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Huck Weaving

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also called Nordic or Swedish Weaving

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Huck Weaving

"Huck" refers to the cloth that is used for this type of weaving, although other types of cloth can be used as well. Toweling that comes on a roll (such as sometimes used in public restrooms) is usually huck cloth.

Huck weaving uses the vertical threads, called "floats", on one side of the cloth, or the horizontal floats on the opposite side of the cloth to create beautiful designs. The floats sit on top of the cloth. A stitch pulls the embroidery floss through the vertical or horizontal floats, so the pattern shows on one side of the cloth and not the other. The choice of vertical vs. horizontal floats is based on the design. For my design, vertical floats were used. 

Also see:
Embroidery Patterns
Kitchen Patterns

Huck Weaving Tutorial

Designer: Christina Sherrod

I decided to make a pretty tea towel for the holidays. I used huck toweling cloth for the embroidered area, and holiday quilt fabric for the top piece.

For my free pattern for the towel trim and hanger, go to: Free Kitchen Towel Pattern

Towel Size

3/4 yard of huck toweling will make one towel. The towel would be approximately 16" wide (huck toweling is usually 16" wide). Embroider one end, and then fold the towel over.

If you wish to make two towels that hang by a fabric hanger, you will need 1 yard of huck toweling. Cut the piece in half, cross-wise, to create two towel pieces. After embroidering, add a trim piece at the bottom, and a hanging piece at the top. Refer to my free kitchen towel pattern (link in section above).

Embroidery Patterns

My patterns download as pdf files. See instructions below for downloading. The pdf file contains a large image of the leaf and diamond designs. If you need instructions on using pdf files, go to:  PDF Instructions.

Download Free Leaves Pattern

Download Free Diamond Pattern

NOTE: I also provide a free blank for you to print. Use this template to draw your own designs. Colored pencils work well for color planning.
Download Free Template


choose your own colors: I will refer to colors I used 

Tapestry Needle #24 

Embroidery Floss (you can also use #5 pearle cotton): I used DMC 6-strand embroidery floss. One skein is 8 m (8.7 yd). I used one skein each of the following colors: 
3011 - green 
310 - black 
970 - orange 
975 - brown 
972 - gold 

One yard of huck toweling cloth
This is 15" wide plus a finished edge on each side. The cloth will make two towels that are approximately 17" long x 16" wide (depends on shrinkage). This is long enough if you are adding a decorative hem trim and hanger top. If you want to leave the towel as is, with fringe ends, you should use 3/4 yard for each towel. 

For free pattern for towel trim and hanger, go to: Free Kitchen Towel Pattern 

1/4 yd fabric (for towel hanger and bottom trim)* 

* Omit the fabric if you are leaving the top and bottom unfinished. You can either hem the top and bottom edges, or leave them frayed. See the notes at the end of the project. 


cut huck cloth thread
sewing scissors
quilting pins
large sewing ruler
fabric marking pencils
seam ripper
rotary cutter and mat (optional but nice)

Preparing The Huck Cloth

1. Cut Top and Bottom Evenly

cut huck cloth Usually, huck cloth comes 16" wide, with 15" area for embroidery. 1 yard makes 2 towels (see note above under supplies regarding how much to buy). Fold the yard in half, across the 16" width and cut cut across the width to create two towels, each 16" wide. Each piece of huck cloth will be 16" x 18". The two side edges are already finished, so hemming them is optional. I left mine unhemmed. 

Stitches are done in rows, so you need to be sure that the fabric is cut straight. To do this, flip the cloth to the back side (side with horizontal floats) and use a seam ripper to cut one horizontal thread on the bottom and top of the fabric piece. Pull this thread out, all the way across. This gives you a visible line that is one horizontal thread across the fabric. Cut the fabric on that line. Don't worry if the fabric doesn't appear to be straight. You can pull it into shape. The important thing is that the cut is on one straight line of fabric thread. OR, if you have good eyes, use your vision to cut across the width by cutting along one even line of thread. NOTE: the photo below right shows the thread being pulled from the top side (vertical float side). It is actually easier to do from the back side. You can omit this step if you are finishing the top and bottom edges. 

NOTE: Cutting across the width along a thread is not crucial, but think of it as you would cross stitch. Your design will be done exactly on the lines, by counting vertical floats. Your design will run across the fabric in a straight row. If the top and bottom edges of the fabric are cut at a slight angle, the top and bottom edges will appear a bit crooked. If you purchase your fabric from us, we cut our yards about an inch extra. The towels do not have to be exactly 18" in length anyway, so if you lose a bit by evening up the top and bottom, that is OK.

2. Wash and Dry Fabric

Wash and dry the two pieces of fabric. The ends will fray. This is fine. You can leave the frayed ends as is when finished or add a hem and hanger (see my instructions at the end of this project). 

3. Mark Center

Decide where you want the enbroidery row to be. Fold the cloth in half, lengthwise, to mark the center of the row. Place a pin on the center float. I counted the floats on each side to be sure my pin was in the exact center.

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