Pulled thread stitches-Schwalm embroidery

At last!!! I've started the most interesting part of my Schwalm embroidery project- the pulled thread stitches. As described in Luzine's book, I attempted the Wave stitch first. Wave stitch is a very easy pulled thread stitch provided one understands the mathematics behind it. Besides, you need to have better concentration- meaning,no watching TV while stitching :)

Simple as it is, as a first timer I had to read the instructions several times to get the flow and the logic. I did feel the lack of a piece of linen for practice since this is the only piece of white linen I've. All learning will have to be done directly on this pattern.

Did you notice that the outline is double now? That's one of the preliminaries of Schwalm. The first outline of coral knot stitches have to be reinforced with a second outline of chain stitch so that when the threads are withdrawn inside the pattern the outer region remains intact.Wait a minute!! Did I say withdrawing?? Is pulled thread work and drawn thread work different?

Yes they are. In Pulled thread ,we use the stitches to pull the thread of the fabric tightly to show small gaps. Hence it is also known as Drawn Fabric work. In Drawn thread, threads are cut off or withdrawn and then stitching is done. So what is Schwalm embroidery then?

Schwalm is a hybrid of both pulled and drawn thread,because in the above wave stitch pattern I've withdrawn thread and pulled it too :)

I learn the above tidbits while trying to get some more information about wave stitch.All this while I used to think pulled thread and drawn thread are the same.

The tulip has been filled with another stitch called Honeycomb darning stitch. Super concentration needed :)

Here's the full view of the pattern. White on white is a little difficult to be seen clearly. So click on the photographs for a better view.

Iam looking for some Indian fabric options for practicing these stitches. If I find something suitable I'll surely let the world know :)
Thanks for the get better soon comments and mails. The corners of the nails have dried but the index finger does not like extra pressure at the tip. Otherwise everything else is fine.

See ya,
Love,luck and sunshine,


  1. This is beautiful!!!
    And what happened? Are you not well? I haven't been a regular lately so didn't know what happened....

  2. Deepa! This is coming along beautifully!!! I'm dying to get back to my Schwalm work, but alas, I haven't had time. I've got it on my list for 2011, though! You're doing a great job - it's looking beautiful!


  3. This is beautiful, can't wait until the next instalment

  4. Looking good Deepa. Have you worked any double knot stitch yet. That is very good for outlining as well and a strong stitch.

  5. Looking good! There are so many fascinating filling stitches to learn here!

  6. thi is looking good!! appreciate your concentration!!

  7. Amazing work, I think that this combination of stitches is beautiful.

  8. wonderful!
    i too thought that pulled and drawn thread were the same, one was a briticism and the other an americanism :)

  9. This is beautiful, I have ordered my book today so am going to have a go after christmas!

  10. This is so beautiful Deepa. It is coming out really good.


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