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Schwalm Whitework

Há algum tempo a Mary Corbet, sempre ela!, mostrou-nos um livro intitulado Basic Principles of Schwalm Whitework de Luzine Happel. E fê-lo de tal forma que fiquei muito interessada. Vale mesmo a pena ler este post da Mary. Fiquei a saber que o livro é o passo a passo deste tipo de bordado. Joey Colbert, que escreveu uma introdução desta versão inglesa (a versão original é em alemão), tem um comentário no post com o endereço electrónico da Luzine Happel.
Não perdi tempo e encomendei o livro, que rapidamente me chegou às mãos.
Luzine é uma muito simpática. Trocámos algumas mensagens acerca de bordados, éclaro!
O livro é tão fascinante que não resisti, mesmo sem ter o linho adequado, e comecei um lado do desenho
 
Some time ago Mary Corbet, she always!, showed the book Basic Principles of Schwalm Whitework de Luzine Happel. And she did it in such a way that I was very interested. Mary’s post is worth to read. It’s really an illustrated guide with step-by-step instructions. Joey Colbert, who wrote the introdution of this English version of the book (the original version is in German), has a comment with Luzine’s e-mail.
I ordered the book and quickly I had the book in my hands.
Luzine is very very nice. We’ve changed some messages about embroidery of course!
The book is so fascinating that I couldn’t resist and even without the proper linen I began one side of the pattern.

Two days ago Mary Corbert wrote about her project in Schwalwork she has already begun too. Now it’s my turn to show what I’ve already done.
 
Há dois dias Mary Corbet escreveu acerca deste seu projecto em Schwalmwork que também já começou.
Agora é a minha vez de mostrar o que já fiz.

Tenho que aperfeiçoar estas gavinhas.
 
I have to be more perfect in these tendrils.
Fiz a transferência do desenho com o iron-on pencil, mas o desenho desaparece em alguns pontos. À Mary sucedeu o mesmo, embora tenha usado watercolor pencil. Já trocámos mensagens sobre isso e também sobre o não uso do bastidor.
I’ve made the transfer of the design with iron-on pencil, but the pattern tend to disapear due to the touching the fabric. It has happened the same to Mary, though she had used watercolor pencil. We have changed some messages about this and about not using the hoop too.

Mary Corbet’s Lesson 3

And the triangles are made.
 

We can see some faults… This is a best angle.
But this is the best angle at all.

Let’ go to the next, circles, flat and round!

Organizar / Organizing

No início do ano propus-me a arrumar, como deve ser, todo o material que tenho.
Já estamos a meio de Agosto e ainda não acabei.
Mas também sei que nunca terei TUDO arrumado.
Espreitem lá um bocadinho!

Early in the year I decided to set in order all the stuff I have.
We are already in the middle of August and I haven’t finished yet.
I know I’ll never have All in order.
Let’s peep in!

Mary Corbert’s lesson 2 . Part II

I’ve begun part II full of confidence!

Now I know first row must be longer.

And yesterday I haven’t paid attention (or understood) to these Mary’s words: go deeper than you intended to go (while stitching into previous rows).

And I do like listening to Mary’s advise: try not to be too rigorous about it (short & long stitches) try to be a little loose…

Maybe I’ve taken to the very letter this advise… let’s see

 

In fact I understood the second (and next ones) row has to enter deep into the previous row – the thread seems to sink into the stitches already made.

As I was adding another colour it seemed as the previous colour vanished. I even asked myself if I was going too deep, but while stitching we look too close and I went on.

No problems???

At this stage – first half – I went on confident. Even at third row when I was working the corners in satin stitch. I’ve no images but it looked good.

But problems came soon, on second half of the square.


From the fourth row I don’t like the stitches. Mainly in the corners.

I over(?) stitch the right corner and the square became a lozenge!


I’m no more so confident as today morning.

The most labourious and difficult elements are about to come…

Mary Corbet’s lesson 2 – Part I

Here we go!

Things I notice at once:

– need to visit an ophtalmologist – urgent!!!

– need a good hoop – urgent too!.
 

 
Sorry for the poor quality of these images – the camera is good but I’m not good with it.
Next time I’ll go on using mine.

I wanted to be clever and traced six points vertically for the six colours – it didn’t work

the first row became too short
and the back wasn’t nice…
since the first row was too short the subsequent two rows don’t look well – the first and second colours were badly seen…
the back… a mess

The final result. I don’t like it but it is my first attempt in long and short stitch shading.
Next time the first row must be longer.
May I undo???
  
A question: how do you get a smooth, flat thread???
I thought that this happened to me because I used thread card bobbins, but this time I’ve followed Mary Corbet step by step.
 

Mary Corbet’s Lessons / Aulas com Mary Corbet

Estou quase preparada para começar a seguir as lições on-line sobre o ponto matiz da Mary Corbet. (não sei bem se a tradução de long and short stitches é ponto matiz…) Falta a parte de que gosto menos: transferir o desenho.
Mesmo que agora não tenham tempo (férias, viagens, crianças em casa…) guardem nos favoritos estas lições. Tenho a certeza que vão ser óptimas, porque a Mary já demonstrou ser uma professora muito boa, e é muito acessível e comunicativa.

Ontem, enquanto juntava todas as coisas necessárias, imaginava quantas pessoas estariam a fazer o mesmo por esse mundo fora.
Algo impensável há muito poucos anos!

I’m almost ready to follow Mary Corbet’s long and short stitches lessons on-line. I still have to transfer the pattern – the worst to me.
Even if you haven’t time by now (holidays, travels, children at home…) keep the lessons in your favourites. I’m absolutely sure that these lessons will be great, because Mary is a great teacher and a nice and outgoing person.

Yesterday, while I was joining all the recommended materials, was wondering how many people were doing just the same all over the world.
Something we couldn’t think few years ago!