members only.     Note:  No Refunds once registration is complete.

Complete a Course Registration Form (PDF) and a Fee Option (if using PayPal)

Fee Options

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Guidelines for Student Levels


Beginner students need guidance in reading stitch patterns or are new to the technique.

Intermediate students understand stitch patterns but may need guidance; have taken this technique or similar one at the beginner or basic level; have a beginning understanding of colour and design.

Advanced students read charts and stitch diagrams with ease, have a good understanding of stitch technique; have good understanding of colour and design. Must have taken an intermediate level course in the technique. Must be able to work independently.