Sunday, September 6, 2009

Huck Weaving or Swedish Weaving

Huck weaving, also known as Swedish Weaving, is a very popular and fascinating form of needlework. The double raised thread that runs parallel to the selvage, usually considered the wrong side of material, is used to weave the designs. Some designs may also be worked on the right side of material using the single loops that run lengthwise of material.

The collage of patterns shown in blue are from a vintage Aunt Martha's booklet: Huck Weaving Patterns. Not dated but most likely circa 1960's. This is a great collection of Huck patterns with numerous Borders, Flowers, and more.

Designs are always started in the center of material with only a few exceptions. Count the pairs of threads to find the exact center of huck material to be decorated. This spaces the pattern evenly so edges will end alike. Begin with a thread long enough to work across the design without joining.

Work from left to right. Pull working thread half way through under center loop or threads, leaving remaining length to work other half of design. Count accurately and keep thread on top; never allow it to go through on underside of material. Do not pull threads too tight or piece will pucker. Cotton fabrics should be pre-laundered to minimize potential shrinkage.

Some excellent examples of completed Huck Weavings are shown below, used to embellish a Frame, as a Towel border, on a Place Mat, Napkin Ring, Clutch Purse and more. These are projects and patterns included in a 1981 "Teach Yourself" leaflet which illustrates six basic stitch types and techniques needed for working these huck patterns.

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