Huck Weaving or Huck Embroidery or Huck Darning is also
known as Swedish Weaving. The thread is woven under the top threads
(called Floats) of the material and does not go through to the other side
of the material.
Very popular in the 1930s and 1940s, this type of
embroidery has once again become popular. This craft is a combination of
embroidery, weaving and darning, and is used on towels, blankets,
tablecloths, placemats, aprons, runners, pillows, tote bags, gift bags,
Christmas tree skirt and stockings, and basically anything else you can
Designs can be very simple or complicated. Some have
written instructions and a diagram; some only have a diagram. Colours may
be shown on the diagram or the colours may be left to your creativity.
You will need huck toweling, thread, needle, and scissors.
Special material is available; Huck fabric, Huck
toweling (huckaback) Aida cloth, Monk's cloth.
Monk's cloth: has an even weave, 100% cotton and should be
pre-shrunk, comes in a variety of colours or can be dyed.
Huck Toweling: 9 count, 14 inch wide white fabric.
Huck Fabric: wider and heavier than Huck Toweling; 14 count, 54
Zweigart: makes a variety of specialty weave huck fabrics
Aida: an evenweave fabric used in counted cross stitch, has the
same number of stitches vertically and horizontally.
Thread Used: Pearl Cotton, six-strand
embroidery floss, heavy crochet thread or wool yarn may be used on heavier
huck toweling. For a lighter weight huck, use 2 or 3 strands of embroidery
floss, light weight yarn or crochet thread.
Needle Used: A large-eyed blunt
tapestry needle is best to use, the size depends on the weight of thread.
How to Begin:
Turn the huck cloth to the wrong side (on
which the raised double threads run up and down). You will work on the
Count the pairs of threads to find the
centre and start the design in the exact centre of the huck material so
that the edges will end alike. This will keep the cloth from pulling out
of shape as you work.
Begin with a thread long enough to work
across design without joining (at least twice the width of the material).
Thread the needle but do not knot the end.
Make a loop in centre of design as shown in
Pull thread half through, leaving the remaining half to work the other
half of the design.
Follow the chart to work the design.
Carry thread through the pairs of raised or
warp threads (up and down) of the huck. Be careful to count
accurately, do not let the weaving thread go through to the under side of
Do not pull the thread too tight or the
piece will pucker.
Use small safety pins to mark the rows as
you count. Leave them in until you have finished stitching in that area
and you will not have to recount the rows.
Basic Darning Stitch:
The floss or yarn is passed through a loop (float). To continue, you can
pass the needle through the next loop in a straight line, diagonally up or
down, or the loop directly above or below.
To return to the same loop, split the double
thread, begin with one thread of the loop, go to the next loop, and return
to the second thread of the original loop.
Work design to edge of article; fasten
off by weaving the thread back through the last few stitches (see
Thread needle with dangling thread left from
the beginning, turn the chart upside down to work the other half of the
row. It is also necessary to turn the work around.
To start, here is a simple pattern with a
repeat of one row.
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