I’m stitching a sampler a month for one full year! Join in and stitch with me if you’d like, for all the samplers or just a few, and link back to me / leave a link in the comments so I can follow your progress too! And tell your friends!
Sampler #1 finished! I so enjoyed learning about huck weaving – it’s so wonderfully simple but gives such a unique effect, dontcha think? I just cut myself a bit piece of huckaback fabric and tried out different patterns until I’d filled it up. After a while, you start to understand how these patterns work, they all have elements in common.
In fact, it makes me wonder if these designs were easily improvised and that patterns weren’t as necessary as with other needlecrafts; perhaps this is why I’d had such a hard time finding vintage patterns? I could see starting off with a basic line across the middle and then working your way outward symmetrically in each direction, just winging it as you weaved along.
I think I’ve shared everything I learned along the way (by the way, I will try to keep my sampler posts a little more organized from now, now I know some of you peeps have considered stitching along). The only new thing I have to share since my last post is that I did go ahead and buy some Clover Huck Embroidery Needles (from Barnyarns via Amazon). I thought I should try the recommended tools if I’m really sampling different techniques. I have to admit, I was surprised by how awesome these needles are! I shouldn’t have doubted Clover – everything they make is so clever.
The Huck needles are longer and have a bent tip, which helps scoop up the little huckaback fabric bars. If you’re trying to pick up just one little bar, that bent tip pointed upwards makes it easy to grab. If you’re trying to run under a line of bars, point the needle tip downwards and the needle automatically runs under every bar in its path. What a smart little needle! I can’t say it’s strictly necessary, my tapestry needle worked fine, but it is definitely helpful.
I was considering edging my sampler with lace, like this antique huck sampler I spied on Pinterest (in the background), but I haven’t decided yet. I’ll still call this an FO anyway, because I might just leave it as is until I’ve decided what will happen to it. I love how my sampler came out, and I loved learning about a new needlework style. I can’t imagine I’m going to become a prolific huck weaver – I think it might be a slightly more tedious craft than I normally enjoy, and I’m not sure how much practical use it really has – but I think it creates the most beautiful designs, and I could really see myself pulling it out every once in a while for a little decorative embroidery.
So, one down, eleven to go. For my next sampler, I’ve got something a little simpler planned. If you like french knots – or if you need a little practice getting them down – grab yourself some pretty fabric, a handful of any threads you like, and join me for a french knot sampler in August! More on that soon!