Friday, September 27, 2013

Swedish Weaving - Guardian Angel

Christine Allan, Gitta's Designer of the Month, has designed a Guardian Angel as her contribution to our Collaboration Sampler.   The colours we chose for her design are Kreinik's #8 braid 5011 for the metallic,  3849 DMC & 3847 DMC.
As Lugana does not have a float like Huck type fabrics have, you will stitch over 2 fabric threads and then under 2 fabric threads. 

The appeal of swedish (or huck) weaving patterns, aside from being a quick stitch, is that you can simply repeat the pattern to any desired length.  Below I stitched Christine's Guardian Angle on Stockholm 11ct fabric, repeating the pattern 3 times.  Being 10" wide, I plan to finish this into a zippered case.

Here is a look at the Collaboration Sampler thus far.  It's not too late to catch up; purchase a pattern from any of the participating designers thus far, and collect all the designs.

Thursday, September 5, 2013

Designer of the Month - Christine Allan

Christine Allan of Fun & Fast Swedish Weaving is our Designer of the Month for September.

Swedish Weaving, also known as Huck Embroidery, is a surface embroidery.  Worked on Monks cloth or Huck fabric, the needle never pierces the fabric.  These fabrics have threads known as floats and the needle is only run under these floats.  

This is a fun and quick technique to embellish towels, table runners, table cloths, pillows, hand bags, place mats, curtains, afghans, and so much more.

I was first introduced to this needleart form in Germany during the 2nd grade.  So if an 8 year old can manage, you can as well.  Meeting Christine and purchasing some of her designs at the NeedleWorkers MarketPlace had re-introduced me to Swedish Weaving, and that year as some of you may recall I completed 4 table runners in a matter of days.  You can see and read about these in my December 21st, 2010 post.
Christine's passion has always revolved around textiles, and these have grown to include designing Swedish weaving patterns.   Christine self publishes her designs and is also a regular contributor to A Needle Pulling Thread magazine.  The next issue of a ANPT magazine will feature several of her new ornament designs.  

Christine's contribution to the Designer of the Month Collaboration sampler is an Angel.

Here Christine has repeated this design 5 times  and inserted it into a card.  For the ornament she has repeated it 3 times.   You can do so much more with a quick and simple design.

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