Darned Towel


Huckaback Toweling (Chap. I, Pars. 20 and 47).

1 1/4 yards huckaback.

San silk, or mercerized embroidery cotton in two shades.

Blunt pointed needle to cor-respond.

Introductory Statement

Towels are such a common household necessity that one is not likely to get too many on hand. While a plain towel answers the purpose for which it is needed, most home keepers enjoy having a collection of towels finished in a more ornamental fashion.

The two edges are selvage and need no other finish, but the ends must be finished with a hem, either plain or hemstitched, embroidered scallops, or a crocheted edge of lace. Other decorations for a towel may consist of a design worked above the hem in embroidery stitches, or set-in strips of handmade lace insertion.

Darning with colored embroidery cotton under the loose threads of huck toweling is a very simple and effective method of decorating a towel. A great variety of darning designs can be worked out by using different colored threads and weaving them into the huck in different patterns.

The towel in this lesson shows a simple design darned in the huckaback in two shades of color, forming simple borders and small diamonds across the ends of the towel. It would be interesting to plan and work a design of your own.


Manufacture of Linen, Great Industries of U. S. Huckaback, Textile Design, Woodhouse & Milne.

Suggestions For Optional Modification

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Darned Towel

No. 1. In this towel, made of huckaback, a design is darned through the threads of the huckaback in such a manner as to produce a rickrack effect. Notice that the second row of stitches is parallel with the first.

Darned Towel

No. 2. This towel is also made of huckaback with a more elaborate design. Three colors of thread are used but the design is easily worked as each succeeding row of darning stitches is parallel with the one preceding it.

Darned Towel

No. 3. This towel offers another suggestion for a design that may be made by darning under the raised threads of huck toweling.

Water Lily Towel

No. 4. In this towel a design is transferred to the towel; it is outlined with the outline etching stitch, the satin stitch being used in a few places on the petals of the flower. The inside of the design is filled with stitches darned under the raised threads of the toweling.

Working Directions For Darned Towel

Preparing Material

This towel is to be finished with hemstitched hems one inch wide and decorated by darning under the raised threads of the huckaback with colored thread.

Straighten the raw edges on the end of the towel (Chap. II, Par. 102). On one end of the towel measure in 2 1/4" from the edge; draw a thread, fold, baste with even basting (Chap. II, Par. 103) and finish a one-inch hem with double hemstitching, drawing the remainder of the threads and making the stitches as directed in Chap. II, Par. 116. Finish the opposite end of the towel in exactly the same manner. Overhand (Chap. II, Par. 109) the open ends of the hems together, if desired. Remove basting threads. In finishing the ends of the towel, be careful to keep the side on which the raised threads run lengthwise for the right side, so the needle will slip under them easily when darning in the design.

The Design

While the working directions in this lesson are given for the design shown in the illustration, it is advisable and will be found much more interesting for each girl to plan her own design and decide on the colors to use in working it.

The two rows of parallel stitches forming the border of the design in the illustration are placed 1/4" above the hemstitching. Use the dark thread for the border. To make the first row, insert the needle on the under side of the cloth, run it under two or three of hucks or raised threads on the under side and bring it through to the right side even with the selvage edge; make a straight row of running stitches under the hucks, or raised threads of the toweling, to the selvage on the opposite edge. Bring the thread through to the under side and fasten it the same as in the beginning. Skipping one row of hucks, begin the second row in the same manner as first and make this second row parallel with the first row.

The diamond shaped design in the center you will notice in the illustration is placed parallel with the border. Use thread of another shade for this. To make this part of the design, measure up one inch from the second row of parallel stitches forming the border, beginning at the right-hand edge; fasten the thread as before and bring the needle through to the right side of the material close to the inside of the selvage; slanting the needle upward, take 3 hucks on the needle, draw the thread through, then slanting the needle down, take 4 hucks on the needle, slanting it up take four more hucks on the needle; continue across the towel in this manner, first making slanting stitches up, then down. Fasten the thread at the opposite ends as in the beginning.

To complete the diamonds, fasten the thread on the under side of the towel where you finished the first row and bring the needle through to the right side; take slanting stitches up and down as you did in the first row, making them cross those in the first row in such a way as to form little diamonds. Fasten the thread on the under side, as in the beginning.

To make the other two parallel rows which form the top border of the design, measure up one inch from the center of the diamond, fasten the thread on the under side and make a straight row of stitches under the hucks as you did for the first row in the lower border; skip one row of hucks and put in a second row of stitches in the same manner. The other end of the towel should be finished in the same manner. Press the finished towel carefully.

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