Wednesday, February 3, 2021

Trip Around the World and into the past...................

My unpicking the bottom half strips is just past the center now.   I sewed the bottom half of the left 10 rows to the top halves and then sewed the long seams from top to bottom.  By the end of the week I should have this all sewn together.


 It's February so it is time to get out my blast from the past for the month.  I used to do Swedish Weaving on huck toweling back in my teens through my 20s.  The huck toweling has a raised thread that you can run a tapestry needle under and doing this is kind of like counted cross stitch following a chart.


I still have 2 of the books that patterns are in but neither of them has the designs I used on my towels.  One of these is copyright 1936 and the other is 1940.










I used Coats and Clark embroidery floss to do the designs.







I used pale pink thread on this one, a Colonial girl holding a bouquet of flowers.  That is a pretty traditional quilt pattern too.

14 comments:

Anonymous said...

Love doing these, such an elegant look. I always love starting in the middle

Linda Swanekamp said...

I had no idea what Huck toweling was. Thanks for the education. The quilt is looking real fine.

Libby in TN said...

We had a substitute teacher in home ec who taught us how to do that. It is so much fun. I made a set of place mats when I was first married but haven't done it since.

Julierose said...

those towels are so pretty...nice designs...
What a job matching up all those squares on your TAW!! Coming together so well--hugs, Julierose

Ramona said...

I have never seen this type of embroidery before and love your towels. Your newest Trip is gorgeous, but then I love most all of your designs! :)

Kristin said...

Your Swedish Weaving/huck toweling is beautiful!

JJM said...

Miss Moss taught a class on Huck Toweling in Jr. High in Sandwich, IL. about 1952, I made more than any one else in the class. 😉
I still have one that most of deign threads have worn off. I am so envious of the two you still have and in pristine condition. You can still buy Huck toweling also. I even thought of buying some for some winter time stitching....still thinking about it.

Love your blast from the past, always brings back fun memories.

Plus I enjoy seeing your progress work on TAW, always accomplishing more than the average person !

JJM

Michelle Churchman said...

Trip Around the World is absolutely gorgeous!

Michelle
https://mybijoulifeonline.com

Bridget said...

I didn't know that is what this work was called. My great aunt made lots of needle work but my grandmother and mom were clueless. lol I love the pieces of huck work that I have from her and maybe with a name I can teach myself to make it. Like I did all the other needlework I do! hahaha my mother thinks I am from another planet.

patty a. said...

The TAW quilt is beautiful! Those towels are so charming.

Quiltdivajulie said...

My grandmother taught me huck toweling when I was in elementary school - she said I wasn't ready for real cross stitch at that point. She is the one who taught me that the back needs to look as good as the front.

The Joyful Quilter said...

That quilt is going to be stunning!!

Vicki W said...

Oh my gosh, those towels are beautiful!

Mystic Quilter said...

Your TAW is almost at the finish line, absolutely amazing! I had never heard of Swedish Weaving on huck towelling , it seems to be very etailed.