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Saturday, April 19, 2014

Cushion Cover in Huck Embroidery or Swedish Darning - Series 1

These are the working instructions for this Huck embroidery design. It's almost 30 years old. The threads are starting to fray thanks to my mishandling. I could not find (as in I don't know where I can buy)the fabric used for this style of embroidery. But I noticed from other online images that this can be done using matty fabric as well.

A friend of mine recently dumped her needlework supplies on me. This fabric was part of it. I consider it a precious gift.

So, here I go.  The image below is a close up of the finished embroidery. I plan  to make this into a cushion cover.


Materials Required:
  1. For this particular project, I've used 15.5" X 15.5" cross-stitch fabric (matty cloth). Also note that the fabric I've used here is not even weave. The design has a slightly different effect on even weave fabric.  The orange diamonds for instance won't be as elongated as they appear here.
  2. I've used all 6 strands of Anchor stranded cotton throughout. I used a little more than 3 skeins of golden yellow and grey and a little more than 2 skeins of green and orange. These colours were not my first choice.  But then, I have a stash of thread I want to use up. But, in the end the piece turned out okay. Everyone at home likes it very much. Then again, they like everything I do. So...
  3. I used tapestry needle for two reasons. One is the eye of the needle is large enough to accommodate all 6 strands and two, the tip of a tapestry needle is blunt and therefore through the raised yarn in the fabric without catching and pulling the fabric.
Method:
This design is worked in 4 steps. So, I'll explain in them in 4 posts. But before we begin, we need to prepare the fabric for the embroidery. Read 'How to Prepare Fabric for Counted Thread Embroidery' and prepare your fabric. By then I'll be ready with the first of the next 4 posts in this series.