Wednesday, June 27, 2007
First attempt at Redwork embroidery
I don't know why it's taken me this long to discover how much I love Redwork.
This is my very first attempt and, while I know I wouldn't win any prizes for this piece, I really like how it turned out.
It was definitely a learning experience. I stitched with two strands of DMC #498 onto a piece of unbleached calico.
After trying out a few stitches on a doodle cloth I finally settled on Stemstitch as the one I found easiest to work and liked the look of.
The pattern design was an Internet freebie and I traced the design using my glass coffee table and a water erasable pen.
It took a while for me to be satisfied that the pen markings had gone from my fabric and I've since purchase a red pigma pen with a very fine tip for my next attempt.
I joined a Yahoo group for Redwok and have learned a lot. It seems that most people prefer to use a fabric called Kona Snow so I need to find where I can buy that.
If you are wondering what I plan to do with this embroidery I have a little drawstring bag pattern pictured here. I'd like to find some fabric with little red hearts or maybe just a red and cream print fabric of some kind.
For anyone considering whether they would like to try this type of handwork I'd say have a go - it's lots of fun and it goes a lot faster than cross stitch!
Posted by Solstitches at 5:23 AM