Swedish weaving/huck embroidery

I’ll be showing this form of embroidery in two very different materials: one is a sampler I stitched with embroidery floss on huck cloth/popcorn fabric, and one is an afghan my grandmother stitched in yarn on monk’s cloth. For each one, I have a larger overall photo and then some closeups.

The photo on the left is a discontinued kit – Pralines and Cream, from Avery Hill Designs. The directions included little gold beads all over it, but I disliked the effect so I left them off.

This was the quickest type of embroidery I’ve ever done. It really covered ground in a hurry. This kind of fabric has little raised threads all over it – you take your thread and run it under them, creating a couched effect. The thread doesn’t pierce the fabric except where you tuck the threads in at the end of a row. The back of this is blank. I’d like to experiment more with using different materials.

Mary Corbet has a post on huck embroidery, with more details on how-to.

The photo to the left is the afghan from my grandmother. I love the colors, it’s just beautiful. Huck embroidery is often done on monk’s cloth with yarn to make afghans. With floss on a smaller scale it’s often used to decorate towels, runners, and placemats.

Places you can find patterns and/or kits: Nordic Needle, Thistle Needleworks, and Stitch On It Direct.

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21 Responses to Swedish weaving/huck embroidery

  1. Rachel says:

    I think I have a piece of the fabric somewhere – I’ve been meaning to have a go for a while. I might get around to it next year…

  2. enbrouderie says:

    Next year is actually very soon!

  3. Keri says:

    This is so gorgeous! I’ve never heard of this type of embroidery before. I’ve always loved white-on-white embroidery. The first photos are the ones you made, right? I’d love to try this, maybe with just a pillow at first =) Thanks for sharing; I love your blog!

  4. renuka umesha says:

    I love this very neat and beautiful

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  7. Nancy Marks says:

    As a wedding gift 58 years ago I received some beautiful huck towels with this embroidery. I still have them and they are really durable. A few years ago I found a book with these patterns and bought it along with huck toweling. It’s very enjoyable to do and much faster than traditional embroidery (which I also enjoy). Thanks for sharing these beautiful pictures and stories.

  8. Marilyn Schillinger says:

    Is there a pattern available for the beautiful bed cover shown in your blog? I am referring to the cream on cream. It is so beautiful! If yes, where can I get it.

  9. Barb Spies says:

    Do you know the pattern name your Grandma used ? It’s very beautiful, the colors and pattern.

  10. Marny CA says:

    My dear friend is a designer of SW with a book for beginners. She also does gorgeous triloom weaving. http://SandrasStitches.eboard.com

  11. Anonymous says:

    Where do I get the patterns for these lovely swedish weaving. Thank you, Linda

  12. Marny CA says:

    Michaels carries 2 booklets at any given time. But there are some freebies online and, of course, you can go to my friend’s eBoard and ask her about her patterns! http://SandrasStitches.eboard.com

    Instead of starting big with a bedspread using Monk’s cloth, try Aida cloth towels which are finished already, except for your stitching with floss and/or perle cotton.

    On Monk’s cloth, it’s 7 stitches per inch using worsted yarn; on Aida, it’s usually 14 sts per inch using floss/perle.

    Monk’s cloth takes preparation before stitching – zigzag edges BEFORE washing/drying. Washing/drying will shrink the 100% cotton between 15% and 20% so an adult afghan should be purchased at 2.5 yards. For a bedspread you’ll have to do piecing for width.

    Worsted should be acrylic or cotton — not wool.

    Look on YouTube for huck weaving or huck embroidery and/or Swedish Weaving.

    Don’t confuse the SW by hand with the Swedish Weaving by loom.

    You can also make up your own designs!!!

    My suggestion for First-timers – do a towel. That’s much less costly to put aside if you don’t like the technique. http://Gentleasyougo.eboard.com – to see my SW et al

  13. Linda Zellers says:

    I love to Swedish weave. I have been weaving for about 6 years. Once you start you will be hooked. Currently I am doing a white on white afghan. I am very interested in the pattern with the cream on cream. Thank you

  14. Pam Jensen says:

    The Pralines and Cream pattern is out of print. This is such a beautiful pattern and I would love to get my hands on it! If anyone has one that that are through with I would love to buy it from them.

  15. Kat says:

    I agree with the above. I would love to buy the pattern as well, digitally would be great

  16. Marny CA says:

    For anything out of print try eBay. You might get lucky. But always check with the designer.

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