This trip I had a special visit planned. I have long had an interest in Schwalm embroidery, and have followed Luzine Happel on her blog and website for some time. Luzine has a wonderful collection of Schwalm work, most of which she has completed herself in her more than 30 years of perfecting
I could not resist purchasing a couple of Luzine's books. They are so detailed, logical and clear, it is a pleasure to read them. She is also in the process of developing more detailed beginner guides, and is considering online workshops. My personal interest is in exploring how to adapt some of these designs to boutis .....but I have to complete something in the correct style to understand the process first. The appeal of Schwalm is that infinite variety is possible, so each stitcher can adapt the many patterns to develop her own individual taste.
The following day, we went to Eisenach, and visited the town and the Wartburg, which has long been a wish of my husband's. Luckily, it was market day, and I could stroll around the colorful vegetable and fruit stands. Another strong local market basket found its way into my possession, and now has quilts folded in it in Birkenhoerdt.
Happy Sunday to all !