HUCK WEAVING using Colour Complements embroidery floss

HUCK WEAVING or Swedish weaving is a surface embroidery technique known by a variety of names.  These include Huck Embroidery, Huckaback darning, Punto Oitinho (Brazil) and Yugoslavian Weaving. 

The name Huck Embroidery comes from the specialty fabric, huck, which is the base fabric.  The technique dates back to the 1600’s, most often found in linens.  Swedish weaving was very popular in the 1930’s and 1940’s in the United States.  Stitching was done on huck kitchen towels and linens. Designers are now creating exciting patterns using a wide range of fabrics and fibers.  A popular project is Monk’s cloth afghans.  There are a variety of articles available online that you can check out.  

What distinguishes huck weaving from other similar styles is the design is worked completely on the top of the fabric.  The thread never appears on the back.  It is an easy technique using basically two stitches.  Designers combine the stitches in a repeating pattern that is easy to follow and relaxing to stitch.

Marie stitched this sample measuring about 2 by 3 inches.  She used 2 strands of floss in Colour Complements Colour #35.   This colour combination is a blend of brown, green and golden brown.  A great option for fall themed projects.  

Marie found this small pattern in a very old publication which is no longer available but she did tell me there are a variety available online.  If you click on the link above for huck embroidery, this should provide you with a good start.

Perhaps you might like to try some huck weaving yourself.  Have fun.  Thank you Marie.

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