Monday, 28 November 2011

A Redwork Christmas

My mind was turned towards a particular style of needlecraft today by Amazon.... and another of their crafty little sales e-mails.  They must make an absolute fortune with people like me and their "one click to buy" scam  marketing genius ..... "ooh - look at that... Half price too....  whoops... Click.... I've bought it!"

For once I was good and didn't succumb.  It did get me pondering on Redwork though, and I've found some delightful festive pieces to have a look at.  I don't know what it is about Redwork I find so appealing?  The simplicity of the stitching, the naive quality, or is it just the sheer contrast of the red and white that makes it so effective?  What do you think?

Anyways.....  I just know that you haven't got enough to do with the run up to Christmas.  Sew.....  I thought I would tempt you with a few designs - I've even found the source of the patterns for you.  How thoughtful am I?

Pattern for sale here
I love this pillow.  Not that I ever make anything purely Christmas themed, but if I did - this would be top of my list.  I love the humour of the design.  The scrawny little tree is fabulous, and I like the ric-rac trim and scalloped edging.  As far as I can see, the pattern is a printed version rather than a PDF file - the link takes you straight to the sale site.

How about this little cutie-pie?  Now this would be such a quick sew.  Simply charming, and the pattern is available for free download from  What's not to like about that!

A simple but very effective wall-hanging this one.  According to the "Pin" info, this is a free pattern - but try as I might I can't get the link to open.  Looks jolly straight forward though, and extremely quick to make up.  Even I could manage one of these in time for Christmas.  (Cor - did you see that pig go flying past then?) From GailPanDesigns  A lovely site and a great source of inspiration..... there are some fabulous makes on the blog, so if you don't find this make, it's highly likely you'll find something else irresistable.

These Christmas Stockings are gorgeous..... though is it me, or does it look as though half the feet are missing?....  uses less fabric I suppose!  The Redwork embroideries are quick to do, and could be used on a variety of items.  The pattern is free to download from

I shall end this post with these pretty napkins.  Not sure if they're supposed to be a Partridge in a Pear Tree, or a Dove in an Olive Branch.  Whatever they are, they look festive to me, and I like them a lot.  Yet again, I have been hampered by lack of linking.  I've spent ages trying to track these pretties down..... I WISH people would link items properly!  So I'm sorry, I can't tell you if these are items for sale - or if they're a pattern.  Shame. 

I've really enjoyed looking at Redwork this afternoon.  I've even been tempted to start a dedicated Redwork board on Pinterest, if you'd like a quick gander at the non-festive makes I've pinned.

1 comment:

  1. Thanks for all of these links. For me I think it's definitely the colour combination. Hand embroidery is hopefully something I'm going to tackle in the New Year, says she.


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