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.
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.

Saturday, March 29, 2014

Lagartera Embroidery Chart for Duck and Duckling Cushion

Here the close up of the Lagartera Border in the Duck and Ducklings cushion cover.

Most Lagartera patterns are repeat patterns. As you can see, Border 1 in the chart is supposed to represent the lower border in the close-up.  I have improvised while working the embroidery because, I wanted the dimension of the triangles to be smaller.

Each square represents 1 hole in the even weave fabric.

Border 1: The longest line is worked over 9 squares - yarn is brought up at square 1 and taken down at square 9. The line covers 7 unworked squares. The next line is one square smaller and so on. The smallest is worked over 3 squares - yarn is brought up at square 1 and taken down at square 3. It covers just one unworked square.

Border 2: The longest line is worked over 9 squares and the shortest over 3. Diagonal lines cover 3 diagonal squares.

Hope you found this post informative.  Leave a comment and let me know what you think.