Destashification Christmas: Day Six – Huck Towels

On the sixth day of Destashification Christmas, my needles gave to me…..

Huck Towels

Huck Towels

Several Huck Towels!  The perfect Hostess Gift, Aunt Gift, Friend Gift.

Just a perfect gift for so many!

Huck Embroidery Detail

Huck Embroidery Detail

Colors can be made to match the recipients kitchen…or just fun colors to work with!

Huck Embroidery is simple to stitch (and if a mistake occurs – even simpler to take-out!)

The photos of the first three patterns (my own designs) posted within this blog are large so that anyone can follow the patterns. Two more intricate patterns can be found in the Stash Couture Huck Towels Post.

The beginning How-to’s for Huck Embroidery can be found in The Destashification Huck How-To Post.

I like to use thread colors that flow from lighter to darker or one color to another, but even a single color makes a beautiful – and useful – towel.

Tree Variation

Tree Variation

These patterns I just made up as I worked.

The Tree Variation is based on probably the very common Tree Huck Embroidery Pattern – it is usually done in greens.

Another Huck Towel

Another Huck Towel

Love the colors in the above towel.  They flow from gold to rust to brown.

Mildred Krieg Huck Towel Design

Mildred Krieg Huck Towel Design

The towel to the left is design is No. 329 in Mildred V. Kreig’s Huck Towel Patterns copyrighted in 1936.

The black and white pattern photo from the booklet can be seen on the right side of the photo.

The weave of Huck Toweling has changed since 1936.  The threads form a more elongated design than that in the booklet photo.

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17 Responses to Destashification Christmas: Day Six – Huck Towels

  1. Marian says:

    Thank you for this. I followed a link from the Embroidery Club’s facebook page. These are lovely and very Art Deco, which I love.

  2. Michalene Fontana says:

    I have some that my grandmother made and always wondered how she did it. Thank you! Now I will try, since you have posted this 🙂

  3. carol says:

    I found huck towels, 15″ x 25″ for $6.99 at Hobby Lobby, on-line.

    • Just a caution – over the years, the term “Huck Towels” gained other meanings. While one is the type with raised threads used in this blog, another is simply an absorbent cotton towel.

      Many of the finished edge “Huck Towels” are nice absorbent cotton towels with a 4″ +/- Aida cloth section for cross stitch or black work. They do not have the “Huck” raised threads.

      Searching for “Huck Toweling by the yard” returns many vendors that sell the raised thread toweling used on this blog. There are a number of sites that sell entire bolts of the toweling fabric.

      Many thanks to all for the wonderful comments. I just love making this towels for gifts!

  4. Julianne Minnear says:

    I learned how to do this in the 9th grade. I remember how many beautiful gifts I made for my grandma. I haven’t done it for years…guess it is time to get the stash out. Thanks for the beautiful reminder.

  5. emma says:

    the huck toweling I bought locally was horrible and after i washed it holes appeared! Do you have a site that sells good quality buck toweling-thanks

    • emma says:

      I’m sorry but I meant buck toweling-not buck:)

    • I have found huck toweling to vary greatly. Some is much better than others. It sounds like your local store had some in the “not as good as others.”

      Due to the Stash, I haven’t had to purchase much recently.

      I did notice that it is not carried by JoAnn’s any longer – except online and only in 50 yards bolts! Walmart.com and several other vendors also appear to offer the 50 yard bolts. Nordic Needle and the Online Fabric Store.net seem to be the only online stores I came across that offer to cut specific lengths.

      Etsy and ebay both have sellers that offer cut lengths of Huck Toweling.

      I hope you can find some good quality Huck Toweling! The embroidery is so much fun!

  6. emma says:

    thanks so much for the good info and I’ll give it a try and yes I love it!!

  7. Virginia Blackman says:

    This a beautiful pattern but I can’t get the link to the instructions to work.

    • The individual patterns can be “copied” by enlarging the photographs. The links provided include introductions on how to do huck stitching.

      I hope they provide some guidance.

  8. Kaye wohlers says:

    How do you get the patters for the destashification Christmas Day six huck towels. Looks like maybe 3 or 4 different patterns

    • Many of the towels are stitched with patterns made up as I go along. I purposefully included large photos in the blog so that anyone wishing to stitch the towels would be able to follow the stitch pattern in the photos.
      The lower photo shows a finished towel for which I did follow a pattern. It is No. 329 in Mildred V. Kreig’s Huck Towel Patterns copyrighted in 1936. I believe I found her pamphlets on Ebay, but I have also seen them on Etsy. Her patterns are also just photos (black and white, though) although she does include a thread length description. There is a small section of the black and white pattern included in the lower photo to demonstrate this.
      As noted in the lower section of the blog, huck toweling has a different thread count than in 1936, stitching her patterns will produce an elongated motif.
      Enjoy stitching!!!

  9. Kaye wohlers says:

    I can’t get the link to get the patterns

  10. Kaye wohlers says:

    I would like to purchase book with these patterns Let me know

  11. Marny CA says:

    There are also pre-made items, such as baby bibs and fingertip/dish towels available with section for embroidery.
    All the sewing work is done – add your own huck embroidery/weaving for a beautiful personalized item.

    Swedish Weaving uses the same designs as Huck but is on a larger scale – using yarn on Monk’s Cloth. Swedish Weaving designs on Monk’s Cloth create beautiful larger projects such as afghans, but can also be found on pillows, table runners and Christmas Stockings.

    Monk’s Cloth is a 100% cotton fabric and prewashing prior to doing any stitching will eliminate any post-embroidery sadness. The fabric shrinks up to 20% – so for an adult afghan, 2.5 yards would be sufficient.

    This is a wonderful needleart to do – and very conducive to making up your own designs – keep it consistent and you can’t help but be pleased with your creativity!

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