And now you know the truth: red is not my favorite color.
Redwork is a traditional form of embroidery that was popular from the late 1800s until the 1920s. Red cotton thread was cheap, and wouldn’t bleed, so it could be used in a variety of practical applications like quilts, napkins, towels, etc.
There are a lot of traditional pictures for redwork, and a lot of websites host collections of patterns meant to be used together as a quilt or else individually. I, however, am not traditional. I like to take the craft of my forebears and make it my own. Below is all the various redwork I’ve done for multiple swaps. Most the time I based the pattern off the recipients likes.
Wee Baby Goat from Andrea Zuill. I love Andrea’s blog, Badbird’s: Musings of a small angry bird! Her art is right up my alley: simple until you get a closer look, irreverent, and utterly delightful! A lot of my patterns for redwork come from her.
Goaty was among some of the first embroidery I ever completed. No shame in it, but I can see how I’ve grown. Number 1 thing I’ve learned: double up the fabric if it’s thin. I don’t like how you can see the messy back!
Speaking of messy backs…! Buffalo by Andrea Zuill, messy stitches by me. I like how it turned out overall, and my partner was happy (which is always what really matters!)
Chewbacca! (aka someone gained some confidence!) My partner liked Star Wars, so I googled “free Star Wars coloring pages”. Pro tip: embroidery patterns are just line drawings. So are coloring pages. I embroider a lot of coloring pages!
I had to include this shot because look how blurry his shoulder is. Apparently my camera used face recognition to focus on his face.
Platypus by Andrea Zuill. He was a quick stitch and actually sent onto our redwork swap coordinator to use as an angel (If someone neglects to send and is unreachable, they’re called a “flaker”. Coordinators will “angel” swaps or arrange for someone else to angel, meaning they will send the items instead of the flaker.)
Do small things with great love by nanaCompany. I stitched this with a broken toe. The toe didn’t affect the stitching, but the narcotics I was on certainly did! I won’t go into detail, but this embroidery was an effort. I should do it again, to give it the attention it deserves!
Rooster coloring page. Another quickie for a girl who collected roosters 🙂