April 20, 2010

Redwork for {Rednesday}


Redwork is simple embroidery designs worked in a running stitch
 in either turkey red color or in blue (then called Bluework).
The name Redwork is derived from the red cotton thread that was used
to create this charming style of embroidery.
Since the red color process came from Turkey, Redwork was also called Turkey Redwork.

I recently found these two unfinished redwork projects that I can't wait to complete
and turn into...a pillow, quilt or wall hanging???
Aren't they wonderful?


 In America, dry goods stores sold 6 inch muslin squares
marked with a variety of designs for a penny each.
These "penny squares" are often seen incorporated into
old Redwork bedspreads and linens.
These penny squares were widely distributed in the early 1900s
through the beginning of World War II.

 Redwork is hotter than ever.
 It is definitely attracting the eye of a new generation of embroiderers.


There are many wonderful books out there to help you get started...


Happy "redwork" ...I mean Rednesday!
Visit A Very Cherry World  for more {Rednesday} fun posts!

46 comments:

Lighting said...

That is so beautiful.

Sewn With Grace said...

I love Redwork! I haven't done any since I made a memorial piece commemorating Sept. 11. You found two wonderful pieces. I have not seen the book on the left and will have to see if I can find it. I love the quilt, did you make it? Be blessed!

Sweet Bee Cottage said...

I love redwork. I'm going to have to find that book. I've tried to find old redwork but it's so expensive. Thank you for a wonderful inspiration.

KarenB said...

I love redwork too. I started one years ago that I still love but haven't done anything with. Last Fall I used one I'd had for years on a tote. You can see it here,

http://elderberrystreet.blogspot.com/2009/11/ta-da.html

It turned out really cute! Thanks for coming by for a visit. I'll be back to say Hi.
Karen

Mica said...

great find...can't wait to see it finished off...thanks for the info! I too love red work...Happy Rednesday! Mica/The Child's Paper

grammy said...

Since I love red...I really like all of the redwork designs
how wonderful it would be to find some really old ones...I loved seeing the work (o: and the red

GardenofDaisies said...

What wonderful redwork embroidery pieces you found! (I am a big fan of the bluework.)

Ann said...

I love redwork! Looks like you do too. :) It makes me happy just looking at it.

Dawn said...

Those are such sweet designs! The vintage girls are adorable.
Hugs,
Dawn

Anncoo said...

I love crafting and your redwork look so beautiful. Hope I can make those one day.

Marie said...

I just love redwork! It's one of my favourite things! I love your pieces! Happy Rednesday!

RosieP said...

I've seen this before, it's so pretty

Hugs RosieP x

Kissed by an Angel said...

That is just so pretty!!! Can't wait to see some completed pieces!!!
xxxx

Lori said...

while i am not a huge fan of the color red...i have always admired redwork...i think it is so pretty...

Angela said...

Oh my goodness, that material is SO beautiful.

Charlotte said...

Beautiful! My mother made a redwork quilt for my neice's new baby. I have a picture on my blog posted somwhere in February posts.

Pen Pen said...

Wow, where EVER did you find such pretty unfinished redwork? what a treasure! I like redwork too... one of my favorite things to do.

koralee said...

I adore red and white....so fresh and spring like...love all these images. xoxo

Linda Ruthie said...

I love Redwork! Thank you for sharing your beautiful pictures.

Pieceful Bits said...

Love it! I may be the new generation.
(~~)
Julie

Deborah said...

You find the best stuff. I'm loving your new header! **kisses** Deb

~~Carol~~ said...

I've always loved redwork, but don't have any myself. I've wanted to make pillowcases that say Good Morning and Good Night, since forever. I'll add that to my list of many things that I want to do!
Happy REDdnesday!
Carol

AshTreeCottage said...

I am crazy about redwork! I just started to learn to crochet and embroidery is my next goal. Thanks for your lovely bits of inspiration!!

Love,
Susan and Bentley
xxoo

The Queen Of Re said...

Thanks Carrie,

Yes, you are still on my bloglines.

I read your blog everyday but my time is so limited to don't get to comment everyday. But I am still here

ATTIC CLUTTER said...

Hi Carrie
I love that redwork so cute~!! Have a fun day ..
patty

Rita Kent at TesoroFino.Com said...

I never knew about Redwork and I'm so grateful to have stopped by to receive such wonderful information in your post today. I can't wait to Google and research! Thanks for sharing!

Melody said...

OOH love redwork! I did a shirt embellishment with a hankie that had red edging that created a butterfly and them I did redwork garlands on it. It's so cheerful.

Mary said...

That is beautiful! Love the quilt fabric, too. Happy REDnesday~

Cindy (Letters From Midlife) said...

I'm a big fan of this kind of embroidery. I am getting ready to start a blackwork project myself but I could do it in red!

Susan at Charm of the Carolines said...

I love it! Beautiful!

Susan

Christina said...

these are just beautiful! and your right, my red and white, would be fit in just fine, on this wednesday!
thank you!

~*~ saskia ~*~ said...

Love love your redwork, Carrie! Love your Rednesday too! Sweet cute and inspiring post.
Wishing you a happy happy Rednesday ! xo

Carey said...

I can't believe I have never seen your blog before. I really like it. I love red work, but have not done any recently. Although, I just signed up for a red work quilt swap at the Quilters Gallery. If you would like to join in I think you still have a few days to sign up. I am going to follow you.
Hugs,
Carey

Just Breathe said...

I like it and thank you for the information. I don't think I've seen much of this but I will be looking for some.

Jenny said...

This is beautiful! Pillows will look so cute out of those two unfinished redworks!

SueLovesCherries said...

Thanks for telling us how redwork came to be! I've always loved redwork - even before I knew I loved red!

Shelley Germann said...

I love the look redwork and embroidery and I keep telling myself to give it a try! Thanks for reminding me!

GARAGE SALE GAL said...

I just noticed your new banner with the sweet puppy!
I haven't heard of Redwork before. It's fun to learn new things.
Warmly,
deb :)

Lisa said...

Oh I love red work! What a great pin cushion too! I will noe bug my mom to make me one! hehe
Hugs, Lisa

Merrie said...

Thanks for the info on redwork. You found two very nice peices. I never knew it was supposed to be done in a certain color of red, and now I will look for it. Embroidery is so enjoyable. I loved your post!

LDH said...

Hi Carrie! What a delightful place you have here! I have perused several of your posts and enjoyed each one! So nice meeting you :)

The pineapple face was quite amusing!!! So fun.

Thanks so much for stopping by my blog and leaving your comment!

Kindly, ldh

JG said...

I did not know the history of Redwork, or even that it was a special category. Thanks for the info! Your pieces are so pretty!

While growing up, the 5 & 10 cent stores would carry stamped pieces and floss that could be purchased. Choosing a design and floss was fun.

Lydia said...

Love the red and white with the pincushion.:)

Sweet Cottage Dreams said...

Isn't redwork just the best? I have loved it for years and years. So happy that it is making its way back into being popular.
Ann Sutton, at Bunny Hill blog, designed a quilt made from redwork. She sells them, too.

((hugs))
Beckyu

trish said...

Good Morning.
Red work is so beautiful and I did not know the history behind it's origin. Thank you for sharing with us. I am going to look for the books you suggested.
Hoping you have a wonderful day.
Sincerely ~ Tricia

daylily777 said...

That is so beautiful ! I would like to try it, too.
Blessings,
~Myrna

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