Monday, July 7, 2014

Redwork Embroidery....

So I'm finally starting a class in Redwork Embroidery at StitchMAP. My mentor is also doing the class for the first time so I have to be on my best behaviour and not give her any problems:)

I didn't realize that there was so much history around such a simple basic style of embroidery. If you're interested

I remember getting red embroidery thread and tea towels given to me when I was little by my mum. The tea towels already had a printed embroidery pattern on them. I was sat down and taught stem stitch, french knots and daisy stitch and the like. I vaguely remember manic dancing teacups.


dancing teacup embroidery

Maybe that's why I love vintage much fun:) Now a purist would have down this in all red, blue or green but I didn't.....ooops. Also, I didn't use the correct stitches.

I have since learned the error of my ways........:)

While I can't divulge everything from the class I can say that the beginning is really basic stuff about tools and fabric preparation. All good things to know and to be reminded about again. 

One thing is wrapping your embroidery hoop. This is something I have never done before so I'll have to see whether I'll stick with this idea. The big hoop is wrapped in bias tape and the small hoop in twill tape. I think I prefer the twill tape to be honest.

So that's what I'm up to in these lazy hazy days of summer.

I also making itty bitty fairies:)

Take care.


  1. Good luck with the class. I have joined that group and need to get myself on the waiting list for that class. Enjoy.

  2. I am also taking the class. I got one of the more experienced mentors. Been learning stuff though and that is what counts.

  3. I have a hard time wrapping a hoop. I think its a tension problem but I'll keep trying to get it just right.

    I always wanted to join StitchMap but fear I won't have the time to devote to it that I should.
    xx, Carol

  4. I am ashamed to say that I've never wrapped a hoop. No real reason other than laziness I expect. I have a wonderful plastic hoop that I'm using now and hope I can stumble across another one. Of course I can't remember where I got it!!

  5. I can't wait to see what you make after you finish the class!

  6. Love redwork and blackwork, something about the monochromatic colour just makes the designs pop. I've never wrapped my hoops, good tip and thanks Mary Ann! Happy stitching!

  7. Your vintage veggies are simply charming. I'm glad you didn't follow the closely. I'm curious to see how you feel about working with the hoops wrapped. I've thought about it but haven't tried it.

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