Luzine Happel's Schwalm Whitework Exhibition

I had a pleasant surprise awaiting me in my Inbox yesterday . Among the mails there was an invitation from Luzine Happel, the author of Basic Principles of Schwalm Whitework , for her exhibition in Eschwege,Germany.

The exhibition runs from April 2011 to November 2011 on wednesdays from 10.30 AMto 3.30 PM, during which Luzine will be displaying all her works as well as her personal collection of Schwalm embroidery. If I had a chance to visit, I would especially want to see the sampler with 321 different filling patterns .

Iam reproducing the contents of the invite for the benefit of those who would be in that part of the world during April - November. I'd be happy even if one person visits the exhibition after reading about it here.

Luzine Happel

The Art of Schwalm Whitework

- An Exhibition -

As a child, I was fascinated by the splendor of the Schwalm traditional costumes. Later,my aunt, who lived in the Schwalm, introduced me to the secrets of Schwalm whitework. Such were the beginnings of my singular enthusiasm which has held me captive for these many years.

I have embroidered many articles (certainly, far more than 100) of which small items, such as doilies, account for only a small fraction. Indeed, tea cloths and a several extravagant tablecloths have been completed. Of particular note is a sampler measuring 1.70 m x 2.70 m which includes 321 different filling patterns.

Now, for the first time, I have decided to exhibit these embroideries, as well as my personal collection which includes embroideries done by others - traditional, modern, vintage and historically significant Schwalm Whitework.

The exhibition will be housed in a charming old building in the historic city of Eschwege. It is important to note that the building does not have an elevator (lift) and, to reach the exhibition, one must be able to climb 61 steps to the third floor.

Boyneburger Tor 3

Exhibition Information:
6 April 2011- 30 November 2011
Days and hours of operation: Wednesday, 10:30 - 15:30
Entrance Fee: €4

Special days of operation:
• Sunday, 10 April 2011, 10:30 - 15:30
• Sunday, 15 May 2011, 10:30 - 15:30
• Saturday, 30 July 2011, 10:30 - 15:30
• Sunday, 11 September 2011, 10:30 - 15:30
• Saturday, 5 November 2011

Will consider special circumstances of small groups or people unable to visit on posted days, please email your request to Luzine at leuchtbergverlag (at) aol (dot) com

If you live in the nearby area or plan to visit Germany, do take the time to check out the exhibition. I would love to see some pictures of your visit.

Love,luck and sunshine,