Most Huck Towel designs can be replicated from a picture. However, the wave section of the Stash Couture Huck Towel design Waves with “Lace” Edge, creates a colorblending optical illusion that makes it difficult to see individual threads.
The following graph of the design was created to be used as a pattern. Scroll down for more detail on how to read a Huck Design graph.
The colors on the graph were chosen to emphasize individual threads – color choices for finished towels are up to the needleartist’s discretion. The colorblending illusion is achieved by selecting colors that grade from light to dark or from one color to another.
- Light Yellow
- Light Yellow
- Light Green
- Navy – then reverse color order
To begin, follow the same process as outlined in Huck How-to.
- Hem the towel.
- Locate its lengthwise centerline approximately 6″ from the bottom hem.
- Thread darning or cross-stitch (blunt end) needle with a very long piece of embroidery floss (3 strands).
- Begin embroidery with the center stitch of the uppermost thread in the wave pattern. (The center stitch is the horizontal stitch under the “C” in the “Center of Pattern” label on the graph.)
- Pull the thread halfway through at the center stitch. Work design to one edge of towel using half of the thread. Return to other half of thread and work design to other edge of towel.
- Huck Embroidery has No Knots – weave thread ends in as indicated in Huck How-To.
- Complete wave design using selected colors.
- Complete lower “Lace” design.
- Complete another section of “Lace” design along upper edge of Wave Section.
- Admire your beautiful towel.
- Use your beautiful towel.
How to Read Huck Graph:
The weave of Huck Toweling creates “float” threads that form a pattern. As illustrated in the photo, every other row of floats line up in columns.
There is a graph paper that has this same “every other row lines up” design. It is called “isodot.”
Comment: Obviously this graph paper was not named by a needleartist. Needleartists rarely use the phrase “iso” – let’s go with “diamond dot.”
Each dot on the graph paper represents a float on the Huck Toweling.
Simply put, Huck Embroidery is just “connecting the dots!”
The only detail is what direction to pass the thread through the floats. The center of the wave design above seems to form “V’s” as the direction of threads changes. The colorblending illusion of the wave pattern is achieved by stitching rows of different colored threads in the same direction.
To show the direction of the threads on a graph, the dots are not connected with vertical lines – the lines are slightly angled.
The above photo includes a simple stitched Huck Embroidery Design and its graph.
Try the sample to gain familiarity with the process. then move onto more complex patterns..
Warning: Huck Embroidery is Addictive!
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Thanks for sharing. I am on my 2nd afghan and have made one runner. Always looking for new patterns, yours is beautiful
Do you use the huck toweling for the kitchen towels? I find it a bit “slick” to absorb the moisture and to be pretty I needed to iron it. The design is absolutly the best, think I might try it on the monks cloth.
Yes, I do use the towels for kitchen towels.
I would agree the sizing used on the fabric does make them somewhat slick, however, after the first washing they are very absorbent.
They are wonderful towels and when used, it is only inevitable that stains occur. That just gives me the chance to make another one!
Very nice pattern I’m going to try it right this minute. Bye. Liz Belliveau
Where can I get a copy of the Wave With Lace Edge pattern.
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Thanks so much for a lovely pattern. I have rediscovered this handcraft after many years (last did it in middle school around 1967
I am very interested in getting graph paper like that shown as I teach and want to graph designs for my Huck Embroidery students. Please let me know where to get the diamond dot pattern so I can make copies. Thanx so much.
Diamond Dot graph paper is also called Isometric Dot Graph Paper or Isometric Dot Paper.
A google search for “Isometric Dot Graph Paper” returns several sites that allow downloading and printing the graph paper.
So excited to hear you are teaching a huck embroidery class. I can only imagine how fun it is!
Thank you so much for sharing! I can’t wait to start this one.