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Swedish weaving

I know some people have been curious about what this Swedish weaving is that I’ve been talking about lately. Also called huck weaving, it’s technically a form of embroidery. It’s usually done on monk’s cloth, but since the structure essentially the same, it can be done on Aida or any other evenweave fabric. It involves drawing the floss or yarn under only the top layer of threads on the fabric, so that it makes floats.

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This is the project that I finished yesterday. I got the pattern from the Canadian craft magazine, A Needle Pulling Thread, which features projects by Canadian crafters and artists, and always has something interesting in it. This was my first attempt at Swedish weaving, and I did make some mistakes, but fortunately with this craft mistakes are really easy and quick to fix, so long as you catch them on time.

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This is a closeup of the pattern. The image is a little blurry, but you can see a little more clearly how the embroidery floss I use is only going under the first layer of threads of the weave. If I turned the cloth over, there’s nothing on the other side but the places where I anchored the threads. If you can finagle it, Swedish weaving is excellent for making double-sided items. I think most people only do one side, but you can repeat the image on the reverse since it’s like a clean slate. Very good for afghans made of monks cloth!

For the record, I have no idea what I want to do with this project now that it’s finished. I’m thinking that it might make a nice panel on a tote bag, but I could also use it as a wall decoration, too. I haven’t decided yet.

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  1. Ferryl Dolph
    July 24, 2011 at 11:03 PM

    I too made this pattern “Flickering Flakes” in almost the same colors and size. I think I’m going to make a pillow cover on a standard pillow. It will be big, but I will put it on a king size bed. It is a lovely pattern and one of the most difficult ones I have done. Think I will not make an afghan with this pattern. Whew! So I applaud you.

    I also teach classes on swedish weaving at the Sons of Norway.

    Ferryl Dolph
    Longview, Wa.

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