Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Redwork needlework.

For those of you not familiar, Redwork is the term used to describe a type of needlework that because popular in the 1870's. The name comes from the Turkey Red embroidery thread used at the time. This was a popular thread as it was colour fast and a lot cheaper than others available, thus it became widely used by the people.

I received a copy of the pattern below from a friend of my Mum's. Turns out she is a crafter too so I am excited about the possibility of swapping patterns and fabric in the future (fingers crossed).

I do not know how accurate my choice of thread colour was to the colour Turkey Red, but I am happy with how my needlework is coming along.

In my sewing corner...

Michelle came over last night for craft night. My mum bought me a book a few months ago from a local library book sale. It is called "Knit a square - Make a toy". It was right up my alley as I am a very basic knitter! Michelle is knitting a Koala from the book. Here she is with half the Koala's head!

It's looking good Pretty Child!

Sam xox


  1. Your redwork is looking good, I have not done any and to tell you the truth I think I would get very bored doing the same colour all the time.
    Drop by my blog tomorrow March 10, as I will be showing my English Cottage Garden quilt top. I started it on the other blog that went down last year. I would love to hear your comments.

  2. Very nice job Sam. I love redwork. There's bluework too.. I think it was popular in the 30's or something but I prefer the red.