Tilleke Schwarz online

screenshot of websiteTilleke Schwarz has updated her website. If you have not encountered her work before do check it out as she is a Dutch contemporary embroiderer who draws with thread. Her stitchery is employed as a graphic mark which is an approach you do not see often.

In all her pieces Tilleke Schwarz captures aspects of contemporary visual culture, in hand embroidery on linen. I really enjoy the childlike graphic style that Tilleke manages to capture in thread as she does not display a tight obsessive control over process that you find in much hand embroidery.

Tilleke Schwarz employs traditional imagery, icons and symbols along side snippits of text, icons and imagery encountered in her daily life. Politics, technology, language and communication are themes in her work.

For anyone interested in samplers and particularly samplers used as a form of journal take a look at Tilleke Schwarz’s work as she regularly makes use of text from what appears to be a journal, it makes for interesting reading as well as viewing!

The site houses a gallery which will keep you inspired for a long time. Do stop have a cuppa and make time to browse.

CQ Detail 28


This crazy quilt detail is made up by varying the length of the arms on  Palestrina stitch.  I added a seed bead at the end of each bar.


DMC perle thread #5.

Placement and Foundation Fabric:

This seam is between piece 4  and piece 2 on the diagram I used when I introduced block 5 . In the same article I also talked about the foundation fabrics I used.


What is the back story?
This regularly published series aims to illustrate and document the hand embroidered seams, embellishments and decorations on my crazy quilt I dropped the button box. All articles are categorised in the projects under Crazy Quilt details which enables readers to browse back through the series.
Free Crazy quilt block patterns
In the process of documenting the seam decorations on this quilt, as I get to each block I am diagramming it out for readers as a free crazy quilt pattern. Links to these free pattern pages are listed on the CQ details FAQ page.