Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Swedish Weaving & Huck Embroidery

Roughly 2 years ago, I was introduced to a 3rd cousin, Dawn. We immediately found out we had a lot of the same interest, and what was different we were both interested in learning more.  On our Route 66 trip last fall, we came back by her town in Colorado which strangely has the same name as my town here in Kentucky! Dawn knew I liked to sew and showed me a baby blanket she had weaved using the Swedish technique.  We came up with the idea that I would take it home and sew on the binding.  I recently, finally, mailed it back to her.  
       Dawn wrote and provided the following information about this art, and I wanted to pass it on to you as I showed you her blanket.

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 The weaving technique was found in linens dating back to the 1600s. Height of popularity in the 1930s and 1940s in the US… mostly huck kitchen towels and linens.
Some say this faded when the advent of the dishwasher made kitchen towels unnecessary. Today, I feel there has been a resurgence in both Swedish weaving and huck embroidery methods.
      In the Swedish style of stitching, the larger Monk’s cloth is used for Afghans, blankets, table runners, placemats and baby blankets. I’ve even used it for curtains.
    The huck or Swedish weaving is different because it is worked completely on the top of the fabric, so that thread is rarely seen on the back of the fabric. Mine is never perfect. 
           To weave, pick up the vertical threads (floats) on the front of the fabric so the stitching does not show on the back. Good luck on that one. Good for either left or right hand people, stitches are done in a repeating pattern that is easy to follow. Using a blunt yarn needle, I thread the yarn. Find the middle of the cloth, put a safety pin in that float and start the pattern.
(Dawn found the following video on tube that provides easy to follow instructions as well.) 
 
           By stitching alternating sides, it keeps the cloth from stretching unevenly.
        Monk’s cloth is an even weave fabric. 100% cotton usually 60” wide, 7 count per inch. The floats go evenly in both direction Best to pre-wash for shrinkage. Machine zigzag the edges to keep it from unraveling. 2½ yards for an afghan, 1¾ yards for a baby blanket.
 Finish by hemming, fringing, single crochet, bound, or lace. (Yours truly, zig-zagged the edges and ironed a strip of interfacing on both sides of the edges and then I cut off the excess yarn.) 
      Colors that I personally like to use are white, ecru, black, but there are other colors such as turquoise, lime green, hot pink, and red. I’ve only used 4-ply worsted yarn, but I know others have used #3 pearl cotton, multiple strands of #5 pearl cotton, or ribbon. There is also a Swedish weaving technique that is done on a loam. I’ve never done that.
        (Yours truly chose to zig-zag the binding as well because of the lose weave.)

     Yours truly hopes this blanket ends up with a family baby as we claim this piece of art with our names.
....and carries on our interests in the fiber arts.


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10 comments:

  1. What a beautiful quilt! I have seen Huck Embroidery before and love it! Thanks for sharing.
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  2. Very pretty. I've never seen anything like that before.

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  3. Wow! That's a lot of work! I've done little bits of Swedish weaving on Shepherd's Bush's cross stitch samplers, but have never attempted a big project. Thanks for showing us your blanket.

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  4. What a treasured family keepsake this will be! This is just stunning, I love how you both contributed to it too! ~Diane

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  5. this is so beautiful ♥ Thank you for sharing your lovely blog at the Thursday Favorite Things Blog Hop xo

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  6. what a neat process! so beautiful!

    Thanks so much for showing this off at Needle and Thread Thursday!

    :) Kelly @ My Quilt Infatuation

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  7. That is so cool. I love it. I have never seen it before. It's great to learn something new.

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  8. This is a beautiful work of art. I would like to know what color and type of yarn used in this project!!!

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  9. I stumbled across this blog today and WOW... I have never seen anything like this before. It's so beautiful. I would love to learn how to do this. Lovely work!!!

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  10. Would love the red and white pattern on the cover above

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