Swedish Huck and Vagonite embroidery

Swedish Huck embroidery

Swedish huck embroidery is an ancient Scandinavian craft done primarily on Monk's cloth as most of you are already aware.  The thread is present only on the top side and there is no stitching on the back.

I tried out the Swedish Huck embroidery technique on Aida cloth to create a square doily. I found this pattern in a recent issue of Anchor Needle n' Thread magazine published in India by Coats, and modified it to a simpler version. 

Here is a picture of the entire doily as well as a closeup..
Here are a brief intro and instructions/free pattern for beginners.


Vagonite (portuguese) is a similar thread art, but here you can thread through the holes in the Aida fabric/Monk's cloth  mostly as a running stitch.

I tried out a simple vagonite embroidery using red-shaded woollen thread to cover all of the upper surface of white Aida fabric.  I then used patchwork borders in red cotton fabric.

Here is a picture of the entire tablecloth showing the overall effect of such a simple pattern, and below is a closeup.

You can download several brazilian magazines containing patterns for Vagonite for free here:

  • https://picasaweb.google.com/love.flyzinho, 
  • https://picasaweb.google.com/marlenifontaine.


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