The Needlework Craft of Swedish Weave, Also Known as Huck Weaving or Huck Embroidery

A very old art dating back to the 17th century that was popular in America during the 1930s and 1940s is becoming popular once again. 

This needle craft is Swedish Weaving, also known as Huck Weaving or Huck Embroidery.  You can weave beautiful designs on fabric using yarn, embroidery floss, or various threads including metallic threads to create afghans, wall hangings, towels, pillows, curtains, table runners and more.

Swedish weaving is a type of embroidery that combines surface embroidery with weaving.

The most common material used for projects such as this is huck cloth, but you can also use aida cloth, waffle cloth, or popcorn fabric.

Some of these fabrics will need to be prewashed before you begin. They are all woven a little differently, so the technique changes a bit for each type of cloth that you use.

There are basically two stitches that you will use; looped and straight.  The yarn, thread, or embroidery floss that you choose creates beautiful patterns using these two stitches by weaving the strands over and under the stands of the fabric.

All of the stitching is done on the top of the fabric and cannot be seen from the back of your project.

You will need to choose your fabric and the strands you will be using, be it either yarn, embroidery floss, or the many threads that are available today. 

Other things that you will want to have on hand is a pattern (see our free patterns), safety pins, a blunt needle, an embroidery hoop, a magnifier, and embroidery scissors.

Although this technique may appear difficult, it is actually quite simple.  Given the larger, blunt needle that is used, it can be a good beginning needlework project for children.

The Needlework Craft of Swedish Weave, Also Known as Huck Weaving or Huck Embroidery

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Free Swedish Weave Patterns & Projects

Free projects and patterns. Swedish weave is also known as huck weaving.

Huck Weaving

Huck weaving is also known as Swedish weaving. Learn more about this technique in this article. Appropedia

Huck Weaving

Information on huck weaving (Swedish weaving) - stitches and designs. Bittersweet

Learn Swedish Weave

A comprehensive photo tutorial on the Swedish weave stitches. Swedish Weave Patterns

Loop Stitch (Swedish Weave)

The loop stitch is a common stitch used in Swedish weave. Here is a sample. Nordic Needle

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A video with more Swedish weave stitches. You Tube

Swedish Weaving

Examples of traditional Swedish Weaving patterns. Primrose Design

Swedish Weaving (Huck Weaving)

Instructions and free pattern. Crafts and Fabric Links

Swedish Weaving Tips

General tips on swedish weaving.

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