Definition:Redwork encompasses any type of embroidery worked in red thread on white or natural-colored fabric (usually muslin). This style of embroidery is most commonly worked in basic surface embroidery stitches and cross stitch. Redwork has been commonly used in folk embroidery since stable dyes were developed in Turkey (hence the old name of Turkey Work), and was very popular from 1880 through the early 1900's.
DMC floss in color number 321 is the most popular color used for Redwork.
Note: Redwork patterns can also be worked in blue threads on white fabric, and is then referred to as Bluework.
3. DMC's Pumpkin Stitch-Along
The folks over at DMC Threads featured a multi-part stitch-along featuring a Redwork Pumpkin. The pattern and instructions are provided.
What makes this stitch-along more interesting than most is that they have also posted tutorials for stitching the stars two different ways, using versions of the fly stitch and Algerian eye stitch, as well as finishing instructions for making a basic stand-up.
6. Sentimental Stitches
This site features a number of vintage designs for redwork, including the Victornian era sentiment shown here.
If you're stitching for baby, check out their selection of vintage nursery rhyme patterns as well.You'll find patterns for Little Red Riding Hood, Humpty Dumpty, the Three Little Pigs, Little Miss Muffet, Mary and her Little Lamb, Little Boy Blue, the Three Little Kittens, Little Bo Peep and other classic stories.
Download an entire series of Kitchen Proverbs for redwork embroidery.
Proverbs include, A Watched Pot Never Boils, Too Many Cooks Spoil The Broth, and First Come, First Served, all featuring a a girl in a bonnet going about her daily chores.