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Redwork Embroidery Patterns


Here you'll find a list of FREE Redwork patterns from Guide Cheryl Fall on About.com. These patterns are also suitable for bluework embroidery.

1. Tips for Working Redwork

Redwork, embroidery worked in red thread on white or natural-colored embroidery fabric is one of my favorite types of embroidery. Here are some tips to help you work a successful Redwork project.

2. Laurel Wreath with Bird

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Print and stitch the Redwork Laurel Wreath with Bird pattern. Laurel is a broadleaf evergreen that was once given to winners of the Olympiad - the Olympic Games - held every four years on the Summer Solstice in ancient Greece. Laurel still symbolizes victory, achievement and triumph. Stitch your version to honor the 2012 Summer Olympic Games in London.

3. Eiffel Tower - Springtime in Paris

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Stitch the Eiffel Tower and surrounding scenery in Redwork.

4. Redwork Alphabet Series

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Work the entire alphabet in Redwork using this FREE Pattern Series!

Each design measure 5x5 inches when worked full-size, and is worked in basic surface embroidery stitches including stem stitch, back stitch, running stitch, French knots and detached chain stitch.

Part 1 features the letters A through G.
Part 2 features the letters H through N.
Part 3 features the letters O through U.
Part 4 features the letters V through Z along with two filler blocks and a suggested layout.

Please note that if you have trouble seeing the patterns given for the Redwork Alphabet, or they print fuzzy, it's due to the software used to create the pages, as it resizes the image. Click the hyperlink in this sentence to access a pdf version of the pattern, if needed.

5. Paisley Hearts 3-Piece Valentine Set

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Work a set of three different Valentines featuring flowing paisley motifs in redwork.

The hearts can be finished as ornaments or framed and make the perfect Valentine for a special friend.

6. Redwork Chicken Weathervane

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Stitch a perky chicken in traditional redwork.

Just two basic embroidery stitches are used in the project - outline stitch and French Knots.

The completed embroidery design measures just 5 1/2 inches square and would make a terrific apron or tote bag pocket!

7. Red Mini Sampler

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Working a small sampler is a terrific way to learn the basic stitches used in most cross stitch projects - basic cross stitch and back stitch.

This pattern for a Red Mini Sampler can be framed or finished as ornaments or fobs. The simple framed alphabet design works up quickly, and would make a terrific pattern for a set of Christmas ornaments for yourself, or to share with friends.

The simple alphabet used in the sampler can also be used in other projects. Use the letters to personalize an item with a name, work a design with your favorite saying or phrase, or use the letters as small, simple monograms.

8. Lovebirds Pattern

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Work this pattern in traditional Redwork or change it up a bit and work the deesign in Bluework by changing the color of the embroidery thread.

The actual project sample is worked in blue.

9. Seattle Space Needle

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Celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the Seattle Space Needle by working this simplified version of the structure in redwork.

10. Holy Family Pattern

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Part of the ongoing Embroidered Nativity Series, this pattern featuring all three members of the Holy Family can be worked as a Redwork project, or in multiple colors.

11. More Redwork Patterns You Can Stitch

Check out this handy lists for more FREE Redwork pattern on the web!
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