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Thread: Anyone done any Red Work?

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    Super Member 2 Doods's Avatar
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    I'm thinking I would like to try it. :wink:
    Any tips? "How to" secrets? Pattern ideas?
    Should I buy a book?
    Pictures of what you have done?
    Am I crazy for wanting to try it? :oops:

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    What is red work? Can someone post some pictures or websites?

    Thanks, Kyia.

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    I've been doing redwork for several years now and find it very relaxing...google in redwork and you can find alot of free download sites...they carry redwork books at michaels and JoAnn's stores to....

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    It's funny you should ask! Our guild program this month was redwork.
    she brought all kinds of samples and patterns.
    The handouts she give us were of the supplies that she likes to use suchas what needles and thread and what turkey red color looks like.
    I had alot of good advice,even though I've been doing it for years.

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    I do redwork - love it!! One idea for patterns... free coloring pages googled will bring up TONS of free coloring pages!! Thus patterns for redwork!! Plus the sites that have free patterns of course. Coloring books are another place to get free patterns - well, for the cost of the books. I keep redwork in the car - to do whenever there's a spare moment.

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    The best part of redwork...it's all RED. No need to pick out a color or check the pattern. Kind of a mindless thing. I also use to do it in the car while waiting for girls in voice and piano lessons. Unfortunately I did all the embroidery but never put them together. Oh well, another UFO!! But whose counting.

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    My only input on red work besides I love it too is to watch out for your embroidery thread. If you are working by hand, test your thread - they do fade and quite often a lot. I have started using King Star Embroidery thread for that reason (I had trouble with some Sulky threads fading too). Another thing you can try is to use just regular sewing thread and slow down your machine speed. The thread is fatter and gives a more hand done look. Also doesn't fade. I did the edges on some white feed sack towels for the kitchen using this trick in red talon dual duty. Looks very nice. Now I'll go back and put the designs on them. I'm a commercial quilter and right now in my studio there is a hand done red work waiting for stitching and I'm afraid of it because areas of it already show fading. If I should have dampness on my hands or have to press it before loading and the iron spits a little - I'm in real trouble.

    If you are doing your work on the machine, try using 2 layers of regular tissue paper as your stabilizer. The red work is so open and the tissue removes easily so there is very little backing left on your blocks.

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    Red work isn't really my taste, but I do like delft and toille.

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    http://www.hatchedinafrica.com/freebies3.html


    here's a link for some free redwork roosters meant for the embroidery machine but probably could do them by hand also.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dojo36
    http://www.hatchedinafrica.com/freebies3.html


    here's a link for some free redwork roosters meant for the embroidery machine but probably could do them by hand also.

    OMG-I played on that website and now I so want a machine that will do embroidery! :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen:

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    Quote Originally Posted by sewnsewer2
    Red work isn't really my taste, but I do like delft and toille.
    Hello,
    I tried looking up these two and only came up with them being a type of fabric and not an actual form of stitching.
    Can you please send me some links to the 'work' so I can see?
    Thanks.

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    I haven't done red work but I have done blue work. Actually I am making Winter Wonderland by Crabapple hill in blue. http://www.pastimepieces.com/images/...Wonderland.jpg

    I find it actually easier to do redwork/bluework hand embroidery because you do not have to decide on colors. If you have never done hand embroidery its rather easy to learn you can search online for instruction on stitches that are used and exactly how to do them. My sister does AMAZING hand embroidery work and always uses a chain stitch however I just use a backstitch when doing mine. The only stitches that I have done on this "quilt" is the backstitch for all the lines and a satin stitch to fill in little areas!

    Good luck!

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    THANKS Ladies, these are some GREAT ideas! I have seen the 'red work' but did not realize it was called this, and why. Thanks for the history lesson too! :)

    Looks like we'll be in the hospital for a few more days, maybe next time I can get a 'kit' together for next time!

    Happy Quilting.

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