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.