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Seeing Red

Free Project Instructions!

We are seeing red this week -- Redwork embroidery, that is! A very old embroidery technique, Redwork connects us to the history of embroidery, while maintaining a pleasing modern look, too.

Originally named Redwork because it was stitched only with red thread, the term now refers more to a style of design with lots of open areas, fine stitches, and an airy look. In that spirit, this week's new designs are perfect for stitching in red, or in any colors you choose. Mix and match to create a look just right for that special project you have in mind!

Flowers blooming in Art Nouveau panels, recipes for spreading the love, and flowered rooster and hen designs are ideal for stitching onto lightweight kitchen towels and linens. Adorable birds and animals anticipating the coming spring, classic country designs, and fresh fruit designs are quick to stitch and very sweet additions to kitchen and table linens, bed linens, quilts, wall hangings, and more!



This week's project is a Redwork wall hanging, decorated with wooden spoons for a country-style homespun look! It's fast to make but will add lasting charm to any decor. Click here for project instructions!


Blooming Art Nouveau (Redwork)

Delicate Redwork and the flowing lines of Art Nouveau style make a perfect match! Graceful Redwork designs become even more elegant with fine stitches and curving Art Nouveau flourishes.

Roses traditionally are given as symbols of love and affection, while the white lily is a symbol of chastity and purity. Stitched onto pillows and quilts, both will bring beauty to your home. Remember that Redwork refers to a technique as much as to color, so let your imagination go wild in choosing different thread colors to suit your project and your decor!
     
 
Available in three sizes:
5.97"X11.77" and 4.77"X9.40" and 3.48"X6.86"
  Available in three sizes:
5.94"X11.76" and 4.74"X9.39" and 3.46"X6.85"


Morning glories only fully bloom in the morning, during the coolest part of the day, and go to "sleep" during the hot parts of the day and night.

Spanish priests grew cosmos in their mission gardens in Mexico. The evenly placed petals led them to christen the flower "Cosmos," the Greek word for harmony or ordered universe.

Brighten your home by highlighting as a pair in framed embroidery!
     
 
Available in three sizes:
5.97"X11.79" and 4.75"X9.39" and 3.47"X6.86"
  Available in three sizes:
5.97"X11.77" and 4.78"X9.42" and 3.47"X6.86"


Calla lilies are a beautiful genus of flowers that humans have admired (and painted) for centuries. The iris takes its name from the Greek word for a rainbow, which is appropriate given the amazing variety of flower colors found among the species. Both are just right for adding glamorous style to table linens, pillow shams, quilts, and more!
     
 
Available in three sizes:
5.96"X11.78" and 4.76"X9.40" and 3.48"X6.87"
  Available in three sizes:
5.96"X11.78" and 4.76"X9.40" and 3.47"X6.87"

Whether you are going to the library, the gym, or the beach, a traditional tote bag is just the thing to fill with necessities and sling over your arm. Add a beautiful embroidery design of your choice, and your tote becomes truly one-of-a-kind. Create a fashionable and functional tote bag today!

Click here for free tote bag project instructions!


Sunny daffodils, a sure sign of spring, and showy hibiscus, used to attract bees and butterflies, are just right for bringing the beauty of the great outdoors into your home.
     
 
Available in three sizes:
6.03"X11.79" and 4.83"X9.41" and 3.53"X6.86"
  Available in three sizes:
5.97"X11.77" and 4.77"X9.40" and 3.48"X6.86"


Daisies love the sun! Stitch a bit of sunshine with a gerbera daisy design onto bed linens, quilts, wall hangings, and more for a very bright look.
 
Available in three sizes:
5.94"X11.78" and 4.75"X9.40" and 3.47"X6.86"


Blooming Art Nouveau (Redwork) Design Packs 


Get a head start on spring with beautiful Art Nouveau flowers blooming in Redwork. Quick-stitching and lovely designs are perfect for pillow shams, table linens, quilts, and more!
 

Order the designs individually by clicking the links above,
or get the pack with all 9 designs, priced at only $12.97!

Click on a link below to see the designs in the pack, and add the pack to your basket.


The pack is available in 3 sizes:

**Lg - Designs smaller than 7"x11.8"
**Md - Designs smaller than 6"x10"
**Sm - Designs smaller than 5"x7"


Spread the Love (Redwork)


Jam and jelly, apple butter and preserves...spread the love with medleys of wholesome ingredients in a few of your toast and sandwich spread favorites!

Freshen up your kitchen with a recipe for classic strawberry jam. Pretty-in-Redwork strawberries are perfect for lightweight towels and wall hangings, and would be very cute as framed embroidery for the kitchen.

 
Available in three sizes:
6.67"X7.78" and 5.85"X6.81" and 4.85"X5.63"


Apple butter was a popular way of using apples in colonial America and well into the 19th century. There is no dairy butter in the actual product, but rather the word "butter" refers to the thick, soft consistency, and its frequent use on bread. Stitch some today!

 
Available in three sizes:
7.51"X7.80" and 5.87"X6.11" and 4.87"X5.05"

Spread your love of embroidery throughout your decor by framing up these quick and easy recipes! Display them proudly in your kitchen or even give them to friends and family as a tasty gift. These designs are only one color, so they'll sew out lickety-stitch!

Click here for free project instructions on how to frame your embroidery!


This sweet recipe design goes with flour sack towels the way peanut butter goes with grape jelly. Fun on aprons too!

 
Available in three sizes:
7.78"X7.72" and 5.88"X5.85" and 4.86"X4.85"


Nothing says summer like fresh raspberries! Get a jump on the season by stitching the ingredients for this tasty treat onto any kitchen decor project.

 
Available in three sizes:
7.80"X7.10" and 6.47"X5.87" and 5.35"X4.87"


Spread the Love (Redwork) Design Packs 


Spread the love with sweet Redwork ingredient designs. Just right for lightweight kitchen towels, potholders, framed embroidery, and more!
 

Order the designs individually by clicking the links above,
or get the pack with all 4 designs, priced at only $6.97!

Click on a link below to see the designs in the pack, and add the pack to your basket.


The pack is available in 3 sizes:

**Lg - Designs smaller than 7.9"x7.9"
**Md - Designs smaller than 6"x10"

**Sm - Designs smaller than 5"x7"


Country Hens and Roosters (Redwork)

Roosters and hens decorated with delicate Redwork flowers are im-peck-able--and perfect for adding a touch of country charm to your apparel and home decor!

Perched on a weathervane, and strutting through the barnyard, two proud Redwork roosters are ready to land on your next project. Perfect for quilts, wall hangings, pillows, tote bags, T-shirts, and more!
     
 
Available in two sizes:
4.83"X6.16" and 2.99"X3.85"
  Available in two sizes:
5.21"X4.85" and 3.85"X3.59"


Wake up your kitchen decor with Redwork roosters! Light and quick-stitching, these handsome fellows are just the thing to bring a touch of country life to your next project.
     
 
Available in two sizes:
4.84"X5.27" and 3.53"X3.85"
  Available in two sizes:
5.41"X4.83" and 3.84"X3.43"

Looking for an im-peck-able addition to your dining table? Stitch up some hens and roosters onto linen napkins in a few easy steps. Follow Kenny's instructions to make inexpensive napkins that will last wash after wash. Make a set for every special occasion and holiday!

Click here for Kenny's free project instructions to create beautiful cloth napkins!


Pretty flower decorations make these happy hens stand out in the flock, and quick-stitching Redwork makes them a lickety-split addition to lightweight towels, placemats, and even pillowcases.
     
 
Available in two sizes:
5.00"X4.84" and 3.85"X3.73"
  Available in two sizes:
5.84"X4.85" and 3.85"X3.20"


Stitch a mother hen, and a mother-to-be hen, onto placemats, napkins, potholders, and more to get your family and friends clucking over these cute designs!
     
 
Available in two sizes:
4.83"X5.39" and 3.43"X3.85"
  Available in two sizes:
5.62"X4.83" and 3.85"X3.33"


Warm your heart -- and your home -- with a sweet hen, busy looking for a little something to eat!
 
Available in two sizes:
5.48"X4.83" and 3.85"X3.38"


Country Hens and Roosters (Redwork) Design Packs 


Stitch country Redwork hens and roosters onto lightweight towels, T-shirts, table linens, quilts, wall hangings, and more for a look that will capture everyone's heart!
 

Order the designs individually by clicking the links above,
or get the pack with all 9 designs, priced at only $12.97!

Click on a link below to see the designs in the pack, and add the pack to your basket.


The pack is available in 2 sizes:

**Lg - Designs smaller than 5"x7"

**Sm - Designs smaller than 4"x4"


Spring into Redwork

Spring is the season of rebirth, renewal and growth. Celebrate the coming spring a little early with sweet Redwork designs featuring the birds, animals, and flowers we love to welcome back when the chilly winds of winter pass.

A robin looks for worms, while two chicks enjoy watching a butterfly. Stitch onto towels, pillowcases, wall hangings, and quilts for a very sweet decoration!
     
 
Available in four sizes:
7.80"X7.09" and 6.43"X5.85" and 5.28"X4.81" and 3.85"X3.50"
  Available in four sizes:
7.80"X7.36" and 6.20"X5.85" and 5.10"X4.80" and 3.85"X3.63"


Stitch sweet spring scenes with a happy snail and an adorable bunny enjoying the flowers!
     
 
Available in four sizes:
7.80"X7.27" and 6.27"X5.85" and 5.17"X4.82" and 3.85"X3.59"
  Available in four sizes:
7.80"X6.97" and 6.55"X5.84" and 5.43"X4.85" and 3.85"X3.43"


Hummingbirds hover in the air by rapidly flapping their wings 12-80 times per second (depending on the species). They are also the only birds who can fly backwards. Butterflies seem to float in the air, and are known for the beautiful colors and patterns on their wings.
     
 
Available in four sizes:
7.80"X7.19" and 6.35"X5.85" and 5.20"X4.80" and 3.85"X3.55"
  Available in four sizes:
6.50"X7.80" and 5.85"X7.02" and 4.85"X5.82" and 3.21"X3.85"

Redwork embroidery is an excellent choice for stitching onto T-shirts because it has open areas and allows the fabric to drape nicely. Hoop a T-shirt tightly with one piece of medium-weight cutaway stabilizer and you'll get great results every time!

For more tips and tricks for embroidery on T-shirts, click here for Kenny's free video and tutorial!


A pond comes to life in the spring breezes, as a frog and a turtle venture out to see what that dragonfly is up to. Sweet designs for kids' T-shirts and pajama tops!
     
 
Available in four sizes:
7.80"X7.01" and 6.50"X5.85" and 5.39"X4.85" and 3.85"X3.46"
  Available in four sizes:
7.76"X7.80" and 5.82"X5.85" and 4.79"X4.82" and 3.83"X3.85"


A mother duck and her ducklings enjoy the fine day, surrounded by water lilies and cattails. Sure to be a favorite of duck lovers of all ages!
 
Available in four sizes:
7.80"X6.33" and 7.21"X5.85" and 5.98"X4.85" and 3.85"X3.12"


Spring into Redwork Design Packs 


Robins, chicks, butterflies, ducklings, and more are just the thing to bring a touch of spring to your next project! Stitch onto pillows, quilts, T-shirts, lightweight towels, and anywhere you want to add a touch of warmth and whimsy.
 

Order the designs individually by clicking the links above,
or get the pack with all 9 designs, priced at only $12.97!

Click on a link below to see the designs in the pack, and add the pack to your basket.


The pack is available in 4 sizes:

**XL - Designs smaller than 7.8"x7.8"

**Lg - Designs smaller than 6"x10"
**Md - Designs smaller than 5"x7"
**Sm - Designs smaller than 4"x4"


Primitive Sampler (Redwork)


A sampler with this much country charm will be delightful anywhere you put it. Stitch onto pillows, wall hangings, and quilts for a very sweet homespun look.

 
Available in three sizes:
7.80"X7.78" and 5.86"X5.84" and 4.85"X4.86"

Country Time (Redwork)

Prior to the Civil War, Redwork was often stitched onto muslin squares sold for one penny, or "penny squares," which were frequently made into bedspreads and linens. All of the country time designs below would be perfect individually on handkerchiefs and lightweight towels, or combined into a very cute quilt or wall hanging.
     
 
Available in two sizes:
3.66"X6.87" and 2.05"X3.85"
  Available in two sizes:
4.86"X6.17" and 3.01"X3.85"


Redwork doesn't have to be stitched with red thread! You can choose different colors and customize designs based on the season. The star below would be beautiful in green thread on a garden flag. The watering can with blooming flowers stitched in pink would be perfect for spring, or in orange for a pretty fall embellishment.
     
 
Available in two sizes:
4.85"X5.29" and 3.53"X3.85"
  Available in two sizes:
4.85"X6.35" and 2.96"X3.85"


A cute kitty and darling bunny will steal your heart if you let them. Stitch onto kids' T-shirts, pajamas, and bibs for a look they are sure to love!
     
 
Available in two sizes:
4.37"X6.00" and 2.80"X3.85"
  Available in two sizes:
2.42"X6.00" and 1.55"X3.84"


Spring is coming -- get ready by stitching a garden flag or address banner for your home, sweetly decorated with a bird on a bicycle and a darling cow on tiptoes.
     
 
Available in two sizes:
4.86"X6.18" and 3.01"X3.85"
  Available in two sizes:
4.85"X5.38" and 3.47"X3.85"


Redwork designs were very popular before the invention of embroidery machines, because of their simple stitches on inexpensive muslin fabric. This meant that nearly everyone could afford to have decorated linens. Decorate your linens with sweet Redwork hen and rooster designs!
     
 
Available in two sizes:
5.30"X4.85" and 3.86"X3.55"
  Available in two sizes:
4.85"X5.33" and 3.50"X3.85"


Two sheep that stand out from the flock. Very cute on children's items!
     
 
Available in two sizes:
5.93"X4.85" and 3.86"X3.14"
  Available in two sizes:
5.78"X4.85" and 3.85"X3.25"


Country Time (Redwork) Design Packs 


Designs full of country charm bring to mind the beginnings of Redwork, when "penny squares" were very popular and made embroidery a widespread household decoration. Connect with the history of embroidery by stitching classic country designs onto your next project!
 

Order the designs individually by clicking the links above,
or get the pack with all 12 designs, priced at only $16.97!

Click on a link below to see the designs in the pack, and add the pack to your basket.


The pack is available in 2 sizes:

**Lg - Designs smaller than 5"x7"

**Sm - Designs smaller than 4"x4"


Fanciful Fruit (Redwork)

According to the food pyramid, it's healthy to eat 2-4 servings of fruit a day. With designs as fresh as these, stitching one would surely count as a full serving! All of the designs below lend themselves beautifully to quick-stitching in one color, or choosing one color for the fruit and leaves, and another color for the letters.

Stitch a bunch of grapes and bright lemons onto flour sack towels to spruce up any kitchen!
     
 
Available in two sizes:
4.83"X6.50" and 2.86"X3.85"
  Available in two sizes:
4.90"X6.85" and 2.75"X3.85"


Light and airy strawberries and cherries designs put the red in Redwork! Lovely designs for aprons and potholders.
     
 
Available in two sizes:
5.04"X6.86" and 2.83"X3.86"
  Available in two sizes:
3.98"X6.86" and 2.23"X3.86"

Stitch up your recommended daily servings of fruit onto classic tea towels or flour sack towels. A kitchen necessity, these handy dish towels are quick to stitch and a tasty addition to any kitchen decor.

Read Kenny's tips and tricks for stabilizing, needle choice, design choice, and more in his Fabrics 101 article for embroidering on tea towels and flour sack towels.


Comparing apples to oranges would be a good thing in this case, with both designs delightful for table linens, pillows, wall hangings, and more!
     
 
Available in two sizes:
4.25"X6.86" and 2.38"X3.84"
  Available in two sizes:
4.85"X6.75" and 2.77"X3.85"


There is scientific evidence that humans have been eating pears since prehistoric times. Eaten raw or stewed with cinnamon and honey, they are still a treat!
 
Available in two sizes:
4.85"X6.64" and 2.81"X3.86"


Fanciful Fruit (Redwork) Design Packs 


Bring sweet fruit designs to your kitchen or dining room by stitching onto lightweight towels, potholders, table linens, or by framing two or more in a bunch! In one color or multiple colors, quick-stitching designs are perfect for a fast but lovely addition to any decor.
 

Order the designs individually by clicking the links above,
or get the pack with all 7 designs, priced at only $9.97!

Click on a link below to see the designs in the pack, and add the pack to your basket.


The pack is available in 2 sizes:

**Lg - Designs smaller than 5"x7"

**Sm - Designs smaller than 4"x4"


 

Come browse the Stitchers Showcase, and find lots of new ways to use Redwork embroidery designs! From pillows to wall hangings, and curtains to clothing,
other crafty folk like you have created amazing projects with Redwork embroidery designs. There's nothing like seeing what other people stitch to create a spark of inspiration!

Six photos are shown below -- click on them to get a closer look at the projects and read more about how stitchers put them together. And, there are dozens more right here.

Get inspired, and send in photos of your work (email us: stitch@emblibrary.com). We'll admire your creativity and show off your projects to inspire others, too!
 

Quilted and Cozy
 
Planes, Pillows, and Presents Very Lovely Victorian Wall Hanging
 
A Heavenly Host of Hostess Gifts Sue in Red and White
Laundry Day Curtains
 
 


Want to see more? Click here to see designs released in previous weeks!


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