Embroidery for Peace 2024

Peace Embroidery is taking place in Switzerland for the 10th time and was initiated by a Swedish embroidery group. The slow activity of hand embroidery stands in stark contrast to today’s “fast” society and in particular to the production of so-called “fast fashion”, which involves an unprecedented waste of resources and exploitation of people. With their work, the embroiderers set an example for more mindfulness and deceleration and they show solidarity with other embroiderers around the world.


This year’s theme is:


Drop by drop the lake fills up

This proverb from Turkey encourages us to be patient, persistent and diligent. Even small efforts can add up and become something big. Seemingly insignificant actions are worthwhile if they are repeated regularly. Just like regularly watering a plant makes it thrive or raindrops can fill a lake over time. Embroidery also requires patience, perseverance and diligence, but with every stitch we get one step closer to the end result.

Let your creativity flow!

What comes to your mind about the theme? What inspires you?

Immortalise the element of water and the life associated with it in an embroidery.

Tip from the artist Ingrid Eggimann-Jonsson:

Why not embroider small mirrors?

A beautiful play with light and reflections gives your embroidery more depth. This technique is particularly suitable to create reflections in water surfaces. Try it out!

We look forward to your participation!

The joint embroidery is planned for

Thursday, 9 May 2024 (Ascension Day), from 10.00 am – 4.00 pm .

You are very welcome to join!

You can also embroider at home and send us your embroidery for the exhibition in autumn! Embroideries from abroad are also very welcome.

Inspiration and tips

Ingrid Eggimann-Jonsson has created a design for this year’s theme. You can use this as a help and inspiration when embroidering. Simply download and print it out. The design is a help, especially for less experienced embroiderers, and serves primarily as inspiration. You can also realise your own ideas or modify the design according to your own ideas. The original design is approx. 25 cm high and 25 cm wide. However, you can determine the size of your embroidery yourself. It can easily be altered using the printer.

If you are looking for more inspiration, you are welcome to take a look at our Pinterest page. We have created a collection of images on the subject there.

Transferring a working drawing to light-coloured fabric: Fix the working drawing printed out in the desired size to a window using adhesive tape. Staple the fabric over it as well and carefully trace the working drawing on the fabric with a pencil.

Transferring a working drawing onto dark fabric: Use tailor’s copy paper that stains white on the underside. Place this on the fabric with the discoloured side facing downwards and place the working drawing in paper over it. Secure everything well so that nothing slips. Now trace the lines with a hard pencil. If necessary, trace the lines again later with a white felt-tip pen.

Exhibition of the peace embroideries 2024

The exhibition of the finished peace embroideries will take place from

20 October – 10 November 2024 at Kulturort Garnlager.

You are cordially invited to the opening on Sunday, 20 October 2024 at 2.00 pm!

Participation in the exhibition:

Send your embroidery by 11 October 2024 to:

Zürcher Stalder AG
Gewerbestrasse 9
CH-3421 Lyssach

Important: Hem the finished embroidery and steam it on a soft backing.

Please write your name and address on the back of the embroidery!

And if the embroidery is to be returned by post, please enclose a stamped addressed envelope!

Share your process or the finished embroidery on social media with the hashtag #Friedenssticken

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Kulturort Garnlager

At Kulturort Garnlager , located in the top floor in our Building, exhibitions of textile art and handicrafts are regularly hosted.

You can find the latest information on upcoming exhibitions at www.kulturortgarnlager.org .